Yoga is an expression of life. And our yoga mat (potentially) can be an expression of ourselves. Our personality, our mood and our inner beauty, our flava … now to just find the right one.
Here’s a list of the dopest yoga mats on the planet.
This outta-this-world yoga mat was inspired by the otherworldly landscape of Maui’s Haleakala crater at sunrise. This “space” mat combines tribal (and almost alien-like) symbols – perfect for transcending in your yoga practice.
How sweet is it to practice yoga on a dream catcher? This water color design, extra thick, latex-free yoga mat will let your good dreams pass on through to the other side…
Not sure you can pick just one mat? With this reversible yoga mat you can change the “look” depending on if your vibin’ with the Sun & Moon or perhaps the OM Lotus symbol. It’s like getting two yoga mats for the price of one!
This yoga mat towel fits right on top of any yoga mat to seriously spice it up. It’s also made of recycled materials (including eight recycled water bottles) and has a textured grippy underside to help it stay put on your yoga mat. Wildlings Yoga also donates $2 to charity for every mat sold … score!
There are few things more beautiful then Magic Carpet Yoga Mats. This is one of Sophie Leginger’s (the creator’s) original designs. All Magic Carpet Yoga Mats are inspired by traditional carpet weavings and patterns. But MCYM takes it to a whole new contemporary and innovative level. This particular mat was inspired by the American Southwest weaving tradition and is a phthalate-free, non-Latex PVC mat with sustainable UV-cured inks.
I’m not totally convinced that the words “hi-tech” and “yoga” should go together, but I will admit that this concept is pretty darn cool. I wouldn’t mind stepping on this yoga spaceship to see what lights up.
Tera is a crazy dope rug that’s also an innovative exercise mat. This creation by design firm Lunar is made of wool and laced with sensors that track your movements and see where you may need some balance and adjustments. Connect this baby to it’s designated app and it will walk you through a guided yoga routine LED lights as prompts as to where it suggests your placement should be.
Yogis worldwide have been patiently waiting for the Tera to come on the market since 2014.
SmartMat is an “intelligent” yoga mat with advanced sensor technology that detects when you’re out of alignment and gives you real-time feedback on how to correct your pose. It connects to your smartphone, tablet, ipad or iphone.
Spiritual Revolution The “Transcendence” Mat
This gorgeous photo (believe it or not) was taken by Dore’ Vorum of the New York harbor and an exploding abstract sunset. All mats are PVC and Phalate free and use a recyclable, biodegradable, eco-friendly, natural tree rubber base that is bonded to an ultra-absorbent suede cloth top made from recycled water bottles.
Yoga Design Lab Combo Mat – Aegean
This premium Eco-friendly Mat/Towel Combination was designed to be the ultimate yoga companion. Not only is it machine washable, but it’s also non-slip for even the hottest yoga class (no need to drag along a yoga towel). The faded turquoise design is reminiscent of the ancient art, statues and architecture from the East.
Love this simple geometric design is so classy and vibrant. I don’t know a man (or woman, for that matter) who wouldn’t love it!
What’s even doper than this actual yoga towel, is how it was made. Check out the video below about the artist and how the design was created.
If you’re into hot yoga, but not the slipperiness that comes along with it, try this mat. It’s the consistency of a towel on one side (to absorb sweat and avoid a potential catastrophe) and on the other side it’s a a regular yoga mat that will easily stay put when you’re at Hot Yoga (unlike a cumbersome towel). Don’t you just love a 2-in-1?
The eKO Mat is a trailblazer in the eco-friendly yoga mat category. In short, it leaves no footprint behind in landfills and uses a natural rubber and toxic-free softening process. The top layer of the mat is a natural sealed-cell surface that keeps out moisture and sweat from seeping into the mat and breeding bacteria. The deep forrest colors are so beautiful yet perfect for a dude.
I just love this eco-friendly Mat/Towel combo. Built specifically to reduce slipping, injuries and to be an all-in-one product. What a perfect blend of colors!
Like a breathtaking sunset/night sky, but seen through a kaleidoscope lens. Simply swooning over this mat.
Though not “technically” a yoga mat, what better way to practice yoga on the beach than with this beauty? This round mandala blanket is so incredibly gorgeous and can be used for anything from a yoga towel, picnic blanket, wall hanging, meditation blanket, throw blanket … you name it!
Inspired by the Native American Thunderbird and arrows, this handmade beautifully designed printed yoga mat will make you the envy of all your fellow yogis, and when you’re done with class … why not hang it up on your wall?
7 chakras lotus flower mandalas were printed on this eco-friendly mat with the heart chakra beaming green in the center. This mat is the perfect reminder to stay heart-centered during your whole practice.
This intriguing painting/yoga mat was created with different filters of color, 7 exactly, representing each chackra and inviting us to go deeper on the yoga path. It’s so very unique, eco-friendly and made from a recyclable, renewable, biodegradable, 100% natural tree rubber base.
Don’t take your yoga class too seriously! Learn to embrace silliness along with the light and dark side of the force with “Darth Yoda” … just too funny.
Liforme has made an innovative well-designed yoga mat to keep your practice strategically aligned. They spent years researching, re-designing, and re-developing to create the Liforme Yoga Mat, and their unique AlignForMe yoga asana alignment system.
The Traditional Magic Carpet Yoga Mat is one of the oldest original Magic Carpet Yoga Mat designs. Fashioned after a Persian rug, it features ornate floral and diamond patterns to give your asanas structure and beauty. The shapes are placed in strategic locations to assist in your postural alignment.
MATS THAT GIVE BACK
The Fusion mat is extra thick for extra cushion. At 5/16” thick, the Fusion mat is great for your restorative yoga/pilates/core fitness practice or just for when you want that extra comfort. Fusion is available 24″ wide and in a variety of colors and two lengths (68” and 74”). The Fusion mat weighs about 8 ½ pounds.
Jade is everything you want in a yoga mat – cool colors, incredible grip, great comfort and eco-friendly. Jade mats are made sustainably with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees, a renewable resource and unlike other mats contains no PVC, EVA or other synthetic rubber and are made in the United States in compliance with all US environmental, labor and consumer protection laws. And, Jade plants a tree for every mat sold – with over 850,000 trees planted so far.
Also, $5 will be donated to ovarian cancer charities with every Teal mat purchased!
Jade Yoga, $134.95.
Is there an animal more exotic and peaceful than a giraffe? I think not. Gaze into the eyes of this African beauty while absorbing the quality of serenity, peace and goodness during your yoga practice.
It was honestly really hard to select from Yeti Yoga’s gorgeous collection of yoga mats. This one was particularly stunning and features the art of Leah Duncan.
Meet the “King” of all yoga mats. Why not let out your inner lion on your mat and into your asanas with his strength, courage and fierceness? ROOOAAAAR!
This mat was created with the metaphor that the mind is like a horse. Therefore, the practice of meditation is like training a wild horse. What’s even cooler than the design and symbolism, is the face that every product is created by a different Artist to represent a Yogi, and every purchase made at Sankalpa Yoga Community directly supports an independent Yogi & Artist.
Love Passion “Bear in Grass” Brown Blue
The primary symbolism associated with the bear spirit animal is strength and confidence. Standing against adversity; taking action and leadership. The bear medicine emphasizes the importance of solitude, quiet time and rest. The spirit of the bear provides strong grounding forces
Whuddya think? Super dope, right? Let me know in the comments below…
About the author:
Bess O’Connor is the founder of Urban Wellness Magazine. She has studied in many healing traditions, is a Certified Ayurvedic and Holistic Health Practitioner and worked as a Healing Arts Master for the Chopra Center for 8 years. A holistic, natural lifestyle is what she’s all about. To her, WELLNESS is short for: Water, Exercise, Love, Light, Nourishment, Energy, Sun & Spirit. Connect with her on facebook and twitter.