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PVC, TPE, Rubber Tree Sap… Which is the best yoga mat for your student?
Yoga students rely on their yoga teachers to know about yoga mats kind of like the way tennis players rely on their teachers to know about tennis rackets.
Yoga mats are made of several different types of raw materials and each has a trade-off. Which is the best yoga mat for your student?
The chart below shows the different ‘major’ types of yoga mats and which problems each solves for an individual yogi based on our own testing.
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The best yoga mat for your student depends on what problems your student is trying to solve…
PVC YOGA MATS are great for students who are:
a) Beginners: Is your student new to yoga and not sure if they want to make an investment?
b) Value-Conscious: Is your student looking for a mat that will last a lifetime?
c) Commuters: Does your yogi need a lightweight mat for commuting?
RUBBER TREE SAP YOGA MATS are great for students that are:
a) Committed Yogis: Is your student committed to yoga and now ready to invest in a ‘good’ mat?
b) Eco-friendly: Does your student want to buy an eco-friendly alternative?
TPE YOGA MATS are great for students that are…
I personally do not recommend TPE mats for any student. I tested TPE mats and my main issue with them is (at least in my biased opinion) they do not seem to solve any problems that PVC mats don’t already solve but at the same time they are not very durable compared to PVC mats. And on top of all this they cost more.
In addition to the ‘major’ types there are many ‘minor’ types of yoga mats: polyurethane, jute, memory foam, etc. Some have issues with durability, others with slipperiness.
An obvious question is “Tomuno makes natural rubber mats… why should we trust what they say about other types of mats?” My name is Rob. I am the owner of Tomuno. When we started Tomuno we did not set out to sell rubber yoga mats. We actually did the reverse. We tested every yoga mat raw material available, asked yoga teachers, did our research trying to find the best yoga mat for one particular market which happens to be the biggest market… ‘experienced yogis who do unheated yoga.’ We chose natural rubber to fit this need. But we recognize other raw materials are best for other types of yogis. And we might create yoga mat lines using other raw materials in the future to meet these needs?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this buying guide?
(temporarily) SOLD OUT. My name is Rob. I am the owner of #Tomuno. It is with sincere gratitude to our very important yoga studio retail partners that I regretfully have to report that we are sold out. I apologize to our studio partners for this service disruption. But I am hopeful it might be viewed as a sign that yoga students enjoy their #yoga mats and are telling their friends? Sales exceeded forecast and we are temporarily out of stock.
I am hopeful we will be back in stock by late-March. I apologize again for the service interruption.
Sincerely and with regret,
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My name is Rob. I am the owner of Tomuno, an eco-friendly, community-focused business located in Boston, MA.
I often get asked why do we label for unheated yoga? What’s the deal ha ha?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on my answer as I do wonder if I am giving the best answer to yogis?
The reason why we label our yoga mats for unheated yoga is as follows:
Tomuno is just trying to sell yoga mats the way yoga teachers told us to. We are primarily sold though yoga studios nationwide. There is an ideal setup for unheated yoga and a completely different one for hot yoga:
HOT YOGA: Yoga teachers say you need a hot yoga towel and a cheap ‘smooth’ PVC mat so your towel does not bunch up. Why buy a nice mat if it is hidden under a towel? In addition, the salt from sweat and abrasive yoga towels grind through yoga mats in hot yoga. Why not save your money?
UNHEATED YOGA: A towel would feel weird and they don’t work (they need to be wet). For unheated yoga, you want a ‘nice’ mat that is very grippy.
There are several types of yoga mat raw materials but the major 3 are: PVC/PER, TPE, and Rubber Tree Sap. Rubber is the most expensive raw material but in our opinion it is the grippiest. This is why it dominates the top of the yoga mat category and why it commands such a price premium over plastic mats. Millions of yogis can’t be wrong!
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My name is Rob. I am the owner of Tomuno, an eco-friendly, small business located in Boston, MA. Natural rubber yoga mats are not for everyone. Unlike plastic yoga mats they require special care & cleaning. I always love hearing from yogis. If you have a specific question please post a question here and I will do my best to answer?
Please note that our mats are specifically designed for UNHEATED yoga and not recommended for hot yoga usage?
Straight out of the box:
1) Please allow a few weeks for the mat’s grip to ‘break in’ fully. Washing your mat (pls see below) can accelerate the grip.
1) If you use massage oils or body lotions, please shower before practicing yoga.
2) DO NOT DRY OR STORE IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT.
3) Please avoid all yoga mat sprays, washes, and soaps made with ‘essential oils’, tea tree oil, etc. Some oils, by definition, cause slipperiness or corrode rubber.
4) Please do not put in a washing machine.
5) Please do not use harsh chemical cleaners or abrasives.
FOR DAILY CLEANINGS: wipe with a soft cloth and water.
FOR OCCASIONAL DEEP CLEANINGS:
1) PLEASE WASH with a minimal amount of mild soap OR a 50/50 mix of organic cider vinegar and water (1/4 cup combined). Simple soaps like Ivory are best. ‘Moisturizing’ soaps, organic soaps, essential oil soaps may cause slipperiness and be hard to rinse.
2) PLEASE RINSE thoroughly (but please never soak). Rubber is very sponge-like. Minimal amounts of soap will make rinsing easier. The vinegar wash is easier to rinse than soap. A soapy mat will be slippery.
3) PLEASE AIR DRY your mat IN THE SHADE. Drying may take 24-48 hours.
The main reasons why yogis report slipperiness are:
1) Wiping ‘essential oils’ on yoga mats. Some oils cause slipperiness.
2) Leaving soap in the mat after washing.
3) Accumulation of skin lotions and massage oils on mat over time.
Well, I hope our mat helps your yoga practice.
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