*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.
I am in love! If a person could fall head over heels for a yoga mat, this is it for me! I have been practicing yoga for a few months now and I have been searching high and low for the right yoga mat for me; it looks like I have gotten a winner out of manduka.
One of my biggest problem with the yoga mat I have used in the past is that they are not thick enough for me. I recently injured my knee while I was at CrossFit. I continued to workout but I have been wearing a knee brace. Due to my injury, it is painful for me to put pressure on the knee doing some yoga posses. Luckily, now that I have manduka The Black Magic Pro mat, I am getting the cushion I need for my joints.
Although like other mats I owned in the past, the Black Magic Pro mat is also 5mm, I noticed that it is much denser. Because of its density, it actually provides more cushion for my body and as such, it is much more comfortable to use. The only downside is that because it is more dense than other 5mm mats I own, it is heavier too. I tried to use my old yoga tote for it, but the bag was not big enough. Being so dense also means that it is more bulky too, so I ended up pick up a new bag for my manduka mat.
Another problem I have with some mats is how slippy they get -- especially when I am trying to hold myself in a downward dog pose for a long period of time. It is not pleasant to feel like your hands are slipping away from you when you are trying to hold steady. I love that I do not have that problem with my manduka mat at all. Using it, I am able to hold my pose without my hands slipping away from me.
All in all, I am extremely happy with Black Magic Pro mat. I would recommend it without any hesitations. To purchase the product I received to review or to check other any other products offered by the company, please go to the official manduka site.