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How to Paint Your Yoga Mat

author image Andrea Cespedes
Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.
How to Paint Your Yoga Mat
A yoga mat can be an excellent medium for self-expression.

While many yoga mats come ready-made with designs, colors and decorations, many yogis prefer to get creative with their yoga mat. Many paint varieties, such as spray paint, contain elements and chemicals that can deteriorate the closed-cell ensolite foam used in yoga mats, resulting in a less sticky mat. While no paint can permanently withstand the rigors of constant practice, rolling or hot yoga, acrylic artist’s paint is the most flexible option for painting yoga mats.

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Step 1

Lay out the painter’s tarp in a safe working area with ample lighting and place the yoga mat in the center. Insert the tip of the paint can opener into your cans of acrylic artist’s paint and pry off the lid. Pour at least a quart of paint into the disposable painting tray and run your paint roller into the tray numerous times so that the roller is saturated in paint.

Step 2

Apply a base coat of your desired color to the yoga mat by rolling the paint roller across the yoga mat. Get all four corners as you create an even wash of base color. Wait 30 minutes or longer until the paint fully dries and add a second coat if desired.

Step 3

Turn over your yoga mat and apply a similar base coat color on the opposite side. For extra variety, use a different or contrasting color to further distinguish your mat. Make sure both sides are completely dry with the help of an electric fan if desired.

Step 4

Place your yoga mat on clean area of the painter’s tarp and paint any details, decorations or fine touches with your small paint brush. Some potential decoration options could include: Sanskrit yogic symbols, trees, stars, the sun and the moon. Get as creative and intricate as possible as you have fun expressing yourself with your mat.

Step 5

Leave the mat out overnight to dry completely. Allow both sides of the mat to dry evenly by clipping the corners to a clothesline or other suspended object to make sure that paint is fully dry for use the next day.

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