Yoga mat separation anxiety. It exists…
Last week, I attended my usual 7 pm Vinyasa Flow class but low and behold, forgot my pretty pink yoga mat. As the sky began to fall and I began to stress, I hesitantly made my way into the studio.
I grabbed a class-provided mat. It felt strange and foreign to me and I could almost SEE the bacteria and sweat squirming around on it. How I wished I would have at least packed my yoga mat cleaner.
As I found a space on the floor, all I could think about was how badly I wanted the comforts (and germs) of my own mat yet knew I would have to take my chances with this spare and get over it. My studio provides toilette’s and I hoped and prayed that the mat I grabbed had been wiped down prior to being put back but how would I know? I wouldn’t.
I eagerly grabbed a toilette (or three) and wiped that sucker down as best I could. I grabbed a towel to place at the head of my mat and 10 minutes into class, my mat worries were lost in a sea of Chaturanga’s and Downward Facing Dog’s.
Fast forward to the next morning. I wake up to a lovely pimple on my forehead and immediately think back to the previous night’s yoga class. FYI, I am not one to get forehead pimples or breakouts like, ever, so this little guy saying “Good Morning!” was pretty out of the ordinary.
I remembered myself in Balasana (child’s pose) in the last night’s class. Those few critical minutes my forehead rested on the bacteria-prone mat were most definitely the cause for the pimple STARING back at me in my bathroom mirror.
From this experience, I made sure of a few things…
- NEVER forget my yoga mat
- But if I do, always have my yoga mat spray handy
Try this DIY non-toxic cleaner to keep your mat sanitary and smelling good! Throw it in your bag and spritz a couple sprays on your mat before class to avoid bacteria pimples! Woohoo!
- 3 parts water
- 1 part white vinegar or alcohol-free witch hazel
- 3 drops Tea tree (Melaluca) essential oil
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
- glass spray bottle
- Combine all ingredients in glass spray bottle. I purchased mine here.
- Shake until combined
- Spray on mat and wipe dry with towel.
Keep in Mind
If you are not a fan of lavender (like my sister) or are allergic (like my mom), replace it with another calming oil, like Ylang-Ylang or Cedarwood.
Yoga Mat Cleaning and Storing Tips
- Try to clean your yoga mat after every class
- Wash your mat in the washer and dryer once a month on medium heat
- Let your mat air dry for 24 hours. Avoid bright sunny spots!
- Hang your mat on a hanger at home as opposed to rolling it up