A yoga mat is the most important piece of equipment that you will purchase when practicing yoga. There are many different yoga mats to choose from. Yoga mats have different price ranges and are available in different materials.
It doesn’t end there though; yoga mats are available in different sizes, thicknesses, colors, designs, and textures. While it may seem overwhelming choosing which yoga mat to invest in, it doesn’t need to be. You simply need to consider the type of yoga that you are going to practice, and which mat will best suit that practice.
If you are taller, you might want to consider a longer than a normal yoga mat, while if you suffer from back and knee pain you would want a thicker than the normal mat. The last thing that you will decide on and the least important aspect of a yoga mat is the color.
The design and texture of a yoga mat are important aspects because they will influence how slippery your yoga mat will be. A slippery yoga mat is something that you don’t want as it will be extremely dangerous, and if you slip, you could be seriously injured. A sticky or grippy yoga mat is a much safer option.
After time and prolonged use, your yoga mat will start to lose its stickiness and become dangerous. Yoga mats are made of different materials and some materials are more slippery than others. No matter how expensive or fancy the design, or the material used, all yoga mats will eventually lose their stickiness.
There are ways to prevent your yoga mat from becoming slippery, especially if you sweat a lot, it may be a good idea to put a yoga towel on your mat. Once a yoga mat starts to become slippery, there are methods that you can use to get the stickiness back on your mat.
How to make a yoga mat sticky again
When your yoga mat has lost its stickiness and you need to make it sticky again, there are a few ways that you can do this. However, before you get started or use any of the methods mentioned here, it is very important that you carefully read the manufacturers cleaning instructions. Not all these methods will be safe to use on all yoga mats.
If your yoga mat is machine washable, simply washing it regularly in the machine will make it sticky again. Not all mats are machine washable.
Soak your yoga mat in a mixture of vinegar and water for approximately 30 minutes; apple cider vinegar is best to use for this method. After about 30 minutes, remove the yoga mat and air dry it.
Using a diluted mixture of soap and water, you can simply wipe down your yoga mat. It is very important that you rinse all the soap off your mat before air drying it. It is best not to use fragranced or strong detergents when using this method.
If you want to make doubly sure your yoga mat is bacteria free, hygienic and sticky, then you could use the soapy water method followed by the vinegar soak.
In extreme circumstances, you can leave your yoga mat in the sun, which will help make it sticky again. I would take extreme care if doing this as some materials are photo biodegradable and will be ruined in the sun.
Other methods are to use baking soda and water or salt and water. There are also a few ready-made or ready to use solutions available that you could buy to clean your yoga mat and keep it sticky.
Simple things to take note of or to do that can help to prolong the stickiness of your yoga mat are to make sure that the floor is clean and free of dust before you put your mat down. If at home, give the floor a quick sweep to be safe.
To make your yoga mat sticky or stickier before starting your workout wipe your mat with a damp cloth. This is a good idea if you are using the yoga mats at the gym it will make it sticky and remove excess sweat.
Keeping your yoga mat clean will not only keep it hygienic and looking as good as new, but regular cleaning will help make your yoga mat sticky again and again. I must again stress the importance of carefully reading and familiarizing yourself with the manufacturers cleaning and care instructions before attempting any of these methods to make your yoga mat sticky again.