Is it just me, or are yoga blankets always gross? They remind me of bed comforters in second-rate hotels: slick, dusty, and teeming with germs. Next time you're sinking into savasana, think of all the sweaty bodies that snuggled up to that blanket before you, and just try not to flinch. Think about buying some anti-lice shampoo on your way home. Think about taking the longest, hottest shower ever with pure lye soap.
One solution to the blanket problem is to just never use them, but that would shut you out of great experiences on the mat. The other solution is to always B.Y.O.B. The other other solution is to B.Y.O.B. once and ask your regular studio if you may pretty-please rent some shelf space or a locker and keep your blankets at the ready 24/7 (taking them home every few visits for a wash, of course). Plenty of studios offer storage for a small monthly fee, and plenty more might like the extra revenue, if they're not doing so already.
Above, 10 classy alternatives to the typically mite- and must-covered yoga blanket.
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Below, all shopping details.
- Pendleton Woolen Mills Skywalker Blanket, $249
- Ralph Lauren Alderic Linen Throw Blanket, $285
- Missoni Montgomery Zigzag Throw, $373
- Norhla Nomad Loose Basket Throw, $1,875
- Karma Living Hand-Stitched Kantha Throw, $75 (more here)
- Woolrich Civil War Gettysburg Blanket, $115
- Restoration Hardware Alpaca Wide Stripe Throw, $199
- Hermes Altai H'Bloc Handwoven Blanket, $2,425
- Homelosophy Simple Striped Sheepskin Throw Blanket, $845
- West Elm Cotton Tassel Throw, $59