What’s the best way to break in a new yoga mat?

Practice on it every day…

Practice On...

From left to right, here’s what I’m practicing on lately:
  1. Aurorae Classic Yoga Mat – 6mm, 3lbs, 24″ x 72″
  2. Jade Yoga Harmony Professional Yoga Mat – 5mm, 4.5lbs, 24″ x 68″
  3. Hugger Mugger Tapas Original Yoga Mat – 3mm, 2.5lbs, 24″ x 68″
  4. Magic Carpet Sapphire Deco Yoga Mat – 6mm, 3.5lbs, 24″ x 70″
  5. Manduka Black Mat Pro Standard – 6mm, 7lbs, 26″ x 71″

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It’s a rough life trying to give each of these yoga mats all the time and attention they deserve, but they’re certainly motivating my 30 day yoga practice challenge for May (going strong so far:). I’ve been a longtime fan of pretty much all Manduka yoga mats–definitely my comfort zone–but I’m also usually happily surprised when I step onto different surfaces. These were all different and unique in their own ways.

Of this group, the Jade Harmony definitely has my attention and will spend a lot of time in future mat rotations. I’ve never tried a Jade mat, but I can totally see why so many yogis recommend it. Besides the great traction, it’s heavy enough that it lays out nice and flat on the ground without sliding or moving around. It just feels solid, but as you can see from the picture, it also rolls up pretty tightly and seems like it would be ideal for carrying to class. Since I spend most of my time on the mat at home, I’m less concerned about portability so the wider Harmony XW or the thicker (and heavier) Jade Fusion look really nice for a home practice too. For now, I’m more than happy with the sweet ride of the regular Harmony mat.

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  1. Practice on it almost every day is my mantra! 🙂

    I have to say I’ve been practicing for about 20 years and have been through testing a lot of these (Jade, Hugger, Lulu, Manduka, Liforme, Aurorae etc). But I have to say the last three years have been some of my favorite yoga and I give credit to my mat…I’m using The Mat and Mat Plus by yoga hustle. I practice a lot of vinyasa and I happen to be a really sweaty lady…I can finally hold arm balances like never before even after sweating bucket loads, my hands and feet stay firm and in place. What also did it for me was when I found out the company is owned and run by a fellow female. I couldn’t believe it! Every yoga mat and accessories company is run by men – which is fine – I am married to one – until I found YH. I think its also why their mats are so good, because a woman is in charge and makes sure her products don’t just look good but are green too and have amazing grip. Anyway, its what I recommend to my privates.

    But I love your blog so if you do carry them – I’ll definitley buy through your site! I usually buy them and their yoga blocks for birthday and holiday presents. xxx

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