If you’ve ever taken flow-style yoga classes, you know exactly that yoga hygiene is very important during a class. Your mat is usually covered with your own sweat and sometimes the sweat of people who did yoga around you. Your clothes are soaked in sweat. In addition to all this sweat, there is also dirt and deposits everywhere.
We step on our mats with bare, often dirty feet. In one way or another, after all this we usually just leave the yoga mat behind or shoot our yoga mats back into our yoga bags, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacterial growth.
Here are some good ways that a yogi can maintain good yoga hygiene:
- Clean your mat regularly. You can buy cleaning products specially for this purpose, or simply mix some tea tree oil, water, natural soap and scrub.
- Do not wear too tight clothing for yoga.
- Air your mat regularly.
- Buy your own mat, i.e. do not use the communal mats of your yoga studio.
Put your own mat or yoga towel on the studio mat.
- Finally, be a responsible yogi and clean up your sweat and clean up your own or the studio mat.
It is not really “sauca (cleanliness)” to walk into a room and step into other people’s sweats, not to mention unhygienic.