Gaiam Non-Toxic Cushioned Yoga Mat

Last updated: September 22, 2022

Although this yoga mat is extra thick, it's still lightweight and easy to carry. It comes in 19 different patterns, including lily, ocean and mountain designs. Another positive feature associated with this mat is a textured sticky non-slip surface that provides just the right amount of traction.

We looked at the top Yoga Mats and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Yoga Mat you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: With 19 different patterns to choose from, you're sure to get a stylish mat that matches your personality.

In our analysis of 166 expert reviews, the Gaiam Non-Toxic Cushioned Yoga Mat placed 7th when we looked at the top 22 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Extra-thick Premium Print Yoga Mats provide a stable, sticky, non-slip 5/6mm cushioned surface for your yoga practice. Perfect for home or studio use, this mat ensures the safety and comfort you need to enhance proper alignment and maintain poses and the additional cushioning helps to protect joints. Manufactured free of the top six most harmful phthalates, this mat is a healthier choice for both you and the planet! Please note a packaging change from 5mm or 6mm, but rest assured it is the same size and style mat, just in new and improved packaging. Also, printed yoga mats may release a harmless odor when first unwrapped. For best results unroll and air out your mat for 2-3 days before use.

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Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Serious affordability and fun designs make this mat a good fit for a casual yogi or someone just beginning their practice
This mat is awesome. The cushioning is perfect for my weak wrists. The design is perfect for a beginner yoga student that wants to look like she knows what she is doing. So what if sometimes I lose balance? HAVE YOU SEEN MY MAT?! Classmates be so jelly.
The mat is lightweight and the additional cushioning makes it one of the most comfortable mats out there. The bottom surface is tailor-made to make it non-slip.
The Gaiam Premium (appx. $35) has a Goldilocks level of thickness, as it provides ample cushioning without throwing your balance off. It features a striking print that will help it stand out at the studio, ensuring that no one else confuses it for their own.
With its grippy surface, perfect cushion, and wide range of designs and patterns to suit every taste, this mat was deemed by our testers as the “certified cool girl” of the affordable price range

What reviewers didn't like

Durability isn't guaranteed with a budget yoga mat, and even though Gaiam is a trusted yoga brand these mats won't last forever
Emits a strong chemical smell
PVC isn’t the most eco-friendly material, and it’s not quite sticky enough for us to recommend to anyone with a vigorous practice.
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