How do I care for my mat?
Love your mat like you love your Yoga. Keep out of direct sunlight and dry after each use. Mukti recommends cleaning with a damp cloth using water and white vinegar or alcohol-free witch hazel, add a couple of drops of lavender to soothe the mind during practice but be careful not to add too much as this will make the mat slippery.
Natural rubber does not like to get wet, avoid hosing, soaking or putting your mat through the washing machine as this will change the composition of the rubber. If your mat does get wet, make sure you dry it as soon as possible. No one likes to be wet and forgotten in the car and your natural yoga mat feels the same way!
What if I’m slipping, how to “break in” my new mat?
Mukti’s mats are designed to have minimal break in time, but every mat and practice is different.
Don’t worry too much if you experience some slipping when your mat is fresh out of the box – it’s rare, but sometimes the mat can take a couple weeks of regular practice to break in and “grip up” following manufacturing.
The more you use your Mukti Mat the grippier it becomes.
To speed up the break-in time, you can try giving the mat a vigorous rub down with a damp hand towel. Don’t use any soap, just warm water (and a bit of white vinegar if you have some on hand).
Make sure you let the mat dry in a cool, shaded area before rolling it back up (no direct sunlight).
If you’re finding you are slipping a lot, you can try practicing with a towel on top of the mat for the first couple of weeks. This will help break it in too! This is especially useful for more heated, sweaty practices.