I'm not taking Bikram, but lately my teacher has been turning the temperature way up in my yoga class. The higher temp, the more I sweat. Besides not wanting to look like a drippy mess in class, the extra perspiration makes it hard to stay put on even the best of mats. After nearly slipping onto my face during Downward Dog, I knew that it was time to invest in a good towel. Enter the Manduka eQua Mat Towel ($40).
It's a lot of money to spend on a towel, but it's the only one that really works for my practice. Standard towels are rough on my skin, don't dry fast enough, and move around and bunch up on my mat. They also don't offer great traction when a little damp. My Manduka towel is the exact opposite: the texture reminds me of a car chamois because of its soft suede-like texture, and it performs like one too! It dries immediately after using it, stays put on my mat, and has a slight traction to it that stands up to dampness. Major win.