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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 =(
The mat is large enough (I am 6"3") but is uncomfortably hard. I have 5 standard size yoga mats from various manufacturers that vary in "firmness". This is the only yoga mat I have used that is actually too hard to lie on comfortably. I returned the mat and received great customer service.
I'm glad I went with this longer, wider mat; it's perfect. Yes, it's heavier to carry to class than a regular mat, but it gives great support to my knees and that makes it worth it. I also like the tackiness of this mat.My order was acknowledged, filled and mailed within hours of my placing the order. Great service.
I have owned the standard length model for a little while and really liked it. I decided treat myself to the longer version of the same mat and now instead of really liking the mat I really love the mat.
Although I'm not the one using this mat, my wife is ecstatic about this mat I bought her. She loves the extra length that allows her to have more freedom of movement all while not having to worry about re-positioning herself to stay on the mat. She's constantly raving about how nice it is and how it does not slip on the wood floor we have. I'm a firm believer that most times you get what you pay for, and I think my wife finally agrees with me.
I am a big guy who loves his yoga practice! This mat is the best! Great grip for my feet, cushioning just right, too. I love the added 2" to the width and the added length that helps me keep on the mat in Savasana! The "Like New" smell out of the wrapper seems to wear off quickly enough with use. A beautiful product with deep color and simple logo in the corner. My fellow yogi/yoginis are jealous! Brian
Really like this mat! The length and width allow me to freely move between postions and not be concerned with adjusting to stay on my mat. The firmness is good for balance poses. It could be a touch softer under my knees, but it's not painful. Since it is firm, I can take standing poses without having to move onto the bare floor.I'm a fairly good sized guy (6-0, 220), and can get pretty sweaty. This mat does need to be broken-in, and I use rosin under my feet and hands to hold a non-slip Down Dog. The first couple of outings without the rosin got a little slick. The mat is very sticky on dry/damp skin, but when you're sweating droplets off your eyelashes, look-out! I'd rather have this mat, with it's closed cell construction, than a cheap mat that just soaks everything up. I can towel it off quickly during my practice, and cleanse it when I get home.Gotta let it air out unrolled for the first couple of weeks, all rubber products do have a smell.
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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.