How do You Clean a Yoga Mat? & Where can I Find a Yoga Mat for my Height?

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    Feb 01, 2008 6:33 PM GMT
    I want to take my personal yoga mat to stretch class but I'm not sure how to clean it properly afterwards. I don't want to use the ones at the gym because I don't know who else used them (haha).

    Also, what company produces or where can I buy Yoga mats that are made for taller than average people. I'm 6'3" and tired of having my arms and feet flailing all over the floor (or having half of my body off the mat during some poses, while all of the shorter people basically "fit" their mats.

    Oh yes, I live in NYC -- Just in case someone does know of a specific store to go to.

    Thanks very much,
    Aj
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    Feb 02, 2008 12:15 AM GMT
    Hey man, try this stuff: http://www.vermontsoap.com/yogamat.html
    I think it's chemical free which is always good. I'm not sure about finding extra long yoga mats, though. Try companies like SPRI products or perform better (you'll have to google them; I can't think of the websites offhand). You may be able to find something there.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 02, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    If you can get to a Lowes or a Home Depot, check out the floor coverings department. They sell large rolls of matting that is very much like yoga matting that may do the trick.
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    Feb 02, 2008 6:48 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidIf you can get to a Lowes or a Home Depot, check out the floor coverings department. They sell large rolls of matting that is very much like yoga matting that may do the trick.


    I'm not quite that manly to be walkin into Home Depot like that. lol

    Well I'd have to see what they say. It doesn't sound like it'll be the same thing as a sports/yoga based mat from nike or some yoga company.... but an interesting concept.
  • iHavok

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    Feb 02, 2008 7:01 PM GMT
    Target carries a large variety of yoga mats.
    you can even open them and see if they are large enough.

  • Apr 30, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    the "gold" standard for yoga mats is manduka. they have 85" mats. i have a couple fairly tall yogi friends and they seem to be fine for them.

    warning, they are on the pricey side, but they will pretty much last forever.

    http://www.manduka.com/store/home.php?cat=254
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    Jul 21, 2008 3:27 AM GMT
    sthirasukha saidthe "gold" standard for yoga mats is manduka. they have 85" mats. i have a couple fairly tall yogi friends and they seem to be fine for them.

    warning, they are on the pricey side, but they will pretty much last forever.

    http://www.manduka.com/store/home.php?cat=254


    I absolutely love it! Cant wait to buy it!
  • yogarob23

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    Jan 14, 2015 3:18 AM GMT
    I would recommend to spray your mat with an antibacteria spray after each practice.. and wash your mat about once every 2 weeks.. cold/warm and on gentle drying setting
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    Mar 11, 2015 2:46 AM GMT
    I spray my mat with a homemade solution (thieves oil, water, witch hazel) before and after my practice. It cleans, is naturally antibacterial, and make my mat smell awesome which is a bonus when in child's pose.
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    Mar 11, 2015 1:41 PM GMT
    Please stop with the germaphobe stuff. Exposure to dirt and germs is vital to a healthy immune system. And stop with the antibacterial soaps and sprays.....you're making us all sicker! With all the information out there about how these things are creating super bugs, I can't believe people are still obsessing over coming into contact with things other people have touched. You don't need to sterilize your yoga mat. Good grief. http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/can-it-be-bad-to-be-too-clean-the-h-11-04-06/
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    Mar 12, 2015 1:00 AM GMT
    I used to have an extra thick, extra long "man-sized" yoga mat but it was a bitch to carry it was so heavy. But it was always the talk of the yoga class since I was the only one with one.

    I can't remember the exact brand but just google "extra long yoga mat" and you'll find DOZENS of manufacturers. That wheel's long been reinvented.