If you’re still using a regular yoga mat, your hands and feet may slide out from under you once you start to sweat.
There are many mats on the market now that can help keep you from slipping and sliding.
Your comfort and enjoyment of yoga will more than justify the extra expense.
This is especially true if you have regular yoga practice, and your yoga mat will not end up in the back of the closet.
The materials used to make the mat and the texture of the top surface of the mat make all the difference to stop slippage, and it is worth paying a little extra.
Here are brief reviews of some of the most popular non-slip yoga mats:
Manduka BlackMatPRO Yoga Mat: The Manduka black mat is the leading non-slip yoga mat. It is popular due to the density of the construction, which also makes it firm and heavy. It is very supportive of joints, and you can hold standing balancing poses without wobbling. It is also wider and longer than most yoga mats. This is a great mat for a home Ashtanga yoga practice, but many people find that it’s simply too heavy to carry around to yoga studios. The mat stays in place on hard floors as well as on carpet, and doesn’t bunch up, ever. The top surface is like fabric and textured, keeping your hands and feet in place even when they’re sweaty. The Manduka mat has a lifetime warranty, so you’ll never need to invest in another mat, and you likely won’t want to.
The Hugger Mugger Tapas Performance Mat used to be called the Mandara yoga mat. It is very similar to the Manduka black mat, yet it costs much less.
Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat: The PROlite non-slip yoga mat is a lighter version of the Manduka black mat, comes in several colors and standard width and length. It is a great mat for vinyasa, Bikram Yoga, and hot yoga because it is lighter yet prevents skidding, sliding, and slipping. It also costs much less.
Jade Fusion Yoga Mat: This thick mat is made of open-cell natural rubber, so it’s very eco-friendly. Rubber in open-cell form has lots of grip. The thick natural rubber is very cushioning and supportive, and dense enough to support you in standing and balancing poses. If your wrists, knees, shoulders, or other joints ever get sore from using a thin mat, this would be an excellent choice for you.
Jade Harmony Yoga Mat: The Jade Harmony is a 3/16-inch thick open-cell natural rubber yoga mat. It has the same non-slip qualities of the Jade Fusion, and is extremely popular. It’s easy to carry, and lighter than the Fusion. Just be aware that some people don’t care for open cell mats because they pick up dirt and can absorb sweat and odor.