The Ultimate Yoga Blanket Care and Purchase Guide
Whether you call them Mexican Blankets or Yoga Blankets, these props come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They are one of the most useful tools at a yogi's disposal. Roll it up into a mini bolster or feel the warmth during savasana. Use it as a thick strap for leg stretches or as a pillow in meditation. The uses are endless! Below we'll discuss key things to think about when purchasing a yoga blanket, from material, style, length, care and much more!
There are several different types of material a yoga blanket comes in. We'll discuss the most popular and the best practices for getting the most out of your yoga blanket.
Cotton Blankets - Everyone is familiar with it. The luxuriously soft material comes in a variety of different weights. Expect to see bright colors and a range of different weaves for any climate.
Care: Machine wash using cold water. Cotton shrinks, so please hang to dry or if not possible, tumble dry with no heat.
Wool Blankets - Wool does not have to be scratchy. Recycled wool not only helps the environment, but is also extremely soft and durable. This is by far the warmest and densest material we carry.
Care: Machine wash using cold water. Do not tumble dry as it may cause piling over time. Hang to dry.
Blended Blankets - Blends are the most common Mexican Blanket you will find for a variety of reasons. Blends are generally a mix of cotton, polyester, and acrylic. This greatly reduces the prices and provides better staying power for dyes. Most of the material used in blended blankets are recycled from area textile manufacturers and processed and cleaned to make material ready for reuse.
Care: Machine wash cold. Hang dry. Please do not tumble dry. The weave, depending on thickness, may be affected.
There are several styles on the market to fulfill your yoga prop needs. From felted to woven, we will discuss the most popular styles and their uses.
Mexican Blankets - This is the most used style of yoga blanket. Some may even think of them as synonymous. Mexican blankets tend to use a blend of recycled materials with different patterns and colors reminiscent of brightly colored serapes and ponchos. These are some of the lightest blankets carried.
Felted Blankets - Typically created using wool, these blankets are thick, dense and ready for action. They're the toughest blankets out on the market and last the longest. They do tend to be more expensive though. If rough is not your thing, look for felted blankets with either recycled wool or recycled cotton. The fibers have been beaten up more and are therefore softer from going through the manufacturing process two or more times. These blankets usually do not have tasseled ends.
Tight Weave Blankets - These are an off-shoot of Mexican blankets, normally characterized by solid colors with a tighter knit structure. These blankets are built to last and come in a variety of colors. The lack of pattern in the blanket allows for the knit to hold longer than a traditional Mexican blanket, but is still value friendly.
Always try to get a yoga blanket at least as tall as you are. You want to be able to cover yourself during end of class, relaxation exercises. Remember that the larger the blanket, the more shapes that can be made. You can use two yoga blankets to make a large bolster shape or use one as a pillow during savasana. I find that the larger the length, the more the possible options.