I was pretty fond of my first yoga mat. With a cushiony feel in a zen AF mint green, it seemingly had it all — until I did my first sweaty downward dog and face-planted in front an entire class. The best non-slip yoga mats are a solid investment for this reason, and many others, too. For example, non-slip is also usually synonymous with durability and carefully-selected materials. After all, you can't just throw a bunch of haphazard ingredients together and expect it to stand up to crow pose.
One of the reasons I love yoga is because it doesn't require any fancy equipment or personal trainers. It's open to any level, you can take a class on YouTube, and it uses the weight and resilience of your own body to strengthen your muscles and your mind. That being said, your yoga mat is your foundation during your practice. It's the one thing that stands between you and a hardwood floor when you're balancing on your head, so it's important to choose one that fits your needs.
Thankfully, anti-slip mats come in all shapes, types, and sizes. Whether you're looking for the best mat for bad knees or something that's healthy for both you and the environment, these five options have you covered.
1. This Textured Mat That's Longer And Wider Than Other Brands For A Roomier Practice
Made with a textured grippy surface on one side and a wavy non-slip design on the other, this Clever Yoga BetterGrip mat stays in place on the floor and keeps your hands steady on the mat. It's designed to withstand the sweatiest and toughest of practices with its closed-cell surface non-tear material, but the real selling point is the size. At 72 inches long and 25 inches wide, it's got taller reviewers raving: "Another impressive point is that is so long in length ... I'm a tall girl, so having my yoga mat accommodate someone like me was nice." This one is available in ten uplifting colors, like rose red and bright orange.
2. The Budget-Friendly Option That Has All The Right Features
Even though it's only $15 ($11 in some colors), the BalanceFrom GoYoga mat has it all, including a few hundred reviews that call it "great," "amazing," and "good quality." Among its dependable features, you get moisture-resistant technology that's easy to wash and won't slip with sweat, and high density eco-friendly foam that cushions your body. It's super lightweight and comes with a free carrying strap for convenient transport to and from your classes.
3. This Durable, Dense Mat That Protects Your Knees And Elbows From The Hard Floor
With its quarter-inch quality material, the YogaAccessories mat is one of densest options on the market. Because of that, it provides loads of cushioning for your joints without all that extra bulk: "The quarter inch thickness gives it just the right amount of cush, making it easy on your feet and knees," says one reviewer. That being said, others are also impressed with the durability of its non-slip surface, which is double-sided and provides just the right amount of grip for any pose, while lasting for years. Finally, it comes in almost 30 colors, some of which are patterned or reversible.
4. This Non-Toxic Eco-Friendly Mat That Helps With Body Alignment
Because it uses a special certified TPE material, this Heathyoga eco-friendly mat is totally recyclable. It's also much healthier than other brands due to the fact that it skips all the toxins, latex, harmful chemicals, and unwanted odors. The double-layer structure provides optimal grip on both sides, and each one even has an alignment chart printed on it, so you can ensure that your hands and feet are in the right position. It comes with both a Velcro strap and carrying strap, and even the advanced yogis are impressed: "I couldn't love this mat more!" says one. "I have been practicing yoga for about 10 years. This, by far, is my favorite yoga mat — very durable, perfect grip, doesn't pull or tear, and the guides are nice to check once in a while."
5. This One That Actually Absorbs Moisture To Stop Slipping
If you tend to sweat a lot during your practice (and that's where the slipperiness comes in), this Youphoria Yoga Premi-Om mat is for you. Its intense grip surface not only stops slipping, but actually gets rid of moisture using absorbent technology that soaks up liquid. It even prevents odors and bacteria with its open-cell antimicrobial layer. Best of all, it's surprisingly durable to withstand any stretching, flaking, and cracking, and it weighs under three pounds for easy travel. This one is available in three colors: purple, aqua, and black.
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