Holy hiatus! I had some trouble posting this last night because I couldn’t connect to the server. So I’m a little behind! But I’m back tonight and ready to tell you about my search for a yoga mat!
I recently set out on a mission to buy a new yoga mat. I did some (quick) research online to find a yoga mat that was recommended by other yogis. For a (really) long time I have been using Gaiam mats. I most recently have used this pink one but before that I had a similar Gaiam one in orange and pink (note the color theme).
What I love about the Gaiam mats is they are inexpensive (usually no more than $30 and often you can find them under $20) yet they are durable. As I mentioned, I have had this pink one for quite literally years. The only reason I decided to get a new one was because I thought this one had gotten a bit grungy and no amount of cleaning, at least not the kind I am willing to do, would make it less grungy. So I have converted it to my workout mat, i.e., a mat I can wear sneakers on and not worry about. Although I have had good experiences with the Gaiam mats, I decided to get something different this time around for my yoga practice. The thing about the Gaiam mats is that they are very thin and I often need to use a towel or cushion for certain poses because the hard wood would irritate my knees, ankles, bunions, elbows, etc.
So I was in a search for a new yoga mat. I read a lot of good things about the Manduka mat. It sounds great but at $90 a pop I thought this was just too much. I mean, it’s a MAT. So I settled on “The Mat” from Lululemon. Here is what I like about it so far:
* It is much thicker than the Gaiam mats and provides extra cushioning for my boney parts
* It is reversible! There is softer side and harder side for different types of practices.
* It is super absorbent. I think that I might even be able to get through a sweaty vinyasa class and maybe even a hot yoga class without a grippy towel.
* It is durable. This is probably not going to be a mat that gets shredded up by my feet!
* It is a pretty pink color.
And this is what I don’t love…
* It is kind of smelly. The mat is made of polyurtherane so there is rubbery smell to it. It is supposed to fade overtime however.
* Its a lot more expensive. The cost is a whopping $69. A lot more than my traditional Gaiam mat.
* The super absorbency means that the pink/hard side of the mat really absorbs body oil and sweat so you kind of end up with marks on the mat. Luckily they went away when I wiped the mat down. I was so freaked out that I had ruined the mat when I first wiped it down because there were these large wet spots but they eventually went away. No harm, no foul.
* Its super heavy. But I knew this when I bought it and I mostly do yoga at home so I am not too worried about it.
Readers, do you have a favorite yoga mat you use?