Yoga isn't just comprised of the physical form and asanas (poses), there is an entire philosophy as well. Saucha, one of the Niyamas (personal observances) of Yoga philosophy, is the practice of purification or cleanliness. This can be internal or external cleanliness. Eating healthy and proper hygiene of course, but also your environment. With that in mind, have you had the chance to create a relaxing space to do yoga? Start by reducing clutter and being intentional with the placement of your mat. It should look and feel good to you. Finally, when is the last time you cleaned your yoga mat? Here is a DIY cleaner for you to get started today. Not the DIY type? Here is a great cleaner you can order. Ingredients: 3 parts filtered or distilled water 1 part witch hazel or white vinegar 15-20 drops of essential oil. (lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, and lemongrass are all antimicrobial and good options) Add to a spray bottle (glass is best). Shake them all together and spray your mat after each session and wipe down with a cloth. For a deeper clean generously spray your mat and allow to sit for 5 minutes. With a damp cloth wipe down the mat. Allow to dry completely before rolling the mat up.
Ahhhh! Doesn't that feel good?
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