Whether you're a total newcomer or a long-time enthusiast, having the right yoga mat can make a whole world of a difference to your practice. Sometimes it's overwhelming to make the right choice with a plethora of mats that are available in the market.
Beyond a color and pattern that suits your style, your yoga mat needs to keep you stable in your poses; it needs to be storable and portable, yet comfy and cushy. You may also want your mat to be environmentally friendly. These aspects of your mat’s personality are all perfected by how the mat is made: thickness & weight; Materials & Durability; Price range and Style.
Use this guide to help you find a yoga mat you can be blissfully happy with — one that suits your practice, priorities, lifestyle, values, and budget. No matter what the stores tell you, the best yoga mat for you!
1. THICKNESS & WEIGHT
A standard yoga mat is about 1/8 inch thick, while the thickest are about ¼ inch. There are also wafer-thin yoga mats, often billed as “travel yoga mats,” that are a mere 1/16 inch thick. They fold easily and don’t weigh much, making them a cinch to fit in a suitcase.
Olaben Mat Collection offers a variety of Yoga Mat including standard yoga mat (Harmony); travel yoga mat (Warrior, The Sun & The Moon). If you don’t mind carrying and storing a little more heft for the sake of more cushioning, consider Harmony mat that's about 1/4 inch thick. And if you absolutely must be able to pack your yoga mat in a suitcase or carry-on, get yourself a Warrior, The Moon or The Sun Mat in the 1/16 inch range.
*The Harmony Mat in Silver Chalice
2. MATERIAL & DURABILITY
Most standard yoga mats are made of PVC, otherwise known as vinyl. Newer, more earth-friendly options include natural and recycled rubber, jute, and organic cotton or natural cotton (which means the fabric is not treated with synthetic finishes during manufacturing).
*The Zodiac Mat
3. TEXTURE & PATTERN
Like stickiness, texture affects how much slipping and sliding you do. It provides physical barriers to sliding (whereas stickiness relies on suction). And because texture affects the way a yoga mat feels, it’s also a component of overall comfort.
If you’re looking for a yoga mat that prevents, look for a rubber, jute, or cotton yoga mat that has a raised, tactile pattern. The added grip the raised texture provides can help you stay put no matter how sweaty or vigorous your practice gets.
Olaben offers the variety in patterns and color on the mat. However, they are all arranged appropriately so as not to distract the yogis.
Some signature patterns in our collection are sun, moon, zodiac, signature logo Olaben,…
*The Sun Combo
PVC/ TPE yoga mats have the highest sticky factor.
If you need help staying put in your poses but you bristle at the thought of practicing on a yoga mat with a raised texture, a PVC/TPE yoga mat is probably your best bet. Just remember that these yoga mats are only sticky when they are clean, so make sure you care for the yoga mat properly.
are typically made from natural or recycled rubber. These yoga mats may also include natural materials, such as jute or organic cotton.
Harmony Mats from Olaben are made of recycled rubber, while available in a range of thicknesses, tend to be thicker and slicker than PVC mats. You can get a yoga mat that's eco-friendly, has a thickness that meets your needs for comfort and portability, and has a texture (such as a raised geometric pattern) that prevents slippage.
*Olaben’s Harmony Mat Collection
6. PRICE RANGE