The Best Yoga Mats to Buy in 2022

Maciver enjoyed sitting in the lotus present on this mat and focusing on his breathwork. He thought this mat would be best for meditation and winding down after a particularly challenging yoga session. Meanwhile, Brines von Melle was taken with the quality, which she thinks is perfect for Yin and Restorative yoga. “I think this mat is good for a bedtime routine – including thorough yoga breathwork and meditation. Or already to just read a book on or watch TV. You’ll nevertheless be reaping the benefits when you’re stationary on it.” 

Pros: No-bending needed; good for travel; relaxing   

Cons: Go version is short – if you want the complete experience you’ll need to go for the standard size

Price: £469 | Check price on Higherdose

Homedics Stretch + Heat Back Stretching Mat  

Best for massage

Another different – OK lazy – option, the Stretch + Heat (£300) isn’t a yoga mat, but does provide a series of surprisingly good yoga inspired back stretching movements. By inflating and deflating seven controlled air chambers the mat contorts your body into various locaiongs and can really give your back a stretch. It also has the assistance of being heated. 

There’s a choice of seven movements to experience including Twist, Flow, Energise, Stretch, Unwind and retrieve, and much like Yoga Nidra or ‘sleep yoga’, all you have to do is lay back and concentrate on your breathing.

When WIRED first tried this mat we found the sensation a little strange, but after a few attempts the ‘Unwind’ setting worked for us. Maciver thought this mat was great for use after a long day and to include as part of your “self-care wind down routine”. 

“The mat works well with a happy baby present,” he says, “and the material is soft and comfortable to lay on. I think it’s good value for money as it brings a luxury salon experience home.”

Brines von Melle thought this was a bit “gimmicky”, but was pleasantly surprised by its performance. “As someone who is really into movement, I was a bit judgmental thinking I would rather make my body stretch powered by my body. But I truly got really into using this mat and found it very relaxing. I think it’s something you’ll want to use in a calming ecosystem.” In short, this mat takes a little getting used to, but once you master the art of laying down and doing nothing, you’re onto a winner. 

Pros: Great for de stressing; good for spinal movement; useful if you are stuck at the desk all day 

Cons: Pillow is a little unstable; no storage bag 

Price: £300 | Check price on Homedics

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