The Big Mat
I love this mat! Being a female and only 5?5 it?s a bit strange rolling this out at the gym BUT I have a thing with gym floors and feet so this is perfect!
I can stay on the mat at all times and not worry about slipping or sweat building up. If it does get to slippery I just roll out the big towel mat and that works perfectly. Overall this was a great purchase. My only complaint is it is a bit bulky and heavy but that?s to be expected given the size and it?s a bit thin.
For a while I was using this mat plus a ?Female Size? Lulu mat on top. I clean this mat mostly with a towel and hot water to avoid soap build up which can make things get slippery over time and have no issues.
July 14, 2014
Great mat, but only for non-sweat
I loved this mat when I first got it! However, there has been sweat stains that have not gone away after the first few times. Also, in the green color you can see every drop of sweat during practice...gross. Overall not happy with this purchase. It also moved a lot from underneath me during practice. BUT...I called lululemon and they made it right. I am returning this to get a free giftcard and will buy another mat. Free of charge for shipping!
May 31, 2014
Excellent Big Mat
I am a big guy (6'3") and this mat is perfect for my size. Not having to worry about parts of my body slipping off the mat helps maintain better focus on my practice. I also find the mat has great stability and I feel that I have a firm footing to do my practice. As to the sweating issue raised by others. I do hot yoga and I sweat buckets during practice. Yes, without a towel, this mat like every other mat I have ever used is slippery. However, this mat excels when used in combination with a towel. Other mats I have used, the towel would start moving and slipping during practice. Not the Big Mat. The towel and mat are like one piece and there is no slipping at all.
April 24, 2014
Too Slippery For Hot Yoga!
I love the SIZE of this mat, but during hot yoga (and it's not even a bikram class), I can barely stay in downward dog. My feet start slipping only about 10 minutes into class, it's incredibly frustrating.
It'd probably be ok for non-heated classes, and I do use it for pilates. It's nice that it offers two different textures - though the no-slip side obviously isn't working for me.
April 21, 2014
product did not perform for this yogi
I purchased the The Big Mat, color: black size: ONE SIZE sku # 3482705 along with a mat strap. I am a tall male who practices hot yoga numerous times each week. I was under the impression that your mat was designed for hot yoga. I have followed your instructions very carefully, I washed the mat in mild soap and allowed it to air out for the first week. After each practice I wipe with mild soap and rinse off with plain water then allow to air dry. The first time I used it has been the only time that I have been satisfied with this mat. I am only using it only once a week to allow it to dry completely out. I have a vigorous practice of five sessions per week and sweat profusely and cannot use the "Big Mat" in my daily practice. I have slipped and have had the mat move from under me during a hour and a half practice. I am extremely unhappy with your product and would not recommend to anyone who practices hot yoga regularly and sweats.
Harold Smith 200RYT
April 15, 2014
Didnt work for me
I somehow have not been able to get this mat to work for me. I'm 6'1, 210 lbs and sweat PROFUSELY. I've been doing yoga for a couple of year now, and about 3 months ago "graduated" to doing power yoga. I needed a mat that did not cause me to slip, and my wife, who also uses a Lulu Lemon mat recommended that I invest in this, as it would help me big time with my yoga practice.
Well, after about a month of trying this mat, I must say that I cant get it to work. I tried all possible things - using both sides of the mat and having a wet towel to rest my hands on. Moreover, since I am not the most graceful yogi where I can transition/flow seamlessly, the transitions from plank to forward fold and getting into any of the warrior poses cause folds to appear on the mat and for air bubbles to form between the floor and the mat, which is disruptive at best and dangerous at worst. In about 20 mins there is a ton of sweat, and I end up slipping, both on my palms and my feet when I flow get into tree/airplane poses. I have to constantly wipe the sweat off the polyurethane side. I tried reversing the side, which absorbs the sweat no doubt, but then because it oozes out and causes me to slip when I am in plank or down dog.
Nothing against the sales woman who sold me the mat, but I specifically asked her about 5-6 times on whether she was sure that this would work with me because I sweat so much, and she assured me it would. Unfortunately it has not worked.
I hope LuluLemon is able to come up with a solution for people like me and have a product out there that works.
I must say though, getting this mat has certainly made my yoga practice MUCH better. As long as I don't slip, I am able to do the poses much better. I used to have the cheap mats before, and it was not the same. My knees and ankles used to hurt when I sat in Virasana on other mats, and the thickness of the mat make it very comfortable for me to sit in this pose for an extended period of time.
March 25, 2014
Im 6'5" and new to yoga. I rentened mats at first, but the length was a problem. I've found this mat to meet my needs quite well. There is a smell to it at first, but it's really not an issue anymore.
March 10, 2014
I am 6ft. tall so when I am laying down, either the back of my head or my heals hang off the mat onto the studio floor, the length of the big mat solved all problems, the width of it and the awesome feel are just an added bonus, awesome mat overall and would recommend it to anyone a little taller that doesn't like to go off their mat.
February 21, 2014
Long & Thick
I've been through a few mats for yoga and I'd put this at the top of the list. I can hold my poses without slipping and I like the plain black color as most of my mats are brighter colors. This works and is well made and I'm confident will last me for years. After a few days the odor is gone. This is a staple that I leave in my car for last minute yoga opportunities.
January 31, 2014
Too many whiners
Let's review some basics -
1. No one's yoga mat smells like hydrangeas if you bury your nose in it! Add a drop or two of essential oil. Let it air dry for a week with an open window. Any cloth mat is going to soak up your sweat, dirt, and odor. This one doesn't really. I wipe mine down with a hot water rag to dissolve the salt/dirt from sweat. That helps a lot. In other words, not using soap consistently which is asking for a slippery soap scum residue on it. We all sweat and make a mess. It's a good thing, and no material for a mat is perfect if you want to stay clean and smell nice.
2. When you have a roll of rubber, the gases will build up. The smell when I opened it was pretty strong, but thats physics with rubber. I let it air dry in a room with some coffee beans for a week and it hasn't been enough to bother me since. Either get a mat that gives you good grip or don't.
3. This mat doesn't "collect dirt". You just see it. There's a difference. Every mat collects dirt. Wipe it off and do your practice.
4. This is a larger mat. It's made a huge difference for me being able to stretch forward in lunges and dogs and stay on the mat at all times. I wouldn't expect this mat to be necessary but for taller individuals. If you're tall enough to need it, you appreciate it for how it contributes to your practice, not for how it looks to your friends or any of the other things I mentioned. Because of the size and material, it's also a touch heavier. I'm surprised someone isn't complaining about that...
I do yoga a few times a week and am excited to increase my practices more. I don't have great knees from previous injuries (sprains/dislocations), but I was surprised at how comfortable it was for me. I can sit on my knees pretty easily. It's not thick but it does absorb contact well - better than a cloth mat btw - but not thick enough to bother balance. It's a good design. It shouldn't be thinner or thicker. It shouldn't be a different material. It shouldn't smell like pancakes. It shouldn't improve your status in life. It should however make a full-proof contribution to your yoga routine. It does! I love it.
January 19, 2014