The 9 Best Yoga Blankets of 2021

These props will be a supportive addition to any yoga practice

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Practicing yoga can build strength and flexibility, but regular flowing can also help reduce cortisol levels, aka the stress hormone, slow age-related brain decline, and even reduce chronic lower back pain. A 2020 study of men and womenalso found that those who practiced yoga for three months experienced anxiety-reducing effects.

No matter what style of yoga you choose, props such as blocks or bolsters can help facilitate poses properly. One of the most versatile props, however, is the yoga blanket. It stands in the gap when flexibility is limited, helps cushion certain poses (such as shoulder stands) and provides warmth as you slip into Savasana and can be folded to replace a block or rolled to replace a bolster. 

Here, the best yoga blankets that will support you through your practice.

Our Top Picks
This plush three-pound pick is supportive enough for your daily practice, but works just as well at a picnic or on a camping trip.
The budget-friendly option gets softer with each wash and will assist in your asanas while also adding a fun pop of color.
The perfect addition to any practice, the cotton coverup is plush to touch and supportive enough to support your favorite poses.
Thick and free of wool, it provides a nice lift during seated position to help loosen up the hips easily.
Reversible so you won't tire of any one design, each side boasts a different color of the mesmerizing mandala pattern.
Protect your neck during shoulder stands with this cotton wrap, which is easily folded and used as a bolster.
This large, thick blanket ensures a variety of shapes and sizes are not only adequately covered but can also pose comfortably.
Pair yoga with this weighted blanket and you have the perfect covering to help keep you calm and collected during your next class.
The fabric can be molded easily to fit any style of practice—from restorative yoga to a flow with more dynamic poses.

Best Overall: Benevolence LA Premium Mexican Blanket

This warm and well-made hypoallergenic serape has all of the same great qualities of our budget pick, but is substantially larger at 50 x 80 inches. This plush three-pound pick will complement your days on the mat (it’s firm, soft, and super supportive) but can also be used on your next camping trip or beach-based picnic. No matter your choice, you’ll be happy with this authentic Mexican Falsa blanket because it will stand the test of time.

Weight: 3 pounds | Size: 50 x 80 inches | Material: Recycled fibers

Best Budget: Benevolence LA Authentic Mexican Blanket

This traditional handmade Mexican blanket will assist in your asanas while also adding a fun pop of color to your practice. Even better, this handmade, recycled piece, which gets softer after each wash, is part of Benevolence LA’s Fight Poverty Collection, which partners with non-profits and gives 100 percent of its gains to help fund things such as clean water systems, education for marginalized females and awareness campaigns for human trafficking.

Weight: 3 pounds | Size: 50 x 75 inches | Material: Acrylic

Best Cotton: Kakaos Cotton Yoga Blanket

This handmade cotton blanket is plush to touch yet still substantial enough to support your favorite yoga poses, including Legs Up the Wall, Child’s Pose, and Pigeon. It weighs three pounds, measures 60 x 80 inches, and is 10 mm thick, making it the perfect addition to any practice. The machine washable blanket comes in four vibrant shades, and because of its tight, solid weave (which provides warmth) also works well as a gentle throw on those days spent catching up on your streaming queue.

Weight: 3-4 pounds | Size: 60 x 80 inches | Material: Cotton

Best Thickness: Hugger Mugger Recycled Plaid Yoga Blanket

Hugger Mugger Recycled Plaid Yoga Blanket

This wool-free blanket, made from recycled polyester and acrylic fibers, is soft and doesn’t scratch. As one of the larger picks we reviewed, it has a thick and firm cushion that will give you a nice lift during seated positions to help loosen up the hips easier. And the plaid pattern is a timeless and eye-catching design.

Weight: 4.2 pounds | Size: 70 x 75 inches | Material: Recycled polyester and acrylic

Best Style: Tranquil Tribe Boho Blanket For Meditation

What we love most about this mid-weight pick, besides its size (70 x 52 inches), is that it’s reversible. Each side of this blanket boasts a different color of the same mesmerizing mandala pattern. On one, shades of soothing blue and on the other, an earth-toned representation. Post-practice, fold and then sit on it or wrap it around your shoulders for a quick meditation or round of pranayama (breath control work) to seal your practice.

Weight: 2.16 pounds | Size: 70 x 52 inches | Material: Polyester and cotton

Best Support: Halfmoon Cotton Yoga Blanket

If you're working on shoulder stands, then you want to make sure you have a folded blanket to protect your neck. Our choice for the best supportive yoga blanket is made of 100 percent cotton and each one is individually hand-loomed in India.

Thanks to its large 60 x 80-inch shape and flat selvage edges, this blanket can be folded evenly and mimic the shape of a yoga block. When you roll it, the smooth shape can also function as a bolster—reducing the number of additional props needed for your practice.

Weight: 2.9 pounds | Size: 60 x 80 inches | Materials: Cotton

Best Oversized: Open Road Goods Handmade Mexican Yoga Blanket

This large, thick blanket will ensure that a variety of shapes and sizes are not only adequately covered when it’s time to get into Savasana but that they're cozy, too. It’s made of a cotton, acrylic and polyester blend, which means this handwoven Mexican piece can be thrown into the washer without a second thought. Choose from one of 12 rich hues to brighten up your next flow. 

Weight: Not specified | Size: 78 x 52 inches | Material: Cotton, acrylic, and polyester

Best for Anxiety: RAVI Weighted Blanket

RAVI Weighted Blanket

Practicing yoga is a proven way to help reduce stress. Pair that with a weighted blanket—this one is 8.5 pounds and comes in nine colors—which research says is an effective and therapeutic tool for managing anxiety, depression, and fatigue, and you have the perfect covering to help keep you calm, cool and collected during your next class. This 22 x 23-inch pick is smaller than more traditional blankets, making it easily portable, whether you are practicing in the park or in your living room.

Weight: 8.5 pounds | Size: 22 x 23 inches | Material: Not specified

Best Wool: Manduka Recycled Wool Blanket

Thanks to its recycled wool and synthetic composition, this blanket from notable yoga brand Manduka will help you maintain warmth at the end of your practice.The fabric molds easily so you can shift its shape to fit any style of practice—from restorative yoga to a flow with more dynamic poses. And at 82 x 60 inches, it is big enough to cover two people comfortably for use at a picnic or lounging around your home.

Weight: 3.5 pounds | Size: 82 x 60 inches | Material: Recycled wool and synthetic fibers

Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a traditional Mexican blanket that is hefty, will cover you completely, and is easy to clean, go for the Benevolence LA Premium Mexican Blanket. For those looking to add some style to their yoga practice, the reversible Tranquil Tribe Boho Blanket For Meditation is a fine choice with an attractive Mandala pattern in coordinating colors on each side.

What to Look for in a Yoga Blanket

Material:

While you’ll find that yoga blankets are made with durable fabrics—blends of strong natural and synthetic fibers such as cotton, wool, polyester, and acrylic are common. These tend to be durable, supportive, hold their color well, and may often be made from recycled materials. Finding a fabric that is machine washable or otherwise easy to clean is also a plus.

Size:

You want something large enough to fully cover you when in Savasana, so look for blankets that are at least as tall as you are. a bigger blanket means you can customize the shape better when folding or rolling to better fit your needs.

Support:

The point of a yoga blanket, besides covering you, is that it’s supposed to help support you in certain poses. That means you don’t want something too plush or too flimsy, but sturdy enough to assist your body during your practice without collapsing. Some of our top picks can even replace a yoga block or bolster when folded or rolled.

Comfort:

Considering you will be leaning on, sitting on, and laying under it, you want something that feels good. Look for one with a soft (but not too soft) feel.You also don’t want something that’s too heavy where you feel like you are being crushed or too itchy so you can’t get your mind to focus during class. 

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