The Manduka PRO mat is has been awarded as the #1 yoga mat for decades. With over 2 million Manduka mats have been sold to this day, how could it not deserve this title?
Read on my review below to find why the Manduka PRO mat is the bestseller that it is.
Who Should Use The Manduka PRO Mat?
Everyone. Well what I mean is that anyone can use it. It’s the holy grail mat for many yoga teachers as it never gets worn out. The local studio I go for hot yoga only rents out Manduka mats so that says something about the quality and durability.
For gentle and non-heated practices like Hatha, Restorative and Iyengar yoga, you’ll be good practicing on the mat directly on it.
While this mat hasn’t been designed for heated types of yoga (ie. Hot Yoga, Bikram Yoga), you can still use this mat for these classes. However because the mat’s closed-cell structure repels sweat and moisture from seeping into the mat, the PRO will become slippery so it’s highly recommended to put a yoga performance mat towel on top of the mat like the Yogitoes for superior grip.
While the PRO mat can also withstand vigorous types of yoga like Ashtanga and Vinyasa in non-heated rooms, if you’re a particularly heavy sweater, you want to use a yoga mat towel as well but most of time you probably won’t need to.
So if you only want to invest in only one yoga mat and use it for all types of yoga including Hot Yoga and Bikram this is it.
How To Use The Manduka PRO?
In my research for this review,I found that some people weren’t sure on which side to practice on. The top side of the PRO which you practice on has the Manduka frog logo in the top right-corner, and the bottom side has a dot pattern texture which firmly grip the mat on to the floor so that it doesn’t budge.
- Standard size
Weight: 7.5 lbs
Length: 71″ x 26″
Thickness: 6 mm
- Extra long size:
Weight: 9.5 lbs
Length: 85″ x 26″
Thickness: 6 mm
- High-density cushioning to protect and support your joints
- Made from eco-certified safe PVC
- Hygienic closed-cell surface (means that it repels sweat from seeping into your mat)
- 100% latex-free
What’s The Difference Between The Manduka PRO And The PROlite Mat?
The PRO and PROlite mats are quite similar as they differ in weight, colors, and thickness. The PROlite mat is a lighter version of the PRO and is more portable but it looks and feels the same as the PRO mat. The PROLite weights 4 lbs whereas the original PRO mat weighs 7.5 lbs or the 9.5 lbs if you go for the extra long size.
If you can’t choose between the PRO and the PROlite think about your needs. If you go to your local studio several times a week, the PROlite might be a better option for you as it’s easier to carry around.
Which Size Is Right For Me?
The PRO is great if you mainly have a home practice and hit up the studio from time to time. Whether or not you want the standard or extra long PRO mat is up to you (except if you’re very tall than you’ll want to go with the extra long size) but keep in mind that the extra long mat will be much heavier at 9.5 lbs instead of 7.5 lbs.
Is There A Break-In Period?
Yes there is. The PRO mat gets better as it ages —kind of like fine wine (but you have to use the mat of course). Due the manufacturing process, you’ll find the PRO to be slippery at first because of the thin film that covers the top surface. However, the more you use your mat it will become grippier and softer and the slippage will be eliminated.
On average the break-in period lasts for 3 months with a daily yoga practice. The slipping will subside as the friction of the hands and feet will wear into the mat.
If you still continue to slip after the mat has been broken into you’re most likely just a heavy sweater so you’ll need to pair the mat with a yoga mat towel like the Yogitoes yoga mat towel. If interested in learning more about it, check out my review here.
How To Break-Into A Manduka PRO
If you don’t want to wait 3 months or you simply don’t practice yoga daily, but you really want to break-into your PRO mat asap, you can speed up the process by treating your PRO mat with the salt water scrub method.
Manduka refers to this process as a ritual. Hmmm a yoga mat breaking-in initiation ritual. Cool.
Here are the steps:
- Unroll the mat
- Sprinkle the top surface of your mat with coarse sea salt or himalayan salt
- Let it sit for 24 hours (some people leave it outside though I wouldn’t recommend leaving it directly under the sun)
- Scrub gently and remove the salt with a damp towel
- Let it dry and practice yoga!
- Repeat the process again if needed
Did you ever have a cheap mat that became unusable within a few weeks of use? I sure did and it sucks not only for my wallet and but to the environment.
When Manduka came along in 1997, its mission was to drastically reduce the amount of cheap toxic PVC yoga mats entering landfills and to reduce overall mat consumption. By creating this durable sustainable yoga mat with over 2 million sold around the world you can bet that their mission has been accomplished.
While the PRO mat is made of PVC, rest assured that it’s toxin-free. In fact the PRO mat is made of eco-certified PVC and it’s phthalate-free and latex-free and the OEKO-TEX, a European association for textile industries, certifies the Manduka PRO Series mats as safe and free of harmful substances. So if you’re pregnant and you want a toxin-free mat, look no further.
Oh and also the manufacturing process is certified emissions free so workers manufacturing this mat are protected from toxins.
Taking Care of Your Manduka PRO Mat
- Clean your mat after each use by gently scrubbing the PRO mat with a soft brush, cloth, or sponge with Manduka’s All Purpose Mat Wash or any non-solvent household cleaner
- Wipe the mat with water and let it air dry. You can put it up outside but not directly in the sun
- Don’t use any vinegar based cleaning solutions as it can damage the mat and dull the mat’s metallic and opalescent properties
- Don’t soak, shower, put it in the bathtub, machine wash, use a garden hose or a vacuum cleaner to clean the mat.
- Doesn’t smell because the mat’s closed-cell structure repels sweat and moisture so it never absorbs germs and bacteria into the mat
- Lifetime guarantee! Manduka will replace your mat even if you’ve purchased it on Amazon
- Dense cushioning, super comfy
- Spacious, stable mat
- Made with sustainable and toxin-free materials
- If you want to invest in a top of the line mat and use only one mat for all types of yoga (including heated) this is it
- Will become slippery if you’re a heavy sweater or if you’re using it for Hot Yoga (but this is solvable by using a yoga mat towel over it)
- There’s a break-in period
- Heavy to carry; not travel-friendly
Summary – Key Points
- If you want ultimate comfort and a durable sustainable toxin-free mat to last you for years to come the Manduka PRO is your best bet.
- If you have sensitive joints and have trouble with kneeling and sitting asanas, the Manduka PRO provides the dense cushioning you need to ease these discomforts.
- If you’re a heavy sweater or practice Hot Yoga you will have a problem with slippage, but this is easily fixable by pairing this with the Yogitoes yoga mat towel. Other than that this will suit all types of yoga
- The rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon
- It’s not the most portable mat in the world but this can be fixed by getting the PROlite if you head out to the yoga studio many times a week.
- It’s a spacious mat and It has a wonderful fabric-like texture that’s raised and patterned which also adds to the comfort of your yoga practice.
- The mat is stable and the bottom side sticks firmly to the ground so it never moves even during your most vigorous flow sequence.
- The PRO is expensive but it’s under a lifetime guarantee and it’s definitely cheaper than buying crappy yoga mats one after the other. If you want more info on the lifetime guarantee check out the F.A.Q. at Manduka’s website
Remember if you invest in a good quality mat, you will save lots of money and have a distraction free, comfortable practice.
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