If you've ever slid around helplessly in Downward-Facing Dog or cringed as your knee buckled in Low Lunge, you know that a good mat makes all the difference in your yoga practice. In truth, it's an investment—not just for a more tolerable class but also to ensure that you avoid pain or potential injury. (And this is true whether you're a beginner or have logged a near-daily practice for years.)

But personal preference, your go-to practice (Bikram or hatha?), and price point are all factors that can influence which mat is actually right for you. With that in mind, we're rounding up six yoga mats that we've tried and fully endorse—whether you're hitting the hot yoga studio, the road, or anywhere in between.

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