Props: Marvelous Mats

Yoga MatsWhen traveling, a folded mat easily fits in the bottom of a suitcase. Rolled, it slides into a hang-up bag. At your destination or at home, if you have carpeting you can adapt your standing poses to practice at the wall. With the anchor of the wall, the pose will go deep to the bone, and give added stability. Spongy carpet is no more an obstacle.

Just place the end of the mat perpendicular and flush to a wall. Then practice standing poses with your back foot against the wall. Come into Triangle Pose, and others with the wall as your guru. Press the outer edge of your foot as if you are filling up the space between the floor and the wall. … more mat tips…

Yoga Tip #8 – How to Wash Your Mat

The 8th in our series of weekly Yoga Tips by Iyengar Yoga North County. These tips are are posted to to Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Join us there to get the quickest updates.

Have you taken your mat camping? Take advantage of the warm weather and wash your mat! Place it in the Gentle cycle with a little detergent, let it spin, then hang it out to dry. Thin mats take a day to dry; thicker mats will take 2 days to dry out.

Yoga Tip #6 – Extending the Arms

The 6th in our series of weekly Yoga Tips by Iyengar Yoga North County. These tips are are posted to to Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Join us there to get the quickest updates.

How do you extend your arms? from inside the center of your chest to your fingertips.