So i got a new yoga mat for my birthday. I was all excited, unrolled it and then proceeded to almost smash my face in downward dog as my hands just about slipped right out from under me. As I fumbled around like a cat on a waxed hardwood floor, I thought to myself "self, we gotta get some traction here or your gonna hurt yourself even more than you already do with this yoga thing." But how? HOW??
Some people in my class had different thoughts on the matter. Some said, "oh dont worry, it will get a lot stickier as it wears in and dried out a little." Others, "I've had success just throwing it in the washing machine." AH... that sounds like a good ideas, except that the instructions on my mat say clearly NOT to wash it, as it's made from organic rubber. So most likely it would just spontaneously combust in the washer or some such thing... what to do?
Well, here' s a tip for all you that can relate to this scenario. VINEGAR. Yep, throw equal part vinegar and water in a bucket. Scrub that baby down on both sides and let it air dry. It will get sticky like one of those little rubber spiders you used to throw at the wall to watch it climb down. I was amazed. The only down side is a) it starts to get slippy when you start sweating and b) it smells like vinegar.
So theres one way to get your mat sticky. Anyone have any other tips?