Yoga Towel Is as Important as Yoga Mat

Equally as important as your yoga mat is a non-slip yoga towel. A high quality towel will allow you fully engage yourself in your practice. You’ll be able to reach a whole new level of awareness, simply by having a towel that is highly absorbent and provides adequate traction. This article will discuss some of the types of towels used in yoga, as well as a brief description of how to use and care for them.

There are two basic ways that a towel can provide traction. The first is using the material of the towel itself to provide traction with the mat. Towels use microfiber technology, which provides a suede-like texture. When dampened, the microfiber sticks to the mat and provides the traction required for a fulfilling practice.

The second way that a yoga towel provides traction is with a texture. Towels such as yoga stick-e Towel attach extra material to a standard towel to make the towel skidless. The stick-e towel has smooth non-slip panels on the bottom side that provide the same function. It’s more of a personal preference on which method you choose, as both are very good at preventing slippage.

yoga towel with pocket

Using a microfiber yoga towel not only provides the grip necessary to concentrate on engaging your body and your practice, but also provides a clean and dry barrier between you and your mat, or any other equipment that you’re using your mat with. When using a towel for yoga, it’s recommended to spray a little water on your towel to dampen it slightly. This helps all of these towels activate their non-slip properties. If your studio doesn’t provide spray bottles, simply bring a spray mister to moisten your towel, especially near the ends, where you’ll likely be needing the traction the most.

Most towels, and all towels mentioned here, are machine washable. To dry, many manufacturers suggest hang drying or using your dryer on a low setting. Many people prefer to hang dry to prevent any changes in the non-slipping nature of the towel. In any case, be sure to wash your mat before its first use, as the dyes used to color your new towel may bleed.

Once you use your super absorbent yoga towel, you’ll wonder how you ever practiced without it. By providing grip and removing sweat, your towel helps you connect your mind, body, and spirit at a whole new level.

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It Is Wise to Have a Yoga Towel

It is wise to have a microfiber yoga towel. Yoga towels changed my life. I’m not joking. A yoga towel is a sheet of microfiber that is used to drape over your yoga mat.

From the first moment I started using a yoga towel, my yoga practice was changed for the better. I no longer stressed over slipping in postures and I was able to focus on the important stuff: alignment, breath, and remaining centered. Yoga towels improved my practice so much that I refuse to practice yoga without one. This simple blessing in disguise is considered a must-have prop that will vastly enhance your yoga practice.

Prevent Slippage

The yoga towel aids me the most by preventing against slippage. My hands and feet tend to get sweaty. I would come into a down dog and immediately struggle, having to draw my hands towards my feet so they don’t fly out in front of me. This muscle action is counter-productive against the goals of the posture. In down dog, we’re supposed to be pushing our hands away from our bodies to elongate the spine.

When I purchased a yoga mat towel with 4 corner pockets, everything changed. The towels grip allowed me to focus instead on alignment. Everyone always said to me that “Down dog is a resting pose” and I finally knew what they were talking about.

yoga towel with 4 corner pockets

Cushion

Yoga towels serve to provide an extra layer of cushion to add to your mat. If you’re knees get sore in kneeling-lunges then a yoga towel will certainly feel more comfortable. I find that the extra cushioning adds a level of comfort to any yoga pose, whether it be to protect your skull in a headstand, or just to feel supportive under your feet in mountain.

Hygienic

A good waffle yoga mat towel also serves as a hygienic absorbent towel for sweaty sessions of hot yoga. The nice is that they can be cleaned in a washing machine, unlike your mat, making it more convenient. Yoga mats are made of materials that deteriorate from contact with sweat. A yoga towel acts as a protective covering.

Convenience

Yoga towels are also a travel-friendly alternative to a bulky yoga mat. It can be folded up nicely and fit just about anywhere. I a lot and a yoga mat is simply too awkward and inconvenient to lug around. A yoga towel folds up nicely and the weight is unnoticeable.

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