These Yoga Mats Will Take You From Blasé to Namaste

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A really good yoga mat is a non-negotiable part of any practice. How else are you supposed to find your zen or nail your very first Salamba Shirshasana (aka yoga headstand) if your mat is slipping and sliding underneath you? While you may be tempted to purchase the least expensive mat you can find, a quality yoga mat really makes all the difference—and it will last a lot longer, too. 

The best yoga mats combine a cushiony and moisture-wicking top layer with a grippy bottom that stays in place on any type of flooring. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt if it comes in cool designs or different colors.

Here, the best yoga mats you can buy now.

Alo Yoga Warrior Mat

Alo Warrior Mat

The Alo Yoga Warrior Mat looks basic, but don’t let the plain design fool you. The top layer is 100 percent polyurethane leather with a high-end matte finish that’s antimicrobial, moisture-wicking, and slip-free, no matter how much you sweat.

The rubber bottom gives it excellent grippage and provides the right balance of cushion, so there’s no unnecessary pressure on your joints. And at just over 6 feet x 2 feet, it has some extra space so you can stretch out during advanced poses or just chill out during Savasana.

Gaiam Yoga Mat

Gaiam Yoga Mat

If you're trying to spend under $50, Gaiam's range of budget-friendly yet high-quality yoga mats is for you. The solid color comes in both 4-millimeter and 6-millimeter varieties plus a wide range of colors (it's even reversible!), so you're sure to find one to fit your personality. With a textured non-slip surface, lighter weight, and durable construction, this is one yoga mat that newbies and seasoned yogis can appreciate.

Bennd Yoga Ayurvedic Yoga Mat

Bennd Yoga Ayurvedic Yoga Mat

The Bennd Yoga Ayurvedic Yoga Mat isn’t your typical rubber-ish yoga mat. It’s made of 100 percent ethically-sourced raw cotton with a brushed latex bottom, so it really feels like a cloth textile that’s super comfortable, yet doesn’t slide around. But here’s the kicker: Each mat is infused with a blend of 22 Ayurvedic herbs that are designed to support your lymphatic system, fight inflammation, and improve focus (among other things) while you do your yoga practice.

Because they’re handmade, no two mats are alike, which means you get a yoga experience that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Plus, each yoga mat comes with a travel bag and two ounces of powdered soap nut that you can use for gentle cleaning (although you can also throw it in the washer).

The Yoga Zeal Black Lunar Yoga Mat combines a luxurious suede-like top with an eco-conscious rubber backing that keeps you (and your mat) from slipping during all forms of yoga, from gentle beginners’ to Bikram. With advanced technology that’s designed to increase grip the more you sweat, it’s also an ideal companion for higher intensity exercise where you really need some cushion without any slip.

The black and white lunar pattern adds a mysterious celestial edge, but if you’re looking for something a little more colorful, the Blue Opal Yoga Mat is a brighter option.

Society6 Give Yourself a Break Yoga Mat

Society6 Give Yourself a Break Yoga Mat

In a world that’s constantly on the go, this Society6 yoga mat by Julia Walck serves as a gentle reminder to slow down and take a moment to breathe. The simple yellow design is totally calming, and the latex- and chemical-free construction will support you during your flow without the unnecessary toxins. Since it also comes with a carrying strap and is one of the lightest mats on this list, it’s easy to throw over your shoulder and take with you on the go.

Lululemon The Reversible (Big) Mat 5mm

The Reversible (Big) Mat 5mm

The Lululemon Reversible (Big) Mat was designed with tall yogis in mind, but the added length and width is a dream for yoga lovers of any height who want to stretch out without falling off the mat. The polyurethane top layer quickly absorbs sweat while the natural rubber bottom has a textured grip that keeps you in place and adds the right amount of cushioning to protect your joints as you practice.

If all of this sounds good but you really don’t need the extra surface area, you can also get The Reversible Mat in its regular size.

SugaMat Recycled Wetsuit Yoga Mat

suga mat

If you’ve ever wondered where all the old wetsuits go, you now have your answer: the SugaMat Recycled Wetsuit Yoga Mat. Each mat is made from repurposed wetsuits and built under strict standards for density, durability, liquid permeability, and tackiness. The mats are non-slip, absorbent, and designed specifically to provide extra cushioning for high-compression asanas, like lotus headstands and side crow, so you can nail your pose without hurting your joints.

Oko Living Herbal Yoga Mat

Oko Living Herbal Yoga Mat

The Oko Living Herbal Yoga Mat is another Ayurvedic-inspired option that’s designed with stress relief in mind. To make the sweat- and slip-resistant mat, raw organic cotton is infused with a blend of 19 different herbs that, together, are meant to help reduce stress, support your immune system, and soothe your skin. You can choose from four muted earth tones—clay, citrine, indigo, and rose quartz—that are created with herbal dyes that are free of man-made chemicals.

And the best part? Each mat is hand-loomed by artisan partners (mostly women) who are paid fair wages and given access to safe working conditions that allow them to stay near their families. 

Liforme Original Yoga Mat

Liforme Original Yoga Mat

With its unique AlignForMe system and extra surface area, the Liforme Yoga Mat is an excellent option for beginners. It has integrated alignment markers that show you where to put your hands and feet in all kinds of poses, from your basic downward dog to the more advanced wheel pose. The sustainable (and biodegradable) rubber provides the ultimate non-slip surface with the perfect balance of cushion and support. And at 6 feet x 2 feet, you'll have plenty of room to move and stretch while making sure your hands and feet are exactly where you want them to be.

Yoloha Yoga Chakras Aura Cork Yoga Mat

Yoloha Yoga Chakras Unity Cork Yoga Mat

Yoloha Yoga designed their Chakras Unity Cork Yoga Mat with sustainability and comfort in mind. It’s made from 100 percent cork, which is not only eco-friendly but also naturally antimicrobial, so it’s easy to keep clean without a lot of extra fuss. The fine grain cork used to make the mat has a super soft finish that’s easy on the hands and doesn’t require any break-in time. 

One of the really great things about cork is that the grip strength increases with moisture. If you get sweaty hands or prefer hot yoga over other styles, this mat should be one of the first you consider.

Jade Yoga Harmony Mat

Jade Yoga Harmony Mat

Jade Yoga stands out for their sustainable ethics—not only are their yoga mats made from natural rubber (no synthetics here!), but the company also plants a tree for every mat sold. It's also just a really good mat, with a lightweight feel, comfortable cushioning, and great traction. With 11 colors and two lengths to choose from—not to mention a pretty decent price—this is a great option for the sustainably-minded.

Mika Yoga Wear Lunar Sky Yoga Mat

Mika Yoga Wear Lunar Sky Yoga Mat

With its microfiber faux suede top and biodegradable bottom that’s made from tree rubber, the Mika Yoga Wear Lunar Sky Yoga Mat is a towel and a yoga mat all in one. The top of the mat is luxuriously soft to the touch, but absorbent enough to mop up sweat so that you don’t slip and slide while you’re trying to nail your first crow pose.

To make things really unique, each mat features original artwork, too. The celestial lunar design is bright and airy, but if you’re looking for something a little more muted, the Apu Veronica Yoga Mat is another eye-catching option.

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