One of the great things about yoga is that you don’t really need anything to practice it.
But if your current mat has hard-core drag marks from months of mastering jump-backs or is causing you to slip every time you sweat, there are now plenty of options among the top brands for a major high-quality upgrade.
So if you’re ready to take your practice and the props that support it to the next (swanky) level, here are some of most luxurious mats on the market, from the super cushion-y and non-slip performers to those designed with a little extra style.
Click through to treat yourself or someone on your holiday gift list to a brand new mat this season (just don’t forget to clean it from time to time). —Jamie McKillop
Good for: Extra cushioning. This is the comfort-forward Cadillac of yoga mats.
Good for: Non-slip factor. There’s nothing worse than sliding all over while trying to master a new pose, and this mat is ultra-sticky.
Good for: Eco-friendly cred. Yoga mats are notoriously bad for the environment, and Jade addresses that in its source materials while still delivering a super high quality, non-slip mat.
(Photo: Jade Yoga)
Good for: Portability. Lightweight mats often sacrifice quality, but this one doesn’t. It’s a great pick for those who tote their mats around town with them and also comes in a pretty “seaweed” green.
Good for: Super sweaty situations, like Bikram. It’s actually absorbent and is designed to soak up sweat, plus it’s antimicrobial to fend off bacteria and mold should your post-savasana mat wipe-downs be infrequent.
Good for: Adding art to your practice. Plank’s mats make it feel like you’re posing on a painting. Or a bathroom floor scattered in pills, a commentary on making yoga your anti-depressant.
Good for: Fashion factor. La Vie Boheme’s mats are all about the boho chic design and less about function. Ideal for those who’ve made their peace with the trade-off.
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(Photo: La Vie Boheme)