Fall has come and winter is around the corner - the best time for hot yoga!
Hot yoga is the type of yoga that is practiced in a hot room with the temperature setting at 90 – 105 Fahrenheit, or 32 – 40 Celsius. It is said to have multiple benefits including burning extra calories, weight loss, sweating out toxins, achieving deeper stretches and more. Heated Vinyasa and Bikram yoga are typical hot yoga.
While yoga can be practiced anywhere just like many other exercises, injuries can happen if lack of instructions or proper gear – in this case a yoga mat for hot yoga.
Your body is going to be very sweaty during hot yoga. Normal yoga mats or exercise mats get slippery because they are made of PTE, rubber or TPE, which is not sweat absorbent. Hot yoga mats on the other hand usually have a towel or suede like fabric on top that helps absorb sweat. Although a yoga mat towel absorbs sweat too, it keeps slipping and bunching on top of a normal yoga mat, which is annoying when you are trying to focus on your yoga postures.
A typical feature of hot yoga mats are the more you sweat, the stickier they get, which means if you are not using it for hot yoga, or if you don’t sweat much when working out, they might not be the best mats for you. But if you are looking for a mat specifically for hot yoga, or tend to sweat a lot, here are our recommendations.
Two of the best hot yoga mats we see on the market are Aurorae Synergy 2 in 1 Yoga Mat and Yoga Design Lab The Combo Mat.
- Material: PER and microfiber towel
- Thickness: 5mm / ¼”
- Length*Width: 72” (183cm) * 24” (61cm)
- Dry Weight: 3lb (1.6kg)
This yoga mat is made of PER on the bottom, and microfiber towel on the top surface. PER is a synthetic material that is said to biodegrade in a landfill over time and it does not contain latex or rubber. This mat is a safe/non-toxic mat, especially for yogis who are allergic to latex and it is the perfect mat for yogis who sweat a lot. Its thickness provides enough cushioning and can be used alone. Downside is although it’s comparatively lightweight when dry, it can get pretty heavy when wet, and it’s not a travel mat because of its thickness. This mat comes in 5 solid colors.
- Material: Natural tree rubber and sueded microfiber
- Thickness: 3.5mm / 0.14”
- Length*Width: 70” (178cm) * 24” (61cm)
- Dry Weight: 5lb (2.2kg)
This mat is made of natural tree rubber and sueded microfiber made from recycled bottles. It is an environmentally friendly and sustainable yoga mat made for hot yoga, especially Bikram yoga. 3.5 mm still provides cushioning if your joints are not very sensitive. Downside is because natural rubber contains latex, it’s not suitable for yogis who are allergic to latex. With $78 a mat, it’s a little on the pricy side. This mat comes in 20 fancy looking patterns. It has two thinner and more portable versions - The Commuter Mat (1.5mm/3.5lb or 1.6kg) and The Travel Mat (1mm/2.4lb or 1kg).
If you are a travel yogi, have a budget and these two mats are a bit too expensive for you, you may want to take a look at our Foldable Yoga Mats.
- Material: Natural tree rubber and suede microfiber
- Thickness: 1.5mm / 1/16”
- Length*Width: 72” (183cm) * 27” (68cm)
- Dry Weight: 3.3lb (1.5kg)
Similar with Yoga Design Lab yoga mats, our Foldable Yoga Mat is made of natural tree rubber and suede microfiber with water based prints, which is environmentally friendly and sustainable. It has various beautiful unique patterns and comes with a carrying strap. You can carry it in your tote, backpack, or suitcase easily. Suede microfiber on top of the yoga mat is sweat absorbent, which makes it perfect for hot yoga, especially Bikram yoga or beach yoga. Although portable, yogis with sensitive knees and joints may find the mat lacking cushion support, especially on hard surfaces. This can be solved with putting it on top of a normal yoga mat if you are in a wooden yoga studio. If you are on a carpet, grass, or beaches, our yoga mat works just fine. It may not be suitable for yogis with a latex sensitivity because of the natural tree rubber bottom. New mats have a little bit of a smell in the beginning but will go away in the long term. Our Foldable Yoga Mats also have a thinner version (1mm/2.4lb or 1kg) with more unique designs.
These are the hot yoga mats we recommend trying. All of them are machine washable and should be hang dried. While normal yoga mats or exercise mats are a must-have for your daily workout routine, these hot yoga mats are additional mats that can really improve your life and help reduce injuries during your hot yoga practice.