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Best yoga mats 2022: Save money and improve your technique with these best-selling mats

Check out the best yoga mats of 2022. Shown here, a woman standing in Utthita Trikonasana, extended triangle pose, on a yoga mat.
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Finding the right yoga mat is essential to your practice for both your mental and physical well-being. A mat that's too sticky can interrupt your flow in a Vinyasa sequence, while a mat with not enough grip can be a cause of injury when in the middle of a set of Bikram class. 

To help you choose a perfect mat, Live Science has tested and assessed a range of the best yoga mats across several price categories.

Yoga can benefit both your physical and mental health. A meta-analysis published in the European Journal of Integrative Medicine in 2019 suggested that for heart-failure patients, yoga could complement drug therapy and provide positive health benefits. Another meta-analysis indicated that in adults, yoga could reduce your risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic-related illnesses. It can also help improve your flexibility, build muscle, burn calories, lower blood pressure and boost your posture and bone density. If you're still looking for reasons to start practicing yoga, we've compiled a list of the 8 benefits of yoga

However, the yoga mat you pick can greatly influence your yoga workouts and the benefits you gain from them. These mats not only come in different sizes, shapes and thicknesses, but they are made from a wide variety of different materials. Some mats are easier to transport than others, while some are designed to be odorless and others are made from eco-friendly or even vegan materials. 

With so many options, picking the right yoga mat for you can be a confusing, expensive and time-consuming process. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or you're planning to start a practice in the new year, we've done the research so you don't have to. Read on to find out which mat is the best fit for your new year's practice, level and budget.

Best yoga mats

Best yoga mats: image of lululemon reversible yoga mat 5mm

(Image credit: Lululemon)

The best yoga mat for all types of yoga

Specifications
Size: : 26” x 71”
Thickness: : 5mm
Weight: : 2.38kg / 5.24lbs
Materials: : Polyurethane and rubber
Colors: : Green twill/rainforest green, black/tiger, black/white/dark red, true navy/sonic pink, chalky rose/pink mist
Reasons to buy
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Multi-purpose design 
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Resilient and scratch-proof (rubber side) 
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Non-slip 
Reasons to avoid
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Very squishy 
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Heavy (5lbs) so not easy to travel with 
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Contains latex 

For once you can believe the hype: the Lululemon Reversible 5mm Yoga Mat is worth every cent. 

What the users say

On the whole, user reviews on this mat are positive with many people claiming it the ‘best mat they’ve ever used’. One Lululemon reviewer said that it was “the ultimate mat. Quality unbeatable. Versatile from yoga to HIIT and this mat will last you, so value for money”. However. one Lululemon user wasn’t happy with the color of the mat compared with the website image, comparing it to “a piece of ham”.

Well made, durable and with excellent traction in both wet and dry conditions, it’s the yoga mat that keeps on giving.

It’s springy enough to move around on with great cushioning to support bones and joints. Its thin polyurethane layer and ‘sweat-wicking’ natural rubber base, does a good job at absorbing moisture and the antimicrobial additive in the mat prevents bacteria from building up.

It’s a bit smelly when you first open it, and tends to scratch easily. It’s also a little on the heavy side at 2.38kg but that doesn’t matter if you’re driving to class or you usually workout from home. Plus, the 5mm thickness means you get the support where you need it most.

• Read the full Lululemon Reversible 5mm Mat review


Best yoga mats: sweaty betty super grip yoga mat

(Image credit: Sweaty Betty)

The best yoga mat for balance

Specifications
Size: : 72” x 24”
Thickness: : 4mm
Weight: : 2kg / 4.4lbs
Materials: : Natural latex
Colors: : Slate, mountain green, marina green, nerine pink, cornflower blue
Reasons to buy
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Non-slip 
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Excellent grip 
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Eco friendly 
Reasons to avoid
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Marks easily 
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Avoid if allergic to latex  
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Quite heavy 

The Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat lives up to its name on the grip front and provides excellent support and stability for all types of yoga. 

What the users say

The Super Grip Yoga Mat gets lots of five star reviews on Sweaty Betty, with praise for the mat’s durability and support. Customers love the design and look of the mat, as well as the fact that it is biodegradable. Many reviewers had bought the mat multiple times, claiming it offered the perfect amount of grip and thickness. Negative reviews cite problems with the mat being too hard, losing its grip after a year and the logo peeling off. 

Its sticky latex surface makes it durable enough to withstand a hot yoga session, and its non-slip nature makes it great for stability, meaning that you can stay in balance poses such as downward dog for longer.

Our one complaint is that due to its stickiness, this yoga mat is also somewhat of a dust and dirt magnet. It also picks up marks easily, but this is nothing that regular cleaning (and a carry bag for storage) can’t resolve.

Because this eco-friendly mat is made from natural latex (avoid if you have a latex allergy) you should expect a strong odor at first. However, this does wear off in time. We would note that this mat is a little thin for headstands, so you might need to add a towel to make it thicker.

• Read the full Sweaty Betty Super Grip Yoga Mat review


Best yoga mats: image shows JadeYoga Travel Yoga Mat

(Image credit: Amazon)

The best yoga mat for yogis on the go

Specifications
Size: : 68” x 24”
Thickness: : 3mm
Weight: : 1.3kg / 2.8lbs
Materials: : Natural rubber
Colors: : Black, midnight blue, olive green, purple
Reasons to buy
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Great grip 
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Compact 
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Tree planted for every mat sold 
Reasons to avoid
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Quite thin 
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Rubbery smell lasts few weeks 
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Limited color choice 

The Jade Yoga Travel Yoga Mat is perfect for travel as it’s thin, lightweight and compact. 

What the users say

The JadeYoga Travel Yoga Mat scores an impressive 4.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon, with 76% of reviews giving it the full five stars. Positive reviews praise the lightweight design and the fact it's thin and portable. Customers particularly liked the grip and support it offered. They also appreciated that it was made from renewable resources. Negative reviews cite problems with the mat being difficult to clean, as well as leaving hands and feet feeling greasy after a workout. 

It easily folds down to the size of a yoga block, and has a textured design that gives it great grip. While this mat will take up very little space in your luggage or your closet at home, the downside is that its super thin profile means that there is zero padding in this travel mat. We would also recommend rolling the mat out after you unpack it to minimize creases.

This yoga mat is made from PVC-free natural rubber so expect a rubbery smell for the first few weeks (and avoid this product if you have a latex allergy). It has an open cell construction and is really sticky, which is ideal as it means that you won’t slip and slide during your yoga session.

We would note that the mat can be a little slippery when sweat-soaked, but it doesn’t tend to mark or stain which is a big bonus. Jade Yoga has a plant-based mat wash you can use for cleaning, but we found that regular sprays worked just as well (although avoid UV cleaners as these can damage the rubber). Overall a great value mat with good performance for travelling yogis.


best yoga mats: image shows PREMIUM 2-COLOR YOGA MATS

(Image credit: Gaiam)

Gaiam Premium 2-Color Yoga Mat

The best yoga mat for people on a budget

Specifications
Size: : 68” x 24”
Thickness: : 6mm
Weight: : 2kg / 4.5lbs
Materials: : PVC
Colors: : Midnight blues, plum jam, granite storm, honeydew, icy frost
Reasons to buy
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 Sweat absorbent 
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 Reversible 
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 Latex-free 
Reasons to avoid
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Slippery 
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Short lifespan 
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Not suited to hot yoga 

The Gaiam Premium 2-Color Yoga Mat is reversible, so you can choose which side suits your yoga style or activity. 

What the users say

This mat scores 4.1 stars out of 5 on Target, with 59% of reviews giving it the full five stars. Positive reviews praise the price, cushioning and color choices as well as the thickness of the mat. Taller customers particularly liked the size and extended length. Users also appreciated the quality and thickness, while negative reviews cite problems with the grip lessening the sweatier the user got.

It comes in at under 50 bucks so it’s a solid budget-friendly option for people new to yoga. 

It’s a good size for taller people who need a bit more mat space, and has great cushioning to support joints and bones. That makes it a good choice for anyone using it for circuits or HIIT workouts, too. 

Our main complaints are that it tends to mark easily and the stickiness doesn't last very long. It’s sweat absorbent to an extent, but not compatible with hot yoga. The plus side is that it’s latex-free and comes with Gaiam’s lifetime guarantee.


Best yoga mats: image shows Alo yoga warrior mat

(Image credit: Alo )

Alo Yoga Warrior Mat

The best yoga mat for luxury

Specifications
Size: : 75” x 26”
Thickness:: 5mm
Weight: : 2.7kg / 6lbs
Materials: : Polyurethane leather and rubber
Colors: : Hot pink, smoky quartz, honeydew, highlighter, eclipse, white, black, jungle, dove grey
Reasons to buy
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Non-slip 
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Awesome grip  
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Great for hot yoga 
Reasons to avoid
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Quite expensive 
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Very heavy 
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Picks up dirt easily 

Yoga wear brand Alo makes mats as beautiful as their clothes but does the Alo Yoga Warrior Mat deliver on performance? 

What the users say

This mat is often ranked top of ‘the best yoga mat’ lists with reviewers praising it for being high quality with a premium look and feel. Customers also appreciated that the Alo Yoga Warrior Mat has an incredible grip, is made from ethically sourced rubber and is extra long. Less favorable reviews said the mat was quite expensive, too heavy and picked up dirt easily. 

We have to say that, despite being one of the most expensive out there, this is one of the best yoga mats you can buy. It looks and feels luxurious and is made with non-toxic ethically sourced rubber, which gives it an excellent grip.

It has an extended length (75” / 6.2ft) and the thickness (5mm) means that it’s super durable and comfortable. We found it extremely hard-working during our hot yoga sessions, as the moisture-wicking material helps it keep its grip.

This yoga mat comes in a bold array of colorways and has a matte finish that gives it a premium feel. An added bonus is that when you buy the Alo Yoga Warrior Mat you get a free 30-day trial of Alo Moves, which gives you access to unlimited yoga, fitness and meditation classes led by their pro instructors.


best yoga mats: image shows Manduka Pro Yoga Mat

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Manduka Pro Yoga Mat

The best yoga mat for teachers

Specifications
Size: : 71” x 26” standard length or 85” x 26” extra long
Thickness: : 6mm
Weight:: 3.4kg / 7.5lbs (standard length) 4.3kg / 9.6lbs (extra long)
Materials: : OKEO-TEX certified PVC
Colors: : Odyssey (blue), Maldive, black, black magic (purple), verve (red), midnight, surf, black sage (green)
Reasons to buy
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Handmade 
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Eco-friendly OKEO-TEX certified 
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Latex-free 
Reasons to avoid
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Pricey 
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Needs a lot of breaking in 
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Not easily portable 

Skin-safe and OEKO-TEX certified (free from hazardous chemicals), the Manduka Pro Yoga Mat is a favourite of yoga teachers and called pro for good reason.

What the users say

The Manduka pro scores 4.5 out of five stars on Amazon, with 86% of reviews giving the mat the full five stars. Customers raved about the padding and the fact that the yoga mat is heavy and stable, allowing people to feel secure when in balance poses. However some negative reviews claimed the mat was too slippy, with many people saying it was very hard to break in and not suitable for hot yoga.

Its ultra thick 6mm cushioning provides excellent support and stability, while it’s still firm enough underfoot for tree/balance poses. The dot pattern keeps the mat steady on any surface and the textured top layer means you can flow between moves without sticking to the mat.

Admittedly, this mat needs a bit of breaking in and it’s recommended to use a sea salt scrub to speed up the process. Each mat is handmade and is made from closed-cell material, which seals out moisture and bacteria, keeping mold and mildew at bay.

We love that it comes in two sizes – standard and extra long, so taller people can enjoy not hanging off the mat for once (but word to the wise: the bigger mat may take up valuable space in smaller yoga studios, which might prove unpopular!).


best yoga mats: image shows Heathyoga TPE Body Alignment System Yoga Mat

(Image credit: Heathyoga)

Heathyoga TPE Body Alignment System Yoga Mat

The best yoga mat for beginners

Specifications
Size: : 72” x 26”
Thickness: : 6mm
Weight: : 1.2kg / 2.8lbs
Materials: : Thermoplastic elastomers
Colors: : Turquoise, grass green, charcoal, purple, pink, blue
Reasons to buy
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Firm grip 
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Good for hot yoga 
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Eco friendly 
Reasons to avoid
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Corners roll up 
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Quite thick 
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Keep away from extreme heat 

New to yoga? The Heathyoga TPE Body Alignment System Yoga Mat is a solid choice because it comes with marks for hands and feet placement. 

What the users say

This yoga mat gets a lot of love of Amazon - 4.6 out of five stars and 77% of users gave it the full five stars. Reviewers praised the grip, cushioning and non-slip surface, while many also appreciated the alignment guide on the mat, which helped people get into the right positions. Negative reviews cited issues with the initial rubbery odor of the mat when you first open it. Some users claimed the mat lost its grip after a few months, too.

This is really helpful for newcomers to yoga, as you can work on correct technique and positioning with less risk of injury.

It’s slip resistant, easy to clean and stays nice and flat once it’s unrolled. It’s thick enough to do prolonged yin practice poses with comfort and has excellent grip, even in hot yoga classes. We love how durable it is, with just the right amount of cushioning for standing poses. 

Longer and wider than standard yoga mats, the Heathyoga TPE Body Alignment System Yoga Mat comes with a free Velcro strap and carrying strap


best yoga mats: image shows Manduka EKO Superlite Yoga Travel Mat

(Image credit: Amazon)

Manduka eKO Superlite Yoga Mat

The best yoga mat for traveling

Specifications
Size: : 71” x 24”
Thickness: : 1.5mm
Weight: : 1.8kg / 3.9lbs
Materials: : Tree rubber
Colors: : Lavender stripe, lavender marbled, gold, sea gold marbled, midnight (blue), Dresden blue marbled, acai (purple)
Reasons to buy
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 Lightweight 
+
 Eco-friendly 
+
 Easy to pack (roll or fold) 
Reasons to avoid
-
Marks easily 
-
Not totally latex free 
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Difficult to clean 

Going on vacation? You need the Manduka Eko Superlite Yoga Mat in your life! 

What the users say

This lightweight travel mat gets an impressive 4.5 stars out of five on Amazon, with 76% giving it the full five stars. Customers love how portable and sticky it is. They also praised how foldable it was and the fact that it didn’t weigh much. Negative reviews state that because it’s thin, it can be uncomfortable on the knees. There were also lots of comments on the odor of the mat.

Easy to fold or roll, this eco-friendly, lightweight mat has superb grip and is versatile for all types of yoga practice.

As it’s a travel yoga mat, it’s very thin (1.5mm) but you can always put it on top of a thicker mat in a yoga studio. It has a tightly woven scrim that resists tearing or scratching, and a good grip considering how thin it is.

It’s made from sustainably harvester tree rubber (so expect a rubbery odor at first), without PVC or harmful dyes and is 99% latex free. It folds and rolls away easily into luggage and is a great investment for people who love traveling.


best yoga mats: Yogi Bare Paws Extreme Grip Yoga Mat

(Image credit: Yogi Bare)

Yogi Bare Paws Extreme Grip Yoga Mat

The best yoga mat for vegans

Specifications
Size: : 70” x 25”
Thickness: : 4mm
Weight: : 2.5kg / 5.5lbs
aterials: : Natural rubber and PU
Colors: : Black, red, dark green, grey, blue
Reasons to buy
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Super smooth 
+
Vegan 
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Superb grip 
Reasons to avoid
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Heavy 
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Not easily portable 
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Contains latex 

The Yogi Bare Paws Extreme Grip Yoga Mat is famous for its non-slip tech and made from eco-friendly natural rubber and PU, meaning you can stay in poses for longer.

What the users say

This mat gets 4.8 out of five stars on Amazon, with 87% of reviewers giving it the full five stars. Customers liked that it had premium features, including the “perfect thickness’. It gets praise for being non-slip and a good size, particularly if you are tall. Reviewers also appreciated that it comes with alignment marks. Negative reviews cited problems with the grip lessening after a few months, that it showed up water and grease and had an initial rubbery odor.

 From a simple downward dog to more dynamic moves such as crow and fallen star, this mat keeps you in place regardless of how much you’re sweating.

At 4mm thick, the Yogi Bare Paws Extreme Grip Yoga Mat is as good for vinyasa flow and hot yoga as it is for more strenuous HIIT and circuit workouts, but if you’re worried about your knees you might want a slighter thicker mat. We used it on wooden floorboards, and it stayed put. However, there was a bit of movement when used on carpet – but nothing compared with cheaper mats. That said, it did pick up a lot of fluff and dirt from the floor.

It’s easy to clean (warm water with lemon juice works well) and comes with laser etched alignment guides on the mat to help you get into position. It’s made from vegan-friendly rubber with water-based dyes, so won’t cost the earth.


Best yoga Mats: image shows With Every Atom Cork Yoga Mat

(Image credit: With Every Atom)

With Every Atom Cork Yoga Mat

The best cork yoga mat

Specifications
Size: : 72” x 25”
Thickness: : 4mm
Weight: : 2.25kg / 4.9lbs
Materials: : Natural rubber and cork
Colors: : Brown
Reasons to buy
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Durable 
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Eco-friendly 
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Naturally antimicrobial 
Reasons to avoid
-
Bit thin for headstands 
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Not easily portable 
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Marks easily 

The With Every Atom Cork Yoga Mat is extra large so it’s a great option for taller people.

What the users say

This yoga mat gets lots of praise for how it looks and feels. One reviewer on TrustPilot said: “It’s the ultimate in yoga luxury.” Many users like that the eco-friendly mat was made from sustainable resources and had antibacterial properties. Negative reviews cited problems with the mat getting easily marked and stained, particularly with sweat.

It’s made from naturally grippy rubber and moisture wicking cork, so the grip actually improves the more you sweat. It’s a great choice for all styles of yoga, including Ashtanga, Hatha, hot yoga and other floor-based workouts.

It’s fairly lightweight and not too thick yet supportive and comfortable enough for daily practice. We love that the With Every Atom Cork Yoga Mat is vegan-friendly and made from sustainably sourced, natural and recycled materials. 

Cork is naturally antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, so it’s also low maintenance. It tends to mark easily, but is easy to clean. Plus, when you buy an Every Atom Cork Yoga Mat the brand plants a tree. The only downside is that this yoga mat only comes in one color.

Which yoga mat is best?

So which is the best yoga mat for you? And what should you look for when you are deciding how to choose a yoga mat?

You'll want to first consider the types of yoga you're interested in. Will you spend lots of time doing lots of sweating in a Bikram or other hot yoga class? If so, you'll want to pick up a yoga mat that has a lot of grip and also a material with an antimicrobial layer or sweat-wicking properties.

Let's say you plan to experience the benefits of yoga in a studio that requires a long-ish commute? A relatively lightweight yoga mat that you can transport to your classes would be your best bet. That same advice applies to individuals who plan to tote their mat along on vacation. 

If you are taller than average, you might want to invest in an extra-long yoga mat so you're not hanging off the end. Since — many people practice yoga to fix posture, if your mat is too short you might be scrunching up in unhealthy ways to keep your hands and feet on a non-stick surface in downward dog or another pose. Of course, as your mat gets bigger you'll take up more space in the often overcrowded yoga classes, depending on where you practice. 

Thicker mats are recommended for therapeutic practices, so if restorative yoga is your favorite, then you'll want to buy one that has more cushioning. Mats come in a range of thicknesses, from the super-skinny 1/16-inch (1.5 mm) to a plush 1/4-inch-thick (6.3 mm) option. As mats get thicker, however, they might give you more cushion but they are also heavier, so there's a trade-off. For daily practice to improve your flexibility, make sure you opt for a well-designed, high-quality mat. You can even buy yoga mats with alignment marks etched into them to help with technique and form.

Your mat's grip is also critical to a solid yoga practice. You'll want to look for a mat with a good amount of traction in order to practice the balance poses without slipping. Meanwhile, price will also be a factor when deciding which yoga mat is best for you, so shop around to find something that meets your needs and your budget.

Where is the best place to buy a yoga mat?

Not sure where to pick up your favorite yoga mat? We've rounded up the best models available to help you out. Premium, well-known brands like Lululemon and Sweaty Betty do live up to their hype, but you can get a perfectly good mat for everyday use at Gaiam or another less-expensive name, for example.

Alo Yoga also makes excellent quality, long-lasting yoga mats to suit all practices. They have earned a trusted reputation for creating durable yoga mats that last a lifetime. These companies also sell highly desirable, premium workout clothes. 

You can pick up some amazing yoga mat deals and discounts from places like Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart, but be careful about paying too little and thinking you've found a bargain. Cheap yoga mats are cheap for a reason — they might be made of poor-quality materials, meaning they would have a short life span and possibly poor grip, meaning you are at more risk of injury. 

• Read more: Six yoga myths debunked

For an eco-friendly mat, look no further than sustainable brands Manduka, Heathyoga, With Every Atom and Yogi Bare Paws. Many of these mats are made with natural rubber, but they still contain some latex so these products aren't suitable for anyone with allergies.

Yoga teacher Ro Grogan said, "I really rate a cork mat from somewhere like Cork Space – it's sustainable, natural and grounding. Everyone is different, but you want a yoga mat that suits you visually. A bit like our clothes, your mat should spark joy."

If you love to practice at a studio or plan to bring your mat over the holiday, you. might want to invest in a yoga mat from JadeYoga or Gaiam, which make excellent lightweight travel mats that are easy to fold and pack.

Maddy is a freelance journalist specializing in fitness, health and wellbeing content. She has been a writer and editor for 22 years, and has worked for some of the UK's bestselling newspapers and women’s magazines, including Marie Claire, The Sunday Times and Women's Health. Maddy loves HIIT training and can often be found working out while her two young daughters do matching burpees or star jumps. As a massive foodie, she loves cooking and trying out new healthy recipes (especially ones with hidden vegetables so the kids eat them). Maddy is currently completing a diploma in Level 3 personal training and can’t wait to help other busy mums like her feel energized and confident in how they look and feel.