For all you yogis out there, and especially practitioners of hot yoga, you’ll be happy to know that there is wonderful and less expensive option to the ubiquitous Yoga Toes. I was at Lululemon recently, and knowing that I was going straight to yoga class after work and had forgotten my Yoga Toes towel, I decided to purchase and try the Manduka eQua Mat Towel. Super absorbant and quick drying, the eQua Mat Towel provides a slip resistant hygienic surface for your yoga mat.
I have always found the Yoga Toes towels to be slippery unless they are wet, and it seems counter intuitive to splash water all over your yoga mat BEFORE you start sweating. Regardless of the wet factor, my feet were always slipping and I had a hard time getting good traction on a towel. The eQua towel offered great traction and a wonderfully soft surface to practice on. Even dry, I had no issues with slipping, and the towel was a bit larger than my mat, so it offered great coverage and a wonderful texture to sink into shavasana. And the eQua mat is only $40! $20 less than Yoga Toes. It has held up to multiple washings, and it continues to offer a soft, absorbent and skid free surface on which to practice.
eQua Mat Towels are available at Lululemon stores, and on line at Manduka.com