Many of my blog posts and videos are inspired by questions and comments from yoga students I see in my classes. Recently I had two ladies from my classes at Gold’s Gym ask about slipping on a yoga mat. As always I had a few suggestions, because there is never ONE solution, and I thought “hey why not make this a blog post?”. Especially as holiday season is coming and there are black friday bargains to be had! Disclosure: It’s always my policy to make you aware that links in this post may be affiliate links. Meaning I earn a small commision on purchases made through those links.
Cheap Slippery Yoga Mat?
Ever heard the saying you get what you pay for? Take it from someone who has bought too many cheap mats in the past: Paying more for quality is TOTALLY worth it. A quality mat will last so much longer. My personal favorite is the Manduka Pro and ProLite. For me this immediately stopped any slipping on a yoga mat. I also have friends that swear by Jade mats. These brands offer rubber, and rubber hybrid mats that give you more grip than a $15 mat from Target. At the end of the day you want something that isn’t thin and flimsy for a regular practice – those are great for travel! I also advise against the thicker spongy type mats because they make standing and balance poses more difficult and they have less grip, and less feedback from the floor.
If upgrading your mat isn’t in the budget anytime soon, then let’s look at other things you can try for your mat. Firstly, new mats typically take some “wearing in”. Just like new shoes. I do want to do a whole post on cleaning your yoga mat, but it could be oil residue from body lotions that are causing your mat to slip. I’ll be addressing this in a future post. Let’s look at a couple of others things to try to stop slipping on a yoga mat.
Use a Yoga Towel
While usually for hot yoga or those that live in warm humid climate a yoga towel can be a great item for stopping slipping on a yoga mat. I’ve used these in the California Summers, and they are great for traveling. The yoga towel are usually made from microfibre. There are so many to choose from on Amazon, my own preference is to have grippy silicone dots on the underside. Honestly I’ve only found slipping an issue with lower quality mats or very humid conditions. But a yoga towel can be a more economical solution to slipping on a yoga mat. Especially when compared with upgrading your yoga mat. Plus you can wash them easily.
Slippy hands and feet?
In October I was diagnosed with Peroneal Tendonitis. As such, I now have a compression bandage to wear on my foot. Which means my foot slips on my mat in standing poses. To counter this (and what sparked the conversation with my students) I’ve been wearing my yoga socks again. I’ve worn yoga socks off and on for years. Mostly because gym floors are dirtier in winter, but also… my feet get COLD. My preference is the half-toe variety, and the brands Giam or ToeSox. If you’re thinking these would be great on the hands, you’re right! Now you can get yoga gloves with the silicone dots on the palm that are sure to prevent any slipping on a yoga mat! I personally haven’t used them but they seem a great idea in theory, and I’ve seen a few people wear them in their practice.
So there you have it. Three ways to prevent slipping on a yoga mat. I hope at least one of these works for you. Look out for more yoga posts coming soon! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
- Have you had slipping on a yoga mat before?
- Anyone else get super cold feet in the winter months?
- Do you prefer cheap and cheerful or paying a little more for higher quality?