So, maybe you have worn through your old mat, or maybe you have gotten tired of that cheap mat flaking off pieces of itself on your cute yoga pants. Let's face it, every yogi needs a mat upgrade at sometime. With so many different mat choices out there it can be hard to choose the right mat. We've put together a guide to help you choose the perfect soul-mat for your unique yoga practice.
Stick with the Basics: If you are looking for simple, affordable, and durable we have just the mats for you. These mats are portable enough to bring to a studio and thick enough to provide you with all the comfort without the weight and cost of a heavy duty mat.
Jade Harmony Mat - 68" x 24" // Thickness: 3/16" // Weight 4.5 lbs
Why we love it: This mat has incredible slip resistance. It is made of natural rubber and is just the right thickness for a comfortable practice and the perfect weight to pack your personal mat to yoga class. The Jade Harmony Mat is made of eco friendly materials without chemicals. An added bonus is that Jade plants a tree for every mat sold!
Manduka eKo Lite Mat- 68" x 24" // Thickness: 3/16 // Weight 4lbs
Why we love it: This awesome mat is great for anything from yin to hot yoga, it has amazing non-slip made from sealed-cell natural rubber that creates a hygienic barrier to keep you and your mat looking and feeling great. This mat is made from eco-friendly materials that will last and last! The Yogini on The Go: When life demands that you go-go-go you need your yoga practice more than ever and a mat that can keep up with you.
Manduka Eco Super Lite – 68” x 24” // Thickness: 1/16” // Weight 2lbs
Why we love it: Our most portable full size yoga mat is SUPER lightweight, foldable or rollable to fit easily into a suitcase or gym bag, and has unmatched grip for even the most sweatiest of work outs. This awesome mat also is made fro bio-degradable natural rubber and will leave no carbon footprint behind!
Jade Travel Mat - 68” x 24” // Thickness: 1/8” // Weight: 3lbs
Why we love it: This mat is made from natural rubber, which is an eco-friendly material. It is lightweight and has a great stick to keep you from sliding around in your downdog. Made in the USA, this mat comes in a variety of colors and each purchase goes toward planting a tree! The Serious Practitioner: When you have made your practice as necessary as the air you breathe, you’ll need a mat that will stay with you until the end. That is why we love these heavy-duty yoga mats.
Manduka Black Mat Pro – 71” x 26” // Thickness: 1/4” // Weight: 7lbs
Why we love it: This mat has unparalleled comfort and non-slip surface. Extra long and wide for those who like to move around in their practice, and will will look new forever with it’s sleek black surface. Practice like a pro with this chemical free, latex free, emission free beauty of a yoga mat.
Jade Fusion Mat - 68" x 24" // Thickness: 5/16" //Weight: 7lbs
Why we love it: This mat is made with natural rubber, and is extra thick for superior comfort on your joints. The extra grip surface won't leave you slipping during your practice. Jade yoga mats are made in the USA and Jade plants a tree for every mat sold. The Unique Yogini: When expressing your uniqueness is just as important as your practice we have got you covered. From super cool yoga rugs to mats with cool prints and designs we will keep you inspired to keep hitting your mat.
La Vie Boheme Yoga Mats - 74" x 24" // Thickness: 1/4" // Weight: 3lbs
Why we love it: These mats are so cool that they will have everyone reeling with mat envy. With beautiful patterns, quotes, and colors inspired by dream catchers, mandalas, Persian rugs, and more, we can't help but fall in love with the uniqueness that these mats will bring to your practice.
Manduka Indian Shama Rug - 80.75" x 27" // Thickness: 3/16" Weight: 3lbs
Why we love it: This isn't your typical rubber yoga mat. In fact this rug is a throw back to the roots of yoga. This woven mat will prevent slipping on any surface and can be used on top of your yoga mat or on its own. It is made from 100% natural organic cotton and is dyed using eco-friendly dyes. The best part is that you can throw it in the washer and dryer!
Need extra goodies? We have you covered with that too! From YogaPaws that turn your hands and feet into a yoga mat to blocks, straps, and non-slip towels for hot yoga, Evolve Fit Wear has you covered! If you have any other questions about our mats or props feel free to hop on chat, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 1-888-708-5585
Three Signs its Time to Recycle Your Old Yoga Mat.
I work at a yoga studio so I understand the wear and tear that naturally occurs after a vigorous (or light) practice inflicts a yoga mat on a daily basis. In general most yoga mats are durable, resistant to sweat, and can easily be cleaned for sanitary and odor fighting purposes. However, there are a few signs that signify it may be time to retire and recycle your yoga mat.
You know it’s time to recycle your yoga mat when…
Foot imprints from your downward facing dog and tadasana poses are visibly indented into your mat. This reminds me of Birkenstocks and how, for this shoe, the natural imprint of the soul of your foot is considered a good thing. Unfortunately in Yoga, imprints of your feet from repetive asana are a sign that you may need to recycle your yoga mat!
After various attempts to clean your yoga mat, it still smells! Believe me, I am a stickler when it comes to hosing down my yoga mat after a few weeks of steady practice and giving it a good wipe down to revitalize it for it’s next class. However, if your are still cringing every time you come down on to your stomach from the smell squishing up from your mat, it may be time to recycle your yoga mat!
Holy Holey Mat!
Unlike clothes, If your mat is starting to crack and rip with holes, it probably wont benefit from a patchwork job! At my yoga studio we always retire mats that start to show signs of deep blemishes and holes. The problem with deteriorating mats is that they don’t provide the same amount of cushion and support you need for your practice. So if you’re starting to feel or see the floors transparently through your mat, it may be time to recycle your yoga mat!
Where to recycle? Check out Recycle Your Mat, a foundation that helps keep waste out In the mean time, if your yoga mat has lived a good life, honor yourself and your practice this year by investing in a new faithful companion…
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Yogitoes skidless is a a super absorbent, hygienic layer to place on your yoga mat to prevent slipping. They use eco-friendly nubs which reduces the amount of “slippage” (if thats a word). Yogitoes = Happy Yogis.
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