I’m happy about a lot of things today, but right now I’m happy to have my Manduka Black Mat PRO back under my feet for my yoga practice. I’ve been practicing on the Manduka eQua towel for the last two months during our move to Japan, which has been an adequate short term solution, but there’s really no substitute for standing on a cushy sticky mat, and for that there’s none better than the Black Mat PRO (it’s just not ultra-portable…).
Another thing I’m happy about is having my treadmill back so I can conveniently combine two of my favorite activities: running and yoga. While running and yoga go together like PB & J, I’m also well aware that when I run first it definitely makes for some extra sweaty yoga and an extra sweaty yoga mat. After a while it just gets gross to think about serenely resting my forehead in a warm pool of salty sweat that probably seeped out the bottom of my right foot.
Bottomline: If you’re a yogi/runner, then you need to clean your mat more frequently. I’ve written about this before, but once again, here’s a few tips from Manduka.com on how to properly care for your Black Mat PRO.
To Store: Roll your Black Mat PRO with the top side (fabric-finish) facing outwards [Interestingly enough, the photo to this post that came from Manduka's website has the mat rolled opposite of this]. This keeps the corners of the mat flat when practicing.
To Break In: The surface texture of the Black Mat PRO improves with use. Our customers have found that the best way to “break in” their mat is to use it on a daily basis. Another trick is to sprinkle coarse sea salt over your mat, scrub it down with a sponge, and air dry in the sunshine [Never thought of this, but sounds good for a brand new mat].
To Clean: We recommend using Manduka Mat Renew or any non-solvent household cleaner and a damp cloth or sponge. Hang to dry in the sunshine. DO NOT put your mat in the washing machine- it may break the machine and ruin your mat! [In fact, I've heard from one reader that the washing machine shredded her Black Mat PRO Not a happy camper...]
Go forth, run, do yoga, and please clean your mat.