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Sweaty Feet & Hands During Yoga

author image Leigh Good
Leigh Good has been writing for magazines and newspapers for more than 10 years. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications. Good has a bachelor's degree in print journalism from Georgia State University.
Sweaty Feet & Hands During Yoga
A woman is practicing on her yoga mat. Photo Credit Prasit Rodphan/iStock/Getty Images

If your hands and feet sweat during your yoga practice, it could make performing some poses more difficult. You could be experiencing sweaty hands and feet while doing yoga for a variety of reasons, and the excess sweat could cause you to slip during your yoga practice, increasing your risk of injury. You might be able to prevent the amount of sweat your hands and feet release during yoga or you can at least take preventative measures to reduce your risk of injury when your hands and feet get sweaty.

Why So Wet?

Sweating is a response to your body getting hot -- it allows your body to cool itself. If your hands and feet sweat during yoga practice, it is probably a response to either the temperature in the room or your body becoming heated as you exercise, or both. Sweating is an important bodily function. If you notice your body generates a decreased amount of sweat during a yoga class, you could be suffering from dehydration.

Sweat is Slippery

The biggest problem with sweaty hands and feet during yoga is slipping. If you practice yoga on a bare wood or tile floor, you are at an increased risk of slipping on your sweat and injuring yourself during your practice. If the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet are wet with sweat, they are slippery and won't be able to hold their grip on the floor or wall during yoga postures.

Staying Dry

You might be able to decrease the amount of sweat your hands and feet produce during your yoga practice. If you perform yoga in a heated room, consider switching to another class that takes place in an air-conditioned room. This change in temperature might be enough to cool your body as you exercise and prevent you from sweating so much that it becomes an issue.

Make It Work

If you love doing yoga and you can't get your hands and feet to stop sweating, take a few precautionary steps to keep yourself safe during your practice. Instead of practicing yoga on a slippery floor, pick a yoga mat that is designed for use in hot yoga. Use a sticky yoga mat to keep your feet and hands in place while you work out, even when you're at your sweatiest. Bring a towel to class with you and wipe your hands and feet as necessary to remove extra sweat before things get too slick.

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