Are yoga mats and Pilates mats the same? Does it matter? It matters! Yoga mats are thin and usually more sticky. Their main purpose is to provide grip, not to provide cushion. A mat designed for Pilates is thicker and more dense. In the Pilates system, many exercises are on your back and stomach, which feels much better when you are cushioned and supported. And even more crucial with regard to the topic of cushion, the Pilates method includes many dynamic rolling exercises.