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The best travel yoga mats in 2022, according to experts

If you’re motivated enough to maintain a fitness routine on your trip, having a good yoga mat is essential. Think of it as your foundation for undertaking any type of workout, no matter what type of environment you find yourself in. Thanks to the rise of virtual classes, you could be on a beach in Turks & Caicos or in a hotel room in Tokyo and have access to the best studios in New York. With decent WiFi and a good yoga mat, anything is possible.

But much like the athleisure category as a whole, yoga mats have undergone major technical and aesthetic advancements over the past decade; you can find something that aligns with the chakras, rugs with built-in infrared technologies, and fashionable rugs designed to coordinate outfit moments. Our favorite is the Adidas by Stella McCartney yoga mat, which scores top marks on several metrics and is a favorite of many stylish yogis on the move. However, we spoke to A-listers in the industry, and they gave us a lot more options to like.

Here are our top picks, tested and recommended by experts in the fitness community.

Tips for Buying a Travel Yoga Mat

Prioritize portability

Weight and thickness are the main factors to consider. Ideally, you should opt for a yoga mat under 4 pounds and 6 millimeters so that it is light enough to carry around and doesn’t take up too much space. Having a yoga strap is also extremely useful (according to our top pick, the Adidas by Stella McCartney yoga mat).

Consider your intended use

Look for features that support the type of workout you plan to do. If you’re into slow motion, stretching, or meditation, something like the Bala Playmat is a good option. Or, if you need something that will stay put for a more active workout where you jump, Lululemon’s Reversible Mat or Alo Yoga’s Warrior Mat may be your best bet.

Check warranties

Give yourself peace of mind and check the warranty period in case your carpet does not meet your expectations. All of the options on this list have been tested and recommended by experts, but if you find that the top layer is peeling or you get a failed product for some reason, it’s good to know what type of insurance policy you have. have. The standard is usually one year, but some companies offer lifetime warranties.

Choose a durable material

Polyurethane and rubber are known for their durability, so look for mats with these materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to break a yoga mat?

    According to Washington of CorePower Yoga, it takes time to really break a yoga mat. His trick for speeding up the process? “Sprinkle coarse sea salt on the mat and let it sit or rub in a circular motion, like you would wax a surfboard. After 24 hours, wipe off the salt with a damp cloth. Repeat 2-3 times with fresh salt as needed. Works like a charm.

  • How to pack a yoga mat?

    It depends on the fabric. Some mats are designed to bend, but in general you should try to roll them up as tightly and evenly as possible.

  • How to clean a yoga mat?

    You can use soap or mix equal parts water and white vinegar and scrub the carpet. There are also spray solutions available if you don’t want to do any DIY mixing.

Why trust Travel + Leisure

For this article, Amy Louise Bailey spoke to several leading yoga studio instructors, as well as renowned wellness pioneers and entrepreneurs from fitness-focused organizations to compile a list of the best mats. yoga available.

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