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Outstanding Yoga Mats for Sweaty Hands to Transform Your Practice

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If you’ve ever found yourself sliding around in downward facing dog, then you’ll want to read this article! Today, we’re talking about the best yoga mats for sweaty hands.

Yoga mats have come a long way in recent years. 

I remember rolling into my first class with my $19.99 yoga mat. (There’s nothing wrong with a $19.99 yoga mat – unless it doesn’t work like you’re expecting.)

Shopping online wasn’t a thing yet, and yoga-inspired brands hadn’t become the athleisure lifestyle on every corner that they are today. So I just picked up whatever I could find at Target. 

A mat is a mat, right? My most significant decision was whether to buy the purple mat or the blue mat. (I took the purple one for those of you on the edge of your seats.) 

Fast forward to yoga class. I was slipping and sliding to the point where it took away from my practice. Not only is sliding super annoying, but it can also set you up for injuries as you struggle to maintain your grip in compromising positions. 

No need to pull a hammie skidding out of a wide legged forward fold. (Ouch.)

Even if you’re a stone-cold beginner, it’s worth investing in a quality yoga mat that will support your practice and create an inviting space to find your groove.

Whether you have sweaty hands and feet or you’re hitting your mat after an intense workout session, check out these crowd favorite yoga mats for sweaty hands to keep your asana firmly planted! 

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YOGA MAT FEATURES

First, let’s talk about some essential features to consider when shopping for your next yoga mat. 

As silly as it sounds, the right mat can make all the difference in your yoga experience (including making it a place you’ll actually want to come back to)

MATERIALS

Yoga mats are made of various materials including natural rubber, PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and TPE (thermoplastic elastomer). There are even cork yoga mats (and they claim to be non-slip). 

The materials will affect the cushioning, weight, texture, grip, and lifespan of the mat. 

  • Is eco friendly important to you? 
  • Do you have latex allergies? 
  • Are you looking for a thicker mat with more cushioning?

CUSHIONING

5mm is a fairly standard thickness for yoga mats. Different materials will provide different sensations of cushioning. 

Some brands, like Jade and Maduka, offer thicker mats, ideal for those wanting more cushioning for joints or other sensitive tissues. 

Keep in mind that thicker mats may make balance poses more challenging and will add weight to the mat when carrying it around. 

If you’re looking for more cushioning but don’t want to lug around a heavy mat, you can consider these smaller props to add to your practice.

LIFESPAN

Like everything, you get what you pay for. 

Budget mats tend to lack cushioning and may start to break down relatively quickly instead of lasting for years. 

GRIP & TEXTURE

Many brands are offering mats with a superior grip to keep you grounded. 

Each brand will have its own texture and what’s right for you is a personal preference.

SIZE 

Most yoga mats come in standard sizes (approximately 68” long by 24” wide), but some have variations that offer more length/width and can be useful for taller folks or those wanting a few more inches of personal space. 

WEIGHT

This may not be a consideration for everyone, but if you’re a commuter or use it for travel, a pound or two may make a big difference to you. 

Travel mats are available but often come at the expense of less cushioning, so it depends on your needs.  

EASE OF CLEANING

It’s a good idea to keep your yoga mat clean and germ-free. Can you just wipe it down, or is it machine washable? 

Check out the cleaning instructions for your mat. 

STYLE

There’s a yoga mat to suit every practice and personality. 

  • Are colors important to you? 
  • Do you like a plain mat or one with a design or alignment lines? 

YOGA MATS FOR SWEATY HANDS

JADE HARMONY MAT

The Jade Harmony mat is one of my favorite mats of all time. It has just the right amount of grip and comfortable squish.

In my experience, this has been a wonderful mat and I would definitely purchase another in the future. 

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The original Jade Harmony mat comes in two lengths 68” and 74”. They also make several extra wide mat options, check out the Jade Harmony XW. 

These are excellent options for tall people or to create more perimeter to keep people out of your personal space. 

There are also thicker versions and mini mats available to add some cushioning to your mat. 

LULULEMON YOGA MATS

One of the mats in my collection is a Lululemon “the mat” which is about 10 years old and still going strong. 

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I have never slipped on this mat, and it’s provided the same level of grip since day one. 

This mat is a bit heavier, but provides excellent cushioning.

They no longer sell this particular mat, however, the Arise mat and Reversible mat are similar. 

MANDUKA PRO MAT

The Manduka Pro is a crowd favorite. The material is thick and provides excellent cushioning. 

When I first got this mat, I was not aware that there was break-in period. The mat itself was very high quality, but I found the surface to be a little slippery and I wasn’t impressed by the grip. 

Upon further review, many say the mat becomes more sticky with use. For those who don’t want to wait, there is a salt treatment that you can do to hurry up the process. 

Currently, my Manduka mat is buried deep in storage, but I hope to try some treatment techniques and see if the grip improves. I’ll come back and let you know how it goes. 

The Manduka Prolite is the more lightweight version of this mat.

OTHER HIGHLY RATED NON-SLIP YOGA MATS

While I don’t have personal experience with these mats, I’ve heard great things about them, and they’re worth a look in your quest for the perfect non-slip yoga mat. 

YOGA MAT ACCESSORIES TO IMPROVE GRIP

There are several other accessories to improve grip and cushioning in addition to the perfect yoga mat. Check out these accessories to customize your yoga practice. 

YOGA TOWEL

If you’re not ready to take the plunge for a new mat, you can consider using a yoga towel on top of your mat to increase the grip.

Most yoga towels are made from soft microfiber to absorb sweat and stay put during practice.

YOGA SOCKS & GLOVES

Yoga socks have small grippy nubs on the sole and can be a convenient option to improve traction. They’re also useful for Pilates and barre workouts.

Yoga gloves can also provide a bit more cushioning for the wrists. 

YOGA PAWS

Yoga paws are gloves and socks made of yoga mat material and add additional cushioning and grip. Yoga paws can be used with or without a mat. 

These accessories are a different option for those looking for more cushioning for the wrists but don’t want to fumble around with cushioning props during practice. 

WRAPPING UP

To get the most out of your practice and keep yourself safe, invest in a yoga mat, and accessories that suit your needs.

Finding your mat (or mats!) creates an inviting space that you’ll look forward to returning to.

There are a lot of high-quality options on the market. It’s your practice; make it work for you!

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