You'll want to protect your mat from being exposed to too many UV rays. If being outside to do yoga is a priority (and no one would fault you for that), there are a couple materials that hold up better under the sun than others. Typically, natural rubber is the most susceptible to sunlight degradation.... read more ›
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Yoga mats, particularly thick mats, are designed to provide some cushion and anti-slip when placed on solid services. Put your yoga mat down on the sand or grass, though, and you will find it bunches, folds, and makes a softer service even harder to navigate.... continue reading ›
What is this? If you want to air-dry your yoga mat – you can hang it out in the sun, but not for too long. sunlight will cause the mat to eventually crumble and damage.... read more ›
No matter your skill level, practicing yoga outdoors is an incredible experience. Now is the perfect time to put yourself out there and give it a try. Unsure about where to start? Here are seven sweet outdoor spots to take sun salutations.... view details ›
The worst surface you can practice on is concrete; however, marble and tile are actually quite good and you may even prefer them to carpeting.... read more ›
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Thinner, closed-cell mats will break down when submerged in water, so spot clean those kinds of mats instead. To deep clean an open-cell yoga mat: Put the mat in a sink or bathtub filled with warm water and dish soap.... continue reading ›
Store your yoga mat in a cute carrying bag with a strap, and hang it on a wall-mounted hook in your entryway. Doing so is smart for two reasons: You'll save a decent amount of floor and closet space. You won't forget where you stashed your yoga mat because it'll be right in front of your face as you exit the door.... see more ›
Some mats are hand-washable in cold water and mild soap, while others can be cleaned in the washing machine on a cold, gentle cycle. Make sure they are well-rinsed and always air dry a yoga mat — never put it in the dryer.... see more ›
- Spending time in nature can replenish depleted energy. ...
- Natural scenery can heighten awareness. ...
- Practicing yoga in a new environment can build confidence. ...
- The outdoors can further boost meditation's benefits.
In classes that involve many standing poses, such as Ashtanga yoga, the yoga poses require us to have our feet firmly in contact with the ground. This can ideally only be done barefoot, as when we are barefoot it is better and easier to find stable and balanced contact with the floor.... continue reading ›
Choose a light and thin bag that can hold your mat rolled tightly so that it fits within the walking pole or tent straps on the outside of your backpack. Also try to limit any grips, clips or fastenings on the yoga mat bag or case that might get caught when your bag is in transit.... see more ›
Factor in other om accessories like blocks, a towel, bolsters, and straps—perhaps shower essentials and a change of clothes post-flow too—and you're very much in need of a carryall that can tote it all. Sure, some studios offer these items, so you don't have to carry them around, and in some cases long-term storage.... see more ›
Using double-sided tape, tape tissue paper together to create a sheet about two times the size of the mat. Place the mat in the center of the paper and roll. Tape the paper closed. Wrap a sheet of craft paper around the center of the mat to create a band.... continue reading ›