Yoga Practice

AYC Natural Yoga Mat Wash

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Ever wonder how we clean our yoga mats? We keep our mats fresh and sanitary with our own solution of natural ingredients that both disinfect and deodorize.

Here's a list of what we use and why we use it:

  • Filtered Water: Avoid Chlorine odors and heavy metals with using filtered water 
  • Thayers Certified Organic Witch Hazel: This natural astringent removes stains and sanitizes 
  • 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil: Derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia in Australia, this potent essential oil is a powerful antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic 
  • 100% Pure Lavender Oil: While lesser known for it's antimicrobial properties, this aromatic essential oil disinfects while giving off a soothing fragrance
  • Refillable Glass Spray Bottle (Lead & BPA Free): When mixing essential oils, use glass containers in order to avoid a potential chemical reaction 

Get your own AYC Natural Mat Wash via our Online Shop or follow these simple instructions to create your own!

DIY MAT WASH

Caring for your mat keeps it smelling it's best and can help it last longer. You can make your own natural mat cleaning solution by combining a few simple ingredients. 

MATERIALS

  • Filtered Water
  • Witch Hazel  
  • 100% Pure Essential Oil with AntiMicrobial Properties
  • Refillable Glass Spray Bottle

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating your own natural mat cleaner, but the following guidelines help -- First, check with your manufacturer to make sure all the ingredients can be used safely on your yoga mat. Second, use a 3:1 ratio of Filtered Water to Witch Hazel. Use essential oils known for their antimicrobial properties (we've provided a list of some below). When purchasing an essential oil, make sure it's 100% pure with no additives. Finally, use a single essential oil or create your own personalized scent combination!

A Classic MIX

Here's a classic DIY recipe to get you started:

In a refillable 2oz glass spray bottle, add 3/4 filtered water and 1/4 Witch Hazel to slightly below the bottle neck. Add two drops of 100% Pure Tea Tree or Eucalyptus Oil and one drop of 100% Pure Lavender Oil. Cover and shake to combine the ingredients. Adjust essential oil ratios as desired. Spray both the sides of your mat and wipe dry. 

Essential Oils WITH ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES

  • Tea Tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon or Lemongrass
  • Cinnamon
  • Bergamot
  • Clove
  • Sage

Top Tips for Your Best Outdoor Yoga Practice this Summer

Pack the essentials

  • Sunscreen. Sun salutations are great, but sun damage is a different story. Even when the sun's not shinning, up to 80% of the sun's UV rays can pass through the clouds. Protect your skin with sunscreen and protective lip balms. We recommend using eco-friendly, certified organic, mineral sunscreens and balms like those from COOLA.  

  • H20. Stay hydrated during class with a bottle of water or even an iced-coffee!  

  • Yoga Strap.  A yoga strap, like our unfold Manduka strap is lightweight and useful, making it the perfect travelling companion. Bulky blocks and bolsters however, should be left at home.

Bring a friend

Practicing with friends can improve you asanas and your friendship. 

Double the Motivation. You're much less likely to skip out on practice after a tough day at the office or a late night out if you are practicing with a friend. Plus, you can motivate each other through (or laugh off) tough sequences. 

Share Your Zen. Sharing energy with others during meditation and yoga helps us improve our own experience. 

Partner Poses. Try a partner assisted pose like Boat pose (Navasana) together and stretch your hamstrings while you strengthen your core. Or hold hands during Tree pose (Vriksasana). 

Don’t be afraid to get off your mat

Use Your Surroundings. Grass and sand are nature’s yoga mats. New textures allow you to grip the ground in different ways, and can add a whole new dimension to your practice.

Look around for things that can take the place of your props. A tree can give you stability when practicing inversions, or you can hold it to deepen your twists.

Practice Mindfulness

Center Yourself. Living in the moment is easy when you’re in a quiet, comfortable place. Moving your mat outdoors exposes you to new sounds, people, and experiences. Outdoor yoga helps you learn to be centered in unfamiliar spaces.

Practice staying present, even amidst friendly dogs, playing children, and car horns. Alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Shodhana) is a great way to focus your attention inward. Learn how to practice Nadi Shodhana here! 

 

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