Here’s How to Finally Stop Slipping on Your Yoga Mat

Ah, yoga class. So many of us look forward to yoga as our chance to bliss out, quiet our monkey minds and reconnect with our inner selves. Nothing takes you out of the moment more abruptly than slipping and sliding around on your yoga mat. Let’s be real—it’s tough to remain calm and collected when a slippery downward dog makes you feel like a baby deer struggling on a frozen pond.

Even if you’re sweating bullets, you should never feel like your mat is an ice rink. In fact, it’s actually relatively easy to avoid struggling with a slick mat. To get back in touch with your practice and solve this nagging issue, try these simple tricks.

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Check in with your technique.

You need to make sure you are fully rooted into your mat and that your energy is soft and spiraling out and up. Make sure your down dog isn’t too long or short. Allow your hips to feel connected to the sky as you transition, which both engages your core and takes some of the load off of your supporting limbs. Soften everything just a little bit, so your body can absorb any subtle shifts.

The more rigid you are, the easier sliding becomes. Ask your teacher for hands on technical support, if you find yourself slipping constantly.

Invest in a quality mat or towel.

If you have a cheap, crappy mat, you’re going to slip and slide—especially as the mat ages. That’s a big problem, because it actually affects the quality of your practice. Do yourself a favor, and invest in a sticky, sustainable mat that will last you for years to come. Personally, I love Jade Yoga mats.

Rather than buying a bunch of cheap mats that you end up sending to the landfill, you’ll actually save money in the long run when you invest in a quality mat. And opting for one that is sustainably-minded is super in line with yogic philosophy, which means you’ll be walking your yoga talk.

Add a little water.

It may sound counterintuitive, but you can use water to improve the tackiness of your yoga mat or towel. Ballet dancers do the same thing with their ballet flats on a slick floor—a few dabs of water helps with grip and reduces unwanted fabric slide.

The effectiveness of this trick fully depends on your type of mat—this is definitely most functional when used with a towel. Of course, you could invest in those grippy yoga socks, but if you want to really be in direct contact with your mat, those just won’t do.

Don’t let a slippery mat take you out of your yoga practice. Get your mat under control, so you can focus on the things that really matter: moving your body mindfully, calming the fluctuations of the mind and breathing.

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26 comments

Kevin B
Kevin B2 days ago

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Maria P
Maria P13 days ago

thanks for sharing

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Kathy K
Kathy K14 days ago

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Mike R
Mike R16 days ago

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry K16 days ago

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Danuta W
Danuta W16 days ago

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Sandra Vito16 days ago

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Sandra Vito16 days ago

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Anne M16 days ago

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JoAnn Paris
JoAnn Paris16 days ago

Thank you for this very interesting article.

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