As a yoga teacher for the last three years this is the only mat that I use. There is no need to switch mats up. It is denser than the typical retail mats, however I am convinced that the denser surface helps reduce strain and eventual injuries. Note the weight of the mat it is heavier than most mats. That's not an issue for me, but depending on your situation it may. The bottom line is this is a quality product that is worth the extra money. I have not regretted purchasing.