The Hot (Towel) Mat
Do not recommend
I purchased several of these mats on sale my first visit to the store after taking a complimentary yoga class. I was excited because the concept seemed ideal. I find these mats do not have very much grip to them which has altered my yoga practice -I do not feel secure and therefore I end up shortening my stance . I do sweat profusely during yoga and find that this mat becomes extremely slick when wet. I have gotten into the habit of bringing a microfiber towel to place in between my head or face and the mat to try to avoid sweating too much on the mat which defeats the purpose. I did experience the stretching of the mat one time after the first wash. With any pressure the mat would stretch and slide like a rubber band. I have found this to be more of a problem when the mat is slightly wet. There is no cushion to the mat so I also bring a second more cushiony mat place perpendicularly underneath to provide some protection from the floor when I am on my knees.
October 12, 2014
Horrible Yoga Mat
This is the first item I have purchased from Lululemon that I would never recommend to anyone. Not only is the smell of rubber extremely strong, the mat slips all over, and after washing twice I am left with marks and uneven colouring. I hate the look of the mat now and would strongly recommend The Towel to cover your mat for hot yoga instead of this item.
October 11, 2014
Smell is WAY too strong
I love this mat, it is thick and I have never had issues with slipping but every time I use it I wish I had bought something else.... The smell is almost unbearable to sit in a pose with your face close to the mat. Would not recommend unless the smell issue is fixed. Wish I could have the same mat without the smell.
October 8, 2014
No slipping but the mat stretches :(
My friend with whom I regularly attend hot yoga bought this mat and was raving to me before class about how awesome it was and that I should totally invest in one. The next weekend when I was in Houston, I went to go purchase one. I was super excited to get to try out my new hot yoga mat!
The no slipping aspect was great, BUT I noticed that when I'm in some poses (like downward dog, warrior, etc.), the area of the mat between my feet (or my hands and feet) becomes very taunt and stretches out, if that makes any sense. The middle of my mat is slowly becoming stretched out and deformed. Also, the mat slowly starts to inch across the floor down toward the person's mat behind me. I think it might be an issue with only my mat because my friend does not have these issues with her mat. And because I bought the mat on sale, I was not able to return it :( I'm a little disappointed because I was really excited to use the mat and it did not meet my expectations.
October 5, 2014
Excellent Product For Hot Yoga!!
Unlike a lot of the reviews I had no problem with smell, sliding or stains. I am in LOVE with this mat. While other people were practicing their "Hot Yoga" and having to readjust their towels over their mat I could focus on my practice.
I would highly recommend this to anyone out there and I am a SUPER sweater myself.
Thank you Lululemon once again for making such an incredible product!
September 29, 2014
Prevents hot yoga injury
This towel mat is amazing, I sweat a lot during hot yoga - and this towel prevents me from slipping. I never leave home for class without it.
September 29, 2014
My best friend
I read the reviews and still decided to purchase this. I needed a mat for hot yoga that would not slip. I hated the (Target) mat+towel combo I previously used. The towel was always sliding on top of the mat, or I was. So annoying and distracting.
I have been using this for almost a year, and I think it is the best thing ever! It stays put and I haven´t slipped once. I used this as my only mat for a long time, and just a little while ago I purchased The Mat. Now I have used The Towel Mat on top of The Mat. Perfection. LoveLoveLove.
I never have to think about my mat during practice. Everything just works and I can just focus on the flow.
September 28, 2014
Great for reading mat for kids
I use these as reading mats for my kids. They are awesome because I can wash them when they get grungy, the corners don't curl and my kids can easily move them to where is comfortable. A couple of ikea pillows and they have a cosy reading area that doesn't slip around. I wish they were a bit cheaper.
September 24, 2014
hot yoga must
Love the hot towel mat! So absorbent during hot yoga... and the mat didn't move once! It is also washer friendly, no more stinky mat. I will never go to hot yoga without it again!!!
September 16, 2014
Slip and slide bikram!
I practice bikram at least four days a week, and because of my happiness in the quality of clothes I have purchased from lulu, I decided to spring for the hot towel. Sorry I did, to be honest. I am a sweater. A lot. And as soon as we move past balancing series, the mat turns into a slip and slide. No foot hold during warrior or standing head to knee. There is also the very embarrassing sounds that issue when the sweaty mat and the sweaty back release during floor series. I promise I didn't remove wind in wind removing pose!! I love all my clothes, but this mat is a bust.
August 29, 2014