Following my review of yoga mats, I have been testing a few yoga bags and would like to introduce them to you:
This is one of my favourite yoga bags at the moment. The bag has perfect width so you don’t have to worry about getting your yoga mat in and out of the bag.
The quality of the material is just amazing! The outside material is denim (post-consumer-waste) and the inside lining is made of organic cotton. It says it is handwash only, but I had it in the washing machine and it seemed fine!
Another yoga bag I really like is from Vioyoga. This bag is perfect for the summer with its tropical design. Stylish and useful at the same time.
You close the bag with a drawstring and it also has an adjustable shoulder strap.
It is made of 100% cotton and produced by people with disabilities in the “Bonner Werkstätten”.
This bag is slightly different to other yoga bags; it is more like a normal handbag but it has a very useful front pocket where you can put a yoga mat inside.
The actual bag is really big, so you can fit quite a lot of other items in it too.
Are you a runner? If yes, do you stretch after your workout?
Now, I have got exciting news for you, as I have filmed a 20 min yoga sequence for all my running friends and those who love to do cardio training.
This little stretching sequence is mainly targeting the hips, hamstrings and quads. Ideally you do this yoga sequence AFTER your CARDIO training.
I have so many students who always ask me about yoga mats and with such a large number to choose from, I am not surprised! So to help you guys out, I have decided to publish a post just about some of the different yoga mats that I use, so you can get a better idea about what’s out there!
Here are 8 different mats for you to look through and for each I will discuss the following attributes which I find most important in choosing a mat:
This yoga mat is excellent for someone like me traveling a lot as it is foldable and very light (1.1kg!). It is the perfect mat for your holidays! It fits well in a rucksack with its 1.5mm thickness.
It is made of natural rubber, is 100% organic and very slip resistant. Perfect for challenging transitions in your yoga practice.
If however you still prefer to have more cushioning, you could also put this thin mat on top of a studio mat, for example.
I prefer to do this anyway, as most studio mats do smell… you know what I am talking about!
The mat is not washable, wiping the surface with a wet towel is recommended. It has a fairly simple design and the price (39,95 € / £35.25) is one of the lower priced mats, and definitely great value for what you get.
This yoga mat has a totally different feel to most as the top layer of the mat is made of 100% organic, natural cork and the bottom layer of recycled rubber. Perfect for those who are concerned about the environmental impact of what they are buying.
The mat is surprisingly light (900g!), so good for traveling although it takes a bit more space with its 6mm thickness. You probably need an extra yoga bag for this mat.
The design is beautiful, especially the logo with the palm tree.
The grip is very good. This mat is on offer at the moment at £59.99, but with a standard price of 96,31€ /£84.99 is one of the higher priced mats.
This yoga mat has a simple design, but has fantastic grip. My hands feel like they are glued to the mat, which is perfect for a powerful yoga practice session with a lot of jumping back and fourth.
The mat is quite wide compared to the other mats, but still light at only 1.55 kg. It has nice cushioning with a thickness of 4.5 mm, so the knees are comfortable for poses like low lunge.
The mat is made of PVC vinyl foam and tested for harmful substances according to strict German Oeko-Tex standards. The mat is also machine washable at 40 degrees.
The price (49,95 € / £44.08) is good value for the quality of mat you get.
If you want to get your first VIOYOGA mat, you can get a 10% discount using the following code: Q8ZFHX8.
Check out their website and their yoga bags; they have some incredible designs.
This is one of my oldest mats and is one of my most durable (e.g. some mats I have owned only last a few months and lose the grip after only a short time). If anything the surface texture of this mat has improved with use.
However, this mat is quite heavy at 2.3 kg, so I use this mat for home use so I do not have to carry it around the city, and it has amazing cushioning, with a 5mm thickness.
The dot pattern of the surface makes the mat non-slippery, but once you start sweating I find it loses its grip.
The design is simple and it comes in different colours. It is not machine washable, but if you want to clean the mat, you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
At a price of 65,52 € / £57.82 it is one of the higher priced mats, but is one of my longer lasting mats.
This yoga mat is definitely an eye-catcher with its beautiful Zebra design, but the second thing you notice is the feel of the mat, as it is very different to most. Why? Well, this is actually one of my combo mats, a 2-in-1 yoga mat and towel (a yoga towel, not one for the shower! Haha). The bottom layer is made of natural rubber and the top of super soft microfiber. You will definitely enjoy the Savasana on this super soft mat.
Combo mats actually get more grippy the more you sweat, as it absorbs moisture. So sweating is allowed!
Compared with the standard PVC mats, which you may be more used to, it will probably take a bit of time to get to grips with the slippery feeling microfiber surface. However, if you are sliding too much try spraying water on the mat to improve the grip.
For someone traveling a lot, the mat is probably a little too heavy at 2.5 kg. If you want to give the mat a clean, it is cold machine washable. It is a little pricey (79,95 € / £70.55), but considering you have a yoga mat and a towel in one, you get a bit more for your money.
If you want to get your first VIOYOGA mat, you can get a 10% discount using following code: Q8ZFHX8.
This yoga mat is my other 2-in-1, combining yoga mat and towel. This mat is available in really cool designs; this one is called Serenity, and has such beautiful colours.
As discussed with my other combo mat, if you have never practiced on a combo mat your hands may slide around, so you may want to get a sweat on first or just spray a little water on the mat to make it more grippy.
The top microfiber layer is made of recycled plastic bottles and the bottom layer has a natural tree rubber base.
Pranamat is a different kind of mat with its lotus flower shaped massage points, and is a specialist mat for minor pain relief, so wouldn’t be something you would use for your regular practices. However, it is a mat that is great to have as part of your collection.
It took me a little bit of courage to lie with bare skin on the mat, as the massage points are pretty sharp. I would recommend to start by wearing a jumper first, downgrading to T-shirt and then trying it on your bare back. It is recommended to stay on the mat for 15 to 30 minutes to feel the full effect and position the mat to where you feel the pain. That’s when the massage points start to actually stimulate the blood flow, which oxygenates and invigorates the muscles. It is recommended to repeat this five to ten times to reduce any pain. You can target the back, shoulders, neck, waist, hips, feet and hands.
I personally prefer to stand with my feet on the Pranamat, especially after a long day walking around. Once you step away from the mat you feel this lovely sensation on your feet and feel much more grounded and connected to the floor.
The mat is light, I love the design, but it is a little bit pricey (113,32€/ £100). The great thing about Pranamat is that you have a 30-day money-back guarantee. So if the mat does not work out for you, you can return the mat!
If you consider getting your first therapeutic massage mat, you can save 10 % using the following code: ZEYNEP10.
As you can see there are lots of things to think about when buying a mat and everyone has different preferences, but I hope I have highlighted the different options that are out there for you.
For me, the grip, weight and sustainability (environmentally friendly) are the most important factors to help with the more advanced yoga poses and as I need to carry my mats around with me a lot of the time. Once these three factors are ticked, I am super happy. However, like me, it can be a good idea to have two or more mats with different qualities for home and for when you are out and about.
If you do decide to practice yoga regularly it is worth investing in a more expensive, higher quality mat.
Let me know what you think. What is important to you and which yoga mat do you use for your yoga practice?
This summer I had the pleasure of flying to Los Angeles for a photoshoot. As I have never been to the West Coast before, this was super exciting for me and I got to work with the amazing Asana Rebel team again.
One of the highlights was the live stream on Facebook, which showed me in action, teaching the local yogis! It was so much fun!
Some days we had to wake up really really early to catch the sunrise. But as you can see, it was worth it.
Another morning shoot took place at Manhattan beach. It was so early, that the air was still cool and even the sand.
One day we walked along Abbot Kinney Boulevard and could not believe our eyes. This street is full of beautiful street art to enjoy.
I will upload more pictures from my amazing photoshoot in California on my Instagram and Facebook. Stay tuned to see more inspirational pictures.
You might have seen me on YouTube already? And yes, it was me! I have been privileged to be part of the Everything 5 Pounds ad. Guess what my role was…a yoga teacher! I really enjoyed this shoot, as I just had to illustrate my fulltime job and the Everything 5 Pounds film crew made it really fun and easy.
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