Doing yoga is easier and more comfortable and fun if you have the right mat! Here are 3 of the best yoga mats to try out…
One of the things I love most about yoga is that you can do it just about anywhere, and the only “equipment” you really need is a good yoga mat. However, what defines a “good” yoga mat can vary from person to person.
When you’re young, flexible, and agile, a basic, thin mat may be perfectly fine. Once you get a little older, a little slower, maybe a little heavier, and experience more joint pain, you may be in need of a mat with more cushioning.
And some yoga mats may be more suited to specific types of yoga.
You are the only one who can really decide what type of mat is best for you, but here are three of the best yoga mats according to TheSpoiledYogi.com:
Best Yoga Mat for Hot Yoga: Jade Harmony Mat
The Jade Harmony mat was my first “serious” yoga mat… For this reason, I will always be filled with nostalgia and warm fuzzies every time I unroll this mat. It’s made of natural rubber so it’s good for the environment. It’s also super sticky (and absorbent), which makes it perfect for all your hot yoga classes and you don’t even need to buy a separate towel covering to keep you from slipping (I’d definitely say it’s one of the best yoga mats for Bikram Yoga or a sweaty vinyasa class).
Best Yoga Mat for Prenatal Yoga or Restorative Yoga: The Kind Mat by Vernice Vita
This mat is ahhhhh-mazing. It’s thick and cushy and, as I mentioned in my full Vernice Vita yoga mat review a while back, it feels like practicing on a cloud. I adore it for prenatal yoga because it offers plenty of support for joints, which tend to be more tender during pregnancy. You can spend all the time you want on your hands and knees doing those magical Cat-Cow movements without worrying about putting a folded blanket under your knees… It’s also the mat I grab any time I need to slow down my practice with a long, juicy Restorative Yoga session.
Best Yoga Mat for Traveling: YOGO’s Travel Mat
I admit I’m not much of a traveler these days… but recently I did take a much-needed vacation to the lovely Appalachian Mountains. I had SO many things to pack for my 5-year-old and 6-month-old that it was completely overwhelming loading and unloading the car. If I didn’t have a teensy, compact yoga mat I could throw right into my suitcase, I would have likely not brought along a mat at all.
YOGO’s travel mat folds up so nicely and it’s so light it wasn’t any trouble at all. I can’t say I got in many full-length practice sessions during my trip, but I did do some quick (and very quiet!!) stretching in our hotel room after the kids went to bed at night. The YOGO mat was exactly what I needed to make that happen.