The Mat Review

August 8, 2014

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As a yogi, the place you may be spending most of your days is the MAT. And I’ll be honest, the search for a great mat can be daunting. It’s not the easiest of tasks, especially when you’re a newbie! I don’t blame you one bit. When I first started, I preferred spending $15 on a TJ Maxx mat in comparison to the pricier brand name mats ranging in price from $60-90.

After a few months of my students asking me for the best mat advice (and me giving a completely biased opinion), I decided to reach out to a few mat companies so that we may all try out a few mats and decide which mat we collectively liked best, as a Shala and as

individual practitioners.

The three mats that I reviewed were: Afirmats, Jade & Manduka.

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Affirmats was definitely my favorite mat. I loved the colors, the saying {I received the “Believe there is good in the world” mat}.

I was pleasantly surprised when this mat arrived in the mail. I had found out about this company on Instagram (side note: I love social media!) and knew nothing of the thickness, nor had I ever stepped foot on one of these mats. I loved the design and really wanted to know what the rage was all about. I’m so glad I did!

One of the reasons I enjoyed this mat so much was the texture, the medium thickness and the ability to slip around a bit. As a Prana Flow teacher, there is a lot of movement and flow on the mat and I appreciate not feeling as though I’m on a sticky mat when I’m transitioning from low plank to upward dog or moving between other poses.

My students had a slightly different view, as this mat was not their favorite. Their main con of Affirmats was the texture. This mat has a ribbing texture and although I LOVED it, it isn’t for everyone.

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I’ll be honest, the Jade mat wasn’t my favorite mat. When I received it in the mail I first noticed how thin the mat appeared in comparison to the other mats that were sent along. After using it as my travel mat for a week or so, I noticed that the mat was beginning to peel around where my hands lie in downward dog. I am really rough on my mat as I practice and teach every day, but it doesn’t seem like the kind of mat that would be able to hold me in my practice.

My students again had a slightly different view. {I’m so happy I let them review these mats with me as we all have different opinions!!} As most of my practitioners come once to twice a week, they really enjoyed the Jade mat. They felt it supported them in practice and liked that the texture was smooth in comparison to the Affirmats mat.

We all collectively agreed this mat would be great for traveling or occasional use.

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Manduka is a huge brand name in the yoga mat industry and I really wanted to get my hands on one. A lot of my colleagues and fellow yogis own Madukas and LOVE them. Often, the only complaint I hear from everyone is how heavy the mat is – in some cases the mat shipped to their home weighs 4 pounds!

When deciding which mat to review, I thought I would go for the Maduka Eko which is one of their lightest mats. I figured I would eliminate the only complaint I’ve heard and start with a nice “lightweight” mat.

The first thing I noticed is that although it is the lightest mat in their collection, it is still very heavy. The moment I stepped onto this mat I told my students it felt like I was walking on a cloud. It is soft and a really thick mat. Great for my students that have joint problems and anyone looking for a little more support.

The only con that I have for this mat is that it is super sticky. For someone who frequently does sweaty power yoga classes or is interested in having a slightly sticky mat for the support of not moving around the mat, this would be a great feature.

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I am grateful to not only the mat companies that had me review their products, but also to my students who hopped onto the mat and took them each for a spin. It was nice to have a collective set of opinions wrapped into this post as I believe it makes this a more honest review. Although all these mats were sent to me as a sponsored post, all opinions are real and they are my own and those of my yoga students. I appreciated the opportunity to try new mats and take them all for a test drive!

I hope this review allows you to start the journey of buying your next mat!

Sending you lots of love, light & soulful sweat!
Namaste,
Jenny

This post is sponsored by Affirmats, Maduka & Jade. 

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1 Comment

  • Reply Seba July 17, 2016 at 3:10 am

    My manduka eko 5mm is wonderful. I try a prolite manduka… too and eko it s an other level !

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