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For taller yogis or those who just prefer a longer yoga mat, this long Manduka® Pro Yoga Mat will impress even the most experienced yogis.
Still breaking it in
I received this mat for my birthday, after using cheap mats for the past few years. It's definitely heavy, and while it's thick, it's quite hard, so for poses where you are "pressing your head into the mat" like in bridge or shoulder stand, it takes some getting used to. I have used it in a few regular classes and one hot yoga class, and it surprisingly was fairly sticky even with the sweat. I didn't break it in with coarse salt but I imagine that that will help bring along the stickiness even more!Overall, I'm happy with the mat, and its lifetime guarantee.
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Bigger IS Better
After some online research, I decided on the Manduka Pro and I am so glad I did. I have a very prominent spine and tailbone and always had pain and dificulty with any postures on my back or balancing on my sit bones. That is all a thing of the past with my new mat. I am 6 ft tall and really appreciate more room to work with the longer mat.
San Diego, CA
take some time to break it in and you may eventually love it
when initially opened and tried, the mat is very smelly. i had to put it outside for a couple of days to air out. then, it's slippery when you first use it. the instructions say it has to be scrubbed with coarse salt and a stiff brush to get the coating off. The worst thing about this mat is that it is so heavy. I decided to keep it around the house but for class i can't even imagine hauling it so i also bought the thinner version. so now i have two. It's a very good and comfortable mat to practice on, just need to be aware of the break in.
Best mat on the market
Just that little extra length makes it easy to offset yourself from your neighbor when the arms start flying out :)
product terrific -- but you need a carrying device because it is HEAVY
san anselmo, ca
Nice thick mat
This mat was a gift for my husband, who with his 6'4" doesnt quite fit on a reguar mat. He liked the extra space, as well as the thickness.
Costa Mesa, CA
Love this mat
I recently purchased a second one of these mats for practicing at a second location. I've used the first one for about a year now and love it. I like that it is eco friendly, durable, good padding with not too much give, stays clean easily, and is LONG enough to fit me. :)
Good investment for a quality mat
I went with the Manduka PRO Long because I was sick of landing off my mat during jump-backs and other similar sequences. I am not exceedingly tall (5'8"), but I am happy that I went with the long mat as opposed to the standard size. I have plenty of room now to really stretch out in savasana and I don't have to adjust my position back to the top of the mat during sequences as I had to do before. As other reviewers have mentioned, this mat is HEAVY. I had to buy a mat sling in order to facilitate bringing it to and from class--it was just too awkward for me to carry in hand with the rest of my belongings. The mat itself is sturdy, doesn't slip and provides a solid, very supportive base. I can tell the difference in quality between this mat and previous cheaper mats I've had just based on how it feels beneath me. The only reason I am giving this mat 4 instead of 5 stars is because the surface coat that is supposed to wear off still remains after many weeks of using the mat. Nothing I've done (rubbing with salt, scrubbing with soap, spraying with tea tree oil, practicing and sweating on it, etc.) has reduced its slickness, so I still resort to using a YogiToes when practicing because if not, I will slip and slide as soon as I start to sweat. Otherwise, I feel good about this mat and consider it a worthwhile investment in my yoga practice.
perfect mat for the taller yoga enthusiast
No more repositioning during Yoga. Its comfortably padded and makes my workout so much easier and fun. Love it. I'm happy I spent the extra money ..its worth it.
Worst mat I've ever used!
This has been the worst yoga mat I have ever used. The first time I used it, even after salting it to break it in quicker, I slipped around and almost fell on my face so much that I had to leave my yoga class! One would think that spending a lot of money on a product would mean it is of high quality and safe to use, but I feel highly unsafe while doing anything on this mat. Normal amounts of hand and foot sweat while at rest are enough to make me slide around on this mat. Along with the sea salt, they say to use daily to break it in...but how can I use it daily, when I'm afraid I'll get hurt!?. Would not recommend; will probably have to sell on ebay =(
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Founded at the turn of the millennium, Manduka® has always been a company that put its customers and the environment above all else. Peter Sterios, an architect turned yogi, stumbled upon a simple, yet elegantly created mat that completely revolutionized the way he practiced yoga. This revelation was the inspiration for the whole Manduka yoga line.
Sterios' creation would not have been possible without the help of his generous yoga teachers. As a form of appreciation he sent a mat to many of the yoga teachers he admired including Rod Stryker, Erich Schiffmann, Victor Van Kooten, Angela Farmer, Rodney Yee, and Shiva Rea. As a traditional practice in yoga, these teachers shared these mats with their students and from there the word spread.
Manduka, derived from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika pose, Mandukasana, is named as a tribute to Sterios' yoga mentor, Shandor Remete. The delight he took in hearing the word roll of his tongue helped him solidify the faith he had in his new company. From there the joy has spread to over 35 countries worldwide.
More than anything though, Manduka's commitment to quality and sustainability is unmatched in the yoga industry. Every detail and every decision is made with sustainability in mind. Manduka wants their customers to not only find peace with themselves, but their environment as well. Products like the Manduka eKO Lite Yoga mat, the eQua Hot Yoga Towel, demonstrate just how committed they are to sustainability.
Manduka understands that yogis of all levels come from diverse backgrounds, but they all share similar core values. Beyond just being eco-friendly, is the spirit and wisdom that yoga teachers and their students emanate. Yoga is more than just exercise on a mat, it's a way of life. Manduka embraces this idea and lets it shine through all their yoga products.