When i browse through different websites for yoga mats, i always feel that it’s not quite what i’m looking for. I’ve had personal items in my life that when i saw them for the first time, I knew they would work for me, and they turned out to be exactly what i expected. Some companies offer just a couple of mat designs, others a variety, but it’s not the best and largest selection of yoga mats that will necessarily give you what you’re looking for. Mats can look great and feel not so, they can look terrible and feel perfect. When you practice at your studio, ask yourself what do you like and dislike about the mats there, and see what you’d like to try in a mat. I usually rely on the expertise of the teachers and staff at different studios to have the right mats there. Alternatively, i’ll ask friends to test out their mat at the studio, especially if it’s a material i’ve never tried before. I found my favorite mats totally by chance, but i knew they worked for me after practicing on them once. There’s a great deal of mat styles and manufacturers out there, and except for the basic TPE mats, they can vary tremendously and feel differently. If you’re looking to gift someone a mat, you should get something that looks cool or is new and different, but stick with the standard size and shape, because it’ll fit perfectly at every studio they might practice at. A mat is a space for movement and reflection, and most people like the pattern to be soft if any.