Yoga is a powerful practice that can help you work through stress, trauma, and injury. One essential tool in your practice is your mat.
There are several reasons why yoga mats are necessary—traction to prevent falls, padding to protect the body against harsh surfaces, and insulation between the heat of the body and the coolness of the floor. Since yoga mats are so beneficial, keeping them well-maintained and sanitary so they have a long life is crucial.
Cleaning your mat removes dirt and sweat that may be present. How often you use your mat, in addition to how much you sweat and where you practice, will help determine how often you should wipe it down. While some people are able to clean it once a week, more frequent users and those at yoga studios should do it after each use.
To clean, spray your mat with a water-based cleaner that contains antibacterial essential oils (such as our Chakra Refreshing Spray) about six inches above surface. Use a clean and soft towel to gently wipe down the entire mat. Make sure to not over-spray as you don’t want it to become waterlogged.