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Tips for Use & Care of Your Yoga Mat

The more you use your mat, the better the grip becomes. Your salty sweat helps it too!


When you first receive your yoga mat, a light film from manufacturing must be rinsed off. Not washing your mat before use will lead to a slippery initial usage.

In order for your mat to reach its optimal grip it needs to be broken in.

There are two ways to speed this proces up:

ONE recommended for Kurma Mat range

  1. To season your mat or prepare it's grip, you will need water and a few cups of salt.
  2. Wet your mat with water and throw a few cups of salt on your mat. Any type of salt will do. Salt really does make a difference in helping get ride of that slick outer layer that is only there while new.
  3. Scrub the salt and water all over the mat with a dish scrubber or some kind of scrubby brush
  4. Letting the salt water completely dry onto the mat, then scrub it a little more.
  5. After the salting, rinse the mat clean but do not soak or saturate your mat. To rinse the mat, use a mild detergent or just water. If you use soap of any kind be sure that all soap is washed off really well before using the mat.

TWO recommended for Studio Yoga Mat range

  1. Use a course grain sandpaper or an orbital sander (for Studio Mats especailly).
  2. Give them a good going over, don't be afraid to get a little rough.
  3. Wipe the mat down to remove the dust you've made.
  4. Try once dry.

Your mat should be grippy and ready for use.

Wyldmyrtle Detox Spray

  • For cleaning and refreshing yoga mats and equipment.
  • All natural ingredients.
  • Made in Australia.


Like a good baseball glove or pair of shoes, your yoga mat will take a little time before it has reached its optimum and potential for an great grip! The mat will cushion your joints and provide an amazing foundation right away.

The more you use your mat, the better the grip becomes. Your salty sweat helps it too!

The best way to break in your mat is to do lots of yoga practice :)

It's nice to use a yoga towel for the first few uses if you find it still slipping after the salt wash.


  • Wiping your mat down with a cleaning cloth is all that is required for ongoing cleaning
  • Do not put your yoga mat in a washing machine or dish washer
  • Avoid storing away your mat if it is wet
  • Your mat is best stored roll-up or lying flat, rather than folded
  • If you sweat a lot, use of a towel placed over the mat during your practice is recommended



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