31 of the Dopest Yoga Mats on the Planet
Yoga is an expression of life. And our yoga mat (potentially) can be an expression of ourselves. Our personality, our mood and our inner beauty, our flava ... now to just find the right one.
Here's a list of the dopest yoga mats on the planet.
This yoga mat towel fits right on top of any yoga mat to seriously spice it up. It's made of recycled materials (including eight recycled water bottles) and has a textured grippy underside to help it stay put on your yoga mat. Wildlings Yoga also donates $2 to charity for every mat sold ... score!
There are few things more beautiful thnn Magic Carpet Yoga Mats. This is one of Sophie Leginger's (the creator's) original designs. All MCYM are inspired by traditional carpet weavings and patterns, taken to a whole new contemporary and innovative level.
This particular mat was inspired by the American Southwest weaving tradition and is a phthalate-free, non-Latex PVC mat with sustainable UV-cured inks.
I'm not totally convinced that the words "hi-tech" and "yoga" should go together, but I will admit that this concept is pretty darn cool. Wouldn't mind stepping onto this yoga spaceship to see what lights up.
Tera is a crazy dope rug that's also an innovative exercise mat. This creation by design firm Lunar is made of wool and laced with sensors that track your movements and see where you may need some balance and adjustments.
Connect this baby to its designated app and it will walk you through guided yoga routine LED lights as prompts to where it suggests your placement should be. Yogis worldwide have been patiently waiting for the Tera to come on the market since 2014.
SmartMat is an "intelligent" yoga mat with advanced sensor technology that detects when you're out of alignment and gives you real-time feedback on how to correct your pose. It connects to your smartphone, tablet, iPad or iPhone.
This gorgeous photo (believe it or not) was taken by Dore’ Vorum of the New York harbor and an exploding abstract sunset. All mats are PVC and phtalate free and use a recyclable, biodegradable, eco-friendly, natural tree rubber base that is bonded to an ultra-absorbent suede cloth top made from recycled water bottles.
This premium Eco-friendly Mat/Towel Combination was designed to be the ultimate yoga companion. Not only is it machine washable, but it's also non-slip for even the hottest yoga class (no need to drag along a yoga towel). The faded turquoise design is reminiscent of the ancient art, statues and architecture from the East.
If you're into hot yoga, but not the slipperiness that comes along with it, try this mat. It's the consistency of a towel on one side (to absorb sweat and avoid a potential catastrophe) and on the other side, it's a regular yoga mat that will easily stay put when you're doing inversions in 90-plus degrees. (unlike a cumbersome towel). Don't you just love a 2-in-1?
The eKO Mat is a trailblazer in the eco-friendly yoga mat category. In short, it leaves no footprint behind in landfills and uses a natural rubber and toxic-free softening process. The top layer of the mat is a natural sealed-cell surface that keeps out moisture and sweat from seeping into the mat and breeding bacteria. The deep forrest colors are so beautiful yet perfect for a dude.
Though not "technically" a yoga mat, what better way to practice yoga on the beach than with this beauty? This round mandala blanket is so incredibly gorgeous and can be used for anything from a yoga towel, picnic blanket, wall hanging, meditation blanket, throw blanket ... you name it!
This intriguing painting/yoga mat was created with different filters of color, 7 exactly, representing each chakra and inviting us to go deeper on the yoga path. It's so very unique, and eco-friendly, made from a recyclable, renewable, biodegradable, 100% natural tree rubber base.
Mr. Clean will clean your home! Why is Mr. Clean on a yoga mat, you ask? Well, Grey Area commissioned 7 artists to use the yoga mat as their canvas. Wim Delvoye decided to use intricate patterns that recall the Eastern origins of yoga.
He also subverts these motifs by replacing ornamental decor with barbed wire, gun ammunition, chain-link and a Mr. Clean-inspired genie figure.
Grey Area, $80
The Traditional Magic Carpet Yoga Mat is one of the oldest original MCYM designs, and it's rooted in old-world tradition. Fashioned after a Persian rug, it features ornate floral and diamond patterns to give your asanas structure and beauty.
The shapes are placed in strategic locations to assist in your postural alignment.
MATS THAT GIVE BACK
The Fusion mat is extra thick for extra cushion. At 5/16” thick, the Fusion mat is great for your restorative yoga/pilates/core fitness practice or just for when you want that extra comfort. Fusion is available at 24" wide and in a variety of colors and two lengths (68” and 74”). The Fusion mat weighs about 8 ½ pounds.
Jade is everything you want in a yoga mat – cool colors, incredible grip, great comfort and eco-friendly. Jade mats are made sustainably with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees, a renewable resource and unlike other mats contains no PVC, EVA or other synthetic rubber, and are made in the United States in compliance with all US environmental, labor and consumer protection laws. Plus, Jade plants a tree for every mat sold – with over 850,000 trees planted so far!
With every Teal mat purchased, $5 will be donated to ovarian cancer charities.
Jade Yoga, $134.95.
This peacock hand-painted yoga mat was the design that started the brand. Part of the proceeds of all yoga mat sales goes towards EMPOWER, helping the advocacy group grow and reach more victims living in silence and fear through information, access to councilors, events and workshops on finding community.
This mat was created with the metaphor that the mind is like a horse. Therefore, the practice of meditation is like training a wild horse. What's even cooler than the design and symbolism, is the fact that every product is created by a different artist to represent a yogi, and every purchase made at Sankalpa Yoga Community directly supports an independent Yogi & Artist.
The primary symbolism associated with the bear spirit animal is strength and confidence. Standing against adversity; taking action and leadership. The bear medicine emphasizes the importance of solitude, quiet time and rest. The spirit of the bear provides strong grounding forces.
Bess O'Connor is the founder of Urban Wellness Magazine. She has studied in many healing traditions, is a Certified Ayurvedic and Holistic Health Practitioner and worked as a Healing Arts Master for the Chopra Center for 8 years. A holistic, natural lifestyle is what she's all about. To her, WELLNESS is short for: Water, Exercise, Love, Light, Nourishment, Energy, Sun & Spirit. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.