I love Yoga and would love to go more regularly but only probably get round to going once or twice a month, however when I do go I really love it and feel so good afterwards. I actually bought this Everlast Yoga mat from the instructor at my local leisure centre where I go for the classes and she was selling them for £4 and I assume that she had bought a job lot as she had a massive box full in various colours. They retail at £9.99 so I was happy with this price and I am sure the instructor also made money on them. I chose a pale green one but she also had them in orange, purple and pink. This was the first yoga mat I had bought so the only ones I had to compare them with were the ones at the leisure centre which were definitely past their best and didn't smell the freshest either!
This mat measures 172cm long, 60cm wide and 0.6cm deep so it isn't one of the largest mats around, but as I am only just over five foot it is okay for me. It has a non slip surface so if you are on your feet it feels secure underfoot and the foam feels quite strong and sturdy. It rolls up to quite a small roll which fits underneath your arm snugly and is light to carry around however it does not have a carry handle or a strap which would be useful because as soon as you put it down it starts to unroll. The yoga class I go to is on a wooden floor so although the mat isn't very thick it is still comfortable but I would think that you would be able to feel a concrete floor through it and it could be a bit uncomfortable.
You can wipe the surface over with a damp or wet cloth if needed but I have not had to do this yet. I would say that I have probably used it around six times so I think it will withstand a bit more work on it before it needs cleaning. The surface looks quite shiny but it is soft enough to absorb any moisture or sweat.
I think this mat is ideal for the amateur or novice such as myself but if you were really into yoga you might want to buy a better quality mat. A lot of the other women who go to the classes bought one of these but I have noticed that a few of them have changed it for a thicker mat quite soon afterwards.
A yoga mat is important as it supports the whole of your body and at some point most parts of your body are touching it so it is down to your personal preference and also budget as to which one you choose. This one is okay for me for the time being but if I were to go more regularly or if I could justify spending money on it, I would probably buy a better quality one. This one smells a bit plasticky and does look like a basic mat but I still prefer this to the old tatty smelly ones which I was using before. If I continue to go to the classes I might put a better one on my Amazon wish list but this one will do for now.
I take a weekly yoga class which is wonderful. It's great for my fitness but it's also great for my soul and well being and just what I need to really relax after looking after two kids all day. There are not too many props you need when you do yoga, other than a nice pair of stretchy pants but one of the important things you do need is a good yoga mat.
A ypga mat is basically what you sit on, lie on and do your poses on and so you want it to be comfortable but sturdy as well and not something that is going to slip all over the floor or move when you are trying to hold a difficult pose. This could not only be embarrassing if you fell over but also quite dangerous as well as some of the poses are quite difficult and require a lot of balance.
I have only recently gotten back in Yoga. I practised it at university but then took a break whilst I had my kids but now that they are in nursery I have resumed it and so I am no expert so when it came to buying a mat to be honest the cheapest one would do for me at this stage. A quick search on the Argos website a few months ago led me to this Everlast yoga mat. This was just £9.99 on their website and so I quickly snapped it up.
On the paperwork that cam with the mat it said, "With your Pilates yoga mat you can:
Stretch and strengthen muscles
Open joints and release tension
Improve posture and ease of movement
The mat is purple and comes rolled up so obviously to use it you just unroll it. I was a bit upset to see that it didn't come with a bag something to close it up with when it is rolled up but for £10 what do you expect and in actual fact because of the type of material it is made of when you do roll it up after use it kind of sticks together and does not come unravelled when you carry it home although it becomes a little use and you may want to roll it up again right before you store it.
The amt measures 68"/172cm L x 24"/61cm W and it is definitely long enough for me to lie on so there is space either side of my legs and head. This is all the length you need and I don't find it short in any way. I also find it wide enough to for me. I am not hanging off the sides in anyway and when I put my arms down by my side these fit on the mat too so it's the perfect size for me.
The mat is made of a non slip foam which provides traction and protection on hard surfaces. We do our yoga class in a community centre where the floor is wooden and very sloppy if you are walking in socked feet on it but this mat sticks really well and never slips around which is great. I feel quite safe and don't worry about it moving which is great when you are trying to relax. The mat has a sort of bobbled/tactile surface which actually makes it really comfortable to lay on or stand on and I find it has a tiny bit of give and bounce in it so I also feel like my ankles and knees are protected when I am exercising.
All in all this is a really good mat at a great price and one that I recommend.
I decided to get myself a yoga mat after I started carrying out yoga quite regularly at home a few years ago for relaxation. As yoga is more of a hobby for me I wasn't overly concerned about the quality of the mat as long as it did the job and at a reasonable price of £9.99 this mat by Everlast seemed like a good choice. I bought mine from Argos but they are also available at the same price from Amazon.
The mat comes in a variety of pretty colours including pink, pale green, orange and lavender purple which is the one that I chose. It is comprised of a shiny, foam material to give a soft, cushioned base and allow a breathable surface to absorb sweat. The mat is very lightweight and can be rolled up tightly for portability or can be easily dragged to reposition it on the floor. It measures 172 (L) x 60 (W) x 0.6 (D)cm or 24 x 68". When I unrolled it for the first time I was quite surprised by how small it was and I think it could do with being a bit longer and certainly a bit wider. I am fairly short at 5"3 and only just manage to stay on the mat most of the time so it's likely that average to tall height women and definitely men will struggle to fit on the mat. I was also quite disappointed by how thin the material was. Everlast describe the mat as "comfortable and durable for long-lasting use" but the thinness means it is neither of those things. When I tried using it on my hard laminated flooring I could feel the floor through the mat and so I now have to use it only on carpet.
I did find the mat to be quite safe and stable though as the non-slip traction surface worked well with bare hands and feet and I didn't find myself slipping around at all. Another positive point is that it is very easy to maintain - the surface is easy to wipe down and I've found that any little marks come straight off. If this isn't enough the material is also hand washable.
I think this mat is fine for someone who wants to use it for very light exercise such as stretching or maybe infrequent yoga but for anyone who carries out yoga regularly I would say it is definitely worth spending a bit more to get a more durable, thick and long-lasting mat.
I suppose all companies want to join all bandwagons when it comes to fitness products, but there really are minimum requirements when doing so. By naming something a yoga mat, then you expect something more than if you name it a camping mat, which would merely require the ability to roll up into a tube and provide some form of padding for sleeping on. As a camping mat, this Everlast product would be quite good. As a yoga mat, it's not.
To start with, the padding is rather minimal. I'm not talking about how thick the mat is necessarily, but how effective the padding it has ends up being. I find that using this provides barely enough protection from the surface you're exercising on, which isn't too much of a problem if you have soft thickly carpeted floors, but not so much for a wooden or other hard surface. Doing yoga often requires knees, elbows and the base of the spine to need a bit of padding, and this just isn't up to it.
One thing that frustrates me with mats like this, and this applies to the vast majority of exercise mats, is their length. It's as if anyone over 6 foot tall is discriminated against for their height. This is a prime example - at 182cm it barely covers my height, and if I'm exercising then it means I have to be so precise to ensure my feet and head fit on the mat. When doing some exercises, especially more strenuous ones, your body will tend to shift at least a little from its original position, and I'm instantly out of room. I know people considerably shorter than me who also have issues with mats this size, and they don't know how I don't end up getting excessively frustrated (yoga is the answer, by the way - ironic huh?).
Nor is it particularly absorbant. Once I start to sweat, it tends to form a glistening cover on the mat, meaning that I end up sliding all about the place for some exercises or yoga positions. I've tried turning the mat over in case I have the wrong side or the reverse will at least provide me with a dry surface to start with, but there's just no friction or grip to do the exercises effectively, especially for ones where you need your feet to land and then push off straight away. I felt like I've nearly damaged back muscles by slipping before, and it makes me that much more tentative to say the least.
At least it rolls up well. It's particularly thin, which is a negative for usage and a positive for storage. It dries off quickly enough once you've finished using it, but as it's not particularly absorbant, I wouldn't roll it up until you've wiped it down. Cleaning it is easy enough too.
After a while of usage though, I see cracks forming in the padding material and the shape gets all distorted. I don't use it excessively, but my wife and I both share it. The fabric frays, it becomes even slippier and makes me not want to use it that much. It only costs around the £10 mark (seen it for less, seen it for more) but there are much better options available and it's certainly worth doing the research and reading around to find out what'll work best for the type of exercise or yoga you want it for. This is not a product I'd recommend though.
Yoga is a relaxing exercise which provides a sense of calm and well being. It also gives great flexibility. There are many exercises for balancing, and posture, and it's a great part of my daily routine. Yoga doesn't have to be expensive and, once you've been taught, the only other expense should be a yoga mat.
A yoga mat is important to use whilst working out. There are many exercises which require the body to be held in awkward positions for a considerable amount of time. Now you try standing on one leg or holding the weight of your body on your head for a long time on a hard surface. It's not a great experience, unless you enjoy copious amounts of self-inflicted pain, hence the necessity of a yoga mat.
Experience tells me that a good yoga mat needs:
1) to be easily transportable. It should roll up and fold away just as a camping mat or a sleeping bag should.
2) a yoga mat is needed to prevent from you from slipping and causing yourself any nasty injuries.
3) It should be thick to protect your body from feeling the ground beneath you.
4) It should be long enough for you to stretch out on it to the stretchiest position you can manage and still have some mat to spare above your head and beneath your feet.
5) It ought to be absorbent for sweat otherwise you might slip and also feel uncomfortable.
6) It needs to be cheap for an inexperienced yoga student because, let's face it, yoga is not as easy as it might sound and you might lose the will to pursue it beyond the first session. You don't want to waste lots of money as yoga mats can be expensive.
7) Despite the fact that this might be a passing exercise phase a durable mat is important because you might just become a yoga addict and you don't want that mat to fall apart after a few months of daily use.
The reality of the Everlast yoga mat:
1. It rolls up just as I would expect and is easily transported to and from classes and around the house. It does not take up a great deal of storage place. However it should come with a proper bag and a carry strap. The mat does not have this and it would make things just a little easier.
2. There are quite a few interesting examples I could provide you with about my experience with this mat and the problems involved in grip. I shall give you one example. There I am in a class full of people and striking the dog pose. This involves placing the hands and knees on the floor and short of barking you resemble a dog stretching its back and pelvis. What happens if you are unfortunate enough to have yoga mat without sufficient grip? You slip, that's what, and you look like a dog that's skating on ice. Everlast does not give the required grip and even leaves indentations where my body has pressed onto it.
3. This yoga mat is so thin that it does not cushion my body from the floor at all. There are even cheaper mats that are thinner but I suppose you get what you pay for. It's not quite as bad with carpet underneath but in class on an uncarpeted floor its painful and uncomfortable. I once felt a tiny stone digging into my spine through it. Now you'll think I'm like the Princess with a pea!
4. The mat size length 182, width 60 cm. This fits me perfectly. However, I am petite and I find that most people are taller than me, therefore, I suspect, anyone over 5'7 might find their feet on hard floor as they overstretch the mat.
5. I get hot and sweaty during heavy exercise. My palms can be clammy toward the end of the session. This yoga mat is not absorbent and unless I wipe my hands on my leggings I can slip. Slipping can be dangerous as it can cause injuries. So despite claiming to have 'non-slip traction' it really doesn't seem to work! Oh and when your nose hits the deck the mat smells strongly of rubber and/or plastic.
6. This yoga mat is cheap and soft to the touch- great for a few uses just to try yoga out but really not worth it as you'll have to buy a replacement. The ten pounds, I spent, is not value for money when it is an inferior product.
7. The product name, 'Everlast' suggests durability. After about a month of regular use I'm afraid bits started to come away from the mat. It looks like a mouse has nibbled it. I can't even donate this to charity. I have a pile of things to take to the dump and sadly this will be amongst them.
The good points:
1. It's soft to the touch
2. It stays flat on the ground - no inward curling after being unrolled.
3. It does fine for light home use on the carpet.
4. Mine is a pretty lavender colour.
5. It's easy to clean. I just sponge over with a wet cloth.
I think this mat is inadequate for regular use. For those who want to do more gentle poses and stretches this cheap mat is all right for light use. I cannot recommend the Everlast yoga mat for people who are more serious about yoga.
So I am reviewing a yoga mat from the Everlast range. A new comfy way to enjoy exercise, and with its special non slip traction material its perfect for beginers and advanced moves. It is made out of foam which allows it to breathe and provide a cushioned effect. It also helps it have a long and durable life. Its handwashable only and easy to clean.
Sizing - L= 182CM W=60CM D=0.6CM
It is avaliable from most sport stores and online. I bought mine from Argos at £9.99
So many of you know I teach dancing and fitness, hence the reason for buying this mat. I am in constant use of a yoga mat and I also carry extras incase the people in my class forget theres or they are new and dont have one of their own. I bought this one for the first time because of the price- £9.99 is a good price for a yoga mat, its the mid mark so you expect it to be good enough in quality. Also I'm a fan of the Everlast range and have a lot of their clothes and boxig stuff. So I know they make good quality gear. Now my first let down is it doesnt come with a bag, for a tenner I kind of expected it to.
Using it- Ok so the first time I used it was actually a practice at home not in front of a class, and its a good job too. I found the length isnt long enough and neeed a good 20CM more. As when I was doing downward dog and the warrior poses my feet were right at the edges, and I'm only 5'6. If someone is taller for sure they would struggle. Next, the non slip traction isn't very good in bare feet at all. I found both my hand slipping off and my legs slipping apart- NOT a good thing when you need balance and stability for advanced move. Also I found the mat quiet smelly. Very chemically smelly and again for yoga we spend time with our faces on the mat- the smell is unbearable like this. Of course it did fade over time though. After using it for 45 mins it was timee to pack up, I noticed hand prints and foot prints and indents from my nails- after only 1 go one it. I think its a bit too thin to last long at all and now I'v actually bought new ones.
These mats are better suited to pilates or basic stretching, they are not strong enough for yoga. They also dont have the length for certain poses and the grip is too dangeous for yoga. These mats are not very durable and are very thin and I dont think they will last very long at all. With the hand and feet prints all over it they look cheap. Also the smell puts me off as we spend a lot of time with faces close to the mat. All this and no bag, defo not good.The only good things I can say is that they are comfortable to lie on and for your bum and they do actually roll up well without coming undone all the time.
I am really disapointed in Everlast because normally I find thier stuff great value and great quality but they really let themselves down here.
A 2/5 for this as for pilates you would be ok bbut for advetising itt as a yoga mat, well its simply not good enough!
Thanks for reading and rating.