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Yoga Mat Recommendations

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Posted on 6/7/2011 12:12 EST

Did you know that you can actually get a yoga mat for less than the price of the yoga class you take? We found out that becoming can be a frugal experienced when we unearthed a few affordable yoga mat recommendations in our guide to cheap yoga mats.

We found that choosing a yoga mat often comes down to performance vs. environmental impact. The most common and durable material for a yoga mat is polyvinyl chloride (PVC), but the environmentally-conscious may not like the chemicals this material can release. Greener materials include cotton and latex, but they're less sturdy. Two of our "good" picks contain PVC with little complaint from users.

Slippage and grip were other important factors. Overall, both PVC and non-PVC products we picked performed well, though some users had gripes about our top picks in this dimension. Thickness and length also mattered to users, and we found the standard sizing was 1/8-inch thick and 68-inches-long, although our top pick, Yoga Accessories Extra Thick Deluxe (starting at $12.89), got rave reviews for measuring 74 inches long and one-quarter inch thick.

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