Manduka yoga mats – not all mats are created equal

Manduka BlackMatPRO 71-Inch Yoga and Pilates Mat
Manduka BlackMatPRO 71-Inch Yoga and Pilates Mat

I love yoga. Not only is it a great form of exercise but for me it is a way to focus, relax, and ground myself. As I started regular yoga practice, I quickly realized that I couldn’t do those things well without a good yoga mat. I started with one of those inexpensive mats you find at any Target or Walmart but it was too thin to be comfortable, not to mention slippery. So I asked my yoga instructor for a recommendation. She suggested I look at Manduka yoga mats. And I’m so glad that I did!

About Manduka yoga mats

Manduka yoga mats are wonderful! They are pricier that the generic mats, but worth every penny! Manduka offers several different styles, but their most popular ones are the Black Mat® PRO and the PROlite® Mat. Both mats have have a great level of cushion with a non-slip fabric-like finish. They are environmentally friendly too. And both have life time warranties!

Black Mat PRO yoga mat

The Black Mat PRO is 7.0 lbs; 71″ long; 26″ wide; 1/4″ thick. It is available in two lengths, standard (71″) and long (85″). It is only available in black (hence the name).

PROlite Mat yoga mat

The PROlite Mat is similar to the PRO but lighter weight to make it easier to take with you on the go.  The PROlite weighs only 4.0 lbs;  It is 71” long, 24” wide and 3/16” thick. It is available in a variety of colors.

My experience

Manduka PROlite 71-Inch Yoga and Pilates Mat
Manduka PROlite 71-Inch Yoga and Pilates Mat

You can’t go wrong with either mat!  I’ve owned a PROlite for over 3 years and have absolutely loved it! It’s easy to take to my yoga class each week and still provides plenty of cushion and support.

When you are deciding which Manduka mat is for you, here’s a tip. If it feels a little slick at all the first time you use it, simply wash the mat with soap (I just used a gentle dish soap) and then let it air dry in the sun. Voila! Perfect non-slip finish.


I highly recommend investing in a Manduka mat. A good mat will help you the most out of your yoga practice!

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