The yoga and exercise mat features a textured surface for enhanced traction. This type of reliable traction is important for stability and to safely maintain poses--anything from warrior one or downward dog to extended side-angle pose or plank. Just as useful for beginners new to floor-exercise routines as it is for experienced yogis, the AmazonBasics mat helps ensure you get the most out of your workout. The AmazonBasics 1/2-inch-thick mat offers an enhanced level of thickness. This extra-thick layer cushions your feet when standing and stretching, and it supports your body throughout all types of routines, especially during restorative poses. Designed to withstand everyday use, the AmazonBasics 1/2-inch yoga and exercise mat is made from durable foam that's both lightweight and strong. When finished with your workout, simply roll up your mat and attach the elastic carrying strap (included) to either end. With the strap in place, slip it over your shoulder for gym-bag-style carrying. The strap provides secure storage (preventing the mat from unrolling when propped up in the closet or stored in the car) and easy transport from home to the yoga studio or fitness club and back again.