If you’re a typical yoga practitioner, you’ve probably used a mat or two in your time. The standard length for these mats is only around 65″ to 68″, meaning that for anyone who’s taller than around 5’9″ can’t fully stretch themselves when laying flat, at least not without a part of them dangling off. For individuals who are exceptionally tall, this is even more difficult, especially if you’re talking about poses like Savasana, warrior II, wide-legged forward fold, and dog poses. In these cases, it’s wise to find an extra long yoga mat that can fit your body. You can also find mats that are both wider and longer, both for poses that have you totally splayed out, as well as for individuals who are a little wider.
Buying Extra Long Yoga Mats (Toplist)
Below, I’ve assembled a list of some of the better specialty mats on the market, in the hopes that I’ll be able to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re doing yoga and you’re tall then this article is for you.
1) The Giraffe XL Athletic Yoga Mat
These giraffe mats can come in either midnight (black) or navy blue (cobalt) colors and are made of a high-density material roughly 6mm thick. These mats are quite long, measuring in at 85″x36″, a lot bigger than your average mat.
The specs released by Giraffe say that you might notice an almost oily texture or a bit of an odor when you first crack it open. The company also warns that there’s a definite period of breaking in their mats, so if they don’t exactly seem supple when you first start using them, keep at it.
2) Manduko Pro Level Pilates/Yoga Mat
Manduka prides themselves on production methods, which is why their mats are made partially from recycled materials. They also have gone to great lengths to make sure that their factories leave the environment alone, which is why they state that they’re a “zero-pollutant” company.
The Manduko Pro Mats come with a limited lifetime warranty, and the company certifies them as safe for human contact through a European textile quality control agency called OEKO-TEX. And, at 85″x23″, they’re perfect for taller individuals.
3) Prana Revolution Sticky Mat (Natural)
Another pro-environmental company, the prAna mats are made from completely biodegradable, non-Amazon farmed tree rubber, and they use a proprietary heat lamination process that eliminates the need for glues or adhesives that act as pollutants (both for people & the environment).
The prAna mats come in 78″x 30″, although you better hurry up: the company has discontinued these mats and are replacing them with their Indigena Natural Yoga Mats very soon.
4) YogaAccessories Extra Wide/Long Deluxe Yoga Mat
These are manufactured by a third-party company in China, but are some of the largest mats you can find out there today, clocking in at a whopping 84″x 36″. They’re made with a textured, non-slip surface and are manufactured specifically to be used without the aid of latex or phthalates.
These mats are also incredibly cheap, which means you can get your extra long yoga on without breaking the bank, & YogaAccessories swears that the average user can get at least a few solid years of use from their products. And at $27.99, I’d be willing to test that theory.
5) Kurma Pro XL Yoga Mat
Kurma aims to keep you comfortable, which is why all of their mats are made from 6mm thick rubber, which is on par with other thick mats on the market. They manufacture these mats from medical-grade PVC that’s certified free from toxins. They’re made to be non-porous, as well as non-absorbent, meaning that they’re taking a lot of sweat before you need to hit them with the disinfectant.
While not the biggest XL mats around, Kurma’s Pro XL comes in at 80″x 30″, which gives you about a good foot of extra length.
6) Gaiam dynaMAT XL Mat
Giam tried to keep the weight on these mats a bit lower, which is why at 5mm, they’re a little bit thinner than some of the other mats around. They’re not exceptionally larger than the standard size mats either, at 78″ x 26″, which only gives you about 10″ extra inches in all.
Like typical mats, they come with a non-slip surface and are perfect for home or gym use. At $39.98, it’s a tad more expensive than the generic options listed here, but Gaiam offers a limited warranty that might make it worth the cost.
7) Jade Harmony Mat
These are definitely priced for the serious yoga enthusiasts, coming in at $80 before taxes/shipping costs. They’re 74″ by 28″, which again doesn’t provide with with a lot of extra “spreading space” for your yoga habits.
Jade is yet another mat company that promises their products to be eco-friendly, which is why they’re proud of the fact that their products contain zero PVC, EVA, or other types of synthetic rubber that can be harmful to the environment. They even have a partnership with “Trees for the Future,” planting a tree for every single mat that they sell.
If you’re just a little bit taller than average, and love working with companies who care for the environment, this might just be the right mat for you.
8) Natural Fitness Warrior Yoga Mat
Natural Fitness strives to make a product with a little something for everyone in the yoga scene. They stick to their guns when it pertains to chemical-free products, and they’ve all but eliminated PVC inclusions. The company also uses a homemade blend of both natural tree rubber, and something called PER, or “Polymer Environmental Resin,” which is supposed to be much better for the environment.
The Warrior mats have a 5mm cushion, which isn’t the best out there, but definitely still provides a level of comfort that most folks will like.
At 69″ x 24″, it provides just a bit of extra room while still being a manageable size to sling over your shoulder and walk to your yoga class, which is perfect, as this was designed specifically as a studio mat.
So, Which Mat Is Right For You?
As with any new purchase, it’s wise to weight your options before shelling out the dough for something you’re going to (ostensibly) be using all the time. Things to consider might be thickness, size, eco-friendly tendencies, and of course price. Do the research, and I’m sure you’ll find the right mat for you.
If you’re looking for more products for tall people, then just keep reading my blog and look for more updates.