Any yoga aficionado will tell you that having the best yoga mat is vital in getting you ready for your next downward dog.
During times of stress, yoga has a way of lowering anxiety, rejuvenating us to feel at peace—and the mat is where all the magic happens.
From preventing slips to keeping energy above the surface of the ground, it supports you physically and mentally while you centre yourself.
At a time when staying indoors is of paramount importance, our homes are becoming our new yoga studios. While you search for the ideal space to practise your vinyasa, take the opportunity to work with what you’ve got. As the supportive qualities of hardwood floors are ideal, softer surfaces such as carpet, can work wonders with the right floor companion.
From thickness and grip to sustainability and aesthetics, there are endless amounts of yoga mats to help you perfect your pose. With those in mind, we’ve narrowed down our favourites for you to reach your zen.
11 Best Yoga Mats For Every Type Of Yogi
A much-loved mat amongst yoga devotees, this worry-free mat from Gaiam has all you need for a secure and slip-free sweat session.
Performance Classic Starter 3mm Yoga Mat by Gaiam, $39.95 at THE ICONIC
Best for Professionals
The perfect balance between grip, support and moisture absorption, the Liforme range seems to tick all the right boxes, including the special edition mat with Burberry.
Liforme Yoga Mat, $259 at Amazon
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If you are looking for a sustainable and eco-friendly option, this cork-based mat is naturally anti-microbial and anti-fungal. Perfect for the environment and for your flow.
Gaiam Performance Earthsaver 3mm Yoga Mat, 69.99 at THE ICONIC
Salute the sun whether it’s morning or night with this all-round excellent mat. Perfect for yogis of any experience level, its crafted from 4mm thick foam for comfort, comes with a natural jute string carrier for easy transportation and won’t break the bank.
Lisa Angel Yoga Mat, $99.95 at Hardtofind.
The natural rubber in this mat from Manduka, not only provides the perfect amount of springiness and resistance but is cushioned enough to keep any yoga lover comfortable.
Eko® Lite Yoga Mat 4mm by Manduka, $157 at Amazon
Best For Hardwood Floors
Shock absorbent, non-stick and reversible, this popular mat has a little extra cushioning for uncomfortable surfaces.
The Reversible Mat 3mm by Lululemon, $69 at Lululemon
Best For Carpet
Lightweight and an ultra-grippy thanks to its microfibre suede top layer fused to a natural tree rubber base, this mat is suitable for all yoga styles (including hot) and surfaces.
Move Active Yoga Mat, $109 at THE ICONIC
Best Extra-Long Mat
Ideal for tall yoga lovers or for those who prefer a bit more space to stretch out. Measuring out to 85 inches in length, this mat is made to be wider and longer for taller users.
Manduka PRO Yoga and Pilates Mat by Manduka, from $126 at Amazon
Best for Balance
If improving your balance is a must-have, this mat from Bala will help push you to improve your alignment. And, at a 8mm thick, its the most luxuriously comfortable come time for your warm-down meditation.
The Play Mat, $165 at Bala
For the yoga-lover that’s on the move or with limited storage space, the Manduka Pro Travel mat is 50% lighter than it’s counterparts and easy to store in a tote or in the car.
EKO Superlite Travel Yoga and Pilates Mat 1.5mm by Manduka, $75 at Amazon