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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…

Manduka Pro Yoga Mat (6mm thick)

This is my favourite yoga mat! Although it seems a little pricey, it’s the only yoga mat you will ever need as it’s extremely resilient and guaranteed to last a lifetime. It will never peel, flake, or fade.

The Manduka PRO yoga mat is 6mm thick with high density and cushioning. I find the cushioning and support to be enough that I don’t require any additional padding for my knees, and yet the mat is firm enough that the flow of my practice is not affected and my joint stability is not challenged (which could, of course, lead to pain or injury).

The Manduka PRO yoga mat comes in two lengths, 71″ and 85″, and in a variety of colours.

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The Manduka PRO yoga mat has a closed-cell surface which prevents sweat, dirt and smells from absorbing into the mat and also makes it easy to clean. This does mean, however, that sweat can cause it to become slippery. There is also a dot-pattern on the bottom of the mat which prevents the mat from sliding.

The Manduka PRO yoga mat is made from eco-certified safe PVC. It is non-toxic (specifically phthalate free), 100% latex free, and is environmentally friendly with an emissions-free and zero-waste manufacturing process.

Pogamat XXL Yoga Mat (7mm thick)

The Pogamat XXL is twice as wide as a typical yoga mat, an extra 25cm long, and a very comfortable 7mm thick. The grip and traction that this mat offers are incredible and the quality is excellent.

Admittedly, the size of the Pogamat XXL does make it less portable and less suitable for using in yoga classes where space is limited, but it is ideal for partner yoga and when practicing at home you will quickly become spoilt by the freedom of movement that the extra space affords you.

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The Pogamat XXL is made from premium high density eco-friendly PVC and contains no latex or silicone. It is odor-free and phthalate-free, and is made with eco-friendly manufacturing techniques.

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Fusion Mat by JadeYoga (8mm thick)

Marketing itself as ‘nature’s best yoga mat’, the Fusion Mat is made in the USA, combining natural rubber from the Far East with modern technology. Natural rubber is a renewable resource and contains no ozone-depleting substances, PVC, EVA or other synthetic plastics or rubbers. Plus, through its partnership with Trees for the Future, JadeYoga plants a tree for every mat sold.

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The Fusion Mat is both thick and firm, providing all the support and cushioning you need – the perfect balance of comfort, performance and resilience.

Because the Fusion Mat is made with open-cell natural rubber, moisture is absorbed and the grip is fantastic – even when wet with perspiration! Of course, the downside of this is that the mat will need frequent cleaning.

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Of 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 Yoga Jellies. 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 Yoga Jellies? 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.