The only thing you really need for your yoga practice (besides cute yoga pants!) is a yoga mat.
It’s completely fine to get a cheap PVC mat when you’re first starting out! But as your practice grows and you find yourself on the mat every day, it might be time for an upgrade.
A lot of cheaper yoga mats are extremely slippery and untrustworthy. I went through two PVC yoga mats (around 30 bucks each) before I finally decided to do my research and invest in a mat that would make me feel stable and safe. And I found one!
Here is my Jade Yoga Mat Review after a year of using the Jade Yoga Travel Mat!
Disclosure: I purchased the Jade Yoga Travel mat with my OWN money. ALL links in this post are affiliate links!!! If you purchase something via a link, I make a small commission at no extra cost to you! Thank you for your support! You can check out my disclosure policy for more details.
About a year ago, I wasn’t exactly living that amazing ‘your 20s are the best time of your life woohoo!!!!!’ kind of life. You know, happy, free, running around on some paradise beach in a tiny bikini making out with all the cute guys and girls.
I was broke, alone, dropping out of university for the third time. My roommate kicked me out for being ‘too quiet’, and I was forced to move back to the country that had never felt like home to me. I was so depressed that months and months have been pretty much erased from my memory. Yeah, we’re getting to the review part, I promise.
I’ve been practicing yoga since 2014. Sometimes daily, sometimes on-off, occasionally just giving up on it completely.
Last year I decided to get serious about my practice again, knowing what a positive change it makes to my life. I hoped it would make me feel at least a little bit better after such a shitty year.
The first step in making that happen was to find a good quality yoga mat.
Why I chose a Jade Yoga mat
I practice vigorous Vinyasa yoga. I like to get sweaty, and red in the face, and collapse on my mat absolutely exhausted afterward. I wanted a mat that would:
- Be as sticky as possible so that I wouldn’t slip on my mat, no matter how sweaty I got
- NOT have a lengthy ‘break in time’ like some other very popular mats
- Be eco-friendly
- Be light and travel-friendly in case I changed countries again
- Be long-lasting so that I wouldn’t have to replace it after a few months like my previous ones
While doing my very extensive research, I discovered that the Jade Yoga mats were a favorite among many Vinyasa-loving yogis. The consensus was that the mats were incredibly grippy even during a sweaty practice and that the company itself was eco-friendly with great values and practices.
The Jade Yoga Travel Mat
- I had always practiced with a thinner mat and I didn’t feel like I needed a mat with more cushion
- I like to feel more grounded on my yoga mat
- The Travel mat was lighter, foldable, and extremely travel-friendly
- It was a little bit more affordable! (I’m a woman in my 20s. Money matters!)
Here is my dark-blue beauty that brings joy and light to my life every day:
The pros of the Jade Yoga Mat
1 | The grip of the mat is incredible
This mat transformed my yoga practice. I know it sounds dramatic, but it’s true.
- I finally feel stable in all the poses
- I don’t slip and slide in my Downward Dog as soon as my palms get a little sweaty
- I feel comfortable holding the poses longer, going deeper, pushing and challenging myself
- I don’t have to worry about falling
It’s been a huge change to my practice to feel comfort and ease — instead of fear of falling and injuring myself. I feel safe and I can finally trust in my yoga mat.
Because of this, I’ve been able to commit to a daily yoga practice. I have more courage to challenge myself and go for the poses that are more advanced and made me uncomfortable before — because I knew my mat didn’t have my back. The Jade mat does.
2 | No break-in period
There are some yoga mats that are really hyped up in the yoga world. I almost caved and went for a very popular, supposedly forever-lasting yoga mat that would be incredibly grippy…. After you’ve spent months and months breaking it in. With salt scrubs and sunbaths and hardcore brushing and beating and god knows what else. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
When I buy something, I want to be able to use it now, not 5 months from now! Isn’t that the general assumption, you buy a thing to be able to use the thing? With the Jade mat, I got what I wanted. I was able to get my yoga on immediately. No slip, no slide, no time-consuming breaking in methods.
3 | Easy to clean
You can wipe down the mat weekly with water or a water-vinegar mix for a deeper clean.
You can also take it to the shower with you and let it air dry!
4 | The company has a heart
Even though the mats are on the pricier side, I’m not that bothered by it. I know I’m getting a mat of amazing quality from an eco-friendly company that gives back.
- Jade Yoga is run by a former lawyer to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- The mats are made from natural rubber and contain no PVC, EVA, or other synthetic rubber
- The production is based in the United States in compliance with all US environmental, labor, and consumer protection laws
- Every Earth Day a portion of the sales goes to an environmental organization
- On Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday the company gives to organizations supporting causes like helping abused children
Color for a cause
- $5 for every Teal mat goes to ovarian cancer causes. (The company has been able to donate over $100,000 to ovarian cancer research and support!)
- $5 for every Pink mat goes for breast cancer awareness, education, research and support
- $5 for every Saffron mat goes for autism-related causes
Buy a mat, plant a tree
The company plants a tree for every mat sold. This alone was a huge deciding point for me. I wanted my own tiny tree, damn it!
Because of the popularity of this program, they’ve extended this for other products as well. If you buy a yoga block or a towel they will still plant a tree for the item sold. So far Jade Yoga has planted over a million trees! Take that, Tiny Trumpy.
5 | They have a mat for everyone
Jade Yoga offers a wide variety of styles, colors, and lengths in their yoga mats. They also offer wider mats for those who have big, glorious, goddess like bodies — or for those, who just prefer to practice on a larger surface!
Here are a couple of options for you to choose from:
The travel mat is slightly thinner at 3mm, and helps you feel closer to the ground.
The Harmony mat is the company’s most popular yoga mat. It also comes in two lengths, and it’s a little bit thicker at 5mm, which is pretty standard for yoga mats. The bit of extra cushion is nice for problematic joints, or if you’re an avid inversion practitioner (or a beginner at them, and fall down a lot).
The Fusion is extra-thick for extra comfort and support. It’s perfect for those who love restorative yoga! They also have an extra wide version of the Fusion mat.
Voyager is the most travel-friendly of the Jade Yoga mats. The mat folds up to the size of a yoga block! If you’re someone who’s constantly on the go and want to take your mat with you anywhere in the world, this would be the mat for you. It is extremely thin so if you have bad knees or prefer mats with more cushion, I’d consider the Travel mat over this one.
The Elite S is Jade Yoga’s newest mat. It’s specifically designed for people who love a sweaty, fast-paced, flowing practice like Ashtanga or Vinyasa. It has an extra dense top layer for added durability and firmness and its grip is as outstanding as with the other Jade yoga mats.
The Cons of the Jade Yoga Mat
1 | NOT suitable for people with latex allergies
2 | Rubbery smell
This is a big deal for some people. While I was doing my research I learned that some people have a hard time dealing with the smell and getting rid of it. However, this was not a problem for me! The mat did have a slight rubbery smell when I first got it, but it went away within a couple of weeks. If you’re very sensitive to smells this is something you need to consider.
3 | Rubber is somewhat sensitive
Since the mat is made of rubber, it’s very sensitive to sunlight and other earthly elements. And you can’t use any alcohol, petroleum based solvents or essential oils on the mat!
4 | Wear and tear
I’ve had my mat for almost a year now and have practiced vigorous Vinyasa yoga for about an hour every day. I can clearly see on the mat where I place my hands and feet in my down dog! These ‘imprints’ don’t affect the performance of the mat — but for people with very high aesthetic standards, it might be slightly annoying.
Here is a picture for your reference:
Is The Jade Yoga Mat for you?
I encourage you to do your own research and really think about what qualities you value in a yoga mat and the company you choose to purchase from. I would recommend the Jade Yoga Mats for you, if:
- You practice Vinyasa, Ashtanga or any other flowing, dynamic style of yoga
- You want a mat that has excellent grip, and is sticky, supportive, safe, and stable
- You need a mat that has your back even during challenging poses, arm balances, and inversions
- You’re ready to commit to a daily yoga practice, it’s becoming a really big part of your life, and you want to invest in a mat that will allow you to take your practice deeper
- You just tend to sweat a lot during your practice!
I’m very happy with my mat and would definitely repurchase when the time comes. Rubber doesn’t last forever so I know I’ll have to replace my mat after a few years.
This might make it a ‘bad investment’ for some — but I disagree. I have a yoga mat that supports me, makes me feel safe, and allows me to grow in my practice. And I get to support a company that gives to causes that help women, children, and the environment. I stand behind these values — and a company with heart that shares my values is worth purchasing from.
I hope you found this Jade Yoga mat review helpful!
If you have any questions about the Jade Yoga Travel mat, please let me know down in the comments.
Hi, I’m Vivi! I’m a transformation mentor, writer, and yoga enthusiast. My life’s purpose is empowering spiritually curious women to be and do whatever the hell they want to. I’m here to share my journey and truth with you — unapologetically, with a touch of sarcasm and a lot of heart. I want to help you grow and follow your soul’s desire, not anybody else’s rules. I write weekly about personal growth and yoga on this blog. You can join the List to receive a weekly letter of inspiration and guidance!