It's been almost 2 months since I began this thread. I've been using my Manduka mat 1-1 1/2 hours, 5 or 6 days a week. I scrubbed it down with coarse sea salt many times in the beginning. I sprayed it with a vinegar and water mixture, too. The mat has certainly improved but it gets slippy-slidey real fast. I practice a hot Vinyasa flow power yoga. With my old mat, I would practice as many sun salutations as I could with my bare mat before covering it with a Yogitoes. I had better grip with the mat alone. Now, with the Manduka mat, if the mat is dry, it is good and grippy. If the mat is just a little bit wet, which happens within 5 minutes of my hot practice, it is super slippery and I put down the Yogitoes. The Yogitoes is not very grippy. Although I claw and press down hard with my hands and feet when doing Downward Dog, I slip and slid and consequentially make my dog short. Day after day for two months now, a short dog. I don't want my body to develop bad alignment and form for the sake of not slipping. Is this normal for my mat/Yogitoes to be this slippery, still?
Fitness Minutes: (185,744) Posts: 7,484 9/29/12 12:29 A
I was surprised how slippery my Manduka was after I got it. It took me a few classes of hot yoga to get it sticky, not slippery. Also, I sprayed it down with water and a small amount of vinegar as suggested by a yoga teacher, then wiped it and let it lay flat until dry. That helped. I think I'll have this mat a long time. I had a Jade that I adored, but wore it out in under a year.
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Fitness Minutes: (185,744) Posts: 7,484 9/25/12 11:56 A
How long does it take to break-in a Manduka mat? I've used it maybe 8 hours so far and it's still slippy-slidey! Granted, it's less slippery than it was. I have scrubbed it with coarse sea salt and a damp sponge several times as well. Fortunately, I practice a hot Vinaysa Flow and get to put my Yogitoes down on top of it so I can do the mountains of sun salutes that I like to do but .... Anyone have any experience with this?
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