It is not always easy to find a good yoga class while travelling. So for my yoga self practice while travelling I invested in a new lightweight travel yoga mat.
After researching a few different options, I found the Gaiam Sol Suddha 4mm Eco Yoga Mat.
Gaiam Sol Suddha 4mm Eco Yoga Mat overview:
- Constructed with eco-friendly (thermoplastic elastomer) TPE which is 100% recyclable and biodegradable
- Unique closed-cell structure blocks moisture, germs and odours from absorbing into the mat
Size & weight
For a travel yoga mat, my biggest consideration was weight. I’m a light traveller, I rarely take more than a carry-on bag, so my travel yoga mat had to as light as possible without being flimsy or too thin.
The Gaiam Sol Suddha Eco Mat 4mm Eco Yoga Mat meets all my size and weight requirements:
- 61 x 172 cm, not overly long and the width is pretty standard
- 4mm thick, cannot feel the floor under me, elbows, hips and knees aren’t getting sore
- Weighs less than 1 kg. Yes, it’s crazy lightweight!
My Gaiam Sol Suddha Eco Mat yoga mat is double sided with rounded corners – black on one side and grey on the other. The grey side has a pattern and the black side is textured.
I’ve been using the mat grey side up as I’m trying to keep it clean. It does get a little slippery if I’ve been sweating but has good grip for a normal hatha yoga practice.
It does have some scuff marks on the grey side, nothing too serious.
Many yoga mats have a toxic smell when new, especially the cheaper mats. It usually goes away.
The Gaiam Sol Suddha Eco Mat had a mild smell when first purchased. I aired it for a few days and the smell went away. It didn’t not smell as toxic as the cheaper yoga mats.
You really can’t mention the toxic smell of yoga mats without considering their environmental impact.
The Gaiam markets the Suddha as an Eco Mat. This means that it’s made with thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). Gaiam market the Gaiam Sol Suddha Eco Mat as eco-friendly – 100% recyclable and biodegradable.
After Googling TPE, I still have no real idea what this means.
But I do know that the mat is better quality than the cheaper yoga mats – it smelt less initially and it should last you longer.
In my opinion this makes the Gaiam Sol Suddha Eco Mat more sustainable than a cheaper yoga mat as you should not have to replace it as quickly and it does not smell as toxic.
So far, so good.
I’ve been practicing Hatha style yoga mostly. I’ve started to practice my Vinyasa’s in the Ashtanga style and the mat seems to be holding up and not losing bits of mat.
The Gaiam Sol Suddha Eco Mat retails at $50 AUD.
Gaiam’s official website: www.gaiam.com.
You may like to purchase it through my Amazon Store.
At $50, it’s a bit of an investment. But I love my Gaiam Yoga mat – perfect for travel.