Do you practice Hatha? Power? Flow? Yin? Hot? A combination of styles? Reflecting on your practice will shed some light on the type of mat that will work best for you.
Although a Hatha practice is usually relaxing and methodical, Hatha yogis have to be prepared for a little bit of everything. Look for a mat with good grip in downward dog, enough cushion to protect your knee in low lunge, and the stability to allow you to grow into a strong, grounded tree.
The perfect power yoga mat provides excellent grip, stays in solid contact with the ground as you move, and has cushion that doesn’t interfere with the ability to ground in challenging postures.
Flow yoginis need stability as they dance across the mat, flowing from one asana to the next. The perfect flow yoga mat is grounded and won’t stretch or wrinkle during transitions.
Yin yogis can expect to spend a great deal of time in each asana so comfort is key. Cushion bones and joints with a thicker yoga mat (at least 4mm) like our Practice Mat (6mm).
It goes without saying that a hot yogini’s mat has to provide excellent grip, even in the sweatiest of classes.
PVC mats are naturally sticky and are an excellent option but in sweaty situations even PVC can slip. For even more grip from your mat, a yoga towel like the Wet Grip Mat Towel can provide extra absorption.
> Select a mat that matches the needs of your body, your lifestyle and your values with How to Choose Your Perfect Yoga Mat.
> To learn how to break in and clean your mat check out how to clean your Halfmoon Yoga Mat.