The Gaiam® SOL™ Uttama 8mm Premium Yoga Mat is a top-of-the-line mat that has superior cushioning.
- Highest level of cushioning available.
- Structured core prevents bunching or stretching.
- Closed cell construction to block moisture and germs.
- Fabric-like surface for stability and grip.
- A favorite of Rodney Yee.
- Mat Type: Closed Cell
- Grip Type: Grip
- Care: Spot clean with Gaiam's® Yoga Mat Wash or a damp cloth with cold water and mild detergent; lay flat to dry.
- Storage: When not in use, store in mat bag and out of direct sunlight.
- Dimensions: 24" x 68"
- Thickness: 8mm
- Weight: 6.4 lbs
- Keywords: mat, thick, non-slip, cushioned, grip, closed cell, stability, green, apple green
Founded in 1988 in Boulder, Colorado by Jirka Rysavy, Gaiam® has long promoted the health and well-being of the individual and environment. "Gaiam" comes from the combination of the words "Gaia", meaning Mother Earth, and "I Am". This ideal has guided them towards success as they pursue the market on a personal and global level. Originally, started as a catalog business, Gaiam has since blossomed into a multi-media corporation. The company has since delved into yoga, fitness, bed & bath, and home & garden products.
Despite their expansion Gaiam has remained true to its core values of quality and sustainability. In all its business ventures, these values have been its one constant. Through its products, Gaiam aims to preserve the Earth and help its inhabitants. Gaiam believes that all living things are connected, and that by providing tools that increase awareness and healthy living, the Earth as a whole will benefit.
No better is its desire and passion evident than in its yoga line. With world-renowned yogis like Rodney Yee and Suzanne Deason sponsoring Gaiam's products, customers can rest assured they're receiving the best of the best. With products like the 68" Yoga Essentials® Mat or the Rodney Yee DVD kit, Gaiam has displayed its complete commitment to the yoga industry.
Fitness as a whole is Gaiam's larger focus. Whether you're just beginning to work out or already have a steady routine, Gaiam has products like the Gaiam Fitness Trainer Heart Rate Monitor and the Gaiam Calorie Coach Pedometer that can help you achieve your goals. No matter your goal, or your level of fitness, Gaiam is there every step of the way.
- RjVerified BuyerRated 4 out of 5 stars7 years agoReviewingGaiam SOL Uttama 8mm Premium Yoga MatFirm and supportive mat
I bought this mat as I needed a one with a bit more cushion as I expand my practice and learning. When I first received it, the mat was firm and had that unavoidable new mat smell which wasn't a major issue. As I also own a Manduka, I know from experience that any good quality mat needs to be properly broken in. Now that I've had it for a few weeks and have used it 4 times a week, it's really started to get more comfortable and a lot more usable. The new mat smell lingered on for a week or so, but went away easily after spraying it down after every use and letting it air dry. I alternated a tea tree and lavender mat cleaner that I make myself with essential oils, filtered water and white vinegar. My only wish would be for Gaiam to add a few inches to the length. Other than that, this is a great mat for the money!
- Penelope C.Verified BuyerRated 2 out of 5 stars7 years agoReviewingGaiam SOL Uttama 8mm Premium Yoga Mattoo firm
This mat is way too firm for people that have arthritis or just need more of a cushion for the bones. I thought that the 8mm thickness would have some give but I did not realize that rubber was so hard unlike a PVC material mat. It was also too short in length. The stickiness was the only good point. This mat is useless to me so I donated it to my instructor's yoga studio.
- Lisa P.Verified BuyerRated 4 out of 5 stars7 years agoReviewingGaiam SOL Uttama 8mm Premium Yoga MatAwesome!
I love this mat! PROS: It's quite thick and although it feels denser than others I've used it has good cushion and support. It's slightly sticky texture gives good security for hands and feet in downward dog even when I'm sweating like crazy in heated classes! I love the color. Wasn't sure I'd be grooving on the green but the shade is pretty and not as loud as I envisioned. CONS: It's heavy! Now if you are holding yoga poses it's not like you can't handle the weight of this thing but you'll want a strap or a bag to make the transport more easy. I bring it back and forth to class daily and it's not a big deal but as compared to other mats you notice the difference. The weight is in the quality for sure! Lastly, the lovely rubber core that gives all that great cushioning and support really smells like, well - rubber. I've used it for a couple weeks daily and it really still smells. Can't really tell if it's getting better yet but I'll put up with it for the quality. I just extra tea tree oil on it in class :-) I took one star off for the smell but otherwise it's a great mat.
- MarilynVerified BuyerRated 4 out of 5 stars8 years agoReviewingGaiam SOL Uttama 8mm Premium Yoga MatGreat mat!
Great mat to help you feel secure in your poses. Feels secure without being sticky, even when slightly damp from sweat. It does have a bit of a new mat smell, but that subsided after a week or so. I would have liked it to be a bit softer.