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Choosing a Thick Yoga Mat

(This post contains affiliate links.) Most people looking to buy a thick yoga mat are no doubt doing so for increased comfort, especially for their knees and wrists. You may want a thick yoga mat because you have arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, or maybe just because you are skinny with bony knees like me!

Choosing a thick yoga mat. A selection of the best thick yoga mats available.

Personally, I’m all about comfort in Savasana, so a thick yoga mat is a little luxury I enjoy, especially when practicing at home. I would also recommend a thick yoga mat if you enjoy sound baths, yoga nidra or restorative yoga where any discomfort could be distracting and may spoil the experience.

Most yoga mats are just 4mm to 5mm thick and, despite the demand, a thick yoga mat can be hard to find. Here’s my pick of the best thick yoga mats available…


  1. Manduka Pro Yoga Mat, in a choice of colours (6mm thick)
  2. Airex Fitline Exercise Mat (10mm thick)
  3. Yamuna Exercise Mat (15mm thick)
  4. Airex Coronella Fitness and Yoga Mat (15mm thick)
  5. GoFLX™ Yoga Mat (8mm thick)
  6. Goture Yoga Mat, in a choice of colours (6mm thick)
  7. Meglio Yoga Mat (8mm thick)
  8. Bodhivana Yoga Mat (15mm thick)
  9. TNP Accessories® Thick Cushioned Yoga Mat (16mm thick)

I can personally vouch for the quality of the Airex mats. When I worked as a physiotherapist for the NHS, it was this brand of mats that we had in the hospital gym. They are pricey, but well worth the money for the quality and superior level of cushioning.

thick-yoga-matOf course, there are some downsides to a thick yoga mat. Balance poses will be somewhat more challenging and it may be harder to maintain an equal pressure through both palms, knees or feet. A thick yoga mat will also be heavier to carry and may not fit in your mat bag.

One alternative to a thick yoga mat may be YogaJellies. These are flexible discs which can be placed wherever you need them to provide cushioning. Most commonly they are placed under the knees and wrists.

Do you use a thick yoga mat? Or have you tried YogaJellies? Please leave a comment and let me know.

  • I need to get a new yoga mat! Been using the same one for years now and I think it’s time to update haha. Thanks for sharing these xo, sharon

  • Indrani

    I haven’t seen the yoga jellies here in markets yet or am I missing something. They really will be of help.
    I will try out in online shopping for these.

  • I haven’t used a yoga mat. In fact, I don’t know how to do yoga as well. But, I would like to learn how to do it. They said that it gives a lot of benefits for it makes a person relax and have peace within.

  • Marissa Abao

    I have a thick yoga mat. It is more comfortable. I do yoga at home so it is fine. The yoga jellies seem pretty cool. I will visit the link that you have provided.

  • SiennyLoves Drawing

    Wow! Thanks for your sharing as I don’t practice yoga, but currently need to get one as Xmas gift for a close friend. After reading your post here, learnt some tips, and now I get an idea of my gift purchase 🙂 cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

  • I never have tried Yoga and I heard a lot of good benefits if you engage yourself to it. I like how you write about this Yoga Mat, very concise, but interesting and you’ve just answered all the possible questions that a customer would ask. I’ll surely recommend this to my friends that are into Yoga.

  • Teresa Dumadag

    I do not do yoga. But I once bought a yoga mat because we needed it for my childbirth classes. I was a first-time mom then. My husband and I joined a natural childbirth class in preparation for my first delivery.

  • Mommy QueenElizabeth

    I need to do yoga first! Lol! Kidding aside, i was looking for a reliable yoga mat to do my occasional workouts. These choices looks all cool. Wondering if this is available in our local stores. This is one of my wishlist! 🙂

  • KT Peralta-Nielsen

    I’ve used a yoga mat many times ago when I enrolled in a yoga class. My consideration before was mainly the color and the brand and of course the price. I decided to buy one from a sports store so I can feel the texture of the mat first. I think online shopping wasn’t as big as it is today back then. And yes, the one I bought was as thick as the yoga mat could get. It was a bit pricey, yes, but it served its purpose.

  • I don’t do yoga but I do use a yoga mat at the gym, for different classes, like body balance or body combat. I do appreciate a thicker mat, same as you, for the better support it gives to your knees and hands. I am lucky that at my gym they have their own thick ones but the disadvantage is that they are very short so I end up on the floor anyways.