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Durable and chic, Gaiam's Elephant Reversible Yoga Mat (5mm) provides a stable, sticky non-slip surface for your yoga practice. Perfect for home or studio use, this mat ensures the safety and comfort you need to enhance proper alignment and maintain poses. Manufactured free of the top six most harmful phthalates, this mat is a healthier choice for both you and the planet!
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
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- ASIN: B00VV54NVK
- Item model number: 05-61547
A Bright, Beautiful & Perfect Mat For Most Yoga Practices, A Little Thicker Than Average.
176 people found this helpful
I’m a Yoga instructor and I love Gaiam mats because they’re not outrageously expensive, are a good value, and do the job you need them to do. I purchased this in December 2016 and there was NO chemical odor or problem, beyond the initial rubbery scent that dissipated within a few hours. (I’ve never had a smell problem with Gaiam mats and whatever smell other reviewers were encountering seems to have been from an external source and has been solved.) My mat is bright, beautiful, and does everything I need it to do. As for the slickness, I don’t have a problem with slickness with this mat … however, note that this is a 5mm thickness, slightly squishier than a thinner mat. You will have to grip a little when you’re in your poses. If you have a vigorous or sweaty practice, you should be on a thinner mat. Remember, you’re doing the Yoga, not your mat. So, yes, you do need to activate hands and feet in your poses. 5mm thickness is great for basic Yoga and most traditions, including flow practices. I also recommend a 5mm thickness as a comfort for older students or anyone with minor joint issues.
Great for beginners & intermediate yogis!
36 people found this helpful
I’m somewhat tall for a girl, and have bad knees – this yoga mat is long enough for me to do most of my practice and the thickness is really great on my knees without being too squishy for balance work. There was a little bit of a weird smell when it first arrived, but that aired out quickly. As an added bonus, my animals love using it when I’m not!
Live the designs and quality
21 people found this helpful
I have been doing yoga since I was a child and currently teach pilates class 5 days a week. I needed a good mat, so I decided to give this one a try. So cute, just as described. Colors are true, doesn’t smell, happy with purchase. I will probably buy more from this brand. It’s keeping its shape do far. Had it for a month and been using it everyday
Great Design! Slip and Smell Go Away After a Few Washes/Uses
12 people found this helpful
I have only used less expensive mats; Gaiam, a travel 3mm Nike, and No Name 1/4″ think Yoga/Pilates combo mat so this may not hold up to those who are expecting $100+ mat results but I love my mat. It beautiful and I get compliments on it every time I use it. I have had it for two-ish years but its only seen about 6 months of consistent use. I recently got back into yoga and was considering getting a pricier mat but few are as pretty as this Gaiam one. Yes it smells when you take it out of the package, it takes about a week for that to dissipate. Yes its slippery at first, wash it with soap and water and scrub it down, not hard enough to ruin the design but firmly then hang it up to dry/air out for a few days (also helps with the smell) it may need a few washing’s/uses to get sticky but mine only took one major wash and a few minor wipe downs to be slip free and by the second class the smell was hardly noticeable and by the third completely undetectable. It plastic, its going to have these issues and other brand mats of similar cost have been the same for me. I have heard that rubber smells even worse but may try a rubber mat out now that I am transitioning into hot yoga.
Beautiful mat – with a small warning
11 people found this helpful
A beautiful mat – with a small warning. I decided it was time to replace my 11 year old (yes! Eleven!) Gaiam 5mm mat. Not because it was worn, but because the light orange color was really crummy looking, but still in great shape. It will now be my outdoor yoga mat. This mat is GORGEOUS. My only comment is a warning about the “new mat smell”. I opened the mat moments before my class and had a hard time holding any pose where my face was on the mat. My mistake. I now have it laying out to air out, and will be spraying the Gaiam mat wash (which smells amazing!) frequently over the next few days. I like the reversible patterns and colors on either side of this lovely mat, and look forward to many years of use.
Love this mat
22 people found this helpful
Love this mat. A little bit of an odor for a couple days but after a few uses it’s gone. The designs make me so happy!
Not the best for hot yoga
7 people found this helpful
This mat is giving me issues and I’ll probably be in the market for a different one soon. I mostly practice hot vinyasa. The first day I used it I was slipping all over the place. I scrubbed the heck out of it with castile soap and that helped, but I still always use a towel over it for hot classes. It worked pretty well for a few weeks after that, and I liked it quite a bit. It provided the cushion and grip that I needed. After about a month of wear, I’m starting to have issues with it warping during class. I’ll be in a wide stance like Warrior 2, or I’ll jump from a halfway lift to plank and when that happens, and the mat will lose grip on the ground and start warping and twisting under me. When that happens my towel will start getting twisted too because it’s not warping in the same way as the mat. It’s really distracting and feels unsafe to use. I think I’m going to look for a stiffer, slightly thinner mat.