The 5 Best Yoga Mats, According to Instructors
Yoga is supposed to make us Zen, not stress us out and force us to grip our mat for dear life when things get a little sweaty. How are we supposed to focus on breathing when we’re thinking, Don’t slip, don’t slip? In an effort to truly get our om on in 2020, we talked to the people we trust the most on this subject: yoga instructors, who have put in hundreds of hours on the mat, both teaching classes and taking them. Here are the five yoga mats that come highly recommended for every scenario (inversions, hot yoga and teacher training included).
1. Jade Harmony Yoga Mat
This mat is so beloved that three yoga instructors of various levels dubbed it their go-to.
“This is our tried-and-true choice at the studio, because it’s unmovable on the floor for inversions and flow, eco-friendly, made in the USA and durable. We also appreciate that the mat is easy to clean and maintain, which is important for home practitioners to keep in mind too.Bonus: Jade Yoga plants a tree for every mat sold.” —Bethany Lyons, founder and CEO of Lyons Den Power Yoga
“In my opinion, it’s the best for sweaty people like me. Very slip-resistant." —Gretchen M., 200-hour experienced registered yoga teacher
“I’ve been practicing on the Jade Harmony yoga mat for at least five years. It’s super grippy and it provides good traction, especially with sweaty palms in downward-facing dog. It has just the right thickness, offering enough padding for your knees while allowing you to still feel strong and grounded in standing postures.” —Ashley C., yoga teacher student
2. Lululemon Reversible Mat
“I have a classic Lululemon mat that I use for any type of class. It’s reversible: One side is made for hot yoga, and the other side is grippy for non-heated classes. I really love this one—it has lasted me about four years now and still looks brand-new. I highly recommend!”—Clare B., 230-hour registered yoga teacher
3. Manduka ProLite Yoga Mat
“This tends to be the unpopular opinion, but I have the Manduka ProLite and I looove the grooved texture. I always used Lululemon mats, but I hated that they showed sweat stains. This one: no sweat stains, no problems. It holds up so much better—even in hot yoga classes.” —Nikki M., 200-hour registered yoga teacher
4. Liforme Original Yoga Mat
“Liforme yoga mats provide the perfect amount of grip. They feature directional lines, which are beneficial for alignment during my yoga teacher trainings.” —Koya Webb, celebrity holistic health coach, yoga expert and author
5. Manduka GRP Hot Yoga Mat
“I’ve used the Manduka Pro for ten years, but the new ones unfortunately don’t have the same quality—there’s a film that’s tricky to remove. The brand’s new product, called the GRP for hot yoga, is one everyone seems to love. It has an ultra slip-resistant texture for maximized grip in sweaty conditions, which makes it easier to stick postures without sliding all over the place.” —Alyssa Sullivan, founder of Synergy Power Yoga