Not all yoga mats are created equal. You may be surprised that some offer more features than others despite their rather unsuspecting appearance. With all the seemingly endless options we have in the market right now, it can be challenging to pinpoint the right one for your needs. To help you make the right choice, we asked some seasoned yogis around us — Anna, Divya, Shirlyn, Lea and Cheyenne — to give us their best yoga mat recommendations.
For long-lasting durability: Manduka ProLite
A personal favourite of Anna's, the Manduka ProLite is highly recommended for its lifetime guarantee, perfect cushioning and durability. "It's not too heavy to carry for when I travel or teach private classes. I’ve had mine for 6 years now," she said. We also love that it comes in many cute colours!
For budget-friendly, value-for-money quality: Bliss Lifestyle Mat
Another of Anna's yoga mat recommendations is the Bliss Lifestyle Mat which she described as a budget-friendly mat with great quality: "It comes in black or pink; has a great grip, thickness/cushioning, and durability." On top of that, the mats are engraved with an affirmational message that keeps Anna motivated.
Get one at: Bliss Lifestyle (free delivery within the Philippines and available for international shipping).
For strong grip: Lululemon Reversible Mat
Extra sweaty during your yoga and other workout sessions? You may want to check out the Lululemon Reversible Mat. "I sweat a lot during yoga, and with the mat, I don’t need to layer another towel because the grip is amazing. The cushioning is pretty solid as well," Dhivya said.
For all-rounder features: Liforme Yoga Mat
"A good mat is not only important for cushioning and support but for safety too," Cheyenne said. "You want to make sure you can move around without slipping so that you get to practice without distractions." And that's why she recommended Liforme Yoga Mat. It's especially helpful for active yoga sessions where you'll need to get into various positions seamlessly in a much faster pace.
Get one at: Liforme Yoga Shop (international shipping available).
Alternatives: As this yoga mat is internationally sourced, Cheyenne also suggested some good alternatives available in Singapore: Dynamic Yoga mat from Decathlon (also available in Malaysia and the Philippines), regular and mini mats from Jyan Yoga Studio (also recommended by Shirlyn who highlighted that it's "grippy, made with good material, has enough thickness and easy to maintain"), and mats from The Yoga Mandala.
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