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Ambika Yoga newsletter #30 is out now

Dear yoga community, hereby a link to my 30th newsletter. Thank you for your continued support. Feel free to subscribe to my newsletter, and share the yoga love with your friends, or add your comments.

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Cleaning your yoga mat using essential oils

Have you ever wondered how to keep your yoga mat clean?

20151210_073959There are yoga mats that you can put in the washing machine. Please beware: don’t use any detergent, as that’ll make your yoga mat useless, as slippery! You don’t need to wash them after every practice (but maybe once or twice a year). On a more regular basis,  say every 2 or 3 months, I scrub my mats in the shower, not using soap, just a brush. They soak up all the water, so it takes a while (up to 1 day) to dry . TIP: wash one mat at a time so you can keep practicing using another mat.

If you can’t wash your mats OR if you simply want to clean it after each practice, make your own cleaning spray.It’s very easy to make:

  • Use a clean and empty spray bottle
  • (Filtered) water
  • Essential oils of your choice.

I typically use tea tree oil (as it has antifungal and antibacterial properties) and 2 or 3 other oils (lavender, lemongrass, nerolijasmine, grapefruitmandarine, …). In a regular spray bottle with 500 ml content, I add 10-15 drops of tea tree and 4-6 drops of the other oils to the water. Mix thoroughly and use each time you’ve practiced yoga.

Here’s how the cleaning goes:

  • Spray all over your mat
  • Let it soak in a bit
  • Use a clean dry cloth to wipe of the excess moisture
  • Repeat on the other side of your mat
  • Leave the mat to dry (hanging preferably)

This simply and easy cleaning process will ensure you can keep your mat longer in great shape & smelling nicely fresh as well as enhance your practice because of the emotional benefits of the essentials oils.

Properties of some essential oils:

20151210_081352Tea tree: enhances courage, confidence, mental clarity, cleansing, energising
Lavender: enhances calmness, balance, healing, comfort, openness, acceptance, relaxation, spirituality, resolving of conflict, strengthening, decision-making
Lemongrass: enhances concentration, vitality, awareness, clarity of thought, rejuvenation
Neroli:enhances centredness, self-confidence, positive energy, sensuality, fulfilment, love, empathy, peacefulness, happiness, relaxation
Jasmine: enhances harmony, sexuality, self-worth, positiveness, sensitivity, inspiration, clarity of thought, hope, magic, assertiveness, openness, inner wisdom, calmness, joy, warmth, romance, love
(avoid this oil during pregnancy)
Mandarine: enhances inspiration, gentleness, peacefulness, empathy, emotional strength, serenity, fulfilment, motivation, encouragement
Grapefruit: enhances balance, positive energy, confidence, joy, vitality, spontaneity, courage, security, clarity of thought, self-empowerment, inspiration, creativity, cooperation 

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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Ambika Yoga classes schedule December 2012

Om dear yogis,

From 3 until 23 December I’ll teach 3 weekly yoga classes (exception: no class on Saturday 22 December).

I teach as Ambika Yoga in La Sagesse Intérieure every Wednesday evening from 17:45 for 90 minutes. This is an open class, that means that everyone can attend, whether you are a beginner or intermediate student, click here for more practical information.

On Saturday morning I teach a 60 minute class at the lovely Sampoorna Yoga Studio and on Sunday I teach a 90 minute class at the same place. Both classes are open classes as well, click here for the tariff information of Sampoorna Yoga Studio.

Yoga mats are available in both locations, but if you have your own mat, it’s always preferable to bring it, read more about the importance of having your own yoga mat.

If you have any questions, please send me an email.

Looking forward to welcoming you in class.

Om Namah Sivaya


The importance of having your own yoga mat

I would like to share with you the importance of having your own yoga mat. First of all, it’s important for hygiene reasons. If you practice yoga, you most likely sweat a bit (or a lot) and lose some cells caused by the friction on the mat, these you better keep to yourself, so don’t lend out your yoga mat …

More importantly, every time you practice your yoga asanas you generate energy and this energy goes into the yoga mat. You want to keep this energy flow to yourself and not get someone else’s energy mixed with your own by using another person’s mat. So my advice is to buy a yoga mat that you can take with you to your class, use at home and bring on trips as well. If you don’t yet have your own mat, you can bring a towel to the class to cover a studio mat until you’ve gotten your own.

Nowadays it’s easy to find affordable good quality mats, a reliable online store is or buy one in Sampoorna Yoga Studio in the center of Brussels.

Some do’s & don’ts regarding your yoga mat

  • Be careful when using soap when cleaning your mat, the soap can leave a film on the mat which causes it to be slippery. Best to rinse it with water and air dry.
  • Always let your mat air after practice.
  • Avoid lending your mat to a friend, for hygiene and energy reasons as explained earlier.

My yoga mats

  • standard: a very good choice if you have a tight budget, it’s comfortable, comes in many colors. I use this one for my home practice. It’s not heavy, so also easy to carry with you to yoga practice in a yoga bag or using the strings that come with. It’s easy to keep clean (rinse in the shower or bathtub).
  • travel: ultra thin mat that folds and  is easily added to your luggage. It’s a good choice if you want to practice yoga on for instance the hotel carpet floor but don’t want to carry a big yoga mat with you while traveling.
  • yoga towel: excellent choice to use in on top of your yoga studio mats, this one has good grip, is easily washable and light.
  • ECO: a very good choice for ecological purposes and also very high comfortable rating! It’s 6mm thick so this is particularly nice if you have a sore neck from Sarvangasana (shoulderstand). It’s heavier and rolls less easily, so this is more a mat I use uniquely for home practice. (some interesting facts on the TPE material used, read here).