Calling this past year stressful is an understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed how we live our lives. We’ve been forced to stay in our homes, wear masks and forgo our social plans.
Even though full quarantine may be close to an end, it will probably take a while before things are completely back to normal. But there are still things we can do to escape the madness.
Yoga is a great way to unwind and relieve your anxiety and experts say that practicing the popular discipline can help to reduce COVID-induced depression and stress.
So if you’ve been looking to improve your health or want to bring some relaxation into your life, yoga is a great option. And luckily, there are mats that will fit any kind of exercise, budget or style.
Whether you are into hot yoga or a beginner who is just getting started, there is a perfect fit for you. Here are some of the best yoga mats that we could find, and we even got input from some of the best yoga instructors around.
This eco-friendly yoga mat is a yogi’s dream. It’s multi-use and can be used as a mat, cushion or bolster and it’s lightweight so you can take it wherever you go.
“The foldable yoga mat from OnCourt Off Court is brilliant for supporting my knees, pelvis, even works to prop me up into a shoulder stand,” yoga expert Elena Brower told The Post. “I use mine all the time, also for cross-training.”
It easy to see why this mat is the brand’s most popular item. Its lightweight build makes it easy to transport and its nature-friendly texture even makes it resistant to mold and bad smells.
“42 Birds makes a terrific product,” Brower said. “Their mats are eco-friendly sourcing and have no rubber scent! I love their cork mat for my home practice.”
Yoga Design Lab Combo Yoga Mat, $61.60
This mat is perfect for yoga lovers. It’s got cushioning that makes exercise comfortable and safe. And it’s made of recyclable rubber that is chemical-free and odor-resistant.
“It is a yoga towel and mat in one,” said top yoga teacher Heidi Kristoffer. “The best surface for yoga imaginable — the perfect amount of grip, without restricting movement. It also stays in place on every surface I have used it on, without being too heavy to transport, which is very rare. Bonus: you will never have to worry about remembering a towel for a sweaty or heated class with this mat”
Sugarmat Mamounia Yoga Mat, $99.00
Sugarmat is the go-to for luxurious yoga mats and this Marrakesh-themed mat is absolutely beautiful. You’ll be able to escape into the world of peace and enlightenment with its anti-grip design and sturdy cushion.
Jade Yoga 368MB Harmony Mat, $71.99
This mat’s build works to create great grip and cushion for all of your hard yoga poses, and you can choose from a variety of vibrant colors and styles.
“Before all of the newer mats of the past few years, Jade won my heart, and my dollars, because it was not too heavy, but never slipped off a yoga studio floor,” Heidi Kristoffer told The Post. “It is absurd that any yoga mats slips, slides or bunches up for every up dog, but most do. [Jade] is a great weight: heavy enough not to move, but light enough not to hurt my back carrying it all over the place.”
Liforme Gratitude Travel Yoga Mat, $139.95
This limited-edition mat is a favorite for yogis everywhere. Its gratitude theme and vibrant color are the epitomai of stylish and its “GripForMe” material works well with any exercise routine.
“[It] has a fantastic grip which to me is key especially if your palms get sweaty and the lines to help guide with alignment and body placement,” Mercedes Sieff told The Post.
This mat is a minimalist’s dream. It’s comfy, lightweight and perfect for when you’re on the go.
“I am really satisfied with the overall feel of this yoga mat,” a reviewer said. “I also love how lightweight it is and how it does not take up so much space when I roll up it and store it away until its next use.”
Manduka Prolite® Yoga Mat, $95.00
This mat is recommended by teachers around the world, and with such great specs, it’s easy to see why. Its cushioning and top-tier support make it truly one of a kind.
“My favorite mat hands down is the Manduka Pro Lite… provided I don’t lose it, it will last me a lifetime! Plus perfect cushion under my knees,” world-renowned yoga teacher Kia Miller told The Post.
B YOGA Everyday B Mat, $84.00
This yoga mat is a quality must-have. Its 4mm build is great for yogis who are active and need great grip and protective cushioning.
“Its non-skid surface allows for excellent grip, which is especially helpful for working with bones and stabilizing my joints,” senior teacher Marla Apt told The Post.