Designed by a yogi, for yogis, Manduka produces some of the best yoga mats around. Its emphasis on simple, elegant design (it’s crafted by an architect, after all) and natural materials provides unmatched cushioning, grip and comfort during practice. But it’s not all serious. It was back in 1997 that the architect turned yogi, Peter Sterios, created the first Manduka yoga mat. Its firm grip and elegant design revolutionised his practice and keen to repay some of the generosity he’d been shown by his yogi teachers over the years, he sent mats to the likes of Rod Stryker, Erich Schiffmann, Angela Farmer and Shiva Rea, to name just a few. They, in turn, shared it with their students and soon the Manduka mat had a loyal following. Over the years, Sterios has expanded the range to include a variety of shades and textures, lighter mats, travel yoga mats, yoga towels, carriers and a mat cleaner.
Why we love it:
Manduka stands out with its dedicated and transparent approach to reducing its environmental footprint. Both the Manduka Prolite and Pro mat ranges are made by a manufacturing process that does not release any toxic emissions into the air. And the Manduka eKo Lite Mat is designed from tree rubber that's been sustainably sourced from non-Amazonian forests. Likewise, the Yogitoes towels are constructed in part from recycled plastic bottles with their gorgeous prints courtesy of dyes that are AZO, lead, and heavy metal free.
The company’s Manduka Pro Mat, which comes with a never-wear-out guarantee, comes in a range of stylish shades, such as Verve, Midnight and Thunder. There’s even a range of light and medium weight mats for when you’re on the go.