Instead of: A padded floorUse: Lululemon's new Towel Mat ($58 at It works just like a regular yoga mat — but one side is a towel, and you can roll it up tightly before and after class and shove it inside your bag. Plus, you can throw it in the washing machine.Size: It's the size of a regular yoga mat, but is much thinner.Expert says: Since traditional mats are only sporadically wiped down, they are riddled with human body cells, sweat and other secretions, said Dr. Philip Tierno Jr., professor of microbiology and pathology at the New York University School of Medicine, and author of "The Secret Life of Germs." Soap and water alone won't kill the bacteria, and most mats can't be thrown in the washing machine and dryer. But the Lululemon Towel Mat can, and it can also be used for Pilates, strength training and other floor exercises.
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