I am a fortunate one I don’t have to bring yoga mat to studio. (Thanks to the successful business model made in Hong Kong.)
The first yoga mat I bought was Manduka. It’s because I needed home practice when I took training (2 years ago). The longer you practice, the better understanding of your body condition. My right knee is not that good, so I chose Manduka because of the thickness.
I sweat a lot even I am not doing hot class. So I bought Liforme a month ago. I saw many posts saying that kind of you choose one of them. It’s SO AMAZING when I use both of them for practice. I got the protection for my knee, headstand, at the same time I can have secure grip for arm balancing poses (I am weak in those).
To me, yoga mat (and other thing which can make my practice/ workout better) is a gift to myself. So I clean the yoga mat with care every time 🙂 I know I am changing. In the past, I spent the money on clothing, fast fashion and fad items. After practice, I found I can’t live without coffee and yoga.
What I am trying to say you have to find something you love doing in life, treat yourself so well. So that you can share your energy with others.