I got this for yoga b/c my lower back hurt to do floor exercises. It definitely helps for that. I do have to step off the mat for standing exercises b/c this mat is so thick. But that's what I wanted, so it's no big deal. I'm about 40 lbs. overweight (average height, female), and I have plenty of room on this mat. The only thing I would say is that the mat had a strong, funny odor when it arrived; but I don't know if they're all like that. The odor has weakened over these past weeks - hopefully it will completely fade. I would recommend this mat. I searched a long time and hoped I was making a good choice. I believe I did. I'm happy with it overall.