Choosing the right equipment for your yoga studio can be a difficult task with so many different brands and types of mats available.

It can also be one of the most important decisions your studio makes, as nothing discourages students faster than having a slippery mat and not being able to get into or hold poses. Having high-quality mats with good grip not only makes yoga safer, it makes it easier as well.

How do you know which mats will work for you and your students?

Many people find mats made from PVC tend to be more slippery, and not only is a slippery mat frustrating for students, it can be dangerous as well. Mats made from natural rubber, specifically open cell rubber, tend to have better grip and allow students to practice with more confidence, knowing they will be able to get into and hold their poses without slipping.

Open cell, natural rubber mats not only have better grip than PVC mats, they are also better for the environment. Natural rubber is a rapidly renewable resource that is tapped from rubber trees, whereas PVC mats are petroleum derived products, which are non-renewable resources that contribute to climate change.

Another thing to consider is the values of the company you will be purchasing your studio gear from. Do their values align with yours? Some companies have strong programs that give back to different organizations, such as environmental groups or cancer research organizations. If this is something that is important to you, then it is worth a little research before you decide who you want to align yourself with.

It is also a good idea to reach out to whatever company you are considering and ask if they can provide a sample or demo mat you can test out to see if it has a good enough grip to make yoga safe and fun for your students. Some companies also offer studio programs that have gear designed specifically for studio use at a discounted price. 

Choosing a mat with great grip will make yoga safe and fun for your students and keep them coming back for more.

Kaitlyn Evans is the sustainability and marketing coordinator for JadeYoga. She can be reached at ke@jadeyoga.com. For more information about the benefits of natural rubber yoga mats, visit jadeyoga.com.