First, we now only offer two mats because they are simply the best mats we have ever used. We recently made the decision to drop our low priced PVC mats, as discussed below. The mats we offer are characterized as being “premium mats” and will serve you well for years, or in the case of the Black Mat Pro, forever.
Use the guidelines below to decide which is the best fit for you.
This is the mat most of the instructional staff at Be Yoga use.
Specs: 71”L x 26W x ¼”D Weight: 7.0 lbs. Note: Also available in an extra long mat size for people above 6’ or so. Cost: $94-$130 Depending on Length and Color
Pros: It’s thick, stable and comfortable. Provides a larger practice surface than standard mats Lifetime guarantee—stays out of landfills
Cons: Most upfront investment Heaviest of the premium mats
Other: This mat does have a break in period of approximately 3 months according to Manduka. You can speed this up by scrubbing it with water and sea salt or leaving it in the sun for an afternoon. The top of the mat is the smoother side. The dotted side goes down on the floor.
If you want a lighter mat that is better for travel, this is the mat for you. It’s also available in 7 colors.
Specs: 68 L x 24W x 1/8D Weight: 3.5 lbs Cost: $46
Pros: Natural rubber with no PVC or toxic plasticizers Lightweight mat
Cons: Less comfort than a thicker mat Will eventually break down / degrade – more quickly if not maintained properly
Note: Be Yoga no longer sells these mats. This information is for comparison purposes only.
68L x 24W x 1/8”D
Weight: 3.12 lbs.
Cost: $20 Approximately
Widely available (WalMart, Target, etc.)
Breaks down / becomes brittle and tears
Not environmentally friendly
Little cushion and support
Slippery when wet
This mat seems designed to be put in landfills. This material is also known to leak toxins into the landfill once it’s there.