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The Jade Harmony mat is one of the most frequently recommended yoga mats, and for a good reason.
Its lightweight, eco-friendly footprint and stellar traction make it a favorite among yogis.
Picking a yoga mat can be a very personal experience. No matter your level, you’ll want to create an inviting space to practice.
In this article, I’ll be sharing my experience with the Jade Harmony mat and why you should take a look at this crowd favorite as your next yoga mat.
Why it’s worth it to buy a quality yoga mat
You might be wondering why buy a more expensive yoga mat? Isn’t a mat just a mat?
As silly as it sounds, the right mat can make all the difference in your yoga experience (including making it a place you’ll want to come back to).
Details like quality materials, superior grip, and cushioning to support your joints are just a few of the benefits of investing in a high-quality yoga mat.
You can read more about my other favorite yoga mats in Outstanding Yoga Mats For Sweaty Hands.
Jade Harmony materials
The Jade Harmony mat is made from open-cell rubber, making it a great eco-friendly option. This material feels vastly different from your average cheap PVC mat.
It has a supportive yet squishy, natural feel. It’s like the yoga mat version of walking on plush moss. Some have noted there is a rubber smell, however, this did not bother me and does decrease over time.
Since this mat is constructed from natural rubber, it’s not recommended for those with latex allergies or sensitivities.
According to their website, Jade mats are made in the USA without PVCs, phthalates, heavy metals or flame retardants.
This mat also lies flat pretty quickly after unrolling the mat, so you can get right into your practice without annoying corners popping up off of the floor.
Traction & grip
The mat’s surface is slightly textured, helping you keep a firm grip on the mat, even when sweaty. Of course, if your practice is super sweaty, you can also add a microfiber towel on top of your mat.
The picture below is a close-up of the surface to visualize the texture.
Dimensions & weight
The Jade Harmony mat is 3/16″ (just below 5mm) thickness and has a nice supportive rubber squish feeling.
This width is only 24”, and many of my other mats are 26” wide. It’s not a big deal unless you’re looking to maximize your personal space. When I travel with a large suitcase, this is the mat I typically choose to bring with me because of its smaller size and weight.
The Jade Harmony comes in a few different size versions:
- Jade Harmony original
- Jade Harmony long
- Jade Harmony XW
- Jade Harmony Elite – S (for vigorous practices)
- Jade Harmony travel mat
These mats come in a variety of attractive colors, although there are fewer color choices for the specialty sizes.
Jade harmony wear & tear
I rotate my yoga mats so they probably last longer than if I was just using the same mat all the time.
I’ve had this mat for about 5 years and I’m starting to notice some very mild wear and tear in high-traffic areas of the mat, for example, hand and foot placement for downward dog and the top of the mat for Warriors, etc.
I should also say that the surface of this mat is more delicate than the Manduka Pro or Lululemon Reversible mat. Once upon a time, my husband roughed up the surface of a Jade mat using it as a regular workout mat. (He quickly learned that it’s not.)
I would not use this mat as a regular workout mat where it will come in contact with sneakers or rough surfaces.
I do believe I’ll get a few more years with this mat in the rotation, but I would absolutely buy another one when the time comes.
Where to get a Jade Harmony mat
Jade mats are available at several different places. Check multiple retailers as sometimes there’s a sale.
Jade Yoga also participates in various programs and causes, donating from the sale of various yoga products. Currently, they donate to various environmental, wildlife, cancer/medical, social, and community causes. You can read more about Jade’s partners on their website.
Jade Harmony pros & cons
Here’s a rundown of the main points in this article for quick reference.
Jade yoga mat pros
- Eco-friendly natural rubber
- Rolls and unrolls easily for a flat practice surface
- Great traction and grip
- Easy to clean
- Comfortable padding
- Can use for different styles of yoga including hot yoga
- Comes in longer lengths
- Several color options
Jade yoga mat cons
- Not recommended for latex allergies or sensitivities
- Will break down over time, although many jade owners report using their mats for several years of heavy practice
- Not recommended for outdoor use
- Not sneaker friendly – doesn’t double as an all-around workout surface
- Limited color options in longer length mats
How to clean a Jade Harmony mat
Jade recommends wiping the mat with a damp cloth on a weekly basis or after a sweaty practice.
For a deeper clean, you can use a plant-based mat wash like this one. Avoid using harsh cleaning solutions or mat washes designed for mats made of different materials to avoid degrading the rubber.
Other quality yoga mats
If a Jade Harmony mat just isn’t for you, check out some of these other great options:
You can read more about my experience and comparison of these mats in this article Outstanding Yoga Mats For Sweaty Hands.
Jade Harmony mat review – final thoughts
The Jade mat has been one of my favorite yoga mats. I would definitely purchase another one in the future.
Even if you’re new to yoga, it’s worth it to choose a quality mat that helps you create an inviting space to practice.
Mats are a very personal preference. Finding the best yoga mat for you may take some searching, but once you find one (or several) you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.
Have you tried the Jade Harmony? Let me know what you think!