Manduka - Yoga Mat eKO Lite 4mm Thunder
Manduka Yoga Mat eKO Lite 4mm Thunder offers unparalleled grip to perform even in the sweatiest of conditions. This eco-friendly yoga mat made from biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber provides cushion and support for your practice while protecting the planet. The eKO Lite yoga mat is the most durable natural rubber yoga mat on the market! The 4mm size is a lightweight, durable mat with a superior wet grip. It's portable without compromising comfort or support.
The eKO Lite Mat is a natural yoga mat made from sustainably harvested tree rubber. Unlike other rubber mats available today, the foaming agents used to create the eKO Lite are non-toxic. What this means is that no toxic chemicals have gone into the manufacturing process to soften the rubber. Additionally, instead of using synthetic polyester for reinforcement, they have chosen to use a blend of polyester and natural cotton. According to both customer feedback and published yoga mat reviews, the eKO Lite Mat is a high performance mat that is also good for the environment.
Yoga Mat eKO Lite 4mm Thunder Features:
- Offers unparalleled grip to perform even in the sweatiest of conditions
- Made from biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber
- Provides cushion and support for your practice while protecting the planet
- Developed by yoga teachers over 4 years
- Most durable natural rubber yoga mat on the market
- No PVC or harmful plasticizers
- 99% latex-free
eKO Lite Mat 4mm
The eKO Mat represents a bright future for the eco-friendly yoga mat - it leaves behind no footprint in landfills, but will definitely make a lasting impression in the studio. These natural rubber mats use a toxic-free softening process and are completely free of harmful foaming agents and plasticizers found in other mats.
Tri-Layer Technology offers an optimal combination of grip, durability, comfort, and performance:
Top Layer: Natural sealed-cell surface keeps out moisture and sweat from seeping into the mat and breeding bacteria.
Center Layer: Stretch-resistant scrim binds the unique layers together using a heating process which eliminates the need for toxic glues.
Bottom Layer: Thicker, bottom layer provides lightweight cushion and excellent loft for your practice!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the PRO and eKO Series of Manduka yoga mats?
Their PRO Series has been known as the Taj Mahal of yoga mats for 10+ years. Backed by a Lifetime Guarantee, the closed-cell construction provides dense support while the performance surface allows optimal movement between poses. Designed to last a lifetime (or two), Manduka PRO series yoga mats curb the amount of PVC that enter landfills each year and reduces overall mat consumption.
The eKO Series, made of all natural non-Amazon harvested tree rubber, is the next generation of eco-friendly yoga mats. Developed over four years of research, the sealed-cell surface provides a stable practice with wet-grip. They are proud to say that Manduka’s eKO mat is manufactured without any toxic glues or foaming agents and is more durable than other natural rubber mats found in the marketplace.
Wondering why they keep mentioning cells? A closed-cell or sealed-cell surface means your mat will not absorb sweat and moisture, where other mats might. If you sweat regularly in your practice, consider pairing any of our mats with a yoga towel to keep your mat dry, and your practice in place.
Do the eKO and PRO mats feel different when practicing?
Both the eKO Series and the PRO Series have been designed and engineered by yoga teachers to provide the ultimate surface to practice yoga. However, due to the different properties of the materials, they offer a different experience when practicing!
The PRO Series offers the ultimate durability, comfort and performance. In terms of thickness, the PRO mat (6mm) is a bit thicker than the eKO mat (5mm). All PRO Series mats offer strong and dense support, ideal for sensitive knees and joints.
The eKO mat has two layers of different densities to simultaneously provide comfort and durability. The eKO Series offers a soft, spongy support, ideal for yogis who like a grounding experience.
Does the eKO mat smell? How do you make the smell fade?
All natural rubber yoga mats have a scent that can be especially strong when the mat is new. The smell is not a result of off-gassing chemicals, as no toxic chemicals have gone into the manufacturing process. Your eKO mat's natural rubber smell will; fade, but not completely vanish due to it's eco-friendly composition.
To make the smell fade more quickly, leave your mat unrolled in an airy, shaded area and wipe the mat down with Manduka’s Natural Rubber Mat Wash, a vinegar-based cleaning solution with essential oils.
Why is the eKO mat so heavy?
The thick support of the eKO Mat 5mm makes it heavier than other mats on the market. However, those who use the 5mm size say it’s worth the weight for its superior cushion and longevity. For customers who want a lighter option, we offer the eKO Lite mats!!
Is there latex in the eKO Series?
Through Manduka's manufacturing process, the eKO mat is 99% latex free. If you know you are sensitive to even traces of latex, they recommend you purchase from their PRO Series or LiveON Series.
How do you clean your eKO mat?
Without soaking or submerging, use a generous amount of Manduka’s Natural Rubber Mat Wash to clean the mat. Allow the cleaner to sit for a few minutes and then gently wipe around with a damp cloth and let the mat dry in a shaded area.
They do not recommend cleaning your mat with a garden hose, putting it in the bathtub, shower, washing machine, or using a vacuum cleaner, as any of these will likely damage the mat beyond repair. Do not leave the mat exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight. Do not use any type of soap for cleaning, as it will compromise the performance and integrity of the mat.
Which side of the mat should you use?
The top of the mat has a slip-resistant rippled water texture and frog label in the top right-hand corner. The bottom is a sponge-like texture that provides a soft cushion and support.
Does the eKO mat oxidize like other rubber mats on the market?
Oxidation, or changes in color and texture, is a byproduct of all natural rubber products. Storing your eKO mat in a dry environment out of sunlight, will prolong the life of the mat. For optimum care, wipe down your mat with water before each use and clean as needed with Manduka’s Natural Rubber Mat Wash.
How do you prevent from slipping on the eKO mat?
Regularly cleaning the eKO mat with their Natural Rubber Mat Wash will keep it in the cleanest and grippiest condition. Natural tree rubber often gets “thirsty” and a good cleaning can make a world of difference in appearance and grip.
If you sweat a lot, there still might be a slight amount of slip in some standing poses and poses like down dog, but if you keep your awareness and energy moving towards, instead of away, from your center of gravity, the "slippage" stops and one can stay firm in the pose. Actually, a little slippage comes in handy in some poses. For instance, during shoulder stand or plow pose, when it's nice to allow the head to slide and the neck to lengthen.
The Manduka Story
Sometimes it’s the bumps in the road that end up defining your journey. This is the story of Manduka, a company founded on the simple idea that a better yoga mat could make a world of difference.
In 1997, Peter Sterios, an architect turned yogi, discovered a simple, elegantly designed black mat whose combination of firm grip and complete support revolutionized his yoga practice. In honor of the yoga masters who inspired him, he sought to share this amazing product with others.
Peter had always been the beneficiary of great generosity from other yoga teachers. To repay that debt, he sent mats as gifts to many of the teachers he admired including Erich Schiffmann, Rod Stryker, Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Rodney Yee, and Shiva Rea. The teachers who inspired Peter were his first customers. And in the great yoga tradition, they shared their mats with their students, and a true yoga company was born. Peter chose the name Manduka in homage to his teacher and mentor, Shandor Remete, whose core practice and teaching always included the ancient Hatha Yoga Pradipika pose, Mandukasana or frog. The first time Peter heard and repeated the name of the pose he experienced a sense of childlike joy and delight as the sound rolled off his tongue. The word and the pose were mirror images, simultaneously playful and profound. The joy of Manduka is now spoken in so many countries, all over the world.
The quality and performance of Manduka mats and yoga accessories are still unmatched in the marketplace. They are still crafted using simple, enduring, natural, and whenever possible, renewable materials and a fine attention to detail. Manduka is a company built by and for yoga teachers and their students. They are still evolving, still introducing new products, and still celebrating the spirit and wisdom of yoga teachers and their students. From the road less traveled, something great and meaningful has arrived.
At Manduka they believe it’s possible to honor your practice and the Earth. That’s why they take the hard road to find sustainable product solutions. Together they celebrate the deep and profound bond yoga shares with the world. Whether it’s zero waste and emissions free manufacturing, the sourcing of recycled materials, or creating the first ever 100% recyclable mat, you can be sure that your Manduka yoga gear will not only keep your practice thoughtfully grounded, but do so while leaving a very small footprint. Each detail is a conscious decision. Practice on.