After trying dozens, we finally found the perfect yoga mat! While it seems like something you could just grab on your way out of a sporting good store, finding a good one can be tricky. We’re sharing the best ways to choose a yoga mat, as well as, clean it!
What is the best yoga mat?
The best yoga mat will depend on your preferences. We like:
- PrAna Revolution Mat – Approximately $95, durable, great grip, length & thickness
- Aurorae Classic Thick Yoga Mat – About $35, affordable, great grip, durable
- Aurorae Hot Yoga Mat – Approximately $65, offers 2 sides and is best for hot yoga
We also love this mat cleaner by Aurorae.
Is it necessary to use a yoga mat?
A yoga mat helps you from sliding around or losing alignment during a yoga class. It can also offer cushion to your joints in certain yoga poses. So while it’s not necessary, it is very helpful in maintaining proper form.
How do you choose a yoga mat?
You should consider its thickness, texture and what it’s made out of. It should also be easy to store and tote with you.
How much should you spend?
You’ll see yoga mats ranging from $20 to $100+. We suggest spending somewhere in the middle.
With that said, we suggest looking at the quality of the mat before the price. By choosing a durable mat with the right amount of cushion, you’ll save money in the long run.
What is the best size?
The standard yoga mat is 24″ wide and 68″ long. This is typically the best size for using and carrying with you. If you’re over 6′ tall, you may want a longer mat. These come all the way to 84″ long.
A good way to know the best size for you is to do downward dog on it and see if it feels comfortable.
What is the best thickness for a yoga mat?
The best thickness for a standard yoga mat is 1/8 inch or about 3mm of padding.. This thickness allows you to make a strong connection to the floor and also provides comfort to your knees on more grounded poses.
You can find travel ones as thin as 1/16 inch thick, and you may also find some with extra cushioning. If you have knee, wrist or lower back issues the extra padding may help you. However, the 1/8 inch thickness is best for most people.
Which is the right side?
It depends on what the yoga mat is made of; however, typically the textured side will face up. The exceptions to this would be if you have a slick yoga mat, popular with Lululemon. If you’re unsure, look for a logo. The logo should also indicate the top of the mat.
How to Clean Your Yoga Mat
Cleaning your yoga mat is pretty simple! You’ll want a soft brush or sponge and a non-oil based soap. Just rinse the mat and then air dry. You’ll also want to make sure it’s dry before you use it.
Can you put it in the washing machine?
Some yoga mats are machine washable, but you should always check beforehand. You can usually Google the brand and find out that way.
If it is machine washable, make sure to wash it separately using a gentle soap. Obviously, don’t wash with clothes either. That would be a big mess.
Can you use a dryer?
Slow your roll. You can’t put any of them in the dryer! The best way to dry them is to rub it with a towel and let it air dry.
If you have a natural mat and it’s holding onto a ton of water, roll it up and squeeze out the water. Then let it air dry.
What is the best way to clean a yoga mat?
If you’re like me and the idea of cleaning a yoga mat in the washing machine gives you heebie-jeebies, there are other ways to clean it!
The 1st way to clean your yoga mat is just soap & water.
If your mat isn’t super dirty, diluting dish soap and applying it with a damp sponge can do the trick. We do about 1 cup of water for every 2 drops of dish soap. Then just rinse with hot water and dry with a soft towel.
The 2nd way to clean your yoga mat is by sanitizing it.
You can buy a yoga mat sanitizer spray or make your own using water and essential oils.
If you choose to make your own, look for cocktails of tea tree oil, lemon, or lavender to kill germs. Store-bought sprays shouldn’t contain bleach or alcohol. Either ingredient can destroy your mat or cause skin irritation.
How long should you keep a yoga mat?
If your practicing yoga regularly, the recommendation is to replace your mat 1-2x a year. With that said, you’ll likely know when it’s time for a new one.
If it becomes uneven, is falling apart, isn’t sticky anymore, stinks or is getting thinner it’s time to replace it.
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