FAQ's about Manduka PRO mats

  1. What is the difference between the PRO and the eKO series in Manduka yoga mats?
  2. I need a new yoga mat, but how do I know which mat is the right one for me?
  3. What is the difference between the Manduka Black Mat PRO and the PROlite?
  4. What side of the Manduka mat should I use?
  5. How do I flatten the mat after rolling it up?
  6. How can I make sure that my new Manduka PRO series mat becomes less slippery?
  7. I have not rolled my mat, but it is still smelly. What to do?
  8. How do I clean my Black PRO and PROlite yoga mat and with what?
  9. What is a Manduka PRO yoga mat made of?
  10. Is the Manduka Black PRO series and the PROlite an environmentally friendly choice?
  11. How do I prevent slipping on my newly bought PRO series yoga mat?

What is the difference between the PRO and the eKO series in Manduka yoga mats?

The Manduka PRO series is known as the Taj Mahal of the yoga mats. The PRO series is the most sustainable mat available these days. This mat has a guaranteed sustainability of over ten years. It is made of a ecologically certified PVC and it's produced free of emission. That is why this mat is a sustainable and eco friendly choice. The structure of the surface is a fabric-like finishing touch, which makes for a good anti-slip surface, even when it becomes moist due to slight transpiration. The Manduka PRO mat possesses the tightest structure available on the market. This leads to good elasticity for optimal comfort and support. The PRO series has been designed for at least one or two human lives, due to a lifelong warranty.

The Manduka eKO series is made of 100% natural rubber (rubber tree) and this makes it the next generation in ecological yoga mats. The eKO series is Manduka's biodegradable yoga mat with an exceptional anti-slip surface. The mat also offers a good grip after light and moderate transpiration. The top side of the mat has a closed cell structure with an anti-slip structure made of eelgrass, while the bottom side has an open cell structure as to provide for an optimal elasticity. Manduka is proud to announce that the Manduka eKO mat was produced without using toxic glue or foam, and that these mats are much more sustainable than other rubber mats on the current market.

From a standpoint to produce ultra hygienic yoga mats, Manduka has chosen to supply the top sides of their eKO mats with a closed cell structure. This means that the mat won't absorb fluids and sweat. This is a unique function when compared to a lot of other rubber yoga mats. This makes this mat a hygienic yoga mat with a longer lifetime. A rubber yoga mat with an open cell structure works as if it were a sponge and shall hold fluids and sweat, leading to a lot of hygienic discomforts.

I need a new yoga mat, but how do I know which mat is the right one for me?

Everyone deserves a soul mat ! Every form of yoga practice and training is personal, as is the same with choosing the perfect yoga mat. Having just the right yoga mat beneath your feet enables you to fully focus on your exercises without any distraction.

To satisfy the individual needs of our customers, Manduka has developed several high grade yoga mats, every single one of them having their own unique qualities. This gives Manduka the notion that it has the right solution for everyone.

What is the difference between the Manduka Black Mat PRO and the PROlite?

These mats are actually a lot more similar than they are different. The Black Mat PRO and PROlite both possess the same fabric-like top side, superior elasticity, anti-slip, non-sticky surface and a lifelong warranty. They are among the best sold high quality mats of Manduka, that stay amazing for over ten years! So what is distinguishable between these two? The differences are to be found in the weight, thickness and colour. The PROlite has been developed for yogi's who want the look and feel of the Black Mat PRO, but prefer a lighter version, developed to be easier to store and take with you. Besides that, the PROlite is available in several inspiring colours full of passion. The PROlite offers superior quality and comfort, just like its big brother the Black Mat PRO, but only weighs 1800 grams.

What side of the Manduka mat should I use?

The top side of the yoga mat has a fabric-like anti-slip finish with a woven pattern and has the Manduka logo in the top right hand corner. The bottom side has a dotted pattern, which makes sure that the mat won't slip.

How do I flatten the mat after rolling it up?

If you store your yoga mat rolled up, you should roll it up with the top side facing outwards. This makes sure that the corners are flat when you will be using the mat for your training or exercises.

How can I make sure that my new Manduka PRO series mat becomes less slippery?
Customers that have used the Manduka PRO series have discovered that the best way to roughen the mat is to use it as much as possible. If you use the mat daily, the mat shall become rougher a lot faster.

Another method is to leave the mat in the sun for half an afternoon or to cover it with sea salt, moisturizing this and subsequently scrubbing the mat with a tough brush.

I have not rolled my mat, but it is still smelly. What to do?

You may solve this problem by leaving the yoga mat unrolled and scrubbing it with a mixture of 50% water and 50% biological vinegar. You can also use Manduka Mat Renew to keep your mat clean and fresh. Manduka Mat Renew is a certified biological detergent, provided with essential oils. It has been developed by Manduka especially for you to keep your yoga mat clean, to disinfect it and to make it smell fresh.

How do I clean my Black PRO and PROlite yoga mat and with what?

Scrub the mat with a soft brush, cloth or sponge. Use a soft detergent or use a special detergent for yoga mats, such as Manduka Mat Renew.

Another method is to clean with water and leave it to dry in the sun. Do NOT use a washing machine or a tumble dryer.

What is a Manduka PRO yoga mat made of?

All Manduka mats have been designed by yoga teachers on the basis of function, comfort and sustainability. The PRO series is made of a mixture of polyester and ecologically certified PVC.

Is the Manduka Black PRO series and the PROlite an environmentally friendly choice?

We feel that it is. PVC is generally not environmentally friendly at all. However, since Manduka PRO mats were designed for sustainability and withstand use for a life long (or even as long as two lives), the mat shall not turn up between the bulky garbage as soon as other cheaper yoga mats.

One of the dangers of PVC is that toxic substances added during production are released as soon as it reaches the scrap heap. Manduka is proud to state that the production of the PRO series happens emission free and therefore affects the environment a lot less.

Ecological responsibility starts by lowering consumption. The sustainability of the products shall ameliorate hugely if the amount of sold yoga mats decreases. This also means that there will be less products to be found on scrap heaps. It is up to you if you want to donate qualitative high grade mats to people that cannot afford to buy such a mat.

The Öko-TEX, a European union for the textile industry, declares the Manduka Black Mat PRO and PROlite to be safe and free of toxic substances.

How do I prevent slipping on my newly bought PRO series yoga mat?

It takes time to attain optimal grip on the mats from the PRO series. The mat has a thin foil layer that needs to be worn out before the mat reaches its maximal grip and anti-slip. This will be approximately three months when used daily. The foil layer will disappear due to friction from hands and feet.

When the foil layer has been worn out, it can still prevent you from slipping, for example when doing the downwards dog. When you aim your conscience and energy at the centre of your gravity instead of outside it, it shall stop slipping and you will be able to stand firmly while doing your pose.

THankyou for reading the questions about The Manduka PRO and PROlite.