While looking for an all natural way to clean my yoga mat, I stumbled across not only this recipe but an entire book that is devoted to incorporating yoga into home cleaning!
It’s called The Yoga of Cleaning: An Essential Guide by Jen Carter Averinas and takes cleaning to a whole new level of awareness. Even offers help with space planning through information about Vastu, which is the Indian Precursor to Feng Shui.
I’m very excited about the natural cleaning recipes offered in this book as well.
A special gift for fellow yogis, here is Jen’s recipe for cleaning a yoga mat. Tried this myself with lemon essential oil and it worked great.
From her blog at adore-yoga.com
The Natural Approach To Cleaning a Yoga Mat
You can easily make a DIY solution of 50/50 water and vinegar. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for added effect and easy breathing. I prefer lemon and lavender.
Pour the ingredients into a spray bottle. Spray your yoga mat cleaner liberally over the surface of your mat. If your mat seems especially dirty, let the cleanser sit and soak in a bit before rubbing it off.
Wipe the yoga mat with a microfiber or cotton cloth. Now repeat on the other side.
Allow your mat to air dry, which should take only about 5 to 10 minutes. If it takes longer, try rubbing your mat down one more time with a dry microfiber or cotton cloth to remove the excess water and speed up the drying time.
What is The Yoga of Cleaning? These are two activities that don’t usually go together. Or do they? Yoga means union or yoking of the mind, body and spirit. When these three aspects of us are brought to the task of cleaning (which is the art of purification) a greater expansion of well-being is created. When cleaning is combined with the technologies of yoga and its sister philosophies – ayurveda, meditation and vastu the result is the cultivation of sacred space within our homes and within our l
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