Finding the perfect yoga mat is kind of like dating—you don't really know what you're looking for, but once you find it you'll wonder how you made do with anything else. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or about to sign up for your first class, a clearer mind, happier body, and better overall health starts with what you (literally) practice on. Now, more than ever, we could all take advantage of the balance and ease yoga provides us with both physically and mentally—even if we're forced to do it from our living rooms. Begin your practice with any of these mats, below, that yoga-loving women swear by.
"I love the B Yoga mats. They provide a better grip than any other mat I've tried and the soft cushy texture feels great on my feet. It rolls up really well and comes in a variety of beautiful colors. Plus, it’s a female-founded company and I love to support other female founders whenever I can."
—Joanna Griffiths, CEO and Founder of Knix
“It’s hard to pick a favorite yoga mat as there are several brands that I absolutely love, but Jade Yoga’s Fusion mat holds a special place in my heart. It’s thick enough to cushion my joints with an unparalleled grip and width. For a fat-bodied practitioner who likes a wide canvas for play, it’s the perfect choice."
"My number one home gym essential is the Chakra Yoga mat from Alo Yoga. It's a zero-slip mat meaning wet or dry, you will not slip. No towel needed. It also has alignment guides on the mat to keep your practice on point. Paired with that, I could not go a day without Alo Moves! It’s the perfect online gym that lets me practice anywhere I want. Yoga, fitness, meditation—Alo Moves has it all."
—Ashley Galvin, Alo Moves instructor
"I really love the Manduka Pro Lite. It grips really well, so I have more confidence in my posture. It's so much lighter than any of my other yoga mats, so I don't feel like it is a hassle to carry around. Also, I like that they offer so many color options. Seeing a colorful mat when I start my workout boosts my mood."
—Michelle Wahler, Co-Founder & CEO of Beyond Yoga
"My favorite mat to practice on is the eKO Lite Mat by Manduka. It provides a naturally grippy surface that is perfect for classes that get you sweaty, and it gets bonus points for being made from biodegradable natural tree rubber."
—Sarah Larson Levey, Founder and CEO of Y7 Studio
"There's a lot to love about Jade Yoga's Harmony Mat: It has great grip, it's made of eco-friendly natural rubber, and it's favored by my NYC yoga studio of choice, Sky Ting. I have the midnight blue one, and my trick for keeping it from collecting lint between wipe-downs is folding it in half before rolling it like this."
—Erica Cerulo, Co-Founder, Of a Kind
"We love the Jade Harmony Mat both for in studio and at-home practice. It has a perfect amount of grip so you won't slip in poses like downdog, but also enough cushion for when you have to put weight on your knees or lie on your back. Plus, it's made sustainably with natural rubber (no synthetics) and for every mat sold, they plant a new rubber tree. Also, lots of fun colors to compliment your preference/mood for practice."
—Chloe Kernaghan and Krissy Jones, Co-Founders of Sky Ting
“My favorite yoga mat is the Lululemon reversible 3mm. It's cushy enough to provide real support, but also incredibly lightweight to take with you anywhere! I love the mat’s versatile material, which is crucial since I practice in both the studio and outdoors at Sweat Sessions. As a bonus, I love the color options because each side has its own hue, which allows for a little personality.”
“I love this mat because of the squishiness of the foam—especially when I'm barefoot! It creates a steady flat surface when I'm practicing on the grass.”
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