PRO yoga mats [Eco-certified PVC] Lifetime Guarantee

What is the difference between the PRO and the eKO Series of Manduka Yoga Mats?

The Manduka PRO Series is known as the Taj Mahal of yoga mats, the most sustainable mat on the market for 10+ years. Made of an eco-certified PVC material and manufactured emissions free, this mat is a durable eco-friendly choice. The surface texture is a fabric-like finish that is slip resistant, even when wet from light perspiration. Manduka PRO mats are the thickest densest mats on the market designed to provide extra cushion for comfort and joint support. Backed with a Lifetime Guarantee, The PRO Series is designed to last a lifetime or two.

The Manduka eKO, made of all natural tree rubber, is the next generation eco yoga mat. The eKO Series is our biodegradable line providing superior slip resistance, and best for light to medium perspiration. The top surface of the mat has a closed cell durable surface and non-slip sea grass texture while the bottom of the mat is open cell to provide the perfect amount of cushion. We are proud to say the Manduka’s eKO mat is manufactured without any toxic glues or foaming agents and is more durable than other rubber mats found in the marketplace.

What is the difference between Manduka PRO and the PROlite?

These mats are actually more similar than they are different! Both the Manduka PRO and PROlite feature the same fabric-like finish, superior cushion, slip-resistant, non-sticky surface and a lifetime guarantee. They have been Manduka’s top-selling high performance mats for 10+ years! So what sets them apart? The differences are found in their weight, size and thickness. The PROlite was designed for yogis who want the look and feel of the Manduka PRO, but prefer a lighter version built to go everywhere. Available in several passion-inspiring colors, the PROlite offers superior quality and comfort, just like big brother Manduka PRO, but weighs in at just 1.8kg and is 4.5mm thick. It measures 610 x 1800mm. The Manduka PRO weighs in at 3.1kg and is 6mm thick. It measures 660 x 1800mm.

Which side of the mat should I use?

The “top” of the mat has a slip resistant fabric-like finish and a woven mat “frog” label in the top right-hand corner. The bottom has a dot pattern texture which prevents the mat from sliding on the bottom surface.

How do I get my mat to lie flat after it has been rolled up?

If you store your mat rolled up, try rolling it so the top surface is facing outwards. This keeps the corners of the mat flat when practicing.The top surface is the fabric like texture. The dot texture faces the floor to help it stop the mat from moving on the floor.

How do I “break in” my new Manduka PRO or PROLite?

Use it! Our customers have found that the best way to “break in” their mat is to use it on a daily basis. Another trick is to leave it in the sunshine for an afternoon or sprinkle sea salt on the top surface of the mat, dampen with water, and rub it with a course cloth to help remove the invisible product film that the mats sometimes have on them.

I have left my mat unrolled, but it still has an odor - now what?

In addition to keeping the mat unrolled, you can scrub the mat with a 50/50 mixture of water and organic cider vinegar solution. Manduka Mat Renew will also do the trick – a certified organic cleaning solution with essential oils specially formulated to keep your yoga mat clean, disinfected and smelling fresh.

How do I clean my Manduka PRO or PROLite?

Lightly rub the mat with a soft brush, cloth or sponge using a gentle household cleaner or specially formulated mat wash, like Manduka’s Mat Renew. Wipe clean with clean water and air dry in sunshine. Do not put your mat in a washing machine or dryer!

What are the PRO series mats made of?

The PRO series mats are made from a blend of polyester and eco-certified PVC.They are produced in Germany where strict environmental controls are in place for the production of PVC. They should not be compared with a PVC mat produced in China as they are a superior product in every way.

Is the Manduka PRO and PROLite mat environmentally conscious?

We consider a PRO purchase an environmentally conscious choice. PVC in general is not environmentally friendly. However, because our mats are designed for durability and last a lifetime (or two!) they rarely end up in landfills like inexpensive sticky mats.
One of the hazards of PVC is that it seeps toxins once in a landfill and that toxins are often released during the manufacturing process. We are happy to report that that the PRO manufacturing process is certified emissions free and therefore has less of an impact on the environment

Eco-responsibility starts by reducing consumption. The product’s durability will drastically reduce the amount of yoga mats bought and thrown out into landfills. It also allows people to donate the mats when they are ready for something new to people who may not be able to afford a new yoga mat.

Is there latex in the PRO series mats?

No. Manduka PRO Series mats are latex-free. Latex is a by-product of natural rubber which may be hypo-allergenic to some people.

How do I keep from slipping on my recently purchased Manduka PRO or PROLite??

There is a break-in period that you may have to go through before the thin, invisible production film wears off the mat's surface and the slipping is eliminated. You can also try these tricks. Leave the mat in the sunshine for an afternoon or sprinkle sea salt on the top surface of the mat, dampen with water, and rub and scrub the salt in to help remove the film. Then air dry in the sun and repeat if necessary.

Once the mat is broken in, if you sweat a lot, there still might be a slight amount of slip in some poses like down dog, but if you keep your awareness and energy moving towards, instead of away, from your center of gravity, the "slippage" stops and one can stay firm in the pose.

How are the Manduka PRO and PROlite eco-friendly?

We consider a PRO purchase an environmentally conscious choice. Eco-responsibility starts by reducing consumption. Because Manduka PRO mats are designed for durability and last a lifetime (or two!) they rarely end up in landfills like inexpensive sticky mats. The product’s durability will drastically reduce the amount of yoga mats that end up in landfills.

Manduka’s Black Mat PRO and PROlite, while made from PVC, are manufactured with environmentally responsible processes. There are no toxic emissions released into the environment during the manufacturing of our PRO mats (a typical environmental hazard with PVC products).

Additionally, OEKO-TEX, a European association for textile industries, certifies the Manduka Black Mat PRO and PROlite are safe and free of harmful substances.

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