Back in 2008, I was shopping around for a new yoga mat. My practice was getting more serious and I wanted a mat that would last. The general consensus was that I should either buy the Jade or the Manduka. But being stubborn, I didn't invest in the Manduka because they were so "popular". I know, reverse snob anyone? Two years later and lots of crumbles, I wish I had bought the Manduka.
Now I finally own a Manduka. I've opted for the PROlite which is the equivalent to the Jade Harmony in terms of size and weight. I carry my mat around a lot to classes on public transport so the Manduka PROlite fits nicely into my Saka bag, best birthday present ever.
Manduka also offer a lifetime guarantee! I was concerned about the crumbling of the Jade Harmony but was assured that I could send the PROlite back and get it replaced if it ever broke down like that. Really? I guess I'll believe that if and when the time comes. But for now, I love my PROlite. I've practiced on a Manduka PRO mat before and I know they're the "Rolls Royce". I just had to get over my reverse snobbery.
Big shout out to Skippetty for her reviews on the Manduka which ultimately made me realise I just had to bite the bullet and do it. prAna was also another mat lots of yogis are mentioning at the moment but it was time, Manduka baby. They're popular for a reason.
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