Now that you know how to find the right yoga mat, you’ll need to know when it’s time to retire your current mat or expand on your mat collection. I recently purchased a new mat because the signs were clear: after six months of using a cheap, ⅛ inch mat two to four times a week, the mat was no longer sticky, the mat straps that were supposed to hold the mat together to and from the studio were both broken, the already thin mat had slowly been worn and pressed down to where it was almost paper-thin, and the open cell design allowed for tiny plastic chunks to be dug out of it with my toenails and fingernails every time I did a Chaturanga. After a few months, my pink zebra print yoga mat no longer provided ample support, was not conducive to heavy practice, and worse, looked like something my dog slept on. Although the signs were clear to me, it may not easy for everyone to realize when it’s time for a new mat, so here’s a quick list of tell-tale signs you need to replace your yoga mat or buy a supplementary mat:
If you’ve grown somewhat attached to your yoga mat and would feel bad throwing it in the trash, don’t worry! You don’t have to toss it just yet. Here are a few creative ideas on how to upcycle and repurpose old yoga mats. Place it under a carpet to keep the carpet in place, or cut it up and use as a jar opener or drawer liners in the kitchen. I threw my pink zebra mat in the trunk of my car and have been using it under my beach towel for added cushioning while sunbathing and in case of yoga emergencies as a back up mat.
Can you think of a fun way to recycle an old yoga mat? Leave us a comment below, we want to hear your ideas!
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Posted by Juliette Oliva on 7/15/2013