Lately, I’ve been bitten by the yoga bug. I’ve always been interested in it, but could never bring myself to going to a class. Well that changed as of 4 weeks ago. Through the use of classpass I decided to bite the bullet and go try out a class after work. I live pretty far from my work since I recently moved back home with my parents and because of that, traffic is the worst! Although, I’m enjoying my free meals with my parents, I had to come up with a way to wait out rush hour and doing Yoga is the perfect thing because I also been looking into getting back into shape!
I have never felt so down to Earth and relaxed. It’s a small class of 4, sometimes 5, and the atmosphere is great! My class is located at a place called North Shore Yoga in Northbrook, IL and the facility itself is perfect. I have to honestly say that my pace in life has changed since I started these classes.
However, while it’s great that I’m getting a workout and sweating out the toxins I’ve accumulated during the week, it’s not so good for the mat itself. To be honest, cleaning my mat didn’t hit me until I saw a member clean hers before and after the class. That was when I realized that I should probably be doing the same.
Think about it, you’re lying on the floor with all of the day’s dirt. The mat is absorbing your sweat and then your feet is on it as well.
It’s like a breeding ground for bacteria. Ew.
And because I’m still new to the whole yoga scene, I had to look up what people used to clean their mats. After a few hours of researching (due to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram distractions), I realized that it’s not that hard to create one so I made my own.
And because I’m here to help you out, I have written down the ingredients so you can create your own.
It’s pretty simple, if you ask me:
Make sure you dilute the Castille soap by Dr. Bronner’s with water when you pour it in the spray bottle. You’ll still smell the scent but it won’t be as strong. Also, you don’t need to put a lot. Dr.Bronner’s Castille Soap are wonders. A little goes a long way and, trust me, you’ll have plenty of leftovers for other stuff. I like to use it as a natural face wash before heading to my class. Having clean pores before doing all that sweating is key for keeping clear skin.
They also come with different smells such as Lavender, Citrus, and Pepperment. I personally like the citrus but you can choose your own to your preferred scent.
As for the Tea Tree Oil, I like this because it’s meant to help prevent the growth of fungus. It’ll be use at least two drops. The first time I made the formula, I didn’t count the drops and my mat became too slippery. It smelled great, but it made my downward dog a bit hard to hold onto. Now that was a workout if you ask me.