The Best Yoga Mats for Beginners and Pros! (2022)
When it comes to practicing yoga, your practice is largely dependent upon the mat that you're practicing on. Whether you're doing hatha yoga, hot yoga, vinyasa flow yoga, or if you're just interested in padding up the area you stretch in, it's important to understand the market before you make a decision to purchase a yoga mat. If you need assistance with this, I've written a whole guide on choosing the perfect yoga mat!
Between the different brands, various material types, and assorted yoga mat thickness, it's easy to mistakenly purchase a yoga mat that doesn't fit your needs or is poorly made.
With this guide, I'll walk you through the best yoga mats. Since there are many different types of yoga mats, I'll include the best mats from each category! Here are the different types of yoga mats that I'll cover in this guide.
Yoga mats - the basic categories
- Extra thick - Thicker mats provide a little extra cushion, which is great if you have weak wrists or are practicing on hard surfaces.
- Travel-sized - These mats are thinner and more pliable, so they can fold up into compact shapes that make for easy packing.
- Hot yoga mat - These mats are made so you can sweat to your heart's content while still being able to grip onto the mat itself.
- Extra-tall mat - We've got you covered here, too.
- Rubber mat - Rubber yoga mats are a standard option for yoga mats and were one of the first options introduced to the market by yogis.
- Jute - Jute is a naturally fibrous plant that is lightweight and moisture absorbing.
- Budget-friendly - A good yoga mat doesn't have to break the wallet.
- Yoga towels - Yoga towels are a great companion to yoga classes, especially hot yoga classes, as they can either lay beside or directly on top of your mat to collect sweat. (Check out other yoga accessories I recommend, if you're interested.)
A brief note
Yoga mats can sometimes emit a strong smell when they are first unwrapped. This smell is completely safe, if a little funky, and will go away within a few days. It's just the byproduct of off-gassing–chemicals that normally accompany mats made from rubber, jute, bamboo, and other materials. If your new mat smells, just unroll your mat and let it air out for 2-3 days.
It's also important to note that the average yoga mat size is 68" long by 24" wide.