The 13 Best Yoga Mats to Make Any Workout Way More Comfortable
The best yoga mats can make a big difference in cultivating an at-home yoga practice that feels grounding and sustainable, even if you’re a relative beginner learning to ohm and flow to online videos.
“A varied home practice can help us feel really comfortable in our skin,” Angela Dawn, a certified yoga instructor at Y7 Studio in New York, tells SELF. “It can be really tough to start, but you don’t have to go it alone. The internet is actually a great place to find sequencing ideas, flows, and even full video classes.”
Finding a good mat isn’t tough (you don’t have to spend a fortune to get one that’s supportive and grippy), but when you’re shopping, keep in mind all of your specific needs. Maybe you find thicker mats more comfortable for joint pain. Maybe perfect alignment is your goal, and you want a mat that provides you with ample space to stretch your legs out in Warrior II pose. If you sweat a lot during your practice, a mat that reduces slipping might be top of mind.
Then, think of portability. If you’re looking for a mat you can carry with you—even if it’s just into the backyard for some outdoor yoga—or need to stow it under your bed, you may want to choose one that fits in a yoga strap or rolls up easily.
And, especially in these stressful times, it can also be helpful to think outside its functionality for just a minute and choose a mat that just brings a smile to your face. Need some inspiration? Here, yoga instructors and fitness pros walk us through what they consider the best yoga mats for all types of practices and bodies.
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