During my first week at lululemon, I was educated on the differences between Yoga mats. We have four options for you to choose from; The Align Ultra, The Travel mat, The Mat, and The Manduka Mat. Color me confused, but what can be so fancy about something you roll onto the ground? And why would you pay more for one over the other? And who came up with the world Manduka?! I like it.
As soon as you pick this beauty up, it’s clear there is a difference. Manduka means business:
“…With its denser, thicker form, unparalleled comfort and cushioning, superior non-slip fabric-like finish, and simple, elegant design the Manduka PRO will revolutionize your practice. And best of all, it now comes with a Lifetime Guarantee. When you want the very best yoga mat, the mat chosen first by yoga teachers throughout the world, there really is only one choice – the Manduka PRO, for your practice and for our world.”
Honestly, I wasn’t sold on the fact that a MAT could really change your practice. I wasn’t convinced that this type of item was worth $90 or that I’d want to carry around an extra 7 lbs in my quest to be a yogi.
I went on, renting studio mats and contemplating the mat options.
Then I tried it. I used it at Vino & Vinyasa one night; things will never be the same.
It’s stable, my hands don’t slip in down dog, it’s purple, and I have no question that it will stay right where I need as I ease into crows and backbends, or attempt a headstand. It’s also thick/firm enough that I could roll it out on carpet (house yoga!) and get my pose on!
I finally bit the bullet and dished out my dollars to Manduka, with no regrets. The purple Pro and I had our first date yesterday at CorePower, and she delivered. It’s the start of a beautiful thing…
I’m not saying you should go out and pay more than you’d like to for a Yoga mat. I am saying that if you practice often, it is something worth doing a little research on!
Did you put any thought into your Yoga mat? Have you ever tried different types to compare?