The broad selection of yoga towel styles and types could easily throw an advanced yogi out of alignment, let alone the beginner yoga student. The choice of towels is so varied because it is based on different conditions, such as body type, yoga discipline and whether or not you want to use a mat under your towel. Understanding towel styles, materials and uses can help make your practice more fulfilling as well as preserve your safety throughout your sequence. Why Use a Yoga Towel? Yoga towels provide stability and safety to your yoga practice. Some people choose to use regular bath towels for class, but these donâ€™t soak up the sweat as well as yoga towels or retain their position on the floor as well. Microfiber towels grip the floor better than standard terrycloth towels, which are prone to bunching up and creating a distraction during practice, which is counterproductive. Certain yoga styles call for yoga towels that are unobtrusive and absorbent and can be draped over a standard mat without bunching up. Practice rooms for these yoga disciplines are heated up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, which promotes profuse sweating that can make you slip as you work through poses. An absorbent, microfiber towel with silicone nubs that grab the floor to prevent skidding out of poses is ideal for heated yoga. Some nonskid towels are designed with a thin silicone coating on the back, but these often donâ€™t provide the same traction as silicone stubs. The towelâ€™s extra grip works well over a sticky mat and provides extra cushioning between you and the floor. Microfiber towels with anti-slip silicone nubs are extremely durable. They have to be. These towels must be laundered after every practice, so they must perform well after repeated washings. You can expect a towel made of this material to last five years or more with regular wear and tear. Avoid using fabric softener or dryer sheets with this kind of towel; softeners reduce traction, which can increase your risk of slipping when you practice. If your feet are extra-sensitive and silicone studs sounds uncomfortable, consider a double-layered yoga towel that features nonskid fabric woven to the bottom of the towel, rather than silicone bumps. Dual-layer towels are super absorbent and come in two lengths, 72 inches or 80 inches, which provide plenty of floor cover for tall people and those with wide stances in poses such as Warrior I and II. These towels offer abundant thickness and absorbency without being too cumbersome, which is great for hot yoga classes that move through asana sequences quickly and induce heavy sweating. Because this towel is extra thick, many people use it without a sticky mat underneath, as long as they are working out on a carpeted floor. While this type of towel retains its position on carpeted floors well, it is not recommended for use on hardwood flooring. Youphoria Yogaâ€™s Yoga Towels are perfect for more than just Yoga and Pilates! You can enjoy the towels at the pool, on the beach, at the gym, or anything else you could imagine a use for a great microfiber towel! Whether itâ€™s getting together for a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee, or a beach day, this towel can do the job with its ultra-soft, absorbent design. This towel works great both on a mat and on carpet in my experience. I experience no slipping or falling! Of course that was for just general exercise for me as I don`t do yoga myself - at least not yet. My favorite use for towels like these and with this one is after I get out of the bath. While it`s odd getting used to from a typical bath towel, these are so much more absorbent when drying off! Sure, my bath towel feels better to me to use, but I love these because I try off with one wipe instead of having to go over my body several times. Plus it leaves no residue or "fuzzies" after drying off. The towel is high quality, well made, and I love that it has multiple uses. When I washed the towel I was nervous I would get the inevitable curling corners as with most microfiber towels. I was very pleased to see that it still lies completely flat after a run through the laundry and survived the dryer as well! I can honestly say I highly recommend the Youphoria Yoga towel! I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.