Finding the best mat for you depends on a few things: Your weight, height, sensitivity of your joints, and the type of yoga you practice. The Lifeform yoga mat is currently one of our favorite non-slip, heavy duty mats.
But it’s not for everyone - mostly due to what might could considered a high price tag. However, if you’re in the market for quality, this may be the last mat you ever buy. In this Lifeform yoga mat review, we’ll cover everything you need to know so you can make an informed buying decision.
Overview of the Lifeform Yoga Mat
- Stickyness: Polyurethane top absorbs any amount of liquid and maintains a high level of grippyness without interfering with posing.
- Size: At 73 x 27 inches it's almost 5 inches longer and wider than most mats.
- Thickness: 4.2mm with a natural rubber bottom, cushioned felt layer in the middle and a Polyurethane top.
- Sustainablity: All of the materials in this mat are body friendly and sustainably sourced.
- Style: Currently offered in 4 colors: Grey, green, blue and pink.
- Bonus: Includes its own yoga mat bag.
Lifeform Yoga Mat Review
Lifeform vs Jade Fusion and Manduka Pro
We also like both the Jade Fusion and Manduka Pro yoga mats as they’re both very high quality alternatives (read review here). While the Lifeform is our favorite (personal preference) these mats are comparable in both quality and functionality.
The Manduka pro comes in 71 and 85 inch sizes making it one of that largest yoga mats but its also heavy. The Jade fusion is oversized but only 24 inches wide which may or may not be an issue for you. Both the Manduka Pro and Jade Fusion are thicker (6mm and 8mm respectively) making them a better alternative if you’re pregnant or have sensitive joints.
One thing to keep in mind with extra thick mats is that they tend to indent while using. This can throw you off balance if you’re new to yoga or haven’t developed your stabilizer muscles yet. If you need the extra padding and don’t want the stabilizing issues, you might consider the Manduka Pro.
Caring for Your Mat
Lifeform recommends cleaning your mat with a tiny drop of dish soap, lemon juice or white vinegar heavily diluted in water. While the closed cell surface makes it easy to clean, Lifeform recommends you clean your mat after every 5-10 uses. A few other pointers:
- Let it dry before rolling it up
- Roll it up with the top side facing out
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure
You can read more about caring for your mat here.
The Lifeform mat is clearly a quality choice for anyone serious about yoga. With the extra grippy surface and it's ability to absorb any amount of liquid, you won’t slip or need a yoga towel. The etched positioning lines make it convenient for finding and holding positions and the solid, eco-friendly construction means it's built to last a lifetime - but just in case it doesn’t, you can always recycle it. Overall the Lifeform yoga mat is top notch for advanced yogis and one you’ll be happy to have.