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Whether you're a beginner or an experienced yogi, a yoga mat is a must-have. The right one will have good grip and thickness, and roll up compactly for convenience. They're versatile, too, with most suitable for doubling up as an exercise mat for HIIT workouts.
When shopping for a new one, thickness plays an important part and yoga mats can range from super thin to super-padded. Typically, a good starting point is between 3-5mm.
You want it to cushion knees, hips and other joints, and help with stability during the more difficult poses.
Next up is how portable you need it to be. If you're planning to bring your own to in-person classes, look for one that's lighter, easily rolls up, and comes with a handle or cloth bag. Should you be hoping to keep yours at home for workouts in the living room, you can go for heavier, thicker options.
Lastly, and the fun part, is how it looks. There's an endless amount of colourful, geometric, animal print and floral patterns as well as minimalistic styles too.
To help you get started or refresh your workout wardrobe, we've handpicked the best to shop now, from Nike, Sweaty Betty and Lululemon and more.
Best yoga mats for workouts at home and in the gym
The Reversible Mat 5mm | £68 from Lululemon
Kicking things off is of course, Lululemon. The stylish workout specialists have a range of yoga equipment, but its reversible mat with a 5mm thickness is pretty much all you need. Made from natural rubber, it has a grippy top layer to help you find your balance and comes in 10 fun shades, from khaki to chalky rose.
Gaiam Essentials Fitness 10mm Yoga Mat | £29.99 from John Lewis
For a more budget-friendly find, head to Gaiam at John Lewis. This super-thick 10mm mat is supportive for joints and the non-slip ridges ensure you won't be sliding all over the place. It also comes with a handy nylon carry strap.
Super Grip Yoga Mat | £65 from Sweaty Betty
This 4mm natural latex mat from Sweaty Betty is available in three colours; grey, black, and this pretty cornflower blue. It's nonslip and very lightweight, weighing just 2kg. Keep it clean by wiping it with a damp cloth and a small bit of mild soap.
Nike Swoosh logo move yoga mat 4mm in black | £35 from ASOS
Another stylish find comes from ASOS, as its activewear range is home to leading brands such as Nike, Adidas and Puma. This 4mm thick design has a speckled black pattern and is made from durable rubber.
Bowern The Rose floral-print rubber yoga mat | £115 from Net-A-Porter
Head to Net-A-Porter if you're looking for a luxurious mat that's both fashionable and functional. This one from Bowern has a bold floral print that's sure to make a statement in every class. It also has a UV protected top so if you use it outdoors, the colours won't fade.
Comfort fitness floor mat | £24.99 from Decathlon
You can always count on Decathlon for functional basics to get your workout gear up to scratch. This one is 15mm - extra thick to cushion joints. It also comes with a carry strap for easy portability and can be used for all floor-based exercises.
FABLE YOGA Pro Grip Studio yoga mat 4mm | £69 from Selfridges
For the more experienced yogi, this Fable Yoga mat is made with a natural tree rubber base and polymer upper layer. It's also longer and wider than most standard-sized yoga mats, helpful for perfecting harder poses but also ideal for taller bodies.
FitHut 10mm gym workout mat in pink | £16 (was £22) from ASOS
For less than £20, this FitHut mat from ASOS is ideal if you're shopping on a budget. It's a fun pink colour that also comes with a nylon carry strap, it's easy to roll up and has a 10mm thickness to keep you feeling stable and limbs cushioned.
Adidas by Stella McCartney lightweight foam yoga mat | £50 from Selfridges
For something smart but fuss-free, this foam mat is a great choice. Designed with portability in mind, it's lightweight with an accompanying carry strap for going to and from the yoga studio.
M Life Eco Beginner's 4mm Yoga Mat | £20 from Next
Find your feet with this beginner's mat that's free from latex, slip-resistant and lightweight. It also comes with a flower print pattern and is designed for improving performance and stability.
Proworks Yoga Mat | £20 from Amazon
This simple design from Amazon comes in nine colours and is one of the bestselling mats from the online retailer. One of the 9,857 reviewers said: "The mat is great for yoga and any keep fit exercises. It comes with an elasticated band that holds both ends of the mat rolled up. As the mat is about 1cm thick, it provides good cushioning during ground exercises such as kneeling down exercise."
GOODMOVE Yoga Mat | £19.50 from Marks and Spencer
This is a great beginners' mat from Marks and Spencer's affordable activewear range, GOODMOVE. Made with eco-friendly foam, it's recyclable with a non-slip surface and has antibacterial properties to keep it feeling fresh.
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