Published on September 30th, 2016 | by Catherine Tingey0
The Best Yoga Mat
The Best Yoga Mat is actually a yoga towel and before you click away, read on and I’ll tell you why.
I’ve been practicing yoga for 25 years during which yoga became a billion dollar industry, flooded with mats, towels, sprays and bags, and that’s just the equipment.
You don’t need to spend $200+ to get started.
I’m going to show you how you can spend under $60 and get a set up that will last you 2 decades.
First of all, no company – even Manduka, the gold-standard in yoga mats and well-loved by yoga professionals – has been able to make a well-cushioned mat, uber non-slip, under 2lbs, that can also be machine washed.
Even the grippiest of mats become slippery, and unsafe, as the hands and feet begin to heavily perspire.
I recommend to all my clients who will be doing a sweaty, vinyasa style practice to invest in 2 things:
This is what I’ve been practicing with for the last 15 + years and I’m still using the original generic mat, and the original YOGITOES SKIDLESS TOWEL.
These mats can be machine washed on gentle and hung dry. There’s no need to invest in fancy sprays.
Phthalate, latex and silicone free, they arrive a little slippery so a good wash in the machine before using will add tackiness.
These towels, made in Korea, have silicone grippy dots on the underside which hold them in place. The best thing is that they are incredibly durable and can also be machine washed.
For under $60, you can get a set up that will last you two decades.
GENERIC MAT + PREMIUM TOWEL =$<60 total
-1/4″ standard mats are lighter weight than premium $100 mats – this makes them ultra portable
-both pieces can be washed on gentle in a washing machine to dry
-towel can be machine dried
-no need for disinfecting sprays
-total combined weight is less than a premium mat’s weight
-totally clean set-up each time you practice
If you have a favorite mat that you think outperforms my suggested combo, please comment. I’d love to know about it and give it a test drive!