There’s a new yoga mat on Amazon that everyone is absolutely loving. It’s called the Manduka Extra Thick Yoga Mat. It’s sweat resistant, portable, non-slip and eco-friendly But does it deserve the 4.5 star reviews it has from 2800 Amazon customers? Well… yes, probable.
>> The Manduka yoga mat is available on Amazon [check for prices].
I have a horrible history of yoga mats. As a 5’11 guy of average weight for my height, I’m probably a little heavier than the average yogi. And I do yoga daily (except when I can’t be bothered… which, recently, is a little too often). I go through yoga mats like my cat goes through chew toys. Just like the cat’s chew toys, my yoga mats end up torn and tattered in just a couple of months. They start falling to piece and I end up with little pieces of mat all around the house, which drives my girlfriend crazy.
The problem is the mats are too thin and weak and they fall apart too easily. That was when I happened to see the Manduka Extra Thick Yoga Mat on Amazon. It comes in two thickness options, one being 6mm and the other a “lite” version that’s 4mm thick. Obviously I chose the thick one. Not only does the extra strength make it more durable, it also gives me extra padding that helps my knees, back, palms, and basically every other part of my body, whatever asana I might be doing.
The thickness of the mat means that your joints end up absorbing less pressure from your yoga poses, which ultimately helps to prevent them from getting sore or injured. I feel like the extra cushioning helps me get into my yoga poses better, so I ultimately get more out of my practice.
Another really nice thing about Manduka is that it’s a sweat resistant yoga mat. I tend to get really into my yoga practice and I do end up working up a pretty good sweat. With a non-sweat-resistant yoga mat that sweat makes the surface slippery, which is problematic when you’re doing any kind of asana that requires balance. You really want the mat to be dry to prevent you from falling. Especially because falling could result in an injury.
Not to mention, non-sweat-resistant yoga mats end up stinking… yuck!
Of course you can always take a towel with you to yoga class to wipe off the sweat. But that’s just one more item you have to carry with you to the studio, and who wants to wipe off sweat anyway? It’s better if the mat takes care of itself, like the Manduka yoga mat does. Plus, it has “closed-cell construction” that prevents bacteria from getting into your mat.
The one slight downside that I have with the 6mm Manduka yoga mat is that it is a little bit heavy, so it can be a chore taking it to yoga class. I personally don’t have an issue with that, but I feel like some yogis might find it a bit cumbersome. Overall though, the tiny bit of extra weight is worth it for such a high quality mat.
A final note is that this is an eco friendly yoga mat (read: best eco-friendly yoga products). It’s “responsibly crafted in an emission-free facility. OEKO-TEX certified, meaning it’s 100% safe for you, your kids, and pets.” So you can feel good about choosing it and protecting the planet too!
Overall, if you’re looking for a durable, sweat-resistant, extra thick yoga mat, Manduka should definitely be top of your list! I also recommend the collection from Yoga Mats Ireland.