How to Choose A Good Yoga Mat

In short: What is the yoga mats differ at all? There are now a number of suppliers in the market and it is difficult to “identify” a good yoga mat to.

The common materials ranging from PVC, TPE on Jute to natural rubber in organic quality.

Basically, yoga mats should be non-slip, good grip for hands and feet with different asanas have as bring as the down facing dog and enough damping to prevent pain in the joint after prolonged use.

Finally, the price also plays a role, of course.

The optics for many yogis now seems to have taken a more prominent position.


really all-all: If you compare the specifications of the suppliers of a fall immediately!-Yoga mats are called “non-slip” courted. If one has however only started once during the yoga exercises to sweat on the hands and feet, the wheat from the chaff separates quickly. The problem is here, however, primarily in the surface structure and not on the material used. Packages Aussagenwie eg rubber is better than PVC or “nothing beats a jute mat” are to be viewed critically. Natural rubber has certainly due to the open pores and large surface hierausentstehenden an advantage. It is questionable, however, whether this justifies the higher price of Yoga pants via Also one can go wrong in the design and manufacture of rubber mats lot.


Material: Decisive for the attenuation of a yoga mat is the material used in connections with the thickness
Good cushioning offer materials such as TPE, PVC and natural rubber.

Pure Jute yoga mats, however, are rough and therefore less damping due to the harsher chemical composition. A good compromise is certainly a jute PVC yoga mat both properties together and is very visually appealing.

Thickness of the mat: Yoga mats are generally between 0,15cm (travel yoga mats) and 0.8cm thick.

Sensitive yogis fall naturally back to a slightly thicker version, but take this way the poorer balance in purchasing.

As “standard thickness” is probably true 0.5cm in general. This thickness is a good compromise between attenuation and balance.

As a small note: Fitness mats are not suited for yoga exercises because you can find almost no support in the asanas.

3. Material Density

Good Yoga mats have with the same appearance, a higher density than comparably priced yoga mats. The denser the material, the lower the wear and the rolling takes place much easier. Since the density can not be seen with the naked eye, one should note the following guideline: Good mats weigh at a size of about 1250 to 1350 grams 183x61x0,5.

4.Nutzungszeit a Yoga Mat

It is as always in life: Nothing lasts forever. This is especially true for active yogis who use their mat regularly and intensively. Damage to yoga mats happen often unconsciously and are therefore particularly annoying. As long toenails are a real threat to any yoga mat. Also, one should avoid direct sunlight if possible storage in particular with rubber mats. In this way, the aging process is accelerated and the mat is porous. Good maintenance, regular (not excessive) clean and a good storage increase the longevity. If the end of the life cycle of your yoga mat be reached, you simply something new would be about the opportunity to try.

5. Environmental and Production Conditions

Production Conditions

The production conditions of yoga mats can understand difficult for Endverbrauchernur. Many manufacturers, however, are now ready to be given on demand more precise information about production conditions on site. Most yoga mats come naturally from China, an emerging industrial nation in Asia. The local conditions have improved considerably in the last 10 years and the workers in the factories enjoy a much higher standard of living than in the past.

As a small note regarding our production: An employee flies regularly to China and inquires on site at our suppliers on the conditions. To this end, he also visited the individual factories and looks at the production conditions. We have our factory selected with great care and entertain some years familial relationships with individual manufacturers. For this reason, we never had to move or pass it on to another factory a production on ethnic grounds.


A rough classification of the environmental performance of yoga mats can be forward, do the following.

Virgin Wool> Natural rubber> jute / cork> TPE> PVC

The majority of environmentally conscious yogis deliberately avoids PVC mats and draws on TPE or natural rubber.

7. Solid Color Was Yesterday

For yoga mats applies: see and be seen.

Many yogis want nowadays stand abhebenund deliberately refrain monochrome mats. Material mixes such as jute / PVC offer a visual appeal in yoga training. For almost two years also enjoy “Printed Yogamats” increasingly popular and represent a new generation of yogis. The mat is increasingly becoming a fashion object and accordingly accepts the variety of offerings steadily.