This entry was posted on January 13, 2017.
While the natural rubber of our eKO mat provides a tackier finish some prefer
for holding arm balances or inversions, the performance surface of a PRO mat is ideal for moving toes through chaturanga or warrior transitions without catching on your mat.
Cheaply made PVC can wreak havoc on the environment and disrupt hormones upon contact. At Manduka, we take extra care to source PVC of the highest integrity. Our PRO mats are made in Germany without harmful phthalates and certified safe for human contact by OEKO-TEX®, a material certification agency in Europe. Plus, PRO series mats are manufactured without any toxic emissions being released into the atmosphere to keep our environment safe.
Hot Yoga Proof
Many yoga mats on the market have an open cell surface. That means sweat and moisture absorb into your mat, breed bacteria, and break down the material quickly — especially in a humid studio environment. The durable closed cell material of our PRO creates an impenetrable barrier to withstand any amount of hot yogi torture. Just add a towel for absorbency (so your sweat doesn't pool beneath you) and enjoy using your mat for years to come while your fellow studiomates ward off bacteria breeding stink.
Available in Super-Size
Our PRO mats come in a variety of sizes. The standard 71" is a favorite among home practitioners, the 85" length is perfect for tall yogis, and the PROlite is a more compact option for toting to the studio.
For a truly luxurious practice though, we love The PRO Squared. All the performance features of the PRO mat we love, but in a massive 78" x 78" size. Perfect for acro yogis, or, the ultimate treat-yourself home practice.
A True Yogi Tradition
The PRO was the very first Manduka yoga mat ever made. Created in 1997 by our founder Peter Sterios in the iconic Black Mat colorway, he gifted his discovery to yoga legends such as Rod Stryker, Rodney Yee, and Shiva Rea, who then passed the mat on to their students, and so on, and so on. When your hands press into a downward dog on a PRO mat, you're connecting with the same surface that's supported yoga teachers and students worldwide for twenty years.