The 10 Best Yoga Blankets for Warmth and Comfort - 2021

A yoga blanket is a highly versatile prop compared to a fleecy furnishing store counterpart. Flat, folded, rolled, or pleated - we sampled the best of 'em to review the top premium and affordable yoga blankets for your home and yoga studio.

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Best or otherwise, the yoga blanket has been around for ages. After all, asanas are known to alter body temperature[1] and breathing practices are used to heat [2] or cool the body. Moreover, yoga shows promising results as a means to encourage relaxation. This has prompted a keen interest in incorporating props into integrative therapy for a variety of health conditions [3].

Traditionally, a yoga blanket was used in place of a mat for asana, pranayama, or meditation. It has evolved to become a multi-purpose yoga prop that can be used in the following ways -

  • Snuggle up during relaxation (read: Corpse Pose me-time)

  • Cushion the joints (Elbows, ankles, knees)

  • For warmth during meditation/pranayama during winter

  • Provide support under the neck in Restorative Yoga

  • Elevate the hips to make cross-legged sitting positions more comfortable.

Even so, is there any difference between a regular blanket and a yoga blanket? In theory, any cloth that is neither too thick nor thin will get the job done. In practice, a yoga blanket is preferable because it has the ideal material, length, and thickness to deepen your practice.

The online market is crowded with options and confusing customer reviews. Loose weaves, lint, snagging, and tears – these are just a few reasons to not buy the cheapest yoga blanket you find.

It’s a painstaking task to find the perfect yoga blanket when you are not sure what to look for.

Here is our ultimate roundup and review of the best yoga blankets for 2021.

Best Cotton: Halfmoon Large Cotton Yoga Blanket

A cane basket with four cotton yoga blankets.
  • Size: 60” x 80”

  • Material: 100% Cotton

  • Weight: 2.7lbs

  • Color Options: 9

Based outside Vancouver, Canada, Halfmoon’s collection features some of the most beautifully designed yoga essentials out there. Their yoga blanket is made with all-natural materials and handwoven by Indian artisans.

Whether you are a blanket-snob or an austere yogi, the modest price makes the Halfmoon Yoga Blanket a lucrative choice. It's thin but can be folded or stacked for restorative yoga poses. Moreover, the yoga blanket can be machine washed with a gentle cycle (they don’t shed).

Soft to touch, supportive, and warm – the Halfmoon blanket adapts well to a modern yogi’s demand and sensibility. It’s visually simple but highly functional. There are no piling issues, and the selvage edges make the blanket more durable and easy to fold or roll out.

To me, it is the best yoga blanket for pranayama. That said, I own this exact Halfmoon blanket, so my perception might be colored. Either way, you have the perfect covering to stay calm, cool, and collected during your next session.

Budget Alternative: Lotuscrafts 100% Cotton Yoga Blanket

Lotuscrafts handwoven organic cotton yoga blanket
  • Size: 80” x 60”

  • Material: 100% Cotton

  • Weight: 2.2lbs

  • Color Options: 4

The Lotuscrafts handwoven yoga blanket is made from 100% organic cotton. It boasts of a non-skid texture with a thick weave, triple-stitched corners, and double-stitched borders for extra durability. The yoga blanket is supple, smooth against the skin, and easy to wash. It's the perfect underlay for your practice in the cotton realm. Despite being a budget alternative, this yoga blanket is nothing short of a premium offering at a very reasonable price point.

Best Wool: Manduka Recycled Wool Yoga Blanket

Manduka Gray Wool Yoga Blanket
  • Size: 82" x 60”

  • Material: Recycled Wool

  • Weight: 3.5lbs

  • Color Options: 2

Manduka's Yoga Blanket is made from 75% recycled wool and 25% recycled synthetic fibers. It's hefty, thick, and stable enough to double up as a yoga mat for slow-to-moderate paced asanas. The blanket is ideal for cold climatic conditions or winters in warm countries although it might be a tad too warm for other use cases.

The dense weave and stitched edges make this blanket more hard-wearing than its cotton counterparts. Personally, I prefer stitched edges to fringed ones as they are less prone to fraying and lint. However, the yoga blanket needs a few washes (and some fabric softener) to feel great against the skin. But then again, that remains a common issue with any woolen yoga blanket.

Budget Alternative: YogaDirect Deluxe Yoga Blanket

YogaDirect purple yoga blanket made from polyester and cotton
  • Size: 78" x 53”

  • Material: Blended

  • Weight: 2.6lbs

  • Color Options: 5

The YogaDirect yoga blanket is a blend of acrylic, polyester, and cotton. At 2.6 lbs, you get a machine-washable yoga blanket that measures 53 x 78-inches. It's neither woolen nor natural but serves the same functional purpose without littering your space with lint. It’s thick, large, and feels substantial. It works well for moderate asana and restorative poses. There is some color variance in the product but the blanket offers excellent value for the price.

Best Blended: Open Road Goods Thick Yoga Blanket

Falsa-style striped mexican yoga blanket
  • Size: 78” x 54”

  • Material: Blended

  • Weight: N/A

  • Color Options: 2

If you don’t want to deal with the fragility of a cotton or Falsa blanket, blended materials offer the best of both worlds. Among the myriad options we researched, we found Open Road Goods to have the best range in terms of durability, colors, pricing, and styles.

We picked their tan-and-khaki Navajo Yoga Blanket that is handmade in Mexico. The thick Saltillo-style blanket is made from a blend of cotton, acrylic, and polyester - promising to be more durable than the competition. It's substantially large (78" x 54")) and has an incredibly soft feel to it.

In use, it feels supportive and soft. Maintenance is the bare minimum as you can machine wash it with ease. The fantastic texture, earthy color, and strips (with diamonds) give it a grounding vibe. It can double up on camping trips or picnics and will complement all your asana and meditation needs. Plus, you can always use it as a decorative throw when it’s not in use.

Budget Alternative: Americanflat Falsa Yoga Blanket

Americanflat 5 yoga blankets rolled and stacked
  • Size: 60” x 80”

  • Material: 100% Cotton

  • Weight: 2.7lbs

  • Color Options: 5

The Americanflat blanket for yoga is a blend of cotton (80%) and polyester (20%), which makes it more breathable than most other blended blankets. The Mexican blanket is adorned with a fringe and is available in 5 options: Striped Blue, Striped Gray, Solid Gray, and Black. It's thick and large - a great choice for pranayama and meditation. Fold and sit on it to elevate your hips or wrap it for comfort in the colder months. More importantly, the yoga blanket does not shed and proper maintenance will ensure that you don't need another one for a long time.

Most Versatile: YogaAccesories Mexican Yoga Blanket

Mexican yoga blanket by YogaAccesories
  • Size: 74” x 52”

  • Material: Blended

  • Weight: 2.2 lbs

  • Color Options: 13

Made from cotton and synthetic fibers, the YogaAccessories blanket is an excellent option among the loosely woven blankets with a textured feel. It’s a Falsa-style, tasseled blanket to use as an underlay for meditation/pranayama or extra padding to support yoga poses. The blanket is machine washable and available in 13 color options.

Place it between the thighs during Vajrasana or use it as a firm, yet comfortable support for the buttocks during seated asanas. Rolled up or stacked, it could double up as a bolster without compromising comfort. Dimension-wise, it's a touch smaller than traditional blankets, but that makes it all the more portable and ideal for the park on a sunny day.

Best Reviews: Benevolence LA Store Mexican Yoga Blanket

Colorful, striped Benevolence LA Mexican Yoga Blanket
  • Size: 75” x 50”

  • Material: Cotton + Acrylic

  • Weight: 3lbs

  • Color Options: 11

Benevolence LA has earned itself a large following with this authentic and artisanal Serape-style yoga blanket. Their premium Falsa blanket is hand-loom woven by Mexican artisans using a blend of cotton and acrylic. It’s available in 11 eye-catching colors. It's reasonably fluffy but the texture gets better after the first few washes.

The blanket is thick enough for warmth and piles/rolls up well for stable support during practice. It won’t come undone on the first thing that pulls at it and will retain its characteristics with proper maintenance. The vibrant color options and “twin-bed” size keep it open to versatile use.

Overall, it’s breathable, grippy, and portable.

Best Quilted: Exclusivo Mezcla Boho Patchwork Yoga Blanket

Quilted Yoga Blanket with Patchwork
  • Size: 60” x 80”

  • Material: 100% Cotton

  • Weight: 2.7lbs

  • Color Options: 9

If you haven’t heard of Exclusive Mezcla, it’s because they don’t advertise their products exclusively as a yoga blanket. We picked the Boho-chic Mezcla Patchwork Blanket that is pre-washed, pre-shrunk, and double-sided with an attractive print. It is 100% cotton, machine-washable, and super soft and comfy. It’s not a blanket, it is a therapy.

Best Premium: Carolina Mornings All Natural Yoga Blanket

Premium yoga blanket by Carolina Morning
  • Size: 76” x 57”

  • Material: 100% Cotton

  • Weight: 3.5 lbs

  • Color Options: White

Plush and premium, Carolina Morning’s all-natural yoga blanket is made from domestically grown 100% organic cotton in an undyed natural shade of white. This chenille herringbone blanket moves the way you want it to. The stitching is top-notch, and the hemmed edges ensure durability. Ensure that you select this size instead of the substantially larger queen size.

In a nutshell, it is an ultra-fluffy companion for restorative poses, pranayama, and restful meditation. It can be hand or machine washed following the care instructions provided on the label. It’s hard to fault the warmth, comfort, and fantastic weave of these blankets. If the price isn’t prohibitive, the product gives you little else to complain about.

Prana Sutra Recommends:

If you like a clean, eco-friendly, and all-natural blanket, the Halfmoon Cotton Yoga Blanket is a stellar choice. We recommend the easy-to-clean Open Road Goods Yoga Blanket for those who want a hard-wearing yoga blanket with some heft. If you are on a tight budget, check out the Lotuscraft (cotton) and Benevolence LA Store (blended) yoga blankets that are backed by a solid reputation and positive customer reviews.

How to Choose the best blankets for yoga?

High-quality yoga blankets are a solid investment if you pick the right one. That said, there is no one size fits all recommendation. Like other personal items, the best blanket for yoga is subject to how you plan to use it and what materials you prefer. The internet has countless options in terms of color, size, and materials. All we can do is point to the key considerations when choosing a blanket and share our recommendations to get your money's worth.

We recommend all-natural, 100% cotton for softness, woolen blankets for cold weather, and synthetic blankets if you are on a tight budget. We recommend sustainable and eco-friendly options if you can afford them. It’s a great way to pay our dues to the environment.

Blanket Material - What works best for yoga?

Yoga blankets are made with cotton, wool, or a durable blend of natural and synthetic fibers - cotton/wool with polyester and acrylic. Eco-friendly yoga blankets are made from 100% organic cotton that is sustainably sourced. You may also find recycled industrial fiber and felt blankets in the online market.

As a thumb rule, we recommend buying yoga blankets made from recycled or natural materials. They are easy on the environment and retain their color and form with regular use. A good yoga blanket should feel soft-to-touch while you lean on it or wrap it around yourself. However, too soft can be too fragile, so strike a balance.

Cotton yoga blankets are soft but can result in lint or fuzz if you opt for a product with inferior quality. They are ideal for support rather than warmth, especially in the colder months. Wool yoga blankets are more hard-wearing, moisture-wicking, and durable but not as soft to the touch. Synthetic blends use a combination of cotton, wool, acrylic, and polyester fibers to make the fabrics more durable and resistant to wrinkles. They work better for supportive purposes and are easy to wash/dry.

Care and Maintenance

You can wash all yoga blankets following the care instructions. These instructions are present on either the product label or within the packaging. Some materials require special care and maintenance, while others fare better with rough use. All our recommendations in this post are easy to wash and maintain.

Purpose - What do you use a yoga blanket for?

Yoga blankets are a versatile accessory when it comes to comfort, convenience, and support. It’s no wonder they are growing in popularity around the world. We repeatedly advocate using blankets because they are extremely obliging for pranayama and meditation.

As a prop, it's highly versatile because you can fold, stack, or roll a blanket in a variety of ways to support the body. It relieves pressure off the ankles, knees, neck, and back as you enter deep stretching poses. Plus, it’s a nice way to add a splash of color to your space.

Here are some ways in which you can use a yoga blanket in your practice:

  • Joint support: Knees, elbows, wrists, etc.

  • Seating Support: Place under the buttocks to stay comfy for extended periods

  • Warmth: Tuck yourself in and relax in Corpse Pose

  • Yoga Asana: Use folded blankets to hold yoga poses for longer

  • Make-shift Bolster: Two stacked blankets can double up as a bolster.

  • Neck Support: Place a folded or rolled blanket under the neck for support

  • Fill Gaps: Place a rolled yoga blanket between the legs during Vajrasana