The PROlite yoga mat is a fresh alternative for people who like travel yoga mats with superior quality and comfort. The PROlite is a lighter, zero-waste, non slip yoga mat for in the studio and on the go.
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The PROlite yoga mat (formerly known as the PurpleLite Travel Mat) is a fresh alternative for people who need a lighter, zero-waste mat with superior quality and comfort. Like its big brother the Black Mat PRO, the PROlite is all about performance, both in the studio and on the go. It is a favorite among Hot Yoga and Vinyasa Flow enthusiasts. Available in a variety of passion-inspiring colors, the PROlite gives you more choices and the same stellar Manduka results. It will enhance your practice and protect our planet. The PROlite has something that no other lighter-weight yoga mat can offer, a Lifetime Guarantee. The Manduka PROlite is built to go everywhere and do everything, just like the people who use it.
• 4.0 lbs; 71” long; 24” wide; 3/16” thick (4.5 mm)
• Great for Hot Yoga
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• Zero-waste, sustainable yoga mat
• High performance in a lightweight form
• Superior wear and longevity
• Slip resistant, yet non-sticky, even when wet from perspiration
• Travel-friendly for the yogi on-the-go
• OekoTex certified, emissions-free manufacturing
• 100% latex free, and safe to use for people with latex sensitivities
• Backed by a Lifetime Guarantee
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High Density Cushion for unparalleled experience, joint protection, and versatility on any surface (carpet, cement, hardwood floors).
Fabric-like Surface Finish for slip-resistance, even with light perspiration.
Closed-Cell Surface to keep out moisture (sweat) from seeping into the mat and breeding bacteria.
Proprietary Dot-Pattern Bottom to resist sliding.
Engineered for Sustainability High quality material will not peel, flake or fade; Longevity reduces consumption and landfill waste, Lifetime guarantee against wear & tear; Improves with use.
Oeko-Tex Certified Production for non-toxic emissions.
To Store PROlite travel yoga mats: Roll your PROlite with the top side (fabric-finish) facing outwards. This keeps the corners of the mat flat when practicing.
To Break In: The surface texture of the Black Mat PRO improves with use. 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 sprinkle coarse sea salt over your mat, use just a spritz of water or dampen with a cloth, scrub it down with a stiff scrub brush, and air dry in the sunshine.
To Clean: We recommend using Manduka Mat Renew or any non-solvent household cleaner and a damp cloth or sponge. Hang to dry in the sunshine. DO NOT clean your mat with a garden hose, put in the bathtub or shower, put it in the washing machine, or use a vacuum cleaner - it may break the machine and ruin your mat!
If you are ever unsure of a cleaning method, feel free to contact us at email@example.com for the best recommendations and advice for cleaning.
Manduka PRO series yoga mats, designed to last a lifetime (or two), curb the amount of PVC mats that enter landfills every year and reduces overall mat consumption. Also, during the manufacturing of most PVC products, toxic emissions may be released into the air. However, PRO series mats are manufactured through a process that ensures no toxic emissions are released into the atmosphere. The Pro series mats are certified safe for human contact by OEKO-TEX, an environmental certification agency in Europe for the textile industry.
43 Customer Reviews
I just bought the Manduka PROlite in 3 colors. I love the fact that this mat lasts so long and never slips. It is the most comfortable mat I have ever used. I find that most yoga mats they sell in studios are kind of cheap. They really don’t last. I had a Manduka PurpleLite Mat that lasted for almost 4 years, until I left it in a hotel room in Maui. I hope whoever found it is enjoying it. It was still in perfect condition.
I love my Black Mat® PRO, but I also have two PROlite mats that I use when I travel. It’s great having a PROlite to throw into a bag when I travel. I take it to the beach, the park, and on planes, trains and even boats. When my friends visit, we all do yoga together. I use the BlackMatPRO and they use the PROlites. I really don’t think you can have too many Manduka mats. They are the best.
I've had my Pro Lite Mat since 2005. I practice 6 days a week Ashtanga as taught by Sri K patthabi Jois. Its been with me to Mysore 5 times, Rishikesh once, Madrid twice, London 7 times, Vienna once, Thailand 6 times, Mexico once, Jamaica 3 times, Las Vegas once, manila twice, and a few other places I am sure I'm forgetting! The point is, its still going. And that's a lot of yoga. Love it.
loooooooove my Manduka mat. I've had my travel lite pro for over ten years and it's still going. Now I'm buying one for a friend.
After years on a cheap mat, I upgraded to the Manduka PROlite. Immediately, I could tell a difference! The quality of the mat you practice on really does make a difference. I LOVE MY MAT!!
I have 2 PROlites and a Black Mat PRO. The PROlite is my favorite. I use it for traveling and for the studio. It's light and firm at the same time. In fact, I bought my second PROlite, because I prefer it to the Black Mat. I use the new PROlite at home instead of the Black Mat. The PROlite is softer and has a kind of quiet feel about it
I love this mat!!! I got the purple one and online it looks more like a blue color, but when I got it its a lavender color. I have had a cheap mat from target for years and got sick and tired of it slipping everywhere so I tried the Manduka and it doesn't slip. it also heavy enough so that I am cushioned on my knees (since I have bad knees)
I got the PRO and the PROlite and I love both - overall the PRO is the best for practice and the PROlite the more handy one but still more preferred than my other mats (hugger mugger & Jade).
I love my Black Mat PRO, but it's too cumbersome to take on a plane. While visiting family several states away, I started practicing on their Wii Fit yoga mat. After three days it started coming apart and I knew I needed a travel mat!
I picked up a PROlite and never looked back. It really is the perfect compromise, with the same texture and feel of the PRO, but smaller and lighter. It rolls tighter and smaller, or folds up nicely to fit in my luggage.
I didn't expect it, but I often find myself grabbing the PROlite now (rather than the PRO) when practicing around town. This is especially the case when I have a mat in one hand and a toddler in the other!
I LOVE my Manduka mat. It was a gift from a friend. It's heavy duty, but will definitely last forever! I've been practicing with it for nearly a year and it's like brand new. If I forget it at home for any reason I get so sad.. I feel like I need my mat with me because no other mat is the same. And because it's so sticky I don't feel like I need to use a towel to grip even when I sweat.
Every time I pick up my PROlite Midnight mat on my way into yoga class, a beautiful feeling comes over me and I start really smiling from my heart.
What always amazes me, is how much it adds to my practice and really enhances the total experience for me.
After 12 months of intense use, it's only getting better
and that is a tribute to the exceptionally fine quality.
When you truly love yoga, this is a wonderful gift.
It makes you love yoga even more....
and that's a very beautiful thing.
Well, I finally got myself a Manduka PROlite tonight at the studio where I practice. I would very much admit I am at the beginnings of what I hope is a very long journey of practicing yoga. I have been using a Nike mat, but decided I needed something more. I used it tonight for Hot Flow and boy am I impressed. I felt sturdy yet soft, light but supported. It was just a completely different experience. The colour is saturated and goregeous and just makes me happy to look at (I think it was the Pinot, which is less red than it appears online, more of a rich burgandy). I still will use a towel for hot classes because I unfortunately sweat a lot, it's just in my make up. I think the sticky texture will allow me to not use a towel for Hatha and other classes without heat (which would never happen before, unless I wanted to play slip n slide). I don't find it to be too heavy, although I will likely be getting a sling or bag for it just for ease of transportation. I can't wait to keep using my mat and see where it takes me, but I just had to write a review and say YAY!!!!! If you're debating to get one or not, DO. The quality of your mat really will make a difference in your practice.
I love the PROlite.. I figured I'd splurge get either the Pro or Prolite for classes & use my "other" mats for home practice.. No way I'll never leave this PROlite. The problem is I have two homes so I can't decide if I should get another PROlite or go for the Pro for my other home.. Such a problem.
Love, love, love my Manduka PROlite yoga mat! I have been using it for a few weeks now and couldn't be happier with it. I got the new Vintage Violet color and it is beautiful. This mat is the perfect blend of cushion and stability, but also small and light enough to take with you wherever you go! Thanks Manduka, I will forever recommend your products to anyone interested in a lifelong yoga mat.
I have this mat in the vintage violet and I really love it. The cushioning is great and I really love the serene color. It does slip a little on my carpet, but then again the mat is still new and needs to be broken in. All in the I'm beyond thrilled with my purchase.
I never do reviews for things when I first get them because it always seems like you LOVE LOVE LOVE it and then a couple months and the honeymoon phase is over and it wasn't as great as you thought it was. It was kind of that way for my Manduka (AT FIRST!). I bought my ProLite in January. I'm a pretty dedicated Yogini who never does less than three-five Yoga sessions a week. When I got my Manduka ProLite I read all the reviews and how it takes a few cleanings to get it to its maximum "stickiness." So, I used and cleaned, used and cleaned and used and cleaned my Manduka. I used a non-Manduka mat cleaner but didn't think it would make a difference.
The mat was PLENTY sticky when dry but even the slightest drop of water would make it unbearably slippery. This didn't matter to me much because I'm not a sweater and don't do hot Yoga but it did make me wonder if I could trust my Manduka if I ever did want to take it to a Hot Yoga class or somewhere where it might get wet or damp.
Then, today, after my Yoga practice I accidentally knocked over a glass of water on to my mat and when I went to wipe it up I noticed a LOT of bubbles. I poured more water on the mat and MORE bubbles. For the next 30 minutes I did nothing but rinse my mat free of all of the soap residue left over from my cleaner and kept wiping it and rinsing it until there were no more bubbles.
Even while soaking wet my hands and feet were sticking to it like glue. I tried a couple of poses that would have been impossible before and, again, even while water was pooling around my hands it was slip proof.
Lesson learned, don't use that mat cleaner. So many times I've read reviews about the Manduka mats not being sticky here or there and I almost tarnished the good name of a FANTASTIC product because of my bad cleaning processes.
I have often praised my mat in many different Yoga studios and classes. I once found my ProLite to be more comfortable and more functional that two studio mats put on top of each other. I never go to Yoga without my Manduka and it's even taken a few trips with me.
It's soft but not too soft. Perfectly sturdy for balance poses and as durable as you could hope it to be.
I'll never doubt my Manduka again and I WILL be taking it to that Hot Yoga field trip my studio is planning.
I have been practicing yoga for about a year and a half and never owned my own mat and would use mats offered from my local gym. As I got more and more involved with yoga and felt that I was getting better at it, I decided to treat myself to a Manduka mat. I purchased the PROlite about a month ago, and after reading all the great reviews I now know what everyone is talking about. What a great mat in every way. From the cushion/support it gives, to the great length as I'm 6'2 and I'm able to stretch fully on it without hanging off the mat at all. As I walk to my yoga classes I feel like I'm not even carrying a mat at all due its lite weight. If you asked me if there was any cons about it, the only thing is I wish it was about 2" wider, but I still LOVE it! I would highly recommend this mat to anyone that is dedicated to yoga and the many benefits it has to offer.
I have never had a nice mat before, always just doubled-up the cheap ones for extra cushioning. I recently started taking private yoga sessions and noticed how much easier it was to practice on my instructors mat and set out to get a new one for myself. My instructor recommended Manduka, she says she's had her Manduka for maybe a decade now and it's still going strong.
I researched all of Mandukas mats thoroughly and probably any one of them would have been great, but I went with the PROlite. Wow! What a great mat! I didn't do any 'breakin' wash but just went right to it on my mat straight out of the bag and had no problems, although I don't sweat too much anyways (yet). Even my boyfriend commented on how dense and supportive it is.
If you're thinking about upgrading your mat - get one of these. A little expensive, but it will make your practice better and will last a long time.
I practice Bikram yoga daily (min 6 days a week) and I was researching friendly mats but durable ones. After about a month I decided to go with the olive Prolite and IT IS AMAZING!!! I live in nyc so the Lite is easy to carry around town. I do use my Yogi Toe towel over it as the sweat lays on the mat ( love that its not soaked in) I am also taking it with me to my yoga retreat where I will practice no hot forms of yoga :-) The mat is so comfortable and I have noticed an instant change in my standing alone! Namaste!
I love my Manduka PRO lite mat; it provides the perfect amount of cushion and has proven to be quite resilient after being used almost everyday. It has followed me around the US and various continents for over a year and a half; still looking brand new and becoming stickier with each use. Bravo
This was my FIRST "quality" yoga mat. I purchased it over 6 years ago when the only color available was purple.
At first it was NOT sticky (I have another Manduka ProLite from the John Friend collection and it was from the get go so I think it's changed) and it took me about five workouts to break it in. The color has not faded that I have noticed, except for when I have acne medication (benzyl peroxide) on my face and you can see the bleach marks on the mat--however, that's why there is a warning on benzyl peroxide that it can bleach clothes and hair..and yoga mats ;)
It is lightweight, it's dense, but not where you SINK into it and lose balance, and it's definitely long enough for me (5'1"). I really do NOT feel a difference between it and the new John Friend I received, but it is less thick and less heavy than the Manduka Pro. It's now my travel mat in the trunk of the car and I can't see replacing it any time soon...other than out of superficial want of a new mat.
I am new to yoga and I have been renting the Manduka from the studio I go to. I decided to buy a mat 3 classes in and went looking at another big name yoga gear shop and just feeling the mats I could tell a huge difference in quality.
I RAN back to my studio to purchase the pro lite. Love it!
I absolutely love this mat! It has amazing grip and after washing it out a couple of times, the grip and stickiness has gotten better. I never slide off, especially during downward dog.
I've only been using it for a month and I hope it will last me a lifetime :)
But I definitely recommend it. It's so pretty as well. I get quite a bit of compliments from people at the class. :P
I bought the lululemon version Manduka PROlite mat. I start practicing hatha yoga casually about 12 years ago and always been using a "sticky mat". I learned Bikram yoga about 2 years ago, started off casually and now religious practicing everyday I know I need a good mat. I have done some research on the net and decided Manduka PROlite is the best option with quality without the weight. It made a big difference to my practice, well balanced with standing postures supportive when I lay on it. Not to mention non-absorbent surface, easy to fold and life-time guarantee. It is a great mat and I highly recommend it.
I adore my olive PROlite Manduka! I bought it two years ago, and my practice has changed immensley since. It gives great support and it's not heavy. I use it for my home, mainly vinyasa practice and I've never regretted buying it!
Just purchased one and I love it! It's actually a bit heavier than other lightweight mat I've had before, but it's much softer and longer. I've heard some people say it's a bit slippery in the beginning, but I didn't have that problem. It's been awesome from the start, it makes me want to practice all day long. I just hope it really does last a lifetime.
This was my first real yoga mat, versus the cheapo ones for $20. I've had it now for a few months and I LOVE IT.
The only "downfall" about it was that right after you get it, it is so slippery its not even funny. My first yoga class on it was a mess, my hands were slipping every where. I tried leaving it in a high traffic area, slightly worked. The only trick that worked was rough sea salt in warm water & just rubbing down my mat. After that it was love at first downward dog.
I bought this mat in the guava color a couple months ago. The color is beautiful, and the mat is not too heavy at all. At first it was slippery and I was a little worried, but do not despair! I cleaned it a whole bunch of times with mat cleaner, and started to use it more and now it is very sticky and I rarely slide on it! I had bought the mat towel to use with it to stop the sliding, however by the time I ordered it I didn't even have to use it. It is a great mat, and the quality is impeccable and it is obvious it will last for a long time!
I bought my Thunder Grey Prolite mat about a month ago. I LOVE IT! After much research I decided this version would suit my needs for Bikram Yoga practice. When in use during postures the bottom of my feet feel great without stress, so do my knees and every other part of my body!!! I love it. Highly recommended!
When the Google search keyword “best yoga mat” return Manduka, in addition to the comparison by FitSugar http://goo.gl/RwILG, it is enough to influence me to order it for my wife. She is looking forward to start a new journey with her new mat.
I bough this mat because the black mat pro is an awesome mat but it is little heavy to carry to the studio. I'm using this mat over a year now and lets say almost as good as black mat but lighter. It's still little hevyer than normal mat but I guess If you wanna something lighter than this then you can not expect strongness and stainability like this . So I guess this is best carriable yoga mat I can find and love it!
I absolutely adore this yoga mat! :) After using Gaiam yoga mats for 2-3 years, I finally decided to upgrade to the ProLite series, and WOW.
There is an amazing difference in quality, recognizable within the first session. I only experienced a slight slippery period when it first arrived along with a rubbery smell, but both wore off within a few days of use and I haven't slipped since.
Its a reasonable weight and offers tons of support (I used to avoid crane pose on my older mats because of the strain on my wrists, but not with this mat). I also feel like the way the mat hugs itself when you roll it up after each session is a sure sign of its durability, it just feels so sturdy.
I'm only 5'2", so the standard size mat gave me plenty of room, and I bought this mat in the Luna color, which is even prettier in person.
I highly recommend this mat to anyone who's been wanting to take their practice to the next level. :)
I've been practicing yoga for only a year and have only used studio's mats until now. I like the fact that if you buy a mat here, you can try it out and if you don't like it - return it. Lululemon doesn't offer that option. I read a lot of great reviews about this mat so decided to ask for it for my birthday two weeks ago.
Since getting it I have used it nearly everyday and LOVE IT!! It was not slippery whatsoever, there was no smell whatsoever and it truly is a great mat. Would recommend to people buying a mat for the first time! I was scared about it, but it turned out to be a great product! Thank you Manduka! :)
I had already bought the Black Mat Pro by the time I decided to get the ProLite. As much as I like the former, it was getting too heavy to carry every day to the gym. My shoulder would hurt by the time I got home. The ProLite, at 4 lbs., is a much more reasonable weight while keeping many of the characteristics of the Pro that I admired so much: cushioning, stability, grippy surface when dry. Additionally, I got the Midnight color and it's a deep blue that I find visually satisfying and calming.
It also, unfortunately, keeps what to me is the only negative: slippery when wet, even a little. You may have read a lot of the reviews here, but let me confirm. My downward facing dog can get a bit wobbly once my hands begin to sweat, even just a bit. Near the end of a session, a dolphin pose is quite a challenge. However, I don't have problems with my warrior poses, wet or dry. The slipperiness problem does get better after a while. I've been using it six to seven times a week for two months and that "film" on the mat that the company talks about diminishes, but not completely, at least not at this point in time. Meanwhile, what is one to do? Fortunately, there are mat-sized towels, the Manduka eQua being one of them, that pretty much eliminate the problem while you're breaking the mat in. (Another 40 bucks, but hey, who's counting?)
The ProLite isn't as heavy as the Pro, therefore you may experience some lifting of the mat. For example when I squeeze my feet together as I'm in squat, the mat bunches ever so slightly, which never happens with the Pro, probably because it's so thick. But it happens so rarely even on the ProLite such that I believe it is the better overall performance mat that's more reasonably transportable on an everyday basis.
Before this, I had an old Stott Pilates foam mat that had seen better days and that I pretty much never thought about. After my Manduka purchase, I feel that my mat has become such an important and essential part of the practice, and breaking it in, despite the tediousness of it, makes it even more of a personal mat, something that I literally and figuratively put my imprint on, at the same time that I work on my asanas. It's so supportive and grounding. Before deciding to buy it, I researched it and read many reviews. I thought it unnatural how much people buzzed and gushed about the mat as if it were some organic entity, or even a friend, and how much they got attached to what is essentially vinyl. Now I know why. Good job overall, Manduka.
I bought my Manduka mat about 3 months ago and I really like it. It's much heavier than the cheap-o mats one would find at a plain old sporting goods store. I feel very stable on my mat, and the cushioning is sufficient to keep my wrists comfortable through a 2 hour vinyasa practice. As a primarily hot-yogi, this does not always do the trick as far as stickiness, but I sweat a lot, so I don't blame the mat. I am researching towels to pair with this, but most of the time, it wouldn't be needed! Highly, highly recommended!
The monarch of mats! I have both the PRO and the PROlite, "Beast" stays at home and "Beauty" travels with me from studio to studio.
I always warn people that once they go Manduka, they'll be ruined for other mats for the rest of time.
I love my manduka! I know some people complain about the slipperiness, but I didn't have any issues. Following the advice of the yoga studio owner I washed mine using a 50/50 solution vinegar and water and then scrubbed it lightly with salt. I then took it to a Pilates class figuring that I'd do the kind of mat work where slipping wouldn't be an issue just in case it was still slick but it was nice and sticky! What really amazes me about the Manduka mat is that there is less of a feeling of give than the thicker less expensive mats, but I've experienced less knee pain with Manduka than with softer mats I've owned.
I love my Manduka!
Have had mine about a month. It has exceeded expectations on all fronts and helped elevate my practice. I typically group practice in a warm room. After doing the salt scrub I had little trouble. I actually ditched my towel and just wipe sweat from time to time. I have been practicing about two years so I feel like a little working through a little loss of traction helps me advance. I also love the Thunder color which is a greenish grey and it is pretty clear this mat is going to last. Cannot do without it now.
I LOVE my pink manduka already! I really didn't think that the smell was as strong as many had described and I only slipped a little but it sounds like that'll wear off soon.
I originally bought a well reviewed yet inexpensive yoga mat off of Amazon a few years ago, when I first started my home practice. I just assumed that it was as good as it got, until it finally started to fall apart in little chunks. I then purchased an identical mat with the same results. I finally hit a local sporting goods store last month, searching for a replacement, with a gift certificate that I’d been given for my birthday. The most expensive mat they had was a Manduka PROlite in Pulse (bright red). It was the same price as my gift certificate, and had a lifetime guarantee. It sounded just right, so I decided to splurge.
I must admit that I’d never understood how good or bad a yoga mat can be. My old mat was extremely thick, so it had seemingly plenty of cushion. But with all of that thickness, it was like standing on a bag of bread, making me very unsteady in balance poses.
Enter the PROlite. While the Manduka is thinner than my old mat, it is far superior. I guess the difference is in the support. I don’t sink into the PROLite as I did on my old mat. I sit atop the PROlite, and let the mat provide the necessary support, without me sinking through. It’s a wonderful feeling, having all of that support, but still remaining steady enough for balance poses. It’s like having the best of both worlds.
For those of you practicing on uneven surfaces, such as outdoors or on heavy shag carpeting, I’ll give you my favorite setup. I’m using a Lifeboard as a solid and flat foundation, with the PROlite on top of it. The PROlite does a great job of sticking to the Lifeboard and not slipping around like my old mat. On top of the PROlite sits a Manduka eQua mat towel. I just spray water on the towel every now and then to give my feet and hands a good grip. It’s a wonderful setup. I can grab just the PROlite if I want to go to a class, or grab the whole kit and kaboodle if I want to practice outside in the sun.
Thank you, Manduka. You turned a simple replacement into a revitalization of my yoga practice. I’m suddenly able to explore many new balance poses that were previously held back by my junky old mat. And thank you for producing that wonderful bright red color, a nice manly looking alternative to the normally feminine colors of most yoga mats.
When I started to notice holes and tears in my old cheap mat, I decided I would treat myself to a more expensive mat. Best choice ever! Every day that I practice I fall a little bit more in love with this mat. It sounds so cheesy, but this is really the best mat I have ever had in my life, and I have been practicing nearly 15 years. I can rock and roll without even feeling it. Before I would avoid this because it felt like it was bruising my spine. Now i feel like there is a nice supporting cushion between me and the floor.
It was as others have noted, very slippery at first. I did the salt scrub, I practiced on it a lot, and I use the mat wash after every practice. I also left it in the sun for 2 - 4 hours about 3 or 4 times. This mat LOVES the sun, and I feel like I got the best results wiping it down with mat wash and letting it dry in the sun. Every time I use it, it is a little stickier and a little better. A towel for my hands to keep from slipping in Downward dog was all i needed, and soon I did not even need that. I never experienced any sliding in a standing pose. Determination to break this mat in paid off, and boy was it ever worth it.
I purchased the thyme color, and it is so pretty and soothing. No dirt shows on it or anything like that. Buy this mat if you want to use it every day! Maybe not for you if you will only use it once or twice a month, cuz it will take a year to break in at that rate.