Yoga "Eco Mat" Review: PrAna Revolution (Attention-Conservation Verdict: I Dig.)

I have practiced yoga on and off since I was a teenager, but in recent years, more off than on. Recently, when friends, colleagues, and family all seemed to be pointing out with greater frequency that I seemed particularly stressed (read: a total pain in the ass to be around), I made a commitment to switch that back to "on." It's been pretty great. I'm happier. The more I practice, the more centered I feel, physically, mentally, emotionally. And, the less of a total pain in the ass I am.

Yoga isn't about the accessories, and I loathe the idea that you have to have just the right gear, just the right teacher, just the right whatever to practice. You don't. But a good mat can really help. So when I got back into the groove of regular practice, I checked out a bunch of different mats -- from the ultra-thick black ones, to the "towel" kind folks like to use with "hot yoga," to the thin cheap synthetic ones. I have a stack of 8 of them sitting in the corner in this room, as I type this review.

But I've found my favorite now -- the just-released Revolution "eco" mat by PrAna.

It's sticky enough to help grip your fingers, palms, soles, and toes when you're doing balance poses -- and, truly, every pose involves some element of balance. It's 30" wide, much wider than standard mats and better fit for taller yoga students like myself. It's lightweight enough that I can carry it comfortably on my back in the cool little carrying sack they sell. It's thick enough that I don't feel the need to add extra cushioning during practice on poses that can be hard on the bones. It's made of all-natural materials, so I'm not investing in future landfill cruft. The sticky part took a little getting used to in poses where I tend to drag the tops of my feet accross the mat in transition from one asana to the other, but now that I've been with it for a few weeks -- I don't know, it's like sleeping in a nice new bed, or moving into an awesome new home. It's familiar now, and just feels like an extension of my body.

I recently met PrAna creative David Kennedy, a friendly surfer who pops a mean Adho Mukha Svanasana. We practiced together (it was one of the most enjoyable BB review demos I can recall). I asked him to talk with us about some of the engineering considerations that went into the mat's design.

His reply follows, after the jump.

While working out the design in the lab (read: yoga studio), we were faced with two major challenges. First, almost all eco materials had failed when it came to the issue of gluing, most glues are toxic. Second, as with most eco-initiatives, there is a significant hurtle to creating the best performing product, yet crafting it mindfully.

Beginning with the eco-movement that progressed mats away from PVC, we chose Natural Rubber as a base layer. Natural rubber is a specialty rubber product developed with the most advanced raw materials and chemistries. It is strong, resilient and does not contain plasticizers or VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) making it the eco- friendly choice for this application. On the other hand, PVC itself does not biodegrade, and it remains on the shelf, in the environment, or in the landfill. When burned in a landfill, PVC releases dioxin, hydrochloric acid, and other toxins. It is extremely difficult to recycle, which is why so little of it is recaptured.

With our base material in place, next we challenged the construction by asking 'how do we do more with less?'. After quite a bit of eco-engineering, we eventually identified two key factors to accomplish this; using Vulcanization to bond the materials instead of toxic glues, and implementing a dual scrim to stabilize the mat and limit surface stretch.

To clarify further, vulcanization is the process of curing natural rubber with heat and pressure, to produce saturated double bonds which increase strength, resiliency and durability. Although vulcanization is a 19th century invention, the history of curing rubber dates back to prehistoric times through the inventive prowess of the ancient Aztecs. Because it requires great heat, the process was named after the Roman god of fire, Vulcan. The other vital performance element, the scrim, is a thin sheet of light-weight, woven cotton. When applied within the rubber layers, the scrim limits stretching and provides a strong, stable practice surface. The dual scrim also promotes surface integrity by helping the mat to lay flat and eliminate bunching as you shift weight during poses.

Enough marketing engineerese. Here's my verdict: within a couple days of using the loaner mat I received for the review, I made plans to buy several for yoga-practicing friends. I really like it.

Revolution Yoga Mat by prAna (, thanks Griffin de Luce + DK!)

* The phrase "Attention-Conservation" was stolen from Bruce Sterling.


  1. Glad you pointed out that a mat is not necessary.
    I’m with you on the point that you don’t need any accessories to practice and I think it deserves more emphasis!

  2. I wonder about durability. So many eco-friendly mats disintegrate after a while. Does “biodegradable rubber” start to rot after a few months use?

  3. @johnnyrighton, I suspect not with this mat. It seems very durable. I’ll let you know in a few months!

  4. This may seem like a weird question, but how does it smell? My main challenge with yoga mats, and particularly with rubber, is that it has quite a strong odor. But I don’t know if that’s a result of the vulcanization process, or the result of some other chemical process, so I’m curious how these “all natural” mats smell.

    Also, how does it react to sweat?

    Thanks for the review – it’s kind of cool to see a yoga mat reviewed on BoingBoing. :’)

    1. @anonymous: the price on Amazon is $90 currently. We typically don’t include prices in the reviews, because they fluctuate over time. It’s not the cheapest mat, it’s not the most expensive I’ve found either, but it’s a higher-end product.

      @anonymous 2: Smell is noticeable during the first week or so, but not overwhelming. It’s faded now, it doesn’t off-gas any odor anymore that I can detect.

      It behaves very well with sweat. Not as thirsty as a “towel” type mat, but it does not get slick and slide, either. I’m not doing “hot yoga,” but the room tends to be warm, and there is moisture on the surface when i’m midway through. So, thumbs up there also.

    1. Update: bummer, is recovering from a malware attack. The site you see now (I’m told) is in the process of being sorted out, but it’s still indexed as hazardous. I’m removing links for now until it’s all clear.

  5. Personally, I can’t stand Prana’s new mats. They used to make some great PVC (sigh) ones.

    In the studio I co-own with my wife {PLUG} Portland Power Yoga in Portland, ME {/PLUG}, we used them for a time. We do a Power Vinyasa style where the room is heated and you sweat to detoxify, stretch and clean out! (No, it is not Bikram) They slipped all over the place, and one student said it was like practicing on a rubber band!

    My favorite is Jade mats, specifically their harmony mats. Thick, sturdy, eco-friendly as a mofo and they stay in place. I use an extra-thick, extra-long one as I am extra long.

    No, I am not a paid endorsee of Jade. Yet.

    And just to bring it all back to BB one day I hope to get Loren COleman in here to do some yoga and talk about Big Foot!

  6. I still love my black diamond mat, but it’s a bit too heavy to carry around comfortably and mostly stays at home. I’ve had it well over a decade and it’s still in great shape. There is something to be said about the ecology of things that are durable enough that you never throw them away. Before I got this mat I’d go through a couple of mats a year.

    While I’ve done lots of yoga without a mat, it’s hard to really go for it without a surface that is sufficiently grippy. And if you do a lot of jumping in your practice, it’s nice to have a soft surface to take off the shock of the occasional miscalculated landing.

    Hope you’ll be doing a follow on, even if I don’t see myself buying another mat for at least another decade!

  7. the use of yoga mats dates all the way back to antiquity. Shiva, The God of Yoga, the first teacher, the embodiment of consciousness, actually practiced on a tiger skin from a tiger he killed with his bare hands. (Some evil magicians conjured it to attack him). There are ancient texts that recommend using mats made out of woven grass or wool for practice. While it is nice to be austere and possesionless, a yogi’s mat accumulates Shakti (power/good vibes) with use. the same is true for mala beads, and other accouterments.
    That said, it seems that those mats are wrapped in an awful lot of paper, and its been my experience that trying to wholesale product from prana is annoying. I prefer Jade Harmony mats. They plant a tree for every mat sold. The owner is a great guy.

    1. Great jumpin’ Ganesh! A flame war in a yoga thread! If I didn’t know better, I’d say there were Jade astroturfers all up in this shiznit. I’ll have to try those mats, too, they sound good also.

  8. smell? like nirvana.

    I hope the tiger skin is metaphor for self-created illusions overcome. Don’t hurt teh kitties.

  9. No, no, no! I’m no astroturfer! I’m the real deal!

    I really did love Prana mats for a long time. The challenge is that eco-friendly mats tend to rot quickly the JAdes survive the best. Escept when you drag feet like I do or leave them in the truck bed for days in the summer like I have.

    A flame war in a yoga thread! I love it!

    Xeni, you can come practice at our place, too. You and Loren. I would plotz with teh lolness of it all.

  10. I don’t know. $90 for a yoga mat? I’ve paid between $8-20 for every yoga mat I’ve ever owned, and that’s a steep, steep markup.

    I love Prana’s products (I own a pile of their climbing/yoga knickers), but that’s a lot of shekels for a yoga mat.

  11. Ideally, one who practices with no mat would not sweat, either. As a sweaty dude, i’m all about a good grippy mat, so my hands don’t slip around. The Prana mat sounds great, but I have to be ‘eco’ by sticking with the Gaiam mat I bought a few months ago.

  12. xeni,

    i r real persun.

    I’ll send you a jade mat, if you’d like.
    its best to keep them clean, and out of direct sunlight, I’ve been told.

    I’ve got piles of the at the yoga school. (




  13. My good mat reduces gratuitous demotivation.

    The targeting of “eco-friendly” marketing at health-conscious people with money to spend bothers me. The cost of something is more than just the materials you finally see. For instance, there is little new material produced for recycled-tire mats. I’m inclined to think the sticker price of something is the closest to a non-marketing measure of its environmental cost.

  14. @ #23 Futurenerd, good point. I would love to see folks be able to do our yoga on a $20 mat. But the fact of the matter is that they spend more time fighting the mat than doing yoga. The $60 we charge for the mats is for piece of mind, not just a pricey piece of rubber.

    Someone needs to come up with an eco-friendly, economic crisis friendly mat!

  15. At 6’3″, I can finally expand my practice on this mat! As odd as it sounds, I felt cramped on my old mat and used to practice on the floor…never even considered that. I feel at home now!

  16. While I’m sure this is a fine surface for ones practice, I am not too excited about this being on boingboing either…it’s just not a reasonable price to charge and takes advantage of the American obsession of HAVING SHIT and accessorizing every aspect of life…to charge so much feels pretty, you know, dirty…but I guess dollar are green, right? But yoga culture in this country is pretty well built around consuming and self-obsession so it’s not too much of a shock. I’ll say this, as a ten year practitioner and a two year instructor…nothing works quite like a woolen blanket.

    I find synthetic mats cause my palms to sweat (which yes, should be avoided, as stated in the Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali, but of course, yoga practiced by westerners is pretty goddamn sweat-centric and fast moving, sadly) and slip and that this one, though nice, surely, is just unreasonably priced…you can get a month membership at many a (preferably iyengar based!!!) school. The blanket can take a few days to get used to, and can initially cause some pretty sore stabilizer muscles, but it will last you for years and years, is easy to wash, and is a natural fiber…soft too. Accessories are nice and there are many things that are wonderful in assisting the beginner (blocks and straps are a important but these things are easily improvised), but please, make sure you actually need them.

    I would of course, gladly use whatever is provided to me… provided it was free.

  17. “Second, as with most eco-initiatives, there is a significant hurtle to creating the best performing product, yet crafting it mindfully.”

    Hurtle? As in “rapid jerky movement”, or hurdle “a barrier to jump over”? I guess global warming could be motivation for a hurtling design process.

  18. i dunno — paying $90 for a temporary item like a yoga mat seems to go against everything i’ve ever learned while on my current, cheaper, PVC-based mat.


    I have owned or practiced on all of the eco-claimed mats and the Prana Revolution Mat is the best of them all…

    Shedding: this mat doesn’t shed… it doesn’t even move when you come in and out of “hanuman” posture

    Smell: if you practice on it for a WEEK the natural rubber smell airs out… just like new car smell it goes away if you use it

    Bag: the size is a gift you will love the mat so much that you’ll want to buy a bag or velcrow strap to take good care of it… i used zip ties for the first month before i invested in a carrier.

    I’m with some of you i either practice on the earth or on The Revolution Mat… these are the only two options now that I’ve been spoiled by my Revolution… <3

  20. #28 – stupidjerk
    The fast moving variety of yoga you dislike came from India, and it’s earliest modern proponent wass a student of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya – who was also Iyengar’s teacher.

    I’m wary of the whole exotic/authentic vibe. It doesn’t really play out well in the real world or real history. India isn’t locked in time any more than the rest of the world.

    But I do agree – yoga culture in the US is getting kinda weird/sad. I practice, but I do it alone. I blame Madonna, btw.

    1. @markfrei, I enjoy practicing in groups, AND I enjoy practicing alone.

      I haven’t found the perfect class, vibe, teacher, or community, but I’m settling for what I can find nearby that meets most, if not all, of what feels right. I could go for a lot less woo-woo and a lot less “me, myself, and my inner journey” narcissistic bullshit.

      Also, I fucking hate it when entrepreneurially-minded teachers launch in to a self-marketing speech at the end of a class. I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR THOUSAND DOLLAR FULL MOON NAG CHAMPA SISTERGATHERING HEALING RETREAT WORKSHOP IN THE BERKSHIRES. I WILL LOOK IT UP ON YOUR MYSPACE IF I DO. THANKS.

      I guess 60% perfect is better than nothing at all, and the group setting helps me stay motivated to keep coming back, keep pushing deeper into practice, and avoid injury in new poses or tricky inversions.

      But I hear you.

      I, too, blame Madonna.

      1. I fucking hate it when entrepreneurially-minded teachers launch in to a self-marketing speech at the end of a class.

        My pet peeve is ‘moon cycle’. It’s a period, not an appearance by the goddess.

  21. I’m with chang @ #11 on this, Jade mats are the best that I’ve tried yet. I also pair mine up with a mysore yoga rug from Barefoot Yoga. Great!

  22. “I could go for a lot less woo-woo and a lot less “me, myself, and my inner journey”

    Ditto, Xeni, ditto.
    I just don’t want my back to hurt. You can keep the crystal healing majik. My imaginary chakras and I are good.

    Generally, I’ve had good luck on this front with YMCA. Currently, I swear by the $35/10 session community education pilates classes that are taught in the local junior high gym.

    1. @Maggie, +1. I really do believe there are a lot of neurological / psychological / emotional benefits to practice that aren’t easily summed up in “exercise,” it’s more than a treadmill jog. But I do not require so much new agey frosting on this cake.

  23. I’ve used every mat under the sun… Jade Harmony mats blow in my opinion, the get all stretchy and disintegrate after a short while. The company was nice enough to give me a free mat when mine got all stretchy, but that one did the same thing as the first. Those two mats are now used to practice outside in the mud.

    I do still love my prana maha mat I’ve had for several years (comparable to the Manduka black mat). It is heavy to lug around, and isn’t quite long enough for my hanumanasana or wide enough for my hands to be outer shoulder width in down dog (hence the “pinky finger hang off” we who practice good alignment experience).

    As for the REVOLUTION mat… John Friend is my hero, so I had to get one… and the smell is gross the first week or so as most stated, but if you wash the mat with vinegar and water, it takes the smell away quicker… then I pulled out some essential oil/water mixes I create and spritz away… then my mat smelled lovely. I like the texture of the mat… wish it was a hair thicker, but it is still supportive. I found it to be a little slippery at first, but that’s expected with most mats when they are new… the vinegar/water wash helped with that.

    The ULTIMATE FREEDOM you feel on a mat that is actually wide enough and long enough for the average body is awesome… plus, I love my little nautilus patch on it and I heard they are coming out with new colors next fall/winter… I got the orange one to help build my 2nd chakra energy… I could use a little fire in that department. ;)

    so yeah… align with the divine and jump on a mat that was created in harmony with Anusara… the best yoga in the world (my world anyways). <3

  24. Really, ,this is the best mat ever, does not smell, and was sticky for me the very first time.. if you sweat enough, any mat will be stick and the best solution is to use a rug or shammy or even a sarong works incredibly well.. the revolution mat doesn’t have the years under its belt, but from 16 years of practice and 10 of teaching yoga, i can tell it will hold up for a looooooong time!

  25. My $90 Manduka has been subjected to 4+ practices a week for the last 3+ years, and it would look as good as new if I ever bothered to, you know, clean it. Many of the people I practice with have put theirs through similar levels of practice for even longer periods, and you just can’t tell.

    So $90 for a yoga mat becomes very economical if you never expect to replace it.

    The Revolution mats are pretty big in the Anusara community—founder John Friend is responsible for its expansive dimensions—so I’ve seen a number of them up close, and they look like they, too, will last.

  26. @32 markfrei, you’re totally right but I was more bagging on bikram yoga, or as my first teacher called it, hollywood yoga, but I shouldn’t throw the name around too much because of their copyrighted practice. Haw haw haw. Jerks. Much love to Sri Tirumala Krishnamacharya, I mean no disrespect to such an honored and beloved teacher.

    But yes, let us blame Madonna. But let us also blame the hippies and Yogi Tea, though madonna is a more compelling scapegoat. Hurray.

    I don’t actually think this constitutes as a flame-war since we are not really yelling at one another….hmmmm.

  27. if you ask me, madonna is not the cause. she is a symptom.

    the west will do what the west will do with yoga. on the whole, i’d say it’s better than a yoga-less west.

  28. is there some way this could be turned into Ultimate Yoga Challenge, and be conducted in a chicken wire cage with a referee?

  29. @39 stupidjerk
    Yes, this is a bit civil and geeky for a proper flame war – I fear this yoga stuff is working a tad too well.

    Haven’t these people read the battle stories in the Mahābhārata? Now that’s a flame war!

    As far as Bikram – don’t get me started! Auuuugh!

  30. i just straight up think that “vulcanization” is a cool word. like the concept of no glues. time-tested ancient aztec tech! to be honest the thing smelled strongly of rubber for a few days… now there is only a vague hint of… chocolate? Aztecs again! I tend to shred the cheap pvc mats in a few months. this one seems to be built to last. great product!

  31. #45 Takuan
    I’m guessing that Bikram is already patenting an octagonal shaped yoga mat for just such a competition. Let the trade dress lawsuits commence!

  32. heh hah! just read your link there Markfrei, gawds wot a larf! At least with martial arts there was some twisted reason for style to fight style or club to battle club at the kindergarten level of understanding, but YOGA? Enlightenment through lawyers, HAW!

  33. I did not know that:
    “Although vulcanization is a 19th century invention, the history of rubber cured by other means goes back to prehistoric times. The name “Olmec” means “rubber people” in the Aztec language. Ancient Mesoamericans, spanning from ancient Olmecs to Aztecs, extracted latex from Castilla elastica, a type of rubber tree in the area. The juice of a local vine, Ipomoea alba, was then mixed with this latex to create an ancient processed rubber as early as 1600 BC [1″

    the yoga-Olmec-exciting latex clothing crowd connection.

  34. Monk Gloats Over Yoga Championship

    LHASA, TIBET – Employing the brash style that first brought him to
    prominence, SriDhananjai Bikram won the fifth annual International Yogi
    Competition yesterday with a world-record point total of 873.6.

    “I am the serenest!” Bikram shouted to the estimated crowd of 20,000 yoga
    fans, vigorously pumping his fists. “No one is serener than Sri Dhananjai
    Bikram-I am the greatest monk of all time!”

    Bikram averaged 1.89 breaths a minute during the two-hour competition,
    nearly .3 fewer than his nearest competitor, second-place finisher and
    two-time champion Sri Salil “The Hammer” Gupta.

    The heavily favored Gupta was upset after the loss. “I should be able to
    beat that guy with one lung tied,” Gupta said. “I’m beside myself right
    now, and I don’t mean trans-bodily.”

    Bikram got off to a fast start at the Lhasa meet, which like most major
    competitions, is a six-event affair. In the first event, he attained total
    consciousness (TC) in just 2 minutes, 34 seconds, and set the tone for the
    rest of the meet by repeatedly shouting, “I’m blissful! You blissful?! I’m
    blissful!” to the other yogis.

    Bikram, 33, burst onto the international yoga scene with a gold-mandala
    performance at the 1994 Bhutan Invitational. At that competition he
    premiered his aggressive style, at one point in the flexibility event
    sticking his middle toes out at the other yogis. While no prohibition
    exists against such behavior, according to Yoga League Commissioner Swami
    Prabhupada, such behavior is generally considered “unBuddhalike.”

    “I don’t care what the critics say,” Bikram said. “Sri Bikram is just gonna
    go out there and do Sri Bikram’s own yoga thing.”

    Before the Bhutan meet, Bikram had never placed better than fourth. Many
    said he had forsaken rigorous training for the celebrity status accorded by
    his Bhutan win, endorsing Nike’s new line of prayer mats and supposedly
    dating the Hindu goddess Shakti. But his performance this week will regain
    for him the number one computer ranking and earn him new respect, as well
    as for his coach Mahananda Vasti, the controversial guru some have called
    Bikram’s “guru.”

    “My special training diet for Bikram of one super-charged, carbo-loaded
    grain of rice per day was essential to his win,” Vasti said.

    The defeated Gupta denied that Bikram’s taunting was a factor in his
    inability to attain TC. “I just wasn’t myself today,” Gupta commented. “I
    wasn’t any self today. I was an egoless particle of the universal no-soul.”

    In the second event, flexibility, Bikram maintained the lead by supporting
    himself on his index fingers for the entire 15 minutes while touching the
    back of his skull to his lower spine. The feat was matched by Gupta, who
    first used the position at the 1990 Tokyo Zen-Off.

    “That’s my meditative position of spiritual ecstasy, not his,” remarked
    Gupta. “He stole my thunder.”

    Bikram denied the charge, saying, “Gupta’s been talking like that ever
    since he was a 3rd century Egyptian slave-owner.”

    Nevertheless, a strong showing by Gupta in the third event, the shotput,
    placed him within a lotus petal of the lead at the competition’s halfway

    But event number four, the contemplation of unanswerable riddles known as
    koans, proved the key to victory for Bikram.

    The koan had long been thought the weak point of his spiritual arsenal, but
    his response to today’s riddle-“Show me the face you had before you were
    born “-was reportedly “extremely illuminative,” according to Commissioner

    While koan answers are kept secret from the public for fear of exposing the
    uninitiated multitudes to the terror of universal truth, insiders claim his
    answer had Prabhupada and the two other judges “highly enlightened.”

    With the event victory, Bikram built himself a nearly insurmountable lead,
    one he sustained through the yak-milk churn and breathing events to come
    away with the upset victory.

  35. I have a Mandara mat, which I think is identical to a Manduka mat. It cost $80 about 4 years ago. I practice regularly and am a yoga teacher. It’s a professional quality mat and I wouldn’t go back to a basic mat if you paid me $80. Not only is it more durable and better cushioning, it’s longer and wider.

    I have students who always use the in-house mats – ew. And some of them are six-foot plus guys using mats that are made for 5’6″ women. If you practice regularly, $90 isn’t much to be comfortable and avoid MRSA.

  36. Sri Sri Sri Krishnamacharaya, to whose lotus feet I prostrate, was sponsored by the rich and the royal. He was set for life. He deserved to be, but still, he was set. Modern day yoga teachers are not all that lucky, America doesn’t really work that way. It is rude and sanctimonious to believe that yoga teachers shouldn’t promote, and shouldn’t be paid well for their efforts. This whole website is an incestuous, hipper than thou promo-fest. I don’t mind, but lets call it what it is. Just like a website has ads and affiliates, yoga studios have flyers and announcements. In fact, its a public service. I announce in class, and people come up to after, happy that I’ve let them know, because they are so excited to learn more about the pelvic floor. And people love “THOUSAND DOLLAR FULL MOON NAG CHAMPA SISTERGATHERING HEALING RETREAT WORKSHOP IN THE BERKSHIRES”. They can’t get enough of that shit. I’m sorry if you don’t like it, but if noone wanted to go, people would stop leading trips. Supply and demand, baby.

    oh, and regarding Bikram…
    I don’t do Bikram Yoga, and I won’t date girls who do either…

  37. I love my revolution mat. I practiced on a black mat for over 7 years and I always had to place my hands off the mat to accommidate my tight shoulders in cobra, upward facing dog and even full back bend. The surface is so skid proof that I feel more grounded which helps me access more freedom in my upper body.
    It is even lighter than my old mat. Yes, you’ll need a larger bag. Perhaps, Prana will design one soon.


  38. it’s a mat.

    i have owned and practiced on just about every mat you can think of.

    this mat represents a relatively simple AIM for myself and all those whom i had the pleasure of collaborating with during it’s creation.

    the AIM to create the best practice surface for yoga possible, in the most sustainable way possible.

    we have put our best foot forwards here and for me it has achieved well what we set out to do.

    like yoga itself and all things in this life it is a process and i anticipate continued development informed from the feedback and fires of forums and the sadhana of all those who use it.

    i say give it a try if you can before you spring for it…if you see someone with one ask um if they will let you try a DD on it etc. and let your own experience be your guide.



  39. Xeni said “I really do believe there are a lot of neurological / psychological / emotional benefits to practice that aren’t easily summed up in “exercise,” it’s more than a treadmill jog.”

    OK I am completely unfamiliar with Yoga, but I have to say that getting on my bike and cycling like a madman for 26 k’s listening to Pitchshifter cranked up to the max is an absolutely vital ingredient of my mental health.

    I’m prepared to accept that Yoga may have benefits beyond excercise, but I don’t reckon you should dismiss the neurological, psychological and emotional benefits of a good old cardio vascular workout either.

  40. antinous,

    i am calm and compassionate, just not wishy-washy. My fiance, and all of her friends are goddess sisters who make belly balms and vegan treats and celebrate their moon cycles together. Basically, y’all are talking shit about my fiance. How do you like it when people talk shit about your fiance?

  41. I am an instructor and student and am enjoying the revolution mat tremendously. It has the perfect thickness, no sliding and the width is great. I agree that yoga is not all about the accessories, but when you are in wheel or an arm balance and your hands are sliding, it is an unsettling feeling. I love what is behind the mat and that I am supporting to great organizations in the world of yoga!!

  42. I never liked bargain mats. My practice means a lot to me.
    *I have a 4 year old purple manduka mat that I still love, and it is good as new. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it is not eco, it is pvc.
    *I have a sample jade mat. It is nice, but the stretchy thing does get to be an issue after a while. My mat ends up crooked too. Otherwise it is quite comfortable, and eco.
    *I was gifted a REVOLUTION mat. It is one of those things I never would have bought for myself…until i experienced one. Now that I know, I would definitely invest in one. It is a tie with my old school manduka(i do not like new mandukas)-actually I guess it wins because it is eco.
    The size is excellent. I am small, and my pinky fingers fall off of regular mats. I love the feel. I never slip. I left it outside for a week, and the non-toxic smell went away. I would recommend it to my students, and I truly believe their practiced could be enhanced by the new FREEDOM the bigger width and length has to offer.

    as for the yoga critics, don’t you have anything else to do? get a life. this is a review of a yoga mat. maybe you should do some more yoga.

  43. This mat has REVOLUTIONIZED my yoga practice. It is hands down the grippiest, most stable mat i have ever practiced on (including my long time favorite the Manduka black mat).

  44. lots is good, this rough looking young kid came into class today. He was really interested in all the best things yoga has to offer, flexibility, strength, meditation, emotional clearing, and spiritual awakening. Its like a dream when someone realy sincere comes to class. what’s good with you?

    1. sitar,

      As a yogi and yoga teacher, I have to tell you that you’re not doing the business any favors by posting such hostile comments.

  45. hearing there is more to yoga than mats is good to me.

    What did the first yogi use? What do those closest to the source use? What does someone who has nothing but the will to practice use? If one wishes to make one’s own mat, what is used?

  46. i admit, i am a dick, but I’m not the only one here. i don’t see why im the only one not allowed to be hostile.

    also, I still think comparing a fancy yoga mat to a fancy business card is funny.

    anyway, off to bed, tomorrow is another day and another practice. perhaps I will try to play nicer.

  47. In all the comments, there has been no mention of the source of the rubber. Yes it may be from a tree but who runs the plantation? Who works on it? Who gets the profit? I suspect that this is not a free trade or community organized and run plantation. It is probably in a developing nation. Were the workers well paid? did they have health benefits …I could go on. Correct me if I’m wrong. Are the lands organic? Were pesticides used to grow the trees? Did the company support the community from which it gained the natural resource?
    Let’s not exchange one set of ecological mistakes for economic oppression of others in the name of ecology.

    1. Can you answer any of those questions for the keyboard on which you’re typing?

  48. I love this mat! I just bought it last Friday and sorry to say, I have not used the “other” one since:)
    The quality of the mat is spectacular! The feel, the dimensions,the sense of total support under your foundation is awesome!

    There is no slipping,plenty of room, and it makes me feel like I have my own little oasis to practice on!

    Laurie Greenberg, Anusara Inspired Teacher
    Hanover, NH

  49. $90 frakkin’ dollars?!!! I’d have to get a job just to support my yoga mat habit at that rate.

    Saying something is or is not washed in unicorn tears does not automatically make it worth double the price.

  50. From TomD.Arch (too lazy to sign in)

    I just feel bad for the billion people in India who no longer practice yoga because they can’t afford the yoga clothes/mats! ;^)

    Actually, I rock climb, and I’ve got a bunch of prana climbing clothing – it’s good (maybe not great) stuff! If you’re interested in how screwy the world of business is, look into how Liz Claiborne bought Prana, then sold it back to the founders a couple of years later.

    (ps. I love the captcha koan: “clarion thong”!)

  51. Well, I can see that boing boing is a site for minimalists and true eco concious beings by reading these posts. Yes yoga on the earth is divine, but not usually flat and the little rocks embed into the skin …and normally yoga is practiced inside in groups with our good friends in a room… the fact that most eco mats still uses toxic glues with natural rubber is where prana has made a step forward… Ultimately this is a truly biofriendly mat. Also in practice I have found that my yoga has truly changed and expanded in the several weeks I have owned it… is it just me? or did the mat give me the perfect surface to support me in poses that I thought were unreachable? Who knows, but I really love this mat. It takes about a week for the natural rubber smell to end, then its pure bliss. Namaskar.

  52. The Revolution mat fits my needs. What I want is a great quality mat that I don’t have to toss out after a couple of years of use. (That has been my experience of one of the above mentioned rubber mats.) If they are hard to clean, break down easily or I feel that I need another type of mat for another style of yoga or a particular practice, then for me it defeats the definition of a good mat. I’m all about the long term monogamous relationship. This helps the environment and it helps me. I can keep my life simple so I can focus on my practice, then I can take my practice off the mat and do great things to offset the impact. Isn’t that what most of us want? Keeping the things we need to support ourselves to a minimum so we can get out there and do our work?
    Besides- it’s a really great mat. The size improves one’s participation in the practice, ie. freedom of movement. It’s sturdy. Sticky but smooth, ( I think the rougher texture of the above mentioned rubber mat initiated the premature breakdown.) Easy to clean, carry and use. I love it.

  53. The Revolution mat is the best mat I have ever purchased. I really like the extra room and the fact that I don’t have tobe concerned about absorbing extra toxins from my work on my yoga mat. I have heard that it may get slippery if you sweat a lot but I don’t have that problem very often and I feel ver sturdy, safe and cushioned on the mat. I pulled out my black diamond mat which I also paid $90 for and it now seems very tiny. It is way past time someone made a decent size non-toxic mat. The only thing I could do without is the emblem on the front of the mat. It doesn’t seem like it should be there and I find myself trying to avoid it sometimes. Many thanks to the creators.

  54. Good to see that so many yoga people read Boing Boing!

    Thanks for posting the item, Xeni.

    I have a natural rubber mat from Yoga-Mad – the ‘tree mat’. It’s OK. A bit smelly. Not sure you can buy Prana and the black one in the UK.

    Hey, if everyone gets a super-sized mat, they won’t be able to squeeze stoopid amounts of people in one class anymore. Bigger mats, more personal space.

  55. theres an idea! I’m going to devise a yoga systen done in hammocks. That way I can put them in four high and quadruple the take for the same floor area. Thanks!

  56. Two words: BUY it!
    A few more words:
    I’ve been teaching yoga for 13 years. And YES you need a mat. Unless you just DESIRE to be way less comfortable for some odd reason.

    For the last few months, I’d noticed (and watched) all the promo videos that were being passed around the yoga community for this “special” mat. And I thought, “Seriously, what can be SOOO different about this one? I’ve been through the gamut of mats and so far the ONLY one I found that worked for me was the kind w/ the twine weaved into it that kept me from slipping. But even THAT mat had its drawbacks… (think it’s the original eco mat), it DOES shed like crazy, it’s kinda rough on the skin, it has a strong rubber odor, and takes a while to break in.” So I figured, “What The Hell!”.

    This revolution mat was actually a good price, compared to other mats I’ve tried that are much more limited in space.

    I ordered one for my husband and for myself… and we waited patiently.


    This is the CADILLAC (or the Ferrari) of yoga mats. Holy moly! Sticky as all get out, durable, no strong odor, doesn’t move around on the floor like Jade Yoga mats do, sturdy, wide and safe! Good colors too! I got the teal blue color and he got the grey. We LOVE them. I actually FEEL stronger on it. I know that sounds funny but the sense of stability allows me to go quite a bit deeper in my asanas.

    Thanks John Friend, for your contribution. Thanks PrAna Peeps for your Genius Skill Set. A++++

    Just get it. And enjoy goin’ deeper!

  57. wow, some really amazing comments written here.
    i bought one. i practice and travel with this new revolution mat weekly. i am for the very first time able to practice with my ring and pinky fingers on a mat rather then those fingers on the floor. i now do not ever invade the personal space of anyone next to me. i am not a big guy. i LOVE the revolution mat. it simply works, like no other yoga mat on the market. am i an expert on this subject,no, but i own 10 mats from 8 different manufacturers and this is King and Queen all in one. i sweat plenty and am able to stay solidly rooted in my poses. this mat does not fail. i jumped on this early on so i have had my mat since early January. nothing is ever perfect, but this mat is the closest one i can find to perfect.
    go prAna and john friend/Anusara yoga for a fabulous collaboration. i love people and companies that think “out of the box”.

  58. i have used several other eco friendly mats as well as the big black mat. i gotta say i love this mat. the natural smell went away in about 3 practices, i dont slide and its wide…its a football field, your never off the mat with hands or feet. you have room for everything!
    worth the money since it seems super durable!

  59. Wow! Quite a conversation here.

    I’m a big guy and I like to play and fly in my yoga; read: I’m all over the place. The new prana mat gives me the room I need for both standard and more unconventional practices – I no longer have to have my hands half off my mat!

    It’s a bit slick and smelly at first. After putting it out in the sun for a week, it gets stickier and the smell dissipates – great.

    I’m not sure “it doesn’t fit in a mat bag” is relevant feedback. Buy a bigger mat bag.


  60. I’ll join the chorus on this one. This is simply the finest yoga mat I have ever used. The extra width is a big plus and I find it stickier and more “positive” in feel than any other mat I’ve tried. It weighs a ton! Very solid state. Imagine a Mercedes S600 Sedan compared with a VW Passat – you get the picture.

  61. is there a bag that will hold the prana mat? i ride my bike to class and need to put it in a bag.


  62. with regards to above #95
    Yes there is a prAna bag designed specifically for the Revolution if it is not on the site just call and ask for customer service and they should help you

    nice to here you bike to practice…luv it!



  63. I would pay almost anything for one of the old style thin prana mats. mine lasted for years until I lost it, now they don’t make them anymore. I know they may not have been totally PC but they were great mats, no shed, no slip.
    Does anyone know where I can get one???

  64. I am 6′ tall 200#s and this mat is the one for me.
    it is 30X78 vs the extra long Jade natural mat (24X74) I need traction and width, as well the traction here is very good.I tend to sweat a lot, this mat is a bit more slippery than the Jade, if my hands get wet, but it keeps its shape better. The Jade seems to have a more open cell structure than this mat. As for the smell the Prana is “out-gassing” less than the Jade, and the residual smell is fading in a matter of days (Vs weeks) Great mat, improves your practice if you are a large guy-you will love the width/length.Yes it is heavy…

  65. Thanks for the review you are really making me qurious. I can recommend another mat – the Zakti Mat. A yoga mat made from recycled rubber from Sun Salutation. It rocks! It could of course be a little bit longer to suit my taste entirely. But the look, the grip and its made from recycled natural rubber. Revolution. The only draw back is I found it in Stockholm!

  66. Thanks everyone for your comments this has been very helpful. Tried out a Jade mat a couple times and they, as well as other rubber mats, offer decent grip for hands and feet–but they slide and stretch over the wood flooring of most yoga studios. They work well when placed over a standard sticky mat, but I will still slip a little when things get really sweaty. I currently practice heated power vinyasa and I am still searching for the perfect mat…am looking into LotusPad, a small company out east. What I find really funny about this thread, however, is the number of ANGRY yogis here who curse and spew about things as well as put down other practitioners. We all have opinions and are entitled to our emotions but the spirit of yoga is to put out bliss to create bliss, be kind and mindful of our thoughts and words to create harmony in our environment. However, i AM going to say this to the author of #55: that was the F’n funniest thing i’ve read all week. Aaaahhh ha hah ha my side hurts…

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