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does anyone have a favorite? and one that isn't totally expensive? plus, maybe I'm doing something wrong, but my hands and feet are sliding all over the place...is it just me? or my mat?...
 

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what kind of mat do you have now?

i like the jade harmony mat for an eco-friendly mat.

a lot of people slide for a couple of different reasons:

1. misalignment in the balance across the hands (how to ground in, where the weight goes, etc--all of this keeps one from slipping);

2. the type of mat (some types are more slippery than others);

3. too much sweat/water.

obviously, for the first one you have to look to the alignment of the pose. for the second and third, you can use a towel (i always used a regular towel, rather than those expensive 'yogi toes' ones) or a yoga rug, or you can replace your mat with a better one.
 

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oh, I'd like a link to that!
 

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Disclaimer: I'm new to yoga and have not tried out this mat yet, so I don't know how well it performs.
I researched this exhaustively, as I did not want a PVC mat, and I ended up buying th Eco Mat by Eco Yoga. It seems to be the most eco-friendly mat out there.
Cons: ~Cost. I paid $44
~I've heard they wear out faster than most mats
~Some people complain of the rubbery odor
~NOT for people with latex sensitivity or allergy
Pros: ~Completely biodegradable, made of latex rubber and jute
~Open-cell construction makes it less slippery
~Machine washable
~Made in the UK
~No PVC
 

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I just started using this mat- http://www.barefootyoga.com/Detail.bok?no=512

I needed an extra thick mat (I have arthritis in my knee so I need the cushion for kneeling postures), and this one was reasonably priced. It's still a bit slippery, but I'm using a towel when I need to and scrubbing the heck out of it between classes to get it broken in.

They have a few other eco-friendly options available as well.
 

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Originally Posted by Woolball View Post
Disclaimer: I'm new to yoga and have not tried out this mat yet, so I don't know how well it performs.
I researched this exhaustively, as I did not want a PVC mat, and I ended up buying th Eco Mat by Eco Yoga. It seems to be the most eco-friendly mat out there.
Cons: ~Cost. I paid $44
~I've heard they wear out faster than most mats
~Some people complain of the rubbery odor
~NOT for people with latex sensitivity or allergy
Pros: ~Completely biodegradable, made of latex rubber and jute
~Open-cell construction makes it less slippery
~Machine washable
~Made in the UK
~No PVC
This is what I use & I love it! You can compost it when you are done w/ it!
 

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I got a jute mat too - it's a bit itchy, but I like it since I use that sensation to remind me to stop noticing everything other than my breathing
It moves around a bit with me, but I don't mind.
 

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Originally Posted by memiles View Post
I just started using this mat- http://www.barefootyoga.com/Detail.bok?no=512

I needed an extra thick mat (I have arthritis in my knee so I need the cushion for kneeling postures), and this one was reasonably priced. It's still a bit slippery, but I'm using a towel when I need to and scrubbing the heck out of it between classes to get it broken in.

They have a few other eco-friendly options available as well.
I use that one, and find it slippery as well, but not annoyingly so - I think I am just accustomed to the security of my old mat. I have the standard rather than extra thick. I think once broken in, it will be a nice mat. It was cheap, and it doesn't smell. Smelly PVC mats make me feel ill.
 
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