Are you in the market for a new yoga mat??
As most of you know, I opened Empower Yoga in Ewing, NJ two months ago. Owning a yoga studio, I needed to decide what types of mats I wanted to offer for my clients to use. For me, it was a no brainer, the lululemon Reversible 5mm mat was an obvious choice. Since I am a lululemon ambassador, some may think I am biased, but sI have been using a lulu mat for over 12 years and could not be happier!
When I started taking yoga classes, I was given one of those inexpensive foam mats. The kind you could get at Target or Walmart for about $10. I thought it would do the trick. Well it certainly had cushioning which was great for kneeling, but what it didn't do was prevent me from slipping and sliding all over the place. Plus those little pieces of foam kept falling off, causing a mess all over the floor. I knew it was time to make an investment in something better. That was when I got my first lulu mat and haven't used a different mat since.
The Reversible 5mm is the perfect mat for me and here’s why...
It’s super durable. With a lulu mat you don’t have to worry about rips, holes, or little bits of yoga mat peeling off.
It provides good cushioning. I have no problem kneeling, jumping, or lying on the floor.
It’s firm. Even though it has good cushioning, it’s still firm, making it easy to balance.
It’s very grippy. No big towels needed.
It doesn’t puddle. When I workout, I sweat a TON. I’ve always found yoga towels to be a pain to use so I wanted a mat that would absorb the moisture, and this one does. You are able to sweat safely!
It stays in one place and does not slide around the floor.
Even though it traps moisture, it doesn’t smell. The mat is very breathable.
It’s perfect for regular or hot yoga as well as any other fitness class.
The mat costs $68 which is less than the Manduka ($82) and Jade (Fusion- $149) mats.
The only cons I have found are:
It can get scratched up rather easily, but I think the marks add charm and show what a strong bad ass yogi you are.
It's heavy (5lbs), so it is not great to travel with. I wouldn't want to pack it in my suitcase.
In all, if you are looking for a quality mat that will likely last you a lifetime regardless of what punishment you put it through, then this is the mat for you. I’ll happily stick with mine!