Are you tired of looking for the right yoga mat because no matter what you practice on, you keep slipping from time to time?
Slips are a common thing to happen during yoga. Could be your yoga mat with less traction or a wrong posture. But to avoid the disruption in your body flow caused by it, we have a few important tips for you below that will help you try difficult poses without the fear of slipping.
1. How to Find the Right Yoga Mat and Break It in?
Yoga mats are supposed to provide cushioning and traction as you pose so it is important to do your research before you buy one. Looking for a pretty design or cute accessory is okay, but what you really want to know is what it is made of.
There are four materials that are dominantly being used for manufacturing yoga mats:
PVC (PolyVinyl Chloride) - PVC is a man-made and non-biodegradable material. These mats can take some time to break in, but they provide good comfort and traction once they do. PVC offers lifelong durability thus making it a safe choice for the environment.
Rubber - Rubber is a natural, renewable and biodegradable material that's used in the manufacturing of yoga mats and it provides a really good grip.
Maji Sports has a unique collection of beautifully printed Rubber mats constructed with top microfiber suede and bottom natural rubber, a unique technology using anti-skid macro-molecules that increases the user’s grip on the mat.
TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) - TPE yoga mats have more elasticity, are durable and light-weight and the non-sticky and slip-resistant rubber surface provides great stability for any pose.
Jute – Jute is very commonly being used for manufacturing of yoga mats now as they bring a more environmental friendly aspect to the market, it has anti-microbial properties and are also slip-resistant.
Breaking in a yoga mat is the process of wearing it out so the surface has more traction. The more you practice, the faster the yoga mat breaks in. So keep practicing!
2. Avoid Applying Products on Your Skin Before Your Yoga Practice:
You do not want any lotions or products on your body that will make your skin sweatier and oily. Keep your skin as it is before you go for a yoga session and avoid using any kind of product that could resurface with your sweat and make it difficult to keep your hands and legs firm on your
mat. Please be especially cautious about putting any type of hand lotion on your hands as it will cause you to not be able to create good traction between your hands and the mat.
3. Why is Keeping Your Core Engaged During Your Yoga Practice Important?
What does it mean to keep your core engaged? It means contracting the muscles surrounding your belly and lower back. These muscles, when contracted and engaged, helps you balance, breathe, lift, push, pull and move with a lot more ease and control. An engaged core also helps decrease the chances of injuries and proper support for your spine in various yoga poses.
But most importantly, engaging your core keeps you stable on the yoga mat and improves balance in the most difficult poses, thus, decreasing your chances of slippage.
4. Sprinkle Some Water on Your Mat Before Your Start Your Yoga Session:
Surprising but true, sprinkling some water on your yoga mat before you start will make it less slippery and will give you added traction and support during your yoga session.
You don’t need to pour water over the whole mat, just sprinkling a few drops where you will place your hands and feet can help you avoid slipping. This makes it easy for you try different and harder yoga poses even when you aren’t sweating, thus, helping decrease the likelihood of getting injured or falling.
5. Why is A Yoga Towel Necessary for a Better Grip?
Yoga towels are used to create a separation layer from the mat between your face & body while
keeping you sweat-free during exercise. We know that Hot Yoga and Vinyasa styles of yoga tend
to make you sweat a lot, thus, one of our towels can help you stay focused during your practice by helping make sure you don't slip due to the sweat that will accumulate on the surface of your mat if you don't have a towel.
Maji Sports microfiber yoga towels are a much needed prop for intense yoga workouts or a more relaxing and restorative yoga session. It is a much needed prop for intense yoga workouts, such as “Hot Yoga” to prevent slippage due to a sweaty surface.
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