How to Select a Good Yoga Mat

A yoga mat is a basic accessory that you will need when you practice yoga. Whether you are a beginner or an expert yoga, a right yoga mat can significantly enhance your experience when you are performing the various yoga postures.

So how do you go about selecting a good yoga mat?

Based on experience, a good yoga mat should have the following characteristics:

• Have sufficient grip to enable you to perform postures such as the downward dog without slipping.

• Be large enough to accommodate your height and width. Taller people may wish to consider a mat with extra length. Larger people should also get a bigger mat.

• Be durable. Yoga practitioners should consider investing in a good quality mat made with superior material. These can withstand wear and tear better, and may be more make sense cost-wise over the long term.

• Choose a mat that’s suitable for your type of yoga. Some types of yoga such as Bikram or Hot Yoga is pretty intensive. You may need to consider a yoga mat with superior traction that is also sweat-absorbent. Others like Ashtanga Yoga may require ultra thick yoga mats as they are perfect for jumping from one position to another.

• Do your bit for Earth! There’s a lot of environmentally-friendly yoga mats out there which are downright stylish to boot!

• Finally, consider your budget. You do not wish to burn a hole in your pocket just buying one yoga mat. (There’s still hundreds of other yoga good stuff to consider!)


  1. Thanks for the tips on finding the right yoga mat. I’m a beginner at yoga and I wanted a mat that is slip-proof so I don’t have any minor accidents. Do you have any brand in mind? One that you’re using right now? My best friend has the prAna E.C.O. yoga mat since she is allergic to latex. I think the mat is anti-allergy and is UV resistant and PVC as well as Chloride-free. Here’s a link that she sent me that features the best brands of yoga mats. It’s worth sharing and hope it helps your readers choose the best yoga mat for their needs. The great resource link can be found here