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Why It's Important to Clean Your Yoga Mat

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#2 in a series of posts that addresses the topics listed in this article.

“Clean your mat. When you sweat on it and then roll it up and then sweat on it again, it becomes a Petri dish.”

If you read the original article that I am address

#2 in a series of posts that addresses the topics listed in this article.

“Clean your mat. When you sweat on it and then roll it up and then sweat on it again, it becomes a Petri dish.”

If you read the original article that I am addressing with this series of posts, then you may have discovered that the topics vary.  Given the more serious nature of the previous post, this one seems a bit more light hearted, but I will admit that I love my mat and care for it.

If you practice yoga regularly, then the purchase of your own mat makes sense.  Only you can decided what is best for your needs and budget, just as you are the only one that can decide how to best care for it.  Addressing the case in point, if you sweat during your asana practice, then it’s bound to end up on your mat; however, cleaning it is up to you, and therefore your responsibility whether or not you choose to clean it.  As for your mat becoming a Petri dish, I think it would take a lot of build up of sweat and grime to actually begin breeding something hideous, and I speak from experience.  As someone who had to constantly unroll and use her mat, having no available cleaning products and all during the summer humidity of Florida, my mat held up, as did I, with nothing green and foul growing anywhere.  Having written that, however, I do clean my mat regularly, but I can only speak for myself.

If you use a common mat at the studio, as a courtesy to the next student we ask you to wipe it down. This helps us with maintenance and keeps mats clean.  You are welcome to use the cleaning solution and towels to clean your mat as well.  I will be writing a more in-depth write-up about mat care for our newsletter and invite you to sign up for that so you don’t miss it.  Believe me, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to read how particular I am about cleaning!

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