Seven years ago, I bought my first Jade Saffron Yoga Mat ($70) and was certain I would only use Jade mats . . . well, forever. But I'll be honest: for a short period of time, I attempted to cheat on my longtime yoga mat of choice with a few others that friends and co-workers had raved about. Now I'm back to Jade and couldn't be happier.
I never slip or slide on this natural rubber mat, and I feel totally supported from the start to the end of my Vinyasa practice. While it's lighter and thinner to carry than other mats I toyed around with, it provides supreme cushioning to support my joints through jumps and transitions.
When I rolled out my brand-new mat at the studio, I stepped into Downward Dog with a big sigh of relief. There's no break-in period with a Jade mat; they're ready to support you and your yoga practice from day one.