I'm contemplating buying a new yoga mat, and while I am leaning toward the Manduka eKO Mat, I'm open to suggestions.
I'm contemplating buying a new yoga mat, and while I am leaning toward the Manduka eKO Mat, I'm open to suggestions. So I was totally game when G2 Lifestyles contacted me about its Yoga TrainerMat ($30). G2 Lifestyles has created a line of mats that are illustrated with a series of poses, exercises, or stretches.
While I liked the mat for my home workouts, I didn't (and wouldn't) bring it to the yoga studio. I think the bright green and pink color scheme coupled with the illustrations have the potential to be really distracting and raise a few eyebrows from my classmates. I did, however, love it for doing yoga at home: since there is a series of poses on the mat itself, I didn't have to use a DVD, the Internet, or my sometimes shoddy memory. Instead, just roll it out and get to it! I felt that the illustrations were easy to follow too. Each pose is illustrated along with its name and a set of simple directions. (Example: Warrior Pose, hold for 30-60 seconds on each side.) But what I liked best about this mat is how thick and cushiony it felt. At a dense 1.5 inches thick, I definitely felt supported. I also had no problems with the stickiness of the mat. I used it on my hardwood floors and it stayed in place fine. It's also antimicrobial and really easy to clean.
To find out what I didn't like about this mat, read more