How to Select a Yoga Mat
It is important to own a yoga mat if you practice on a regular basis. The correct yoga mat can make a world of difference to your personal practice. There are many different types of mats from which to choose. If you are just beginning your yoga journey, you might wish to purchase an inexpensive mat. Target has a good selection of yoga mats and props. Make sure you choose a mat intended for yoga and not an exercise mat. It should say "yoga mat" or "sticky mat". As your practice improves, so should the quality of your mat.
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Cleaning Your Yoga Mat
It is important to wash your yoga mat when it begins to lose its stickiness. Take a few drops of dish soap or laundry detergent and add to a spray bottle filled with water. Spray your mat (both sides) and rub with a clean cloth. Then rinse with clean water to remove any soap. Place a long towel over your mat and roll it. Let stand for several hours or, if you have space, lay your mat flat to dry. Your yoga mat does have a right and wrong side. If your mat has a design or a label, that is the right side to practice on. If you do not have a pattern or label and you are unsure which is the correct side, ask your yoga teacher or a yoga friend.