No, we’re not talking about a 501(c)(3), we’re talking about the literal foundation beneath you as you begin a yoga practice. There’s a reason yoga mats are highly marketed, and that’s because anyone who does yoga knows that a good mat is an absolute necessity for a safe, comfortable practice.
Trying to practice yoga without a yoga mat is like trying to sprint in a swamp. You’ll get frustrated and give up simply because you’re uncomfortable and not getting anywhere. Yoga mats provide just enough padding to make floor work and seated postures possible without the discomfort that comes with a hardwood or carpeted surface. Sure, carpet can be soft, but it’s not something you want to bury your face in during Child’s Pose. Yoga mats are used for a single purpose: yoga. They roll up and can be kept clean and ready for you whenever the notion strikes to embrace your practice. They’ll take the edge off the hard floor and provide traction for your hands and feet so you don’t have to worry about slipping.
Yoga mats can be plain or colorful, quiet or invigorating in their design. Choose a yoga mat that fits your personality, your goals, and one that will motivate you to stick with your new regimen. Our yoga mats come in different thicknesses so you can choose a color, design, and level of padding that perfectly suits you and your needs. If much of your practice involves meditation, a soft hue and medium thickness might be an excellent choice. If you’re into hot yoga, the thicker Dry-Grip mats are a must. These mats wick moisture away from contact points on the mat so you can still sweat like a pro in a hot yoga class without compromising safety.
Choose a yoga mat that meets your needs and tastes and you’ll be more likely to stick with your practice. We make it easy for you with a carefully curated line of Gaiam yoga mats that you won’t find on store shelves. They’re beautiful, easy to clean, and they keep you safe and comfortable throughout your entire practice.