Friday, July 27, 2012

India.Aire, Morley, and How to Clean Your Yoga Mat

Did you see India.Arie on the cover of the latest issue of Yoga Journal? Kinda awesome, riiiiiggght?! I was jazzed to find her and my sweat lodge sister, Morley, featured in an article about musicians whose yoga practice informs their art. Very cool!

Do you do yoga? I do sometimes, but not as often as I wish I did. Even still, my mat gets kinda dirty every now and then. Here's how to clean your yoga mat:
For light cleaning, spray your yoga mat with a gentle cleaner or water and wipe it down with a cloth. EcoYogini has a recipe for a vinegar-based DIY cleaner. 

For deep cleaning, JadeYoga, makers of natural rubber mats, suggest the following methods: "Soaking in a bathtub, hosing it off, or in a front loading washing machine (no agitator) on gentle. We recommend a mild soap. Do not use oils, solvents or harsh abrasives. The yoga mat should then be hung or laid flat to dry. Do not dry in or allow prolonged exposure to direct sunlight."

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 

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