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Best Yoga Mats for Every Type of Yogi

By: Colleen Moody

Looking for a new pad to practice your sun salutations? We've
got the latest yoga mats to have you doing downward dog in style.

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Downward Dog Diva

Be the envy of your fellow yogis with the Plank Shag Luxe Yoga Mat. Not only will you avoid a mat mixup at the end of class, you'll have a fun visual to look at while you tone.


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Get Personal(ized)

Create your own Zen by printing your favorite nature scene or artwork on this customized yoga mat. But don't stress out too much if you can't pick a design -- the site's already got tons of pre-printed styles for you to snag.


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Power Yoga Pad

Perfect for hot, power, and flow yoga classes, Lululemon The Mat Lightweight is super-grippy with four different layers of rubber to provide cushion for your limbs. Another bonus? All mats are treated with an additive that prevents the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew so you can sweat safely without fear of fungi.


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Beginner Basics

If you're new to yoga, wait to splurge on a class-specific mat and try this general, all-purpose one instead. The Reebok Fitness Mat provides cushioning and traction for any mat-based sweat session so you can tone your abs, practice your poses, and more with comfort.


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On-the-Go Ohms

Save space in your bag with this light, foldable mat that fits easily in small travel spaces. The Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Mat grips well on both carpet and hard surfaces and only weighs two pounds, so you can squeeze another pair of heels into your suitcase for a girls' weekend without TSA being on your case!


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Do-Gooder Digs

Hone a more harmonic you and support a good cause at the same time with the Jade Teal Yoga Mat, available in 68 and 74 inches. For every Jade Teal Yoga Mat purchased, Jade will donate $5 to the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation.


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Planks for the Planet

For the eco yogi, the Manduka eKO Lite Mat is toxin-free and uses a Tri Layer Technology with sea grass texture, biodegradable cotton, and natural tree rubber for optimal grip, durability, and slip-resistance.


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