1) Deep Clean Those Yoga Mats!
First things first, it’s time to scrub a dub …maybe in the tub, that yoga mat we love so much. Sure, the quick rub down after class is awesome, but every once in a while it’s a great idea to take some good ol fashion elbow grease cleaning to it.
For non rubber mats you can literally scrub em in the tub with hot soapy water.
If you have a rubber mat, drowning in water will take for ever to dry and may compromise your mat. I like to take a bucket of hot soapy water scrub down both sides, then use clean water and a cloth to wipe clean any remaining suds. Drape over a chair or side of the tub to dry.
*** My tip to keep my mat clean longer:
I first fold my mat in half , then roll it tight and wrap it up in my yoga bag or strap. Though it may create a crease, it will keep the floor side of my mat (the dirtier of the two) from ever touching the side I use. Then I know which side is usable and can quick clean it with no worries.
2) Slow it down
Ever notice, the more you do something the more it becomes a habit and the more you start to skip over steps? Sometimes we can become so used to doing the poses, such as our Sun Salutations that we breeze right through them not giving them a single thought. One way to clean up your practice this season is just by slowing it down a little. Give each pose the attention it deserves.
Breathe. After all, it’s not about the actual destination and who can finish first.
The slower you move the more your body will get out of the sequence. And no, it doesn’t mean you have to go turtle speed, just be mindful of each move you make and just how much it can change your practice.
3) Malas and Meditations to Clean the Mind
What better way to keep a clear mind during practice than to stay focused. Intention setting is a great way to stay focused during your practice on and off the mat. A great way to do this is by using a physical reminder such as a Mala necklace or bracelet.
Mala necklaces and bracelets are made with a number of beads. Typically in a form of 108. For each bead you repeat your intention or what you need from practice.
For example maybe it’s to have focus on the present moment. Sitting in a comfortable spot holding a starting bead, you inhale “I will” then exhale “Stay in this moment here and now”. Then move on to the next bead and repeat until you reach the end.
By taking a few moments before class or even the morning of to set your intentions on a necklace or bracelet, you can then bring it to class and either wear it and each time it moves be reminded of your intention, or simply set it at the corner of your mat.
It’s a great way to add extra focus on and off the mat for what you truly want to get out of your practice. Whats even better is its a great way to take the energy from your practice out into the real world as a special reminder of your intention, because after all, if we’re only doing yoga on the mat, then why do it at all??
Have other ways you like to clean up your practice?? Comment below and let us know! I’d love to hear some new tips and tricks you use!!
Have a delightful day!!