Should You Invest in a Quality Yoga Mat?

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Should You Invest in a Quality Yoga Mat? There comes a time in every yogi’s life when you start to consider if it’s worth investing in a brand name yoga mat vs the cheaper kind found at most home goods stores. While the absolute most important part of your yoga practice is that you find the time to make it onto your mat (whatever kind that may be), you also want to be sure your mat helps keep your focus on your practice.

Here are some of the pros and cons of investing in a quality mat. We hope it helps you find the best mat for you!

PROS of a High Quality Mat

  • Grip: The grip of a mat is not only about comfort, it’s about safety. The technology of some mats make them “stickier” than others.
  • Flatness: Most quality mats are heavier, and thus, do not rollback much when you roll them out.
  • Cushion: Different yogis want different levels of cushion from their mat. More cushion can be easier on your joints, but it can also make it heavier. Find one that fits your needs.
  • Materials: Is the use of non-toxic, sustainable materials important to you? Invest in a mat made with these resources.
  • Odor: It’s pretty distracting being next to someone that just purchased a mat that is off-gassing plastic-y fumes. It’s even worse if you’re the person trying to practice on that mat. Be sure your mat doesn’t have a strong smell. We’ve found most high-quality ones do not.

CONS of a High Quality Mat

  • Price: This con is the most obvious detractor from buying a quality mat. Most name brand mats run from $80 on up. Cheaper mats are, well, cheaper.
  • Weight: Quality mats often weigh more than their cheaper counterparts. This could be a negative if you walk or bike a long distance to your yoga practice. However, there are lighter and smaller versions of brand name mats available. Be sure to consider how you use the mat before making your purchase.