How to Tell if It Is Time to Replace Your Yoga Mat

Yoga mat lifespan varies.
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It seems obvious: Over time, yoga mats wear out. It's impossible to predict when yours will expire. That depends on lots of factors: Your weight plays a role. So do the intensity and frequency of your yoga workouts. Plus, the quality of your yoga mat matters. A thin mat will wear out more quickly than a thicker one with more cushioning. But even though you can't figure out when you'll need a new mat, you can definitely figure out whether or not it's time to replace your mat now.

Step 1

Think about whether your mat has become slippery during yoga practice recently. If so, wash out the dirt in soapy water in your bathtub, and then spray the mat with disinfectant to kill bacteria. Allow the mat to air dry.

Step 2

Roll your mat onto a hard, flat floor surface. Practice yoga at your usual intensity level, and observe whether or not slipping has stopped. If there are any slippery spots left, go ahead and replace it.

Step 3

Kneel down, and sniff your mat in multiple locations. If disinfecting did not remove any lingering smells, like body odor or dirt, the yoga mat needs to go. It has growing mold or bacteria that could make you sick.

Step 4

Inspect your mat all over. Go slowly so as not to miss anything. Look for holes and tears. If you see any, replace your mat.

Step 5

Look at the thickness of your mat. If you like, measure it. It should be at least 1/4 inch thick. If it isn't, discard your mat and get a new one.

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