Post # 1
i’ve recently started practicing yoga and want to invest in a good mat. but there are so many prodcuts out there- i’m overwhelmed. i’m mostly practising hatha yoga. i may try hot yoga at one point but that is not my focus at the moment.
what kind of yoga do you practice and what mat did you get?
Post # 3
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I have this mat from jade yoga. It is all natural rubber very ice a thick. I teach a class called Bodyflow, a mix of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. I have had my mat for over a year and it is still in amazing condition. It will smell like rubber when you first get it, butithe smell goes away fast. I got the extra long one. I’m 5’8 and like fitting my entire body on my mat during things like pigeon pose.
Post # 4
I second the Jade Harmony. Naturally biodegrades, and i have NEVER slipped on it (i practice 4-6 times a week), and I slip on practically every other mat—it’s open-cell, so it can absorb a bit of water/sweat instead of getting slick, like other mats. There are three thicknesses, too.
I know Manduka mats are very popular, but I’ve never been impressed. From what I’ve hear, they changed the composition a few years ago, and now claim you have to wash them with salt so you won’t slip? My friend got one, got frustrated after a month of slipping, tried my Jade Harmony, and went right out and ordered one the same night.
My studio has a bin of loaner mats. (I know, I don’t like using loaner mats either) However, it could be a good opportunity to sift through them and see if there are any brands you area considering, and try it for a class.
Post # 5
I am chiming in, very late to the party. In my experience, what type of yoga mat you have doesn’t really matter – all wear out eventually, ALL slip if your hands or feet get super sweaty, and all smell after a while. What matters is what you put ON TOP of your mat.
I highly recommend investing in one of these – http://www.amazon.com/Yogitoes-Skidless-Premium-Size-Towel/dp/B000SQDI3C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328913000&sr=8-1. You will never slip, it protects your mat from sweat, bacteria, and dirt, and you just throw it in the wash every few classes. The best part, however, is that I can use it on top of my gym’s loaner mat without getting squeeved out… makes it really nice not to have to carry my mat with me everywhere.