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Kit that fits: The best yoga mats

Kit that fits: The best yoga mats

You see celebs with them tucked under their arms on the way to the gym all the time – and no, we’re not talking small dogs, but rather yoga mats. The trendy accessory that has a practical use – and it’s best to have your own.

Why do you need a yoga mat?

Well, the benefits are many: you know it’s only your feet that have been standing on it, you can do yoga from home, it will fit nicely in your gym bag and you can pick the colour that best suits you. It’s far more pleasant to lie on your own mat than on a dubious gym yoga mat that’s had countless number of sweaty bodies lying on it, and you will be able to relax more knowing that!

As an exercise, yoga is strengthening, toning, and relaxing. If you have your own mat, you can clear your mind whenever you feel the need.

As with any sports accessory, remember there are cheap and cheerful right up to pricey stylish numbers, so make sure you shop around.

For example, Stella McCartney does a yoga mat for an eye-watering £41. But you might want to be more thrifty (quite right, too, it’s only a mat!) and stick to something like a York Fitness yoga mat, which you can get from Tesco for just £9. offers a whole range of mats, from travel mats, to eco mats, towels, rugs and yoga mat cleaners.

Whatever your mat preference, it’s best to buy a new one if yours is starting to look grubby, or if you find holes appearing it. Make sure your mat is a good non-slip one as well, as sliding around the floor while trying to hold a warrior pose is really no good!

JLL Yoga mats offer a good non-slip option, and are available from Amazon for £12.99 

If you’re all about design and looking super-stylish while practising your art, head over to Yoga Design Lab where yoga mats will set you back a pretty penny - but look ultra cool.



the author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.