Not all yoga mats are created equal—or so we learned very quickly after all that iso-yoga last year. Turns out you can get mats that are non-slip, natural, colourful, more padded, softer, firmer, heavy, or lighter, all depending on your personal preference (and how much you want to spend). So to help you goldilocks your way through the yoga mat world, we’ve rounded up the best yoga mats you can buy online right now.
Naked Soul | Cork Yoga Mat
Another eco warrior amongst us is Naked Soul's Cork Yoga Mat—gentle on your body and the earth as it's made of sustainable materials, and is completely plastic and toxin free. Thanks to the combo of cork and rubber, which have high non-slip properties, your feet will feel as though they are glued to the mat, ensuring minimal wobble in that warrior two pose. Bonus, Naked Soul donates a portion of their profits to the Rainforest Trust to help protect our greenery—we'll take that.
Lululemon | Take Form Yoga Mat
This 3D yoga mat from Lululemon is textured to help you keep balanced and centered without ever needing to look down. It's also a plush 5mm making it super comfortable, even if you're holding a pose on your knees for what feels like eternity. It's made from natural rubber which is FSC™ (Forest Stewardship Council™) certified, so you can rest easy knowing the materials support the protection of forest ecosystems including the people, plants, and animals that call those forests home.
LovEarth | Charcoal Yoga Mat
Coloured with Binchotan Charcoal, these Charcoal Yoga Mats are purifying and clean, shying away from the use of Carbon Black which can be harmful to the human body. Made from natural tree rubber and jute, these mats contain no PVC, PER or TPE which are dangerous for the environment and for us, so it’s a win win. Plus, they’re fully biodegradable and have a non-slip super sticky crosshatch surface, perfect for getting bendy.
Lululemon | The Reversible Mat
When it comes to finding the perfect yoga mat, it doesn’t get more elite than the Lululemon Reversible Mat. Made with a polyurethane top layer to absorb moisture and help you get a grip during sweaty practices while providing cushioning and grip with its natural rubber base, yoga never looked so inviting.
Bahe | Synergy Mat
Perfect for the Yogi trying to perfect their practise, this Bahe mat features alignment marking so you can start to master every position. The closed-cell construction helps to keep moisture out of the mat, preventing bacteria growth and helping to eliminate odours as well as boasting an environmentally friendly construction. So you can officially feel guilt-free about adding this one to your shopping cart.
Chuchka | Leopard Yoga Mat
Be at one with nature with Chuchka's mats made entirely from natural tree rubber. The top is made from an absorbent soft microfiber suede that means you can get all hot and sweaty without having to worry about slipping—perfect for those hot yoga classes. Plus, the gorgeous design will make you not want to roll it up when you're done.
Bowern | Savour The Sweetness Yoga Mat
If you were ever in search of the world’s most Instagrammable yoga mat, we think we may have just found it. Savour The Sweetness Yoga Mat from Bowern is designed for those who love to linger in life’s beautiful moments, with the design inspired by the Mediterranean and the beautiful pace of the magic coastline. This stunning mat is perfect for all kinds of yoga but truly excels in your most sweatiest sessions. Just don’t forget to take a snap.
Yoga Everywhere | Hutt Lagoon Yoga Mat
If you're looking for a mat that will really take you places, we think the Hutt Lagoon Yoga Mat might be just the thing. Not only does this all in one premium yoga mat and towel feature a stunning aerial photograph of Hutt Lagoon (you can also get Iceland glaciers or Gili Trawangan boats if you prefer), it also features an absorbent microsuede layer on top of a 100% natural tree rubber base. Along with being biodegradable, recyclable and easily washable, there’s not much else we could ask for. Prepare to get sweaty.
Unite Nine | White Python Yoga Mat
We’re a sucker for any kind of animal print, so naturally, we had to have Sydney-based Unite Nine’s White Python Yoga Mat. Ideal for most types of yoga, this mat was designed for slippery sessions, providing tighter grip the more moisture there is. Made from biodegradable, recyclable natural tree rubber with a soft suede surface printed using water based fade resistant inks, this one’s most definitely at the top of our wishlist. It’s also free from latex, silicone, pvc, chlorine and phthalates, so there’s no hidden nasties.
Yin Yoga | Ourain Yoga Mat
Suited to all styles of yoga, Yin Yoga's Ourain Yoga Mat is not only eco-friendly but a wise choice for those who tend to get extra sweaty. The non-slip microfibre surface is designed to grip with moisture, while the natural rubber base means it can be chucked in the washing machine every few weeks. These yoga mats are not only practical but a beautiful addition to your workout space, with gorgeous patterns inspired by Morroco.
Yoga Design Lab | Combo Mat
The only thing better than investing in a quality yoga mat, is investing in a sustainably made, quality yoga mat, and the team at Yoga Design Lab do just that. Made from recycled plastic bottle microfibers and natural tree rubber, they are part mat, part towel and completely non-toxic. The top layer is a soft and absorbent sueded microfiber (made from bottles) and it’s bonded to biodegradable natural tree rubber, so you can say goodbye to mats and towels. Sustainable and convenient? Yes please.
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