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How to Keep Your Hands From Slipping on a Yoga Mat

author image Ana Cassis
Ana Cassis began writing professionally in 1995. She has been published in the magazines "Cancunissimo," "Mesa Visions" and in online heath publications. Cassis is a nutrition counselor and herbalist with experience in fitness, nutrition and yoga. She holds an Associate of Arts in architecture from San Diego Mesa College.
How to Keep Your Hands From Slipping on a Yoga Mat
It is important that your hands don't slip on a yoga mat while practicing yoga. Photo Credit yoga image by Jiang Bin Ping from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

There are many poses in the practice of yoga that require you to bend over and put your body weight on your hands. This can be uncomfortable and even dangerous if your hands keep slipping on the yoga mat. Most yoga mats are made with latex, which is intended to be a slip-free surface. But external elements such as water and oil can make the surface slippery no matter what the material of the yoga mat. There are steps you can take to keep your hands from slipping on a yoga mat.

Step 1

Check to see if something that spilled on the mat is making it slippery. If you store the mat in a car, placing it in the area of a food spill can cause oil from the food to transfer onto the mat. If the mat is soiled, you will need to wash it before using it again. Also, mats should be cleaned when new to remove any residue that might cause your hands to slip, the website Yogawiz.com recommends.

Step 2

Add 1 tbsp. of dishwashing soap to a large bucket of warm water and soak the mat for five to 10 minutes, rubbing it against itself to remove any stains and oils. Avoid using too much dishwashing soap or it will make it hard to rinse off and can leave the mat even more slippery than before washing.

Step 3

Rinse the mat in a sink or bathtub, first with lukewarm water and finishing with cold water when no more dishwashing soap is coming out of it.

Step 4

Lay your mat on a flat surface to dry with a towel underneath it and one on top. Do not wring out the mat or you may damage the integrity of the mat's material. You can step on the towel covering the mat so the towels absorb the excess water more quickly, allowing the mat to dry faster.

Step 5

Apply your weight evenly on the mat when performing postures with your hands, to avoid slipping due to imbalance or bad posture.

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