I have been doing yoga without a mat but my practice is becoming more advanced and I have just started saying "maybe a mat might be good" I am trying to decide on a mat or yoga paws. I do yoga outside my home and outside the studio. Does anyone have experience with the paws? Mats are easy enough to come by, but the paws are a bit pricey. Just want to know if they might be worth the portability and price.
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I have a Manduka after having had a few Gaiams and a Jade that I literally wore out. The Manduka I have is LOOONNNGGG...I call it my yoga runway. It is also heavy and was $140. However, it is durable and I think it will be with me a very long time. It was slippery at first...but that wears away with use and now it is nice and grippy, even in the hot yoga classes I take.
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I have a Maduka Eko lite and I like it for toting around too. They come in 71 and they have another that is bigger. I like the mat a lot - I went from a Giam $20 mat to manduka $49 mat and the difference is big. It is light and easy to tote around (the prolite is too) but manduka mats have lifetime warranties too so if they do start to fall apart you can get another one.
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I have a Manduka EKO mat, and I LOVE it.... but it doesn't fit your "light" requirement. it is quite the heavy mat.... but it is long (and wide) and durable! If you reconsider the need for a light mat, I would suggest this one.
Only problem is that it is made with natural latex... so if you have a latex allergy, it might be a problem.
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Hi fellow yogis! I'm in the market for a new yoga mat. I have been renting them from my studio for $2 each class. When I calculate what I've spent these last months, I could have purchased several new mats of my own.
I'm looking for your recommendations. I'm fairly tall, so I would like any mats to be at least 71"+ long. And it would need to be fairly light and portable (I walk to the studio and then up four flights of stairs!)
Let me know your thoughts! My studio only rents the Manduka ProLite mats. I like them but they seem to wear rather quickly (though that may be a function of people using them six times a day, everyday). Has anyone had success with other brands?
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