Whether you hit the mat every morning or have never stepped foot in a studio, we could all use a little yoga right now. Research has shown it helps increase muscle strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular function while slashing stress. And while everyone’s holed up at home, we could probably all use a little yoga to
combat cabin fever, too. So we pulled together some of the best new yoga mats, with awesome details you didn’t know you wanted or needed. Extra-long option? Antimicrobial material to sidestep stink? Check and check.
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If you don’t practice regularly and aren’t sure where to start, lots of studios are streaming sessions online right now. Read on for our picks of yoga mats to order online, then cue up a class from
CorePower Yoga on demand or Sky Ting TV. They’re all you need to get your om on at home.
Manduka GRP Hot Yoga Mat
An innovative core made from sustainable, natural rubber boasts charcoal to help it absorb perspiration and nix odor. Meanwhile, the upper layer has a luxe, leather-like finish that filters moisture and feels extra-grippy to keep you planted in place no matter how sweaty you get.
Gaiam Athletic Duramat
This mat isn’t messing around. A full 10 inches longer (and 2 inches wider) than traditional offerings, this 78-inch-long mat is made with a dense material sourced from PVC to offer max support and durability. It’s also reversible, featuring both a textured and sticky side, giving you options depending on the intensity of your flow.
Lululemon Reversible Big Mat
Measuring in at a massive 7 feet, this mat is a top pick for tall guys. It’s made with natural rubber, featuring a polyurethane top layer that pulls in moisture for a no-slip surface. Even better, the material’s antimicrobial to prevent mold, mildew, and stink.
Yoga Design Lab Travel Mat
This mat’s perfect if you’re practicing at home now but want to be able to fold up your mat and go anywhere later. It’s ultra-thin, lightweight, and easy to carry rolled up (it comes with a carrying strap) or folded down small. Bonus: Its natural tree-rubber base is bonded with a suede microfiber made from recycled plastic bottles that’s cushiony and as absorbent as a towel.
SPRI Pro Mat 180
You’ll want to take a closer look at this option if regular yoga mats leave you with wrist or knee aches. More than half an inch thick, its material is extra cushioned to keep you comfortable through every bend and downward dog, while a no-slip surface helps you hold any position. And since it’s not strictly a yoga mat, you can use it for any other indoor workout.
SugaMat Recycled Wetsuit Yoga Mat
Lots of yoga brands have sustainability in mind, but that’s the whole reason SugaMat exists: The company was founded by a lifelong surfer and yogi who wanted to find a second life for non-biodegradable wetsuits after surfers discarded them. Made of cushy neoprene that, yes, comes from those recycled suits, this mat comes in a roomy, extra-large size and makes for an extra-comfortable yoga practice.
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