Yoga mats are a great investment to make as they are extremely versatile – other than yoga, you can use them for practically any kind of exercise from Pilates to HIIT. And they can even double up as picnic mats for trips to the beach or park.
In addition to letting you flaunt your active lifestyle in bold colours on your commute, bringing your own yoga mat along to classes is a must for hygiene reasons. From portable foldable mats for your weekly yoga class to more spacious ones with guides for optimal alignment, here are the 8 best yoga mats to get in Singapore:
The thickness of yoga mats can range from as thin as 0.5MM to as thick as 8MM. For those who tend to do more active yoga poses such as handstands, opt for thinner yoga mats from 3.5MM and below for more stability and grip. If you do more floorwork and need more cushioning for your arms and knees, opt for a thicker mat above 3.5MM.
Also look out for the length of yoga mats, and give yourself a leeway of about 6 inches on top of your height so you won’t have to leave your feet dangling out every time you do yoga poses lying down. For yogis on the go, look out for lighter mats so you won’t have to do an extra workout lugging them around after you step out of studios.
When choosing between materials, there are 3 main types to consider: budget-friendly PVC, TPE and eco-friendly natural rubber. While PVC is highly durable, it is relatively less sweat-absorbent and more slippery. TPE, on the other hand, is a blend of plastic and rubber that offers more grip but less durable. Rubber mats are biodegradable and more earth-friendly – they also provide a pretty good grip!
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Lululemon has been a cult-favourite amongst fitness enthusiasts, and their yoga mats don’t disappoint either. Their reversible yoga mats come in 3 thickness options (1.5MM, 3MM, 5MM) and offer two different textures on each side. The rough, darker side below allows for more active exercises and the smooth, brighter coloured side on top is better for relaxed routines.
Whether you prefer soothing hatha routines or more intense flow exercises, this yoga mat offers you both adequate cushioning and grip on its surface. The mat also contains an antimicrobial formula, keeping it odour-free and making it easier to clean and maintain.
Thickness: 1.5MM – 5MM
Material: Rubber, latex and polyurethane
Price: from $99.50 (HKD580)
Get the Lululemon reversible yoga mat
For the eco-warriors who bring your own reusables, nothing beats doing sun salutations on a sustainably made yoga mat. The Manduka Eko Superlite Mat is made of ethically harvested tree rubber, and is free of any toxic chemicals. Its surface prevents moisture from seeping in, and a good wipe down after your sweat sesh is all you need to keep the mat looking good as new.
Best yet, it can be folded neatly as small as an A4 sheet of paper, allowing you to fit it into your bag and carry it around easily.
Material: Natural rubber, cotton & polyester
Get the Manduka Eko Superlite Mat
Another eco-friendly option is the Jade Yoga harmony mat – made of natural rubber, a tree is also planted for each mat sold. Its surface is made to maximise grip – a relief for those who often have to wipe sweaty palms during downward dogs. Besides offering stability, its 5MM thickness also provides adequate cushioning for any floor exercise.
With a reinforced, heavy-duty lining to resist wear and tear, this mat is durable enough to see you through years of practice.
Material: Natural rubber
Price: $128 (U.P. $138)
Get the Jade Yoga harmony mat
Think cork and you would probably picture wine bottles and boards to pin photos on. However, cork is actually also sustainable, lightweight and naturally antimicrobial – a material that’s ideal for yoga mats.
Vivre Active’s cork yoga mat is also godsend for hot yoga lovers, as it offers increasing traction the more you perspire. This is also the thinnest mat on this list, offering you the maximum stability for your standing poses.
Material: Cork & rubber
Get the Vivre Active cork yoga mat
Entry-level yogis would appreciate the Decathlon’s yoga mat club that offers guides for optimal alignment. Designed by a team of yogis and yoga instructors, this mat has a soft, velvet-textured surface that’s comfortable to rest on yet offers good grip to prevent slippage.
If you’re looking for portability, it also comes with a mat strap that can be easily attached and removed.
Get the Decathlon light gentle yoga mat club
For those who are constantly battling sweaty palms and slipping through your exercises, opt for the Alo Yoga Warrior Mat which comes with a dry-wick matte surface that’ll draw moisture away to guarantee a good grip. It’s also fuss-free to maintain, only requiring a good wipe down after use.
Material: Rubber and polyurethane leather
Get the Alo Yoga Warrior Mat
With guidelines printed with durable metallic gold ink, the Liforme White Magic travel mat is an instant eye-pleaser that looks fit for royalty. This mat is made from eco-friendly materials like natural rubber, which is biodegradable within five years after it reaches the landfills. Plus, 5% from the sale of each mat is donated to support Friends of the Earth’s sustainability campaigns.
You can bundle it with a matching yoga pad ($103, £55.00) that can be stacked on top of your mat for extra cushion and support.
Material: Natural rubber & eco-polyurethane
Price: from $217 (£115)
Get the Liforme white magic travel mat
For a budget-friendly option at bargain-basement prices, Watson’s Yoga Mat goes at just $12.90 (U.P. $19.90). This is perfect for beginner yogis who might not want to splurge on higher-end mats as you’re still trying things out.
The mat offers adequate cushioning and comes with a net carrying bag for portability. Made with durable PVC material, this makes a value-for money investment for the long run.
Price: $12.90 (U.P. $19.90)
Get the Watsons Yoga Mat
For a yoga mat that can double up as home decor, check out Milliot & Co Yoga Mats that come in a myriad of quirky abstract prints from doodle faces to rainbow prints that are an instant mood-lifter. Matching beauty with function, this mat also has a textured surface for added grip.
Price: from $57.86
Get the Milliot & Co Yoga Mat
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If your yoga practice or exercise routine mainly occurs at studios or gyms, a yoga towel can come in handy. Apart from ensuring hygiene by avoiding direct contact with shared mats, it also does double duty for you to wipe off your dripping sweat. Plus, it saves you the extra step of wiping down your yoga mat – just throw it into the washing machine to keep it clean.
Made of pure microfiber, the Iuga yoga towel is extra thick and highly absorbent. Designed with corner pockets, simply slip them over a mat and it won’t budge throughout your routine.
Price: from $48
Get the Iuga hand towel
As a general rule, you should wipe your mat with a damp cloth after each use to keep it odour-free. For a more thorough cleaning, make your own solution by combining a 50/50 mix of water and apple cider vinegar and spray it onto your mat once a week to avoid bacterial buildup. Air dry them fully before storing them again.
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To store, keep yoga mats away from direct sunlight to prevent its colour from fading. You can either roll it up or use a yoga mat hanger or holder.
For most mats, it is not recommended to wash them with soap or put them in a washing machine. However, each yoga mat is uniquely designed, so look out for specific instructions on how to maintain them.
Even as we chaturanga our way back to yoga studios or continue with home workouts, investing in a quality yoga mat goes a long way in giving you the best grip and cushioning for your routine. It’s also a great way to stay safe and at the top of your hygiene.
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