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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 

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