11 Comments

  1. peter

    Great information on Yoga mats. You make a point for us to remember that yoga mats only stay sticky when they are clean. So we should get into the habit of cleaning our mat after each use. Thanks for the recommendations, bye the way. I was wondering while we are at it, can you think of ways to make my mat more sticky? Or at least more slip resistance? Thanks.

    • Hi Peter,
      Thanks for the question. I think one of the things that you can do to make your mat more sticky is to get some yoga socks for extra grip. You can also try using yoga gloves or even a yoga towel. All these things will help you feel more stable on your mat. Try them and let me know what you think. Thanks for checking in.

  2. Carol

    Very nice guide. I have a yoga mat that’s getting a bit old and I was wondering what is the “shelf life” of a yoga mat? How do you know when it’s time to get a new one?

    • Hi Carol,

      Simple answer is whenever it stops being usable. Does it give you enough cushion? Is it starting to tear or rip? Is it sticky enough for the types of poses you do? Does it hold onto smells after cleaning? If any of those things are occurring then it’s time to think about a new yoga mat. thanks for checking in.

    • Hi Carol,
      That can also depend on not only on the wear and tear of the yoga mat, but also on what skill level you are now on. For example, if you’re still a beginner than the fact that your mat may be thinning out may not be a go deal. You may not want the expanses of getting a new one. However, if you are now doing advanced yoga routines then the less supportive mat may no longer be useful. It may be time to consider a mat with more cushioning.

  3. Jason

    This is a very helpful guide, and you give loads of options which is nice for a guy like me who doesn’t know much about yoga mats. Can I put heavy weights on my yoga mat? Yeah, I weigh lift and I was wondering if it will make a permanent pushed in make if I keep heavy weights on my mat. My girl friend says it shouldn’t be a problem. She says a good mat will bounce back to form. Is she right? She usually is.

    • Hi Jason,
      Your girlfriend is right. It shouldn’t be a problem if your mat is thick enough. Most mats used for weight training can support a 44kg kettle bell (96 pounds), for example, and it doesn’t cause any problems. I know this because I have a friend who in fact uses a 44kg kettle bell and has left it sitting on the mat overnight. It takes a few minutes for the dent to disappear, but it does. Just check to see if you have one of those really thick mats. Thanks for checking in.

  4. Katherine

    Thanks for this wonderful guide. It came just in time. My old yoga mat, I take to classes,is getting old and I figure it’s time for a new one. You have given me a lot of great options.

  5. Frank

    Thanks for the great tips on how to buy a yoga mat. All the information is excellent, but I especially like the fact that you broke the mats into categories based on needs. I’m a bigger person, so normal sized yoga mats definitely get the job done but they’re not entirely ideal or comfortable for me. It’s cool that you included mats for us bigger guys.

    • Hi Frank,
      When I first started this guide I quickly became aware that I had to take into account different body types and personalities. There is no one kind of yoga mat that answers all the needs of yoga lovers. I’m glad I was able to help you find what you were looking for. Thanks for checking in.

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