Author: Chloe Markham

I’ve talked about keeping mats clean elsewhere on the blog, so I wanted to throw a little light on the yoga mat itself. What the heck do we buy?! There’re so many mats out there, at so many price ranges, it can definitely be a little overwhelming. So here’s my humble thoughts on the humble yoga mat:

Yoga Matters yoga mat

Low price range

I really can’t love tkMaxx more here. When I was a brand new teacher back in 2016, I got all my class mats from here. Be careful though, the cheapest (and most common) mats here aren’t ideal (you’ll end up finding bits of yoga mat all over your house).

You want to look out for ‘luxury’ mats which are at least 5mm thick and don’t collapse to nothing when you squish them. But thankfully they don’t sit in the ‘luxury’ price-point, as these sort of mats will only take you back around £12-15.

Mid range

Head here to find mats a little more expensive (and, in theory, ones which’ll last way longer). There’s some more expensive mats on this page, but check out the ones around the £30-40 mark – the Classic mats. These are Yoga Matters’ own brand and, really, they’re pretty great. These are the mats we used in our in-person studio in York and, even with regular class use and cleaning, they wore really well.

Higher Budget

If you practice a lot, it’s definitely worth it. They’ll last for years, if not forever with some deals out there. My first mat splurge was about £60 on a Manduka ProLite (check ’em here), and I know a few teachers who swear by Manduka’s Pro coming in about £75. My latest was the BEAUTIFUL 8mm Canary mat from Zen Bear at £85, really great if you sweat a lot as you’ll stick like glue to this mat, and TYR members can get discount on theses guys (just go to your perks page once you’ve logged in).

And, whatever mat you end up with, especially the lower-budget ones, bear in mind that brand new mats can use a little airing outside if you have space (or on a bannister or back of a chair). Leave it for a few days until any smell reduces.

Really though, there can a lot of snobbery around the yoga mat thing. Just go with something that’ll inspire you to throw it out for practice regularly, price range included. It’s about the yoga, not the mat. And if you’re waiting for payday til you can afford a Manduka Pro or Zen Bear beauty, just yoga on your kitchen tiles or use a towel. It’s all good.

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Chloe - Founder and Lead Teacher

POSTED: 05/04/2022

Chloe is the founder of TYR and her mission in life is simple: to encourage and facilitate authentic happiness in herself and those around her, and this goes into each and every class she teaches.

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