Measurements: 68″L x 24″W x 6mm.
I think Gaiam makes a beautiful yoga mat, and I love the reversible print. I don’t own a Gaiam mat of my own yet, but I know a few people who swear by them. I was fortunate enough to borrow a mat for a week to try it out, but overall the mat I was using just wasn’t for me.I’ll break it down below as to why I wasn’t completely in love with the Gaiam mat as I am with my Extra Large yoga mat, but know that it mainly has to do with my size and body type. This mat may or may not be the perfect one for you. Keep reading to find out!
The one thing I did like about the reversible Gaiam yoga mat was how light it was in comparison to my mat. This thing weighs close to nothing. Seriously, I could probably carry it around all day without even noticing it.
My yoga mat is longer, thicker, and wider than the Gaiam mat I was testing out. So, it makes sense that mine would be substantially heavier, but my-oh-my would I like a mat as light as this. My current mat isn’t particularly heavy, but if I were traveling or backpacking with a yoga mat, I would want to reduce my load by as much weight as possible, and the Gaiam mat would be a much better choice for travel.
Truly, the main reason I’d hold off on buying one of these mats is simply for the fact that it’s too thin for my liking. I am pretty bony, and I tend to practice yoga on hard surfaces like tile and ceramic flooring. This mat hurt. It felt paper thin as if nothing were supporting me or cushioning my body from the hard floor.If you’re not as sensitive as I am or you tend to practice on some place soft like carpet or grass, this might not be an issue for me. However, if I were to purchase a Gaiam mat, I’d need to buy a thick one for sure.
Standard Size Just Ain’t My Jam
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am quite tall and have a far reach. A standard size mat just doesn’t work as well for me as the larger/wider mats do. I could deal with the length of the mat, but the width was far to thin. I constantly found myself on just about every part of the floor other than the mat.
Extended child’s pose? Knees hang off the mat. Lizard pose? At least one foot was on the floor inches off the mat. Even during upward facing dog, my hands would hang off the edges of the mat. It was just uncomfortable overall.
Did I love the mat that I borrowed? Not exactly. Am I going to write off Gaiam completely? Absolutely not! Gaiam makes all different types of Yoga mats and accessories, and just because I didn’t fall in love with their standard sized reversible mat, doesn’t mean that there isn’t another mat from them that wouldn’t blow me away.
I think Gaiam makes gorgeous, quality mats and my body type just needs a thicker and wider one to feel at one with the mat. I hope to try another Gaiam mat soon, one that is more my style. When I do, you can best believe I’ll be writing another review about it!
As for now, I’ll leave you to decide if Gaiam makes a good enough mat for your yoga needs. Do you already own one? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below!