Practicing yoga is all about peace and mindfulness, I know. But it's hard to feel centered when you look at the prices for basic yoga mats. That's why I searched Amazon to find mats that get the job done without breaking the bank. The best budget yoga mats are at least a quarter inch thick and offer sufficient cushioning and grip, keeping you comfortable and steady.
Of course, you'll likely have to sacrifice certain things when you're on a budget. In the case of yoga mats, this often means superfluous features like custom carrying bags, ultra-lightweight designs, and fancy patterns. But all yoga mats need to have ample cushioning to be comfortable — and they need enough grip to prevent you from sliding around. My picks below range in thickness, from 0.25 to 0.63 inch, but I read through the reviews to make sure all of them are thoroughly supportive with nonslip material to boot.
If you're prone to aches and pains, though, you may want to consider opting for a mat that's on the thick side. The drawback is that it can be more challenging to maintain your balance on a thick yoga mat, making it a better option for more gentle poses or stretches. A thinner mat is not only more compact to carry around but also tends to offer more stability.
Below is my final list of the best budget yoga mats. All of the selections are comfortable, grippy, and cost less than $30.
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