Nothing is more frustrating that loosing your grip in downward dog. And seriously, since when was the last time you put "frustration" and "yoga" into the same sentence? Before you decide to give up on the practice, perhaps you should consider the following items:
Are you cleaning it properly?
What are the signs you need a new mat?
Is my mat the correct mat for me and my practice?
How to clean your yoga mat
Generally you should be cleaning your mat after each use, however most folks are only cleaning when it's not performing and/or they see dirt. When you do clean your mat, please be sure to follow these three steps for best results:
- All-natural Mat Cleanser/Pre-packaged Wipes or a clean, damp cloth
- Wipe the mat surface completely
- Allow to dry unrolled in a cool, dark place
When to buy a new mat
You've seen the third email promotion for 25% off yoga mats, but do you really need to spend the money on a new mat? While we recommend you replace your mat every 6-12 months depending on the amount of practice, here are some easy tells that should spring for a new mat:
- Crumbling in high use areas
- Stains that can no longer be cleaned
What to look for in a mat/how to choose a mat
Yoga mats can be like a really good pair of jeans or your favorite sweater, once you've practiced with it you know the best fit. While there are plenty of mats that tout being for particular types of yoga practice, we think it's really a personal preference. There are three things to consider when finding the best matfor you:
- Materials – Standard PVC has phthalates and heavy metals proven to be harmful. Natural Fitness only uses materials that contain no harmful phthalates or heavy metals.
- Thickness – thin for feeling grounded during your practice, thick for more cushion and joint
- Length – Short for smaller people & beginners; Long for tall people and advanced yogis/yoginis