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TheRealMaryMillington Thu 16-Jul-15 18:31:08

I have just seen a yoga mat that costs £135. It is cork, and apparently will last me until I'm 80 and is both indestructable yet biodegradable. Any apparently I will never again slip on my sweaty mits in down dog to the point where I nearly stove my chin in.

I will not be buying it. I am not that silly.

But what's the best mat you have used, esp for hot/sweaty yoga?

SwivelHips Thu 16-Jul-15 21:04:44

Lulu lemon the mat, about 65 quid and it's excellent in the hot room and out. Lifeform I'm coveting badly but it's about 100 quid <weeps>

MargoReadbetter Thu 16-Jul-15 21:27:18

I can't paste but if you google Lululemon and employees you find interesting, if depressing, stuff.

CoteDAzur Thu 16-Jul-15 22:46:30

I use a Lululemon 3mm mat. It is thinner than is comfortable for my dodgy knees but its lightweight and It Does Not Slip. Not ever. It's magic and I love it smile

maybemyrtle Thu 16-Jul-15 23:47:36

I have a Manduka eko lite 4mm. Love it for hatha, ashtanga, yin, pilates, etc, but haven't tried hot yoga so no idea how it fares with the really sweaty stuff.

CoteDAzur Fri 17-Jul-15 16:35:49

We have Manduka mats at the studio I go to. They are really good and non-slippery. I like them a lot.

Loraline Fri 17-Jul-15 16:47:05

I have a Jade one and I love it so much. Really grippy and more cushioned than most mats (don't have to double fold under my knees).

CoteDAzur Fri 17-Jul-15 17:01:13

I don't think I've ever seen a mat made of cork. Are they really completely non-slippery?

TheRealMaryMillington Fri 17-Jul-15 17:46:37

this one

much cheaper here - was £135 where I saw it

CoteDAzur Fri 17-Jul-15 20:23:13

£135 for a yoga mat shock

At that price, it better come with an anti-gravity field that allows me to do handstands grin

Did you order yours from the US? Or do they them in the UK?

TheRealMaryMillington Sat 18-Jul-15 08:24:44

Haven't bought it Cote. I thought I was being extravagant with my £40 one from Sweaty Betty (nice and thick and bouncy, and great for most practice but doesn't cut it for a sweaty flow class in a hot room, even with a towel.

I've bought a mat towel, and have been experimenting with hot washes and radiator drying to try to get it nice and crispy for non slippage but not really working.

Pinickins Sat 18-Jul-15 18:38:33

I have the Jade one linked to above and can highly recommend it. Grippy but not too grippy to prevent me moving around smoothly. Got rid of the slippyness I had with cheaper maps. Has transformed my practice.

maybemyrtle Sat 18-Jul-15 21:16:14

I was looking at the Jade ones online before I got mine - did you get them sent from the States? I went round in circles looking at reviews and ended up going to yogamatters and just touching loads until I found the "right one", that sounds weird but you know what I mean!

CoteDAzur Sat 18-Jul-15 21:29:05

"Yogamatters"? Is this a place in London? <hopeful>

Pinickins Sat 18-Jul-15 22:09:26

Jade have a European distributor so you don't have to get them shipped from the States. I got mine from here -

Be careful about where you order from - I hear other people talk about fakes.

maybemyrtle Sun 19-Jul-15 00:03:56

Cote, they're primarily online but you can visit and buy from their warehouse nr turnpike lane - super helpful staff if you need anything but there is no "sell". In fact they just left me alone to leisurely prod mats, it was great!

CoteDAzur Sun 19-Jul-15 10:08:32

Ooh that sounds great! I'd love to spend a few hours doing just that smile

maybemyrtle Sun 19-Jul-15 15:59:30

I really recommend it! I knew the sort of mat I didn't want, but wasn't 100% sure how to describe what I did want - touching and holding them was so helpful. It is a warehouse though so don't expect nice displays, it is quite functional smile This is them:

TheRealMaryMillington Sun 19-Jul-15 16:57:23

ooh, nice website....thanks myrtle

has anyone got a liforme?

it can go on my fantasy gift list with the kayak and the bell tent

CoteDAzur Fri 24-Jul-15 14:40:53

What is a bell tent?

I might ask for gift cards from Lululemon and Fabletics for Xmas this year smile

drinkscabinet Sun 02-Aug-15 00:13:07

Now my kids are watching Cosmic Yoga Kids several times a day I am becoming obsessed with a circular yoga mat. Not sure where I'd put it though, maybe wait until I have a house big enough to have a dedicated yoga studio... that'll be a long wait then.

tomatoplantproject Sun 02-Aug-15 08:08:40

Not a mat question but a towel one. I do hot yoga and have one towel already but it isn't quite long enough and gets a bit slippy by the end of the practice. I need another towel but I don't know what to get. Are Lululemon towels all that?

CoteDAzur Sun 02-Aug-15 11:09:43

That circular yoga mat looks brilliant! My heels always hurt when they are wide apart & off the mat during seated forward bends.

I would be embarrassed to roll it out and make a huge space for myself in the yoga studio, though.

SesameSparkle Fri 07-Aug-15 12:49:58

Hi, I want to upgrade my cheaper mat, bought from tk maxx many years back and now starting to shed little bits of green plastic. I'm looking for something more natural, and a bit wider than my current 60cm so I can claim a teeny bit more studio space to myself. My budget is meant to be around £40 but I could stretch a bit further if it's worth it. Please tell me if you can you recommend anything?smile

maybemyrtle Fri 07-Aug-15 22:44:08

I can happily recommend mine again - it's a manduka eko lite 4mm. Sticky, not too heavy, natural rubber and I think the 3mm was around £40. Unless you want the extra padding 3mm would be fine. Not sure of the dimensions off the top of my head though.

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