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The Best High Performance Yoga Mats to Buy

by Voices Wellness 10 Feb 2021
Photo: Lululemon Singapore

 Power up your practice with these stylish and feature-packed yoga mats. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS

Forget about struggling on slippery surfaces during your yoga practice, these high-performance mats are designed to cushion your every move, keeping you grounded as you flow from one asana to the next. Designed for all levels of practitioners, from the seasoned to the newbie, these mats are made to last—which could explain their slightly higher price tags. But if quality and performance matter, why not invest in a mat that’s as committed as you are to your practice?

Photo: Alo Yoga

Alo Yoga Warrior Mat

Channel your inner warrior with this cult-favourite mat from Los Angeles-based activewear brand Alo Yoga. Rigorously tested to withstand both hot and non-hot classes, the mat is anti-odour, dry-wicking, slip-free, and cushioned for joint support. The eco-conscious will be happy to know that it’s 100 percent formaldehyde-free, non-toxic, and PVC-free. Plus, it comes in a range of pretty hues, from powder pink to jungle green.

More information here.

Photo: Manduka

Manduka PRO Mat 71″

Need a mat that matches your dedication to yoga? This one comes with a life-long guarantee. Manufactured through a process that ensures no toxic emissions are released into the atmosphere, the mat features a closed-cell surface to prevent sweat from seeping in, along with features like high-density cushion and joint protection. Said to improve with use, the mat can be broken in with regular practice or with the “salt method”—sprinkle sea salt, dampen with a cloth, and scrub it with a stiff brush.

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Photo: Liforme

Liforme Yoga Mat

If slippery mats are the bane of your life, this best-selling Liforme mat was made for you. Made with its special “GripForMe” material, the mat claims to be the grippiest yoga mat you’ll ever use, remaining so even if one gets sweaty. Designed to help guide yogis into their asanas, the mat comes with the “AlignForMe” system of practical alignment markers so that you know where exactly to place your feet in say, Warrior II. Made with mostly naturally sourced sustainable rubber, the mat will biodegrade in one to five years under normal landfill conditions. The heat-bonding process used in making each mat also eliminates the use of toxic glues.

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Photo: Nike

Nike Mastery Yoga Mat

Nike may be known for their stylish sports shoes, but their series of studio-based sports equipment and activewear are worth checking out. Designed for yoga and Pilates, this mat is made from natural rubber featuring a rugged, stone look to it. Not only does it offer a grippy surface, but it also feels cool to the touch and comes with anti-odour properties to keep it smelling clean all day. Great for yogis who like bringing their own mat to the studio, this one is lightweight and easy to transport.

More information here.

Photo: Lululemon

Lululemon The Reversible Mat 5mm 

At 5mm thickness. this popular mat from Canadian activewear label Lululemon is heavy-weight enough to support you in headstands yet grippy enough to keep you stable in standing balances. An all-rounder, the mat features a polyurethane top layer to absorbs moisture, a natural rubber base to provide cushioning, and a textured grip for low-sweat practices. Plus, an antimicrobial additive helps prevent mould and mildew on the mat, for a clean and fresh practice session every time. Available in marbled hues and solid colours, the mat is designed to be both stylish and functional.

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