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Gone are the days of boring yoga mats. Now, your workouts can be paired with literal art — or, if you’re still minimalist-inclined, a mat filled with tech that makes it more comfortable and encourages better stability.
The right yoga mat depends on what you’re looking for. If you need the motivation to wake up in the morning, then bright, patterned yoga mats are going to help with that. Meanwhile, if you spend a lot of time doing floor work, you might want to pick up a yoga mat with extra support for your hips and knees. Here are our top picks for yoga mats.
Rottnest Island Yoga Mat
The stunning print on this yoga mat is of Rottnest Island in Western Australia, and trust us when we say that rolling out the turquoise waters each day will find you way more enthused about fitness. The Yoga Everywhere mat ($129) is made with a 100% natural rubber tree base and features an absorbent microsuede top layer to keep you cool, but also maintain grip.
Take Form Yoga Mat
Lululemon makes some great, durable yoga mats. We love the Take Form mat ($129) because it looks great — thanks to a unique white and peach colourway — but also because of the tech involved. Made from a natural rubber material that’s sustainably sourced, the mat is a cushioned 5mm thick and has a 3D texture that helps you feel your way between poses.
Vista Yoga Mat
This is one of the prettiest yoga mats we’ve ever seen. Made by Yin Yoga Mats, the Vista Yoga Mat ($119) has a microfibre surface that will keep its grip even when you sweat, and is naturally antimicrobial and antifungal. While these benefits are great, we would honestly just buy this mat for its beautiful design.
Cork Yoga Mat
Cork yoga mats feel so fantastic during workouts, particularly when doing yoga or pilates. This mat from Yoga Design Lab ($130) has the best of both worlds: natural tree rubber and cork materials, teamed with a beautiful mandala art design. The symmetrical design also helps you stay aligned, meaning you can get into position with ease and little fuss.
Alo Yoga knows how to make a great yoga mat. The brand’s Warrior Mat ($160) has over a thousand reviews, yet maintains a huge 4.5/5 rating. Available in ten different colourways, you are spoilt for choice, but it’s the ethically sourced rubber, formaldehyde- and PVC-free makeup, and matte finish that really grabbed our attention. This is the kind of mat you invest in and then use for years and years.