I spent a lot of time researching various types of yoga mats before purchasing. I looked at thickness, materials, environmental impact, stickiness and of course can't forget patterns & colours. I finally settled on this one and I'm pleased to say am very happy with my purchase. I was really looking for the perfect balance between cushioning, firmness and grip. I really need the cushioning when doing any activities on my knees or back, but you also want a sense of firmness and grip when doing postures that require balance or a lot of energy transfer through your feet. I'd had a mat that was really cushioning but ultimately too stretchy and slippy and conversely one that was grippy and firm but way too thin for my joints. This mat has a great balance and the colour and markings are both pretty as well as a reminder to maintain good balance and positioning. Would recommend!