Eco Friendly Yoga Mat Reviews
Posted On May 6, 2020
Whether you’re just getting started with yoga or you’re already an experienced yogi, a new yoga mat is always an exciting thought.
But with so much choice, what is the best mat to buy?
and being environmentally and socially conscious, you’re also wanting an eco-friendly, cruelty free yoga mat to enjoy. Well, in this post I’ll be walking you through some reviews of popular eco-friendly yoga mats so you can decide what works best for you and find out where to grab it.
1. Myga Chakra Luxurious Vegan Suede Yoga Mat Review
Material: top – microfibre vegan suede, bottom – natural foam rubber
The Myga Vegan Suede yoga mat is a super soft, vegan suede yoga mat. I personally have this yoga mat and can confirm it feels like luxury. The soft top layer of vegan suede provides support and comfort whilst you practice. The bottom layer provides the grip and stability you require to perform any yoga pose you like. This yoga mat also comes in an eco-friendly tube, designed to make carrying the yoga mat more manageable.
What I liked
- I got this mat as I regularly practice hot yoga. The mat works well for hot yoga because as you sweat, the mat begins to get grippier, not slippier! This is due to the vegan suede material.
- They haven’t named the Myga Vegan Suede yoga mat ‘luxurious’ for nothing. This mat is so soft as well as feeling and looking expensive and luxurious.
- The actual chakra design is very aesthetically pleasing and really unique. You won’t have to worry about someone else in the class having the same mat as you!
- You get what you pay for. The mat is pricey, but you’re getting your money’s worth in the quality. This is a mat that will last you a long time, saving you money on buying multiple cheaper mats.
What I didn’t like
- I found the mat much heavier than a typical yoga mat to carry. I began to drive to my yoga studio rather than walk because it was just so much easier. This wasn’t helped by the rope strap on the carry case breaking!
- If you aren’t using this mat for hot yoga, then you’ll find it slippery when you practice yoga on it. This can be overcome by either splashing or spraying water over the mat, but obviously isn’t too practical or ideal when you’re in a class (when you have the right amount of grip however, the mat is great for any pose you can imagine).
- Cleaning! What I like about typical yoga mats is how easy they are to clean. Yes it is possible to clean this mat however it’s not too easy and I didn’t feel that wiping it down with a damp cloth was really giving it a good clean.
So, I know I’ve highlighted a few annoyances about this yoga mat but honestly, I love my yoga mat and I’m sure it’ll be lasting me a long time. If you have the funds and want a good quality mat that will last you more than a couple of months, then I would recommend buying this yoga mat.
2. Liforme Yoga Mat Review
Material: natural rubber with their specially engineered eco-polyurethane
The Liforme yoga mat is truly unique. Utilising their one of a kind ‘GripForMe’ material, this mat provides support, sturdiness and space whilst still being eco-friendly and having a great design in a variety of colours.
What I liked
- The Liforme yoga mat is thicker than most and so I can imagine it is more comfortable than most. This would make certain poses more manageable and more comfortable, helping you to feel more supported and grounded through the poses.
- The company really values their eco-friendly ethos. Their packaging is all fully recyclable and uses no plastic. The mat itself is also biodegradable within 1-5 years in normal landfill, and is made with eco-friendly practices and materials.
- Maybe the most unique aspect of this mat is their bespoke GripForMe material. Having read multiple reviews, I can confirm this is the grippiest mat some users have ever used, even in sweatier conditions!
- One thing I loved about this mat is the markers it uses as its’ design. These markers help with your body positions and alignment within the poses. This is great for beginners who need to know how to properly align themselves, and great for experienced yogis who (like all of us!) might need a reminder to correct their form.
What I didn’t like
- Again, this mat is heavy, which can make carrying it to a yoga studio a bit more of a chore. However the website does state that a carry bag is included when you purchase.
- The mat is also pricey! If you’d like this may you’re looking at paying £100. Reviews do state the quality is good, however if you’re just starting out you might not want to be spending so much on a mat too soon.
As much as I love my vegan suede yoga mat, having research the Liforme mat, the quality, grip and style looks amazing. And for an extra £30, I think it might just be worth it.
Whilst the vegan suede mat is lovely, it’s hard to carry, hard to clean and a bit of a faff when you’re trying to get it grippy for your yoga practice (unless you’re practicing hot yoga and already have a sweat on).
However what does make me a little torn is how lovely and comfortable the material of the vegan suede is. There’s nothing better than lying on that comfortable mat in sivasana (if you know, you know).
If you’re wondering about any other specific eco-friendly mats then please let me know and I would love to do a review of them!
I’m always interested in the best products to be buying, and how to get the most out of the money you’re spending.
So which would you choose? Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are.