Why the Liforme Yoga Mat Is Worth the Price

Liforme Green Yoga Mat
Liforme Green Yoga Mat. Courtesy of Liforme

What's it Worth to Ya?

First things first. Yes, it’s expensive. At $140, the Liforme Yoga Mat comes in at the top of the bracket, even when compared to other premium mats. Most people want to know if it's worth the money. That’s a hard call to make since everyone has different ideas of what they are willing to pay for quality goods and services. For instance, I shudder at the idea of shelling out the industry standard $100 for a single pair of yoga pants, yet I can justify paying $16 for yoga classes at my favorite local studio.

You may have the opposite reaction. So while I can’t speak to everyone’s standards, I can say that I really enjoy this mat. I happen to have quite a few different mats in my closet from years of writing reviews, but I most often find myself reaching for the one that is giving me the best practice surface and traction, with the added bonus of helpful alignment markings. Yes, the Liforme mat has become my go-to. 

Why the Rave?

When I first wrote about alignment mats, I thought of them as potentially useful tools for beginners. I actually expected that I would find the markings distracting and possibly irritating. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Even a yogi of some experience can get a lot out of the flexible alignment guides used by Liforme. I find they are helpful and actually improve my focus. Just having the midline clearly demarcated is a real boon. I also enjoy the horizontal lines that allow me to check that my hands are lined up in a downward facing dog and the diagonals that help place your feet for standing poses.

I've heard arguments that checking your alignment externally somehow distracts from feeling it internally but that's not been my experience. I'm a bit of an alignment junkie, but I don't adhere strictly to one system over another. I know what works for my body and helps me avoid injury. This mat is all about supporting that.

 Since the alignment graphic is actual a lasered on, it has a texture than allows you to feel it as well as see it. It’s a small detail, but the aggregation of these kinds of details are what makes this mat stand out. 

Talk to Lifiorme’s creator James Armitage and you will quickly get an idea of how much time and effort were put into each part of the design and production process that have affected the look and feel of this mat. Armitage has overseen the production in China personally to make sure that it is done in an ethical and environmentally responsible way. He convincingly argues that the combination of rubber and polyurethane used in his mat makes for a safe, ecological product with superior absorbency without sacrificing the quality of the practice surface. 

Talk of the Town

With its distinctive graphic, taking a Liforme mat to your local studio will attract attention. This is in part due to a highly successful social media marketing campaign in which Liforme mats appear in the Instagram photos of many of the yogis you’re probably following.

People recognize this mat and want to talk about it. And given the price tag, one thing people want to talk about how long the mat will last. This can vary quite a bit, depending on how often you use it and how sweaty you get, since the salt in perspiration can be a factor. It’s not going to last forever because it's made of rubber and polyurethane, materials that will eventually deteriorate, unlike mats made of PVC which doesn’t biodegrade. However, it’s not as fragile as TPE, another degradable yoga mat material that begins to shred almost immediately in my experience. 

We’ve gotten used to paying a premium for clothing, cosmetics, and food that have been produced with natural ingredients in ways that don’t harm the environment. We can do the same for a yoga mat, especially one that enhances your yoga experience.  

See how the Liforme mat stacks up against the competition in the ultimate yoga mat comparison chart.

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Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

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