Finding the perfect yoga mat is kind of like dating—you don't really know what you're looking for, but once you find it you'll wonder how you made do with anything else. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or about to sign up for your first class, a clearer mind, happier body, and better overall health starts with what you (literally) practice on. Here, eight yoga-loving women on the mats they swear by.
“My favorite yoga mat is the Lululemon reversible 3mm. It's cushy enough to provide real support, but also incredibly lightweight to take with you anywhere! I love the mat’s versatile material, which is crucial since I practice in both the studio and outdoors at . As a bonus, I love the color options because each side has its own hue, which allows for a little personality.”
—Lauren Danziger, Executive Director, | Creator, | ambassador
Jade Yoga, $135
“It’s hard to pick a favorite yoga mat as there are several brands that I absolutely love, but Jade Yoga’s Fusion mat holds a special place in my heart. It’s thick enough to cushion my joints with an unparalleled grip and width. For a fat-bodied practitioner who likes a wide canvas for play, it’s the perfect choice."
—Jessamyn Stanley, , , and
“ has a great selection of fitness items, including my current favorite, the Whirlwind Yoga Mat by Sugarmat. Designed in Montreal, the mats are both high-quality and fashionable thanks to the beautiful and unique designs. They are great for hot yoga classes since the suede top is absorbent and ultra-grippy even when it gets wet. It also feels really soft on your skin and it's thick, which gives you that extra bit of support.”
—Lilly Huber, Assistant Beauty Buyer, Anthropologie and yoga instructor
Jade Yoga, $75
"There's a lot to love about : It has great grip, it's made of eco-friendly natural rubber, and it's favored by my NYC yoga studio of choice, . I have the midnight blue one, and my trick for keeping it from collecting lint between wipe-downs is folding it in half before rolling it like ."
—Erica Cerulo, Co-Founder,
"I keep this exercise mat in my home gym mostly to take naps on, and occasionally I do actually use if for exercise. It's super soft and cushioned, hence all the napping. Plus, every time I roll it out, I get a compliment!"
—Jen Gotch, Founder and Chief Creative Officer,
Jade Yoga, $40
“My favorite yoga mat is by . They're made from natural and recycled materials, so they're super eco-friendly. They also don’t allow you to slip once you start working up a sweat, which I love.”
—Denise Lee, Founder & CEO,
"I’ve tried pretty much every yoga mat you could possibly imagine, but this one is definitely my go-to. It's a little on the bulkier side, but it gives you a lot more grip support when you’re sweating. I especially love it for hot yoga—I don't have to carry an extra towel with me since the grey portion is essentially a built-in one. Pro tip: Leave it open so it dries before you use it again."
—Krystyna Chavez, MarieClaire.com Social Media Editor
La Vie Boheme Yoga, $86
“I love this mat because of the squishiness of the foam—especially when I'm barefoot! It creates a steady flat surface when I'm practicing on the grass.”
—Laju Choudhury, , brand ambassador