Nice, sticky and supportive mat!
This is definitely my favorite mat to use. It is the stickiest I have come across so far, and is the only one that I can use for heated yoga classes without a towel covering it. It is thick enough for good cushioning, but stable and supportive enough that you never feel unstable in balance postures. The mat lasted me about three years of regular practice and teaching. When it started to wear out two things happened - the rubber started to wear away where I put my hands and feet, and then it got "stretchy" in standing postures - the mat stretched so my feet would slide farther apart from one another in i.e. Warrior II. This is not a "last a lifetime" mat, but very few are so I still give it 5 stars. When you first get the new Jade mat, it has a strong rubber smell - it is all natural rubber. Don't worry! The smell will fade after a while, but can be overpowering at first. Let it hang out for a while indoors out of direct sunlight, and it will air out. All natural rubber is eco-friendly, and there are no off gassing or nasty chemicals in this mat! Plus, Jade plants a tree for every mat sold!