Organic cotton yoga mats have traditionally been used for Astanga yoga but they are also excellent for any athletic or sweat-producing yoga practice like Bikram Method Yoga. The cotton yoga mats rest nicely over any thick yoga mat and most floor surfaces, adding extra cushion for sitting postures and better traction and stability for standing poses by absorbing perspiration and moisture that could otherwise make the top surface of your mat slippery. (We would recommend using a sticky yoga mat under your cotton yoga mat to keep it from sliding on the floor).
Long before sticky yoga mats became popular cotton rugs were the choice for many yogis. Now more than ever there is good reason to return to cotton. 100% organic, eco-friendly, sweat absorbing and great looks make cotton yoga mats a fantastic choice for a second mat or even your primary mat.
Some cotton yoga mats designed for Ashtanga or Power yoga where grip whilst sweating is required feature very coarse weaves. These mats increases their grip as they get wetter, the opposite to a normal yoga mat. Again, the cotton mat is often used with a standard yoga mat to keep it in place
As an added bonus, sometimes the cotton weave lines in the pattern can be used as guides for your hands and feet to help you achieve correct alignment, plus with some .
Cotton yoga mats are available in rich vibrant colours and patterns and many mats also have ties attached for easy roll-up and storage, while some also have their own carrying strap. Because they are so portable and easily washed, these cotton yoga mats also make great sleeping mats to take with you on retreat.
Organic 100% cotton yoga mats are one of the most eco-friendly yoga mats available as they are completely biodegradable, PVC and latex free. Hence, a lot of people prefer cotton yoga mats to the standard mats. However, in the end, it’s really a personal preference, but if you like the feel of cotton, then these mats are a great choice.