There's been a lot of work & play and growth & self-discovery on these yoga mats!!
In the beginning, when you are just getting started with yoga, I wouldn't spend any time worrying over a type of mat. Just borrow one or buy an inexpensive mat from an online or local store. Who knows, you may luck up and love it and never want to replace it until it wears out. However, once you really get in to yoga, mats become pretty special and investing in a good new yoga mat is a way to mix up your practice, like meeting a fun new friend!
I've owned quite a few but these are 3 of my favorites.
All 3 of them are thinner travel style mats. I like them because they are lightweight and compact and they work great for outdoor community classes and yoga studio classes too.
There are so many brands of yoga mats but here are two more that I'm very familiar with:
Gaiam is a inexpensive and common brand you can find at Target or Walmart. They work just fine! They are light, have a rough texture to help prevent slip, and come in tons of colors and designs.
Manduka mats are high-end and are extra thick and comfy. They also have a lifetime warranty, for real! They say they get better over time. People really love Manduka mats!! But I owned one and used it a few months and sold it to a friend (who loves it). It was way waaay too heavy and cumbersome for this girl on the go!!!!
Yoga Mat Prices
Prices range from $15- $125:
$18-$25- Gaiam and there are several others
$35-$50- Random Brands (like my lavender Evo or Cevo or whatever that brand is).
$85-$99- Jade & Lulu
Over $120- Manduko
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