We'll admit it: Sometimes the thought of committing to an entire yoga class is about as painful as running on tight quads (which, ironically, would probably benefit from said yoga class). That's why we don't feel as bad splurging on these artful, innovative and seriously cool yoga mats—just knowing how great they look is motivation enough to break into Savasana (also known as nap time). Here, five of our favorite yoga mats on the market.
La Vie Boheme Yoga The Navajo Yoga Mat
If Coachella music festival had a trademark yoga mat, we're pretty sure San Diego-based La Vie Boheme Yoga would have designed it—and Vanessa Hudgens would be the first in line to buy the Navajo Yoga Mat. The tan, turquoise and black mat is extra thick and durable and features a quote at the top ("The wound is the place where the light enters you" —Rumi). It's perfect for busting up post-festival stress…or just hanging on the wall.
Buy it: MSRP $83, laviebohemeyoga.com
Burrito Yoga Bag
Guys, we didn't forget about you—we know native prints and floral rugs aren't your thing, which is why we dug up Brogamat's Burrito Yoga Bag. It's a realistic photo print of a tortilla wrapped in foil that will hold whichever mat you borrowed from your yoga-obsessed girlfriend. If you really want to go the whole nine yards, you can stuff if with the Quiver of Arrows yoga mat—it's the manly man's yoga mat inspired by Robin Hood himself (and if he can pull of stretchy tights, anyone can).
Buy it: MSRP $35, brogamats.com
Yogitoes Prism Skidless Mat Towel
Reason one we love this mat towel: Silicone nubs keep in firmly in place through your entire practice. Reason two? Yogitoes uses recycled content in their products, and has already repurposed 1.4 million plastic bottles from landfills and oceans. And if you guessed reason three is the psychedelic print, you'd be correct.
Buy it: MSRP $64, withoutwalls.com
Mandala Yoga Mat
The versatility of this yoga mat design makes it practical for almost any setting: as a squishy picnic blanket, a piece of art for your bedroom, or for practicing sun salutations out in the garden (or for dreaming of the day when we're that cool).
Buy it: MSRP $93, shopplanetblue.com
Traditional Magic Carpet Yoga Mat
Northern California-based artist Sophie Leininger paints her yoga mat designs by hand and then prints them out to full size, giving each one a watercolor look and DIY feel. While it's best to avoid the hot yoga class down the street with this mat, the ink won't run or bleed, and the mat actually gets grippier over time. Aladdin would be stoked.
Buy it: MSRP $89, shop.magiccarpetym.com
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