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Lululemon Take Form Yoga Mat Review

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The Lululemon Take Form yoga mat was the best overall mat in the broader tested roundup of the best yoga mats. Ahead, learn more about this best-of-the-best mat and why we recommend it.

Yoga mats are arguably one of the simplest pieces of fitness equipment on the market. They can be used for stretching, Pilates, body-weight exercises and, of course, yoga, before they’re rolled up and stored away. However, choosing the right yoga mat for you can be daunting because, ultimately, you’ll want a mat that falls within the Goldilocks zone: It should offer cushioning and support, but it should also be thin enough that you feel rooted; it needs to have plenty of grip to keep you properly positioned through dynamic movements; and it should look nice because, if it doesn’t, you won’t even want to use it. After rigorous testing, I determined the best yoga mat overall to be the Lululemon Take Form Yoga Mat because it falls into that Goldilocks zone.

The Lululemon Take Form Yoga Mat offers unique features that set it apart from other models.

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The Lululemon Take Form Mat is supportive and grippy, and it’s finished with patterning to help you position yourself properly through every pose. Read on to learn more about what makes this particular mat a solid buy in a competitive field.


Lululemon Take Form Yoga Mat

Dimensions: 71 x 26 inches | Width: 5 millimeters | Weight: 4.9 pounds | Material: Natural rubber and latex

Best for:

  • Yogis who struggle with proper alignment at home
  • Those with sensitive joints that require a bit more cushioning

Skip if:

  • You want a mat that’s also designed for weighted exercises 
  • You have a rubber or latex allergy

3D Rings Promote Proper Alignment

What’s unique about the Take Form is its three-dimensional rings evenly positioned across its surface. They’re textured markings, like ripples in a body of water, that are strategically placed to show users where to place their hands and feet during a yoga session. Think of them like the small bumps found on F and J keys on a keyboard. The brand claims they help yogis get into proper alignment and stay centered without looking down (or being corrected by a teacher), which helps them stay focused while practicing.

Though the grooves are fairly subtle, I did find that the ridges helped guide me into various yoga poses when I tested the mat (though it took a few workouts before I was able to distinguish one indentation from another). After a few uses, I found my hands and feet naturally sought out the center of each ring, which helped me balance and perfect poses.

That texture also provides traction, which, combined with the grippiness of the rubber (more on that below), helped prevent the mat from feeling like a slip-n-slide, even during particularly sweaty workouts.

If you’re on the shorter side, however, your body might not be long enough to find the hand and foot positions. This mat is on the longer side at 71 inches, so shorter yogis might want to look for another mat that offers similar indentations.

Patterning on the Take Form Yoga Mat is designed to facilitate proper hand and foot positioning.

Bailey Berg

Solid Cushioning For Sensitive Joints

As someone who suffers from chronic knee pain thanks to decades of repetitive movements (I’m looking at you, running and rowing), I often have a hard time with exercises that involve kneeling (Table Top Pose and Child’s Pose can be wildly uncomfortable). Fortunately, I found that the Take Form provided well-cushioned support, without feeling as if I was sinking so far into the material that I’d struggle to get up. It also helped absorb some of the shock of plyometric workouts, like burpees and jump squats. And though I don’t practice things like handstands or headstands, I think the mat would soften an unexpected tumble for those brave enough to perform more dynamic poses.

Natural Rubber Leads To Good Grip

The Take Form mat was designed with yoga in mind, so it makes sense that it boasts plenty of grip. It’s made with a natural rubber (which bears the Forest Stewardship Council’s seal of approval, meaning it’s been sourced in a sustainable way) with a porous polyurethane surface that has incredible grip. I found that I stayed grounded in poses where I tend to slide (like Down Dog). Granted, once in a while it felt like there was too much suction, and I had to work to unstick myself to move into the next pose, but I’d rather use a mat that offers too much grip than not enough.

The mat also sticks well to the ground—even during some of the more explosive plyometric workouts, it didn’t budge on various surfaces, including concrete, wood and tile.

The downside is that the mat collects and holds onto dirt and dust, especially on the underside. After the first use, I went to roll it up and thought there were pencil marks along the underside, only to realize that the gunk between the boards of my hardwood floors had stuck to it. A simple cleaning solution and a washcloth removed the debris fairly easily, but you’ll need to clean your mat after each use (on both the top and the bottom) if you want to keep it looking nice for those yoga studio sessions.

How Does It Compare?

While on the pricer side at $128, Lulu’s take on the yoga mat is an obvious all-around winner. The textured surface provides excellent grip, it’s easy to transport, and Lululemon sells it in a variety of colorways, most of which will help you stand out at the local studio. If you’re an established yogi or serious about creating a consistent practice, you’ll want to invest in a mat that reflects your dedication, and this is the mat to do it.

How I Tested The Best Yoga Mats

When considering the best yoga mat overall, I was on the lookout for something that would check most of the boxes. That meant choosing a mat that offered plenty of support and grip while being easy to clean and pack away for a session at the local studio. I tested eight of the top-rated mats over the course of a month and evaluated each based on the following criteria:


I tested the support of each yoga mat by performing various exercises that included traditional yoga poses and more dynamic movements. I took note of mats that allowed my back, shoulders or other contact points to make contact with the ground. And I assessed whether the mat looked dented or misshapen after a workout to better understand how it would retain its shape and support over time.


The texture of a mat will affect the mat’s grip and comfort. Some mats have a smooth surface, while others have a textured or sticky surface to provide more traction. When testing for texture, I performed various yoga flows that incorporated exercises with multiple contact points through the elbows, knees, hands, feet, shoulder blades and so on. I then rated how the texture felt, ranging from extremely uncomfortable to comfortable.


I completed various workouts on each mat that involved a lot of high-intensity movement, including burpees and mountain climbers, to evaluate how well each mat stayed in place. I also noted whether my hands or feet slipped on the mat’s surface, especially after working up a sweat.


I tested how easy it was to roll up each mat before positioning it in a travel strap. I also considered how long it took for each mat to lay flat and return to its original shape after being rolled up for 24 hours.


Some mats require special care or cleaning solutions, but generally speaking, you’re supposed to wipe down your yoga mat after every practice. After each practice, I used a simple solution to clean the surface of each mat and noted how easy (or hard) it was to wipe down. I also kept note of whether the gentle cleaning solution had any adverse effects on the materials over time.

Size & Aesthetics

You want your yoga mat to be long enough and wide enough to accommodate your body size and practice style, which is why I considered each mat’s dimensions and general aesthetic. When looking at the size, I considered each mat’s intended use and whether or not it big or small. And while aesthetics typically don’t influence the functionality of a yoga mat, they can influence whether or not you use your mat in the first place, which is why I considered whether each mat came in different colors or styles.

My Expertise

From camping tents to treadmills and beyond, I’ve spent over three years testing and reviewing outdoor and health and wellness equipment to help readers just like you make informed buying decisions. As a former competitive swimmer and Division I collegiate rower, I understand the complexities of fitness equipment and the importance of capable gear that’s designed to help you reach your goals, whatever they may be. These days, I regularly hike, run and swim, and I’ve adopt various stretching plans that incorporate yoga practices.

In addition to my own expertise, I also consulted two experts who have spent countless hours using yoga mats and helping others with their practice. These experts include Rima Rabbath, an advanced certified instructor and the founder of Souk, a virtual yoga class, and Fiona Devaney, a longtime yoga teacher and the founder of MAÄT, a yoga activewear brand.

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Lululemon Take Form Yoga Mat Review Reviewed by RP on April 30, 2023 Rating: 5

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