Timber! Your yoga mat could be actively sabotaging your balancing poses

City Women & co

December 07, 2018 at 11:36AM

You?ve had your downward dog and warrior poses mastered for years, but when you put yourself into trickier situations that require some serious balancing skills, it only takes a second to fall out. So what gives? Well, according to a podiatrist, you might be able to blame your yoga mat.

In a recent episode of the Urban Wellness Clinic?s Muscle Medicine podcast, Emily Splichal, DPM, reveals the prime yoga accessory could actually be why balancing is so hard. ?When you go onto a yoga mat, you?re dampening or blocking the small nerves in the bottom of the feet,? she says.

And those nerves are crucial for mastering one-legged poses: They have quicker reaction times, making them better at sensing tiny movement changes to help keep you balanced. Unfortunately, due to the texture and thickness of mats, those nerves are often suppressed, forcing you to…

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