How to Break in Your Yoga Mat

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I've been away from the mat for the last couple weeks and it's because I've been traveling and missing my weekly class. Now I probably should take more then one class but hey, that's just what I do. When I first started taking yoga class, I had a $20 mat that was okay. It was more so cute than anything, but it worked for a while. After a few classes of sweating and basically taking all the grip off. I started to slip while doing poses. I now have a Manduka PROLite Yoga Mat, that I got off of Amazon, and have had no slipping. Well let's get this straight. I also made sure to treat my mat when I got it so I didn't slip. If you have a mat and want to break it in so you don't slip follow the tips below.

  1. Buy a good quality mat. The better your mat, the easier it will be to break in.
  2. Practice more. The more you practice on the mat the more it will naturally break in. You might slip a little at first but that's natural. 
  3. Clean your mat. Below is what you will need to clean your mat.
    1. One 8oz. Spray Bottle(preferably glass)
    2. 8oz. of water
    3. 10 drops of your favorite essential oil ( I like lemon and lavender)
    4. 2 tablespoons of coarse sea salt
    5. Scrub Brush
    6. Hand Towel
    7. A place to hang your mat outside

Now that you have all what you need. Lay your mat out on a flat surface, I prefer my kitchen floor. rab your sea salt and sprinkle it all over your mat. From there take your spray bottle that you have filled with water and essential oil and spray it over your mat. Don't spray until it's soaked, just enough to be able to scrub. Once you scrub your mat take a damp hand towel and wipe your mat clean. Hang outside in a sunny place, and your all set. Make sure to let it dry completely before bringing it in and rolling it up! Happy no more slipping! Namaste.