My hunt for a new yoga mat

I’ve had my yoga mat for quite a few years now, and I don’t want to say its falling apart, but, it certainly isn’t in perfect condition (and yeah, it is kinda falling apart).

Now that I practice yoga, pretty much every day, I need a new mat that is going to be good for me and my practice and that is going to last me. But the issue is, which kind of yoga mat do I choose? There are so many different kinda of thickness, materials(and more things!) that are used and there are just so many different companies to choose from! I’ve seen a lot of people online that use yoga clothes and mats from a company called ‘Alo Yoga’, but I have looked on their website and although the stuff on there is BEAUTIFUL and I would love to treat myself to almost all of their website, for me, it’s kinda expensive. I’m a student and I only work part-time, I really don’t have the money to spend like £80 on a yoga mat. Yes, they do offer a cheaper more basic one, but that is still over £30.

Now obviously that brings up a few questions, well, how much am I willing to spend? But, how much is a good amount to spend? The phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ comes to mind. If I don’t spend a fair bit of money, will I just end up with a crappy mat that won’t last or will make me slip if I get sweaty? It’s kinda difficult to know what to do. There are a lot of yogis who I follow online that use a variety of different mats that they are happy with. Another brand is ‘Liforme’, but again, I’m looking at minimum £80. ‘My Mantra Active’, slightly cheaper, as I’m looking at it, some mats are on sale for £50. ‘Byoganow’, still about £40-£50.

So, from then my search has gone to Amazon, because the prices start super low, but there is potential to pay a lot too. 6mm thickness seems to be the ‘norm’ from what I can see, I’m not really sure how thick my current mat is but I wouldn’t say it’s thicker than 6mm. But then again, some descriptions are saying 6mm mats are ‘Super thick’, so, what’s that about? So basically, more research needs to be done on my part to really find out what I need my mat to be and how much I’m gonna spend to get it. Is it worth saving to spend £80 if it’s a super good mat and will last me?

If anyone has a yoga mat, a company they would recommend or any tips for buying a yoga mat for everyday use, please let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Maria

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