I recently bought a new yoga mat because well, my hubby took the car that had my prized Black Mat in it. And I REFUSE to use the nasty, stinky, dirty, germ-infested public mats you can rent at the studio.
So I bought a new mat that's a little less thick and a lot less heavy - so I could travel with it.
I was psyched to try my first Down Dog on it. At first it was really sticky and grippy - so I could push into my palms and get a good stretch through my back.
But a few minutes later, as we started warming up, my hands and feet began slipping away from me. My Down Dog was turning into a LONG Dog. I was getting really frustrated, but I should have expected it with a brand new mat.
Want some tips to get rid of the slick, and achieve the stick? Then
- Wash your mat. A lot of mats come with some weird (and smelly) chemical on the surface, so just take your mat into the shower and rinse it with warm water. Don't use any soap as this will just increase the slipperiness. Hang it over your shower rod to let it air dry.
- That didn't work? Wash it in the shower again, but this time gently scrub it with a new sponge with warm water and NO soap. Let it air dry.
- Still no luck? Use it and DON'T wash it. Sometimes your mat just needs to be used. Your sweat helps to break it in and it'll become more sticky.
Still slipping? Try a different mat. Not all mats are created equal and there may be another one out there better suited for your needs. You can always bring along a towel to place under your hands or a rug.
But whatever you do - get this yoga mat problem fixed. Then you can spend more time relaxing and extending your muscles, not your postures.