Yoga mats


#1

I was wondering if I could get any input. I can’t seem to find the right yoga mat. I try to do certain yoga poses and I slip a lot. I even tried using baby powder to keep the slipping down to a minimum but it doesn’t seem to work. I have bought three different yoga mats and I’ve had the same problem with all three. Am I doing something wrong or do I need to spend a lot of money on a good yoga mat. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I feel like I’m wasting my money :???:


#2

Cheap mats are notorious for that. Personally, I would spend the money on a good yoga mat. My favorite as far as slipping in concerned is “The Mat” from lululemon. $68. Should last a goooood long while.


#3

You know what, I have to amend that last post in the interest of honesty. Personally, I would probably suffer the slippage. I never bought myself an expensive mat, but I did get one for free by teaching at Lululemon. And I LOVE it. So if you have more money than me (and since you’ve forked over for three mats, I suspect you do) I [B]recommend [/B]buying an expensive one.


#4

Well luckily the most I spent on a yoga mat was $24. But I will definitely spend the money for a good yoga mat. Thanks again. I really appreciate it :smiley:


#5

I’m assuming lululemon is a website. Is that right? :slight_smile:


#6

A store or website. lululemon.com


#7

Thanks for the reference. I think i found my new yoga mat :slight_smile:


#8

My pleasure. They are a good company to support too. Some people don’t like them because their stuff is expensive and therefore considered kind of yuppie. But they are very sustainable, eco-friendly, good to their employees, and spend most of their marketing budget doing free events for that communities where their stores are. I have a couple of friends who work for them and they love it.


#9

If slippage is your main problem, you might look into one of these:

http://www.yogitoes.com/

I sweat A LOT and so even though I love my mat (jade fusion) and it’s nice and grippy, once I get going nothing has kept it from turning into a slip-n-slide as much as a towel from the link above.


#10

My first real mat purchase was a Jade. I love this mat but I eventually, “upgraded” to a manduka.

With the Jade I had spectacular grip but often times I could feel my mat stretching away from me or bunching up while transitioning to up dog.

The Manduka is a denser mat and this problem has gone away. The problems I have now are that when sweat lands on my mat it stays on the surface rather then being absorbed. This has caused me to fall out of a few poses. The obvious solution to this is to purchase a towel to put over it but that defeats the purpose of having what we push as, “the best” mat you can buy.

I have heard many people, including ashtanga instructors, sing praises of Lululemon mats however I have never used one.

Luck


#11

Lululemon is definitely where I plan on getting my new mat. I read all the reviews for the mat I plan on purchasing. Everyone really liked it, didn’t have anything bad to say about it. I do feel like you need to put out a good amount of money for a good quality mat. Thanks to everyone for the links and info. I appreciate it. I was getting so frustrated with going through so many different mats. Even though it really was only three but I feel like that’s just too many to go through. :b I should have realized the cheap mats just don’t cut it.


#12

You get what you pay for. I hope that mat serves you well.


#13

I like the sticky mat from Gaiam and it is only $30. In fact, if you just search “sticky mat” then you will find plenty of options. But a yoga mat is like a good pair of shoes and takes some trial and error to find the right match. Good luck!


#14

If you go with a sticky mat, which would be my suggestion. Make sure it is REAL rubber, not synthetic. Real rubber comes from rubber trees. Check them out.


#15

Just in case you didn’t know, you have to wash a new yoga mat really well to get the manufacturing film off that is usually there that makes a mat slippery. A good wash alone might make the yoga mats you already have more appropriately sticky if you haven’t tried that yet.


#16

What’s the best way to “wash a new yoga mat really well”?


#17

Swish it around in the bathtub with a few inches of water and a little vinegar, rubbing over the surface with a cloth, hang to dry.


#18

[QUOTE=Anandamaya;67099]What’s the best way to “wash a new yoga mat really well”?[/QUOTE]

Vinegar and water is a good option, it cleans EVERYTHING! Mats, bathtubs, hair… Put it in a spray bottle to get a nice even coating, and then rub it off with a wet washcloth and scrub it dry.

Or,… I just bought the Manduka Black Mat and it was suuuuper slippery just like everyone said. On day two, I followed the online directions and scrubbed it down with sea salt and ran a vinegar rag over it. After I scrubbed it dry, it works better than any mat I have ever tried. I didn’t put a lot of muscle into it, so I suspect that it will get slick again if it’s too humid or it gets wet - but another scrub down should clear off the manufacturing clime, and everyone says it’s supposed to get stickier with practice.


#19

How many more yoga mat threads do we need on this forum? There are tons of reviews online as well. Urg.


#20

[B]Suryadaya[/B], I’m [I]very[/I] curious to hear if your sea salt scrub does the trick when you get a little sweaty during practice. Please let me know! I’ve tried all the other methods, my Manduka mat is great but it’s still slippery when wet. :frowning: