YOGA MAT, BRICK, CUSHION, ALTER … THE PRACTICE OF YOGA REQUIRES TO BE EQUIPPED. AND TO AVOID GOING TO THE CASH REGISTER EVERY YEAR, WE GIVE YOU SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO CHOOSE AND MAINTAIN YOUR EQUIPMENT.
Choosing the right yoga mat
For a good practice of yoga, it is important to choose the right equipment and to maintain it intelligently. A yoga mat, which is generally between 3 and 8 mm thick, will serve to limit micro-impacts between the body and the ground and thus protect the back and joints from possible injuries or deterioration. Thickness is an essential criterion, but not the only one. To be well equipped, we pay attention to:
- The thickness of the mat: for the practice of soft yoga (Vishranta, Hatha, Yin, Nidra yoga …), we opt for a mat of 5 to 8 mm; for the practice of dynamic yoga (Ashtanga, vinyasa, power yoga …), we get a 3 to 5 mm mat.
- Its grip: a non-slip yoga mat will help to achieve and maintain postures.
- Its resistance to wear: depending on the use made of it, we choose a mat that is resistant to the repetition of exercises, movements, carrying out outdoor training …
- For some people, the texture and material of the rug is also a feature to consider. So, according to your yoga practice, it is essential to take the time to choose the right mat.
How to clean your yoga equipment?
Now that you know how to wash a reusable bottle, it’s time to think about the rest. Because to keep your yoga equipment as long as possible, it is important to take care of it. Washing your hands and feet before each session is a good start, but sometimes it is necessary to take it to the next level.
Every time you use your mat, the body releases dead skin and sweat on its surface. Over time, these residues invite bacteria to grow and create odours and stains. For those who practice yoga every day, washing your equipment at least once a week is essential. Here are our tips:
Wash your yoga mat
Wiping a damp cloth over the surface of a yoga mat may be enough to clean it after each workout. However, this will not necessarily remove bacteria or bad odours. To do this, we opt for a cleaning spray with essential oils: to buy or to make (by filling a small spray bottle with distilled water + 1 drop of lavender essential oil + 2 drops of tea tree essential oil + ¼ white vinegar).
For it to be effective, we spray it on the carpet, let it act for 5 minutes, then rinse it with a damp cloth. Using an antibacterial product from time to time helps prevent the growth of bad bacteria.
Not all yoga mats are machine passable, but PVC, rubber or TPE ones will come out without damage. To do this well, wash your carpet in cold water, with an ecological detergent and without fabric softener. Finally, avoid spinning or tumble drying to remove excess water: leave your carpet to air dry, in a place out of direct sunlight.
Clean your yoga brick and cushion
Although pillow and bolster covers can be machine washed, it is preferable to wash them in cold water, and avoid the dryer to avoid deforming them. As a general rule, it is not necessary to disinfect your yoga equipment at each session. If you practice yoga at home and no one is sick, disinfecting it once every month should be sufficient.
But if you are venturing outside or in the studio, disinfecting your accessories after each class is a good idea. To clean your yoga brick, use a mild soap or a little washing up liquid and water. Rub lightly to remove dirt and stains, wipe it quickly with a towel to remove excess water, then allow it to air dry.