May 4, 2018 Dany 10Comment

Even if you are new into yoga or practice for a while, it’s important to keep in mind that your practice depends on your mat.

Of course, there are other aspects to keep in mind, but the mat is your base as I mention in this article “Lose weight with yoga at home – a personal approach.

Today’s article is all about natural fitness yoga mat and the best options to choose from.

Many years back (let’s say around 50), on the market it has been only one type of mat: PVC. If you do not know the material, it will difficult for you to know who is who. Even for me, it’s hard to distinguish between them.

PVC is a sticky material, soft but not biodegradable. It has a long durability, but it’s not an eco-friendly material.

Nowadays you have the choice to select based on preferences and priorities.

I think you have some questions in your mind, like:

– how to make the right choice?

– how to choose a no slippery mat?

A good mat should offer good cushioning and grip, not too soft not to hard, protects your back and shoulders.

Let’s see together how to choose a mat which you like, feels comfortable and it’s on your budget.

Before you choose a mat keep in mind the following: thickness, composition, material, stability, eco-friendly, price, style, grip.

Natural Fitness Powerhouse Pro Yoga Mat

This is a nice mat which gives support for your knees and has enough cushioning. Compare with other mats, this one does not smell.

Your feet are not sliding using this mat, it has a great combination of grip and comfort. The thickness of the mat is one of the best features.

This mat is made of eco-friendly materials, free of phthalates and PVC.

  • Size: 72 x 24 inch, 9,5mm thick
  • Pros: thickness, good cushioning, no smell, eco-friendly ingredients, light
  • Cons: relative good grip – the surface is very soft, no caring strap
  • Overall Rank: 9.5 out of 10
  • Click to view on Amazon

Natural Fitness Warrior Yoga Mat

This mat comes in four available colors: Amethyst, Crimson, Granite, and Teal.

It has a good report quality/price, and it’s made of eco-friendly materials, free of phthalates and PVC.

  • Size: 24 x72 inch, 5mm thick
  • Pros: price, thickness, good cushioning, colors don’t fade away, good grip
  • Cons: slippery on first use, shorter length
  • Overall rank: 8.5 of 10
  • Click to view on Amazon

Natural Fitness Powerhouse Yoga Mat

This mat has a good grip, and softer compare with other mats. It provides nice cushioning for elbows and knees when doing plank or child pose.

It has a factory smell which fades away if it’s aired.

Like the previous ones, it’s made of eco-friendly materials, free of PVC, halogen, and phthalates.

When you practice intense, there is naturally sweat, but this mat will not absorb it.

  • Size: 72 x 24 inch, 6mm thick
  • Pros: thickness, good cushioning, light, eco-friendly material, lightweight
  • Cons: slippery on first use, shorter length
  • Overall rank: 9 of 10
  • Click to view on Amazon

Natural Fitness Eco-Smart Yoga Mat

This mat is coming in four available colors: burgundy, indigo/aqua, moss/night, orange/red. Also, two available sizes: 4mm for indigo/aqua and moss/night and 6mm for burgundy and orange/red.

What I particularly like to these mats is the background, a really lovely pattern design.

This has a wonderful thickness, and it’s not slippery.

Like the previous ones, it’s made of eco-friendly materials – Polymer Environmental Resin (PER), free of latex and phthalate.

  • Size: 69 x 26 inch, 4mm or 6mm thick
  • Pros: good grip, no slippery
  • Cons: smelly when the first usage, it seems to fall apart after some usage
  • Overall rank: 9.5 of 10
  • Click to view on Amazon

Natural Fitness Hero Yoga Mat

Made of eco-friendly materials – PER and natural rubber, free of phthalate.

This has a 6mm thickness, and it’s a good cushioning for elbows and knees.

  • Size: 72 x 24, 6 inch thick
  • Pros: no slippery
  • Cons: a bit heavy due to rubber on the back
  • Overall rank: 9.5 of 10
  • Click to view on Amazon

Ajna Organic Jute Yoga Mat

I personally think that this mat is like the queen of the mats review by now. Indeed, it has a high price, but it’s justified.

Made of organic jute, lightweight, free of latex, PVC and phthalates.

I also like the finish, a combination of black and gold.

This beauty is vegan, biodegradable and recyclable.

  • Size: 72 x 24 inch, 5mm thick
  • Pros: extra long, cotton carrying strap which can be used as a yoga strap, no slippery, grip, great traction, no smell, you can use it on both sides, lightweight, thickness
  • Cons: because of the composition it feels uncomfortable on the skin, price
  • Overall rank: 9.5 of 10
  • Click to view on Amazon

FARLAND Non-Slip Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap

This mat is coming in nine available colors: black green, blue, bright pink/light pink, green, grey-black, orange black, pink-purple, purple and red black.

The rounded corners give a stylish look.

It’s made of eco-friendly material, free of phthalates.

Very good report price/quality.

  • Size: 71 x 24 inch, 6mm thick
  • Pros: price, thick, non-slippery, two side anti-slip, longer size, eco-friendly material, no smell, strip available, gift box packing
  • Cons: none
  • Overall rank: 10 of 10
  • Click to view on Amazon

Conclusion

There are a lot of options to choose from.

I personally have “Natural fitness warrior yoga mat” model. I practice yoga and Pilates daily, and I have it for about 4 years, and it’s still in good shape.

The only thing for you to do is to decide what do you expect from your yoga mat. Choose wisely because this small accessory will be with you in your yoga sessions.

Which one is your favorite? What do you think about price/quality?

I’m just waiting for you to share your thoughts in the comments below.








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10 thoughts on “Natural fitness yoga mat – A personal review

  1. I personally never did any sort of yoga but I use a mat every day at home, I ‘ve got the cheapest one I could find, I didn’t even know that small changes could make much difference! thanks for this eye-opening post!!

    1. You’re very welcome! I have changed couple of them and I was able to compare them, to see advantages and disadvantages. One of the important things for me is the thickness.
      Thank you for your visit and comment.

      Stay healthy!

  2. Hello. Very informative. I personally do not practice yoga but I know many that do. I didn’t realize there was a difference in yoga mats. Thank you for opening my eyes. I will definitely pass this information on to friends and family that do participate in this practice.

    1. Thank you Taianne for your comment. Yes, there are, indeed 🙂 Please do so and let me know about their thoughts.
      Thank you for visit!

      Stay healthy!

  3. Hmm…the Jute yoga mat intrigues me. Thanks for the review, I didn’t know yoga mats had such diversity to them!

    1. This mat has a lot of pros and indeed one con related with the feeling on the skin. I hope this was what intrigues you. Happy to clarify if needed.
      Thanks for your comment.

      Stay healthy!

  4. Hi Dany. I never knew there are different types of yoga mats and you highlighted some great ones. I never took up yoga before but my sister very much into it so I pass this on to her. this will definitely arouse her curiosity now. Thanks for highlighting and sharing this.

  5. Hey Dany!

    Thank you for sharing this review with us 🙂

    My friend wants to start doing yoga, and is trying to choose the right mat for her. This would be the post I can share with her, and based on what you’ve described, FARLAND Non Slip Yoga Mat would be my best recommendation for her.

    1. Hi German,

      Thank you for your comment. The FARLAND mat is a new arrival one and as far as I can see, it has potential. Great choice!

      Stay healthy!

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