PVC yoga mats are one of the most commonly used yoga mats because they have a rough and sticky surface that will prevent you from slipping. The mats are usually 4 mm or 6 mm thick, which provides sufficient insulation, and at the same time good stability for balancing exercises, for example. A PVC yoga mat is great for all yoga forms. Only if you practice very warm or intensive yoga styles, such as ash tanga or bikram, can they become somewhat slippery due to too much perspiration. PVC has a dense cell structure and does not absorb moisture.
TPE is an abbreviation for Thermo Plastic Elastomer, also called Thermo Plastic Rubber because this material is basically a synthetic rubber. TPE yoga mats are biodegradable, are made without toxic substances and can therefore bear the Eko quality mark. TPE yoga mats are remarkably soft and elastic compared to a PVC yoga mat. The surface is super sturdy, and because the material has an open cell structure, you will also slide less quickly during a sweaty yoga class. The mat has a more neutral odor than a rubber yoga mat, and is ideal for people with a latex allergy.