These top-of-the-range yoga mats are the best around - they ooze style and sophistication, and will serve you faithfully for years if cared for properly.
You'll find some top quality organic cotton and natural jute mats in this price range. These mats have a lovely soft texture and provide excellent grip on a non-slip surface which will also absorb sweat from your hands and feet.
Natural rubber mats also figure prominently here. Many of them feature a weave pattern which gives yogis and yoginis the confidence to attempt challenging poses without having to worry about slipping over. This is because rubber is naturally sticky even when wet - that's why vehicle tyres are made out of it.
Rubber is also biodegradable so you can be assured you are making a good choice when it comes to caring for the environment. It's also noticeably softer and spongier than cheap PVC mats, meaning you will be able to sink into the mat more when attempting difficult poses.
Natural rubber mats are susceptible to sunlight damage so it's best to store them in a dark, dry place when not in use. It's worth mentioning that certain types of natural rubber mats can give off a bit of an odour which some people find unpleasant.
These mats are certainly not cheap, so it makes sense to clean and maintain them regularly to ensure you get the best out of them. You should get in the habit of wiping your mat down at the end of each class with an antiseptic wipe or spray, or rub the mat down with tea tree oil which is a natural antiseptic.
Manduka mats are very highly regarded and they are the mat of choice for many intermediate to advanced yoga student in the UK. There are several plush Manduka mats to consider buying here, including those in the popular eKO and PROlite ranges.
Manduka mats are made from thick natural rubber which creates a wonderful cushioning affect during your work outs. They have great slip protection, absorbs moisture efficiently and the sticky surface will remain constant throughout your class, even under extreme conditions.
The Manduka Black Mat is a classic product that's been a big seller for years, and is considered one of the best in the world. It features Closed-Cell Surface technology that keeps out bacteria, ensuring the mat remains fresh thoughout its lifetime.
Weighing in at only 7 lbs, this mat is a quarter of an inch thick, making it soft on your hands and knees for any position you try - even on a hard floor, it fully supports your body and cushions the spine, hips, knees and elbows. Manduka mats also come with a lifetime guarantee.
Another popular brand of mat featured in this deluxe price range is Jade - these are among the most eco-friendly mats available to buy. They are made from open-cell natural rubber which makes them very sticky for the steadiness and balance you need during yoga practice. They contain zero harmful chemicals or bi-products, making them very recyclable