When I decided to start doing yoga on a daily basis I knew that I was going to need a mat. I tried doing it on the carpet in my bedroom, and that was horrible. I did a bunch of looking around and found what I thought would be the best mat to have. I ended up buying the Bixle 1/2-Inch Extra Thick 72-Inch Long High Density Exercise Yoga Mat with Comfort Foam and Carrying Case.
I absolutely love this mat. I’d seen some others in the stores and they all seemed pretty thin. I didn’t see how they could offer enough padding. The Bixle mat is really thick and cushy. It’s extremely comfortable no matter what position I’m in or how long I’m in it. I actually think I could sleep on this thing, it’s that soft. And even though it’s thick and cushy, it’s not so much so that I feel like I’m wobbling around.
The length on the mat is good too. It’s 6 feet long, so unless you’re taller than that, it has plenty of room. I’m just barely 5’2″, so I have plenty of space. It’s also wide enough for me to lay down and have space beyond the sides of my arms.
The surface on some other mats is textured or really slick and I didn’t think they’d be comfortable. There’s slight ribbing on the Bixle mat, but you can’t really feel it. The surface is also just grippy enough for you to feel stable without feeling like your feet are sticking. I feel extremely stable on this mat and I can move easily.
The one thing that confused me about this mat is the “carrying case”. It’s not actually a case at all. It’s two large elastic bands with a strap in between. You have to roll up the mat and hold it, then put the elastic bands around each end. Then you can carry it from the strap in the middle. It does the job, but it’s a bit of a trick to hold the mat in a tight roll while you get the bands on.
I paid $22 for this mat, which was more than other brands, but I am so happy with it that I feel the price is totally justified. Overall I’m incredibly happy with this purpose and I’d recommend it to anyone wanting a good mat for their yoga routines.