Equally as important as your yoga mat is a skidless yoga towel. A high-quality towel will allow you fully engage yourself in your practice. You’ll be able to reach a whole new level of awareness, simply by having a towel that is highly absorbent and provides adequate traction. This article will discuss some of the types of skidless towels used in yoga, as well as a brief description of how to use and care for them.
There are two basic ways that a towel can provide traction. The first is using the material of the towel itself to provide traction with the mat. Towels such as the Manduka eQua Mat Towel use microfiber technology, which provides a suede-like texture. When dampened, the microfiber sticks to the mat and provides the traction required for a fulfilling practice.
The second way that a skidless yoga towel provides traction is with a texture. Towels such as the Yogitoes Towel and Yoga Stick-e Towel attach extra material to a standard towel to make the towel skidless. Yogitoes uses silicone bumps on the bottom side to achieve its skidless qualities, while the Stick-e Towel has smooth non-slip panels on the bottom side that provide the same function. It’s more of a personal preference on which method you choose, as both are very good at preventing slippage.
Using a skidless yoga towel not only provides the grip necessary to concentrate on engaging your body and your practice, but also provides a clean and dry barrier between you and your mat, or any other equipment that you’re using your mat with. When using a towel for yoga, it’s recommended to spray a little water on your towel to dampen it slightly. This helps all of these towels activate their non-slip properties. If your studio doesn’t provide spray bottles, simply bring a spray mister to moisten your towel, especially near the ends, where you’ll likely be needing the traction the most.
Most skidless towels, and all towels mentioned here, are machine washable. To dry, many manufacturers suggest hang drying or using your dryer on a low setting. Many people prefer to hang dry to prevent any changes in the non-slipping nature of the towel. In any case, be sure to wash your mat before its first use, as the dyes used to color your new towel may bleed.