Saucha is one of the five Niyamas, which are the observances or practices of self-training. Saucha is the practice of cleanliness and purification of body and mind. This is done through Asana (Yoga poses) and Meditation. Now let's talk about the cleanliness and purification of your yoga mat, yogitoes (towel), and your yoga clothes. Here are some ways to clean your yoga gear naturally, without chemicals!
Clean Your Yoga Mat:
In a glass spray bottle fill 3/4 water 1/4 distilled white vinegar, and 35 drops of your favorite antibacterial essential oil. We use tea tree, lemongrass or eucalyptus for a fresh and clean scent at the studio. Try to use a glass spray bottle, some essential oils can start to degrade plastic if left for too long. Spray your mat and let it sit for a few minutes in the sun. The sun is the most natural anti-microbial remedy there is. If it's a rainy day wipe your mat down with a clean wash cloth after you spray this special magic potion on it!
Defunk your sweaty Yoga Clothes and Yogitoes:
Your Yoga gear is Funky, trust me you do not want to be that person! You also don't want to buy new clothes just because your favorite yoga outfit stings the nostrils. First of all, make sure that you hang your sweaty clothes and yogitoe towels to dry before you place them in the dirty laundry basket. This will most likely prevent the build up of funky bacteria. Then every once in a while soak your clothes and yogitoes in a bucket, bathtub or sink with 4/5 water and 1/5 distilled white vinegar for an hour. Vinegar kills bacteria and neutralizes odor. After soaking your clothes you can wring out the excesses water and throw the clothes in the wash for your usual laundry cycle.
For more information about essential oils for cleaning, natural remedies and overall wellbeing contact our dear friend and yoga student Michele Aschenbrenner. She is a local Doterra consultant. Michele will also be at Om Yoga this Friday for our Meditation Workshop to share a few tips and some great information on how to use essential oils for yoga and meditation!