Currently Coveting: Yoga Mats

I have a tense relationship with shopping. While I love acquiring new items (‘cause, um, who doesn’t?), I often find the process of finding the “right” piece of clothing, tech piece, home accessory totally overwhelming. Case in point: I’ve been mulling over buying a new yoga mat for a few weeks, but always stopped short of searching for one. Call me crazy, but something about sifting through dozens of brands and models felt the opposite of zen.

As you can imagine, then, I was thrilled when reached out to me with their guide to the Best Yoga Mats of 2017. Based the words of yoga students and instructors alike, the guide features ten models based on features like support, traction, and durability. Below, you’ll find my top five picks off the list. If you’re also on the market for a mat, I’d also suggest to check out’s guide for yourself, for more comprehensive advice (think practice style, use conditions, and price point) might work for you!

. . . Best Yoga Mats of 2017: My Picks

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Manduka Prolite Yoga & Pilates Mat

The Manduka Prolite took the top spot in the guide, so I couldn’t leave it out. I love to color variety of this model, not mention its reportedly cushy texture and versatility.

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I’ve seen the this Jade mat all over my local yoga studio, so it was already on my radar. What I didn’t know was that this model is eco-friendly and is made of 100% natural rubber, which is always a bonus. Plus, the slate blue version (center!) is a gorgeous home for your practice.

Screen Shot 2017-07-20 at 7.56.04 PM.png’s budget-friendly pick, this Gaiam mat is another popular option that reportedly stands up against pricier models. And can we discuss those prints?! Talk about never having to worry about swapping mats with someone by accident…

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When you’re up and down off your knees, hands, and elbows throughout a class, it’s important to have a mat with the right amount of cushion. Hugger Muggers’s (eco-friendly!) mat reportedly does the trick!

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The limited color options for this model are a bit of a bummer, but I’m definitely intrigued by Kharma Kare’s eco-friendly mat, which is made out of recycled car tires!

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Are you on the hunt for anything lately? If so, head over to for more detailed advice on everything from natural beauty, kitchen tools, job sites, and more. And let me know down below: What’re your feelings about shopping? Do you relish in the process or find it more frustrating?


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