The Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat earns a number of reviews for those who wish to avoid traditional yoga mats made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The mat is crafted from natural rubber and comes in two lengths -- 68 or 74 inches. At 3/16 inch thick, it's not the thickest yoga mat, but most reviewers say it offers good support without bunching. The Jade Harmony Professional mat uses an open-cell construction. Open-cell yoga mats have great grip and stability because they absorb sweat and water, making them less slippery than their closed-cell counterparts. However, since the mat readily absorbs sweat, it is harder to clean. This is the biggest downside mentioned in reviews, although some complain about the mat's long-term durability as well. Users also note that the Jade Harmony Professional mat has a distinctive rubber smell.
The best reviews of the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat come from Women's Adventure magazine, the Om Shanti yoga blog and Amazon.com. The editor of Om Shanti writes a detailed article on eco-friendly yoga mats, and his review is balanced and comparative. Amazon.com has a good selection of user reviews. Yoga and Joyful Living magazine and Eco Times had helpful reviews, but they are no longer available online.
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1. Women's Adventure magazine
Women's Adventure magazine gives the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat a high overall rating of 4.5 stars (out of 5). Testers say the mat provides excellent grip, even when hands and feet get sweaty.
Review: Winter 2011 Editor's Choice Awards -- Yoga, Editors of Women's Adventure, Nov. 15, 2010
2. Om Shanti: A Yoga Blog
In this roundup of eco-friendly yoga mats, the author of the Om Shanti blog provides good coverage of the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat. While he finds it fairly durable and not slippery, he is wary about the open-cell construction, which is hard to clean and can attract bacteria. He also notes a strong rubber smell.
Review: The Best (and Worst) Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats, "Eugene", March 29, 2009
The Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat gets an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars after more than 100 user reviews at Amazon.com. Reviewers rave about the sticky surface, which helps prevent slipping even during hot yoga classes. However, reviewers note that the open-cell construction makes the mat hard to clean.
Review: Jade Harmony Professional 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat, Contributors to Amazon.com
4. Yoga and Joyful Living
Jancy Langley calls the Jade Harmony Professional one of the magazine's top picks for sustainable and biodegradable yoga mats. Langley says it is one of the best natural rubber mats, but she notes that "even with a soap or vinegar rubdown, the rubbery scent can persist."
Review: Your New & Improved Eco-Mat, Jancy Langley, Winter 2009
5. Eco Times
Glennie Rabin picks the Jade Harmony Professional as one of the best eco-friendly yoga mats on the market. She praises the cushioning and non-slip surface, and calls it a "high performance mat that would suit a practitioner in any style of yoga."
Review: Yoga Mats Go Eco, Glennie Rabin, May 9, 2008
YogaConsumerReports.com hosts a small selection of user reviews, but the site's editors also select a top pick in three categories. They say the Jade Harmony Professional is the best eco yoga mat, thanks to its thick and slip-resistant design.
Review: Yoga Mat Reviews and Ratings, Editors of YogaConsumerReports.com