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How Often Should You Wash Your Yoga Mat?

How Often Should You Wash Your Yoga Mat?

Whether you are considering joining our yoga classes in Perth, or are already a regular member, a yoga mat will be one of your most used fitness purchases.

But, just as you wouldn’t reuse a towel over and over again without washing it, your yoga mat needs some maintenance. Cleaning your mat correctly can prolong its life, while ridding it from any sweat, dirt and bacteria.

How Often Should You Wash Your Yoga Mat?

The frequency in which you clean your yoga mat will depend on how often it is being used. Try to aim for at least once a month for general use, or once a week for regular use.

The more you sweat the dirtier your yoga mat will become, and during the warmer weather sweating can be escalated. This may leave your mat feeling (and smelling) less than fresh.

Which Products Should You Use to Clean Your Yoga Mat?

There are a few different ways to clean your yoga mat depending on what you have available. Commercially designed sprays and mat wipes can be purchased, but it is possible to DIY.

For minor washing, use a damp wash cloth and gently wipe over the surface. For more intensive cleaning, soak in warm water with a few drops of very mild detergent.

A high quality yoga mat can even be placed in a washing machine on the most delicate setting. Please note, this should be done with cold water only.

While some may recommend adding vinegar to water to assist with cleaning, it can leave your mat with a lingering scent. Instead, try adding 2 drops of tea tree oil and one drop of lavender to a bucket of water. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties and the lavender can help to relieve stress. The combination will leave your yoga mat smelling naturally clean.

How to Dry Your Yoga Mat

Don’t be tempted to hang your mat on the clothes line, as the full sun will cause it to fade. It may even crumble when the temperature rises!

Instead, use a terry cloth to soak up any wet areas and hang in the shade until completely dry. The best way to protect your mat when not in use, is to store it in a dedicated yoga bag. These are generally worn over the shoulder or on the back. This not only keeps it protected, but is convenient for transporting the next time you visit our Perth yoga studio.

Remember, with proper care your yoga mat will last longer and be more comfortable to use.

However, they don’t last forever, so if you do notice any tears or permanent stains it might be time to purchase a new one.

Contact Us

At Yoga Hub we have a range of classes and courses from beginner to intermediate. With supportive instructors to guide you, our classes are set in an environment designed with relaxation in mind.

Please contact us for more information and one of our friendly staff will be happy to help with your enquiry.

 

What kind of yoga is best for you

What kind of yoga is best for you?

People find their way to the yoga mat for a variety of reasons. For some people it’s a simple as maintaining their fitness, or as part of a broader fitness regime for another sport they are passionate about such as running, cycling or ultimate frisbee. For others, it might be the very first tentative steps in improving their health and changing their lifestyle. Very often people seek out yoga as means to learn ways manage and reduce stress in their lives, or more seriously, to recover from trauma or serious illness. Most yoga teachers go a step further and embrace the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of yoga as science of living. The wonder of yoga is that whatever our reason is for taking it up, it is certainly a powerful transformative tool which also has the capacity to be a deeply healing modality. Right now scientific research into yoga is an unprecedented high as the scientific measurement tools catch up to ancient wisdom and benefits of yoga become scientifically validated. There are no prerequisites to start, everybody can participate no matter your age, gender, flexibility or fitness level. However, these days with the myriad of classes of offer it can be very confusing to know where to start. Here are some guidelines to help get off to the right start.

Are you a completely new to yoga?

A great option if you are a complete beginner is to choose a beginners course. The pace of the course starts slowly and increases as your skills increase so you won’t go home from your first class and be too sore to pick up a teacup the next day! There are plenty of options for asking questions and just having a go, and there is an increased comfort level as everyone else is a beginner too. You’ll most likely have the same teacher for the duration of the course and once the course is finished the teacher will have a good idea about what kind style of yoga will suit you best going forward. We find that many people maintain a fondness for their first yoga teacher no matter how they proceed with the journey thereafter.

Try: Yogahub’s Beginners Courses

Are you making lifestyle changes or trying to loose weight?

The secret here is start slowly. As yoga is non-competitive and inclusive is can be a really safe and supportive environment in which to undertake the beginnings of such a journey. If motivation is barrier for you then consider a yoga beginners course as that can be a great starting point as it requires a commitment to a course of classes. Other good options are drop in classes that don’t move too fast so you have time to find your way into the postures and more time to experience each new posture for the first time. Iyengar and Hatha yoga classes could be good options for you as qualified teachers of these styles are expert at providing modifications and using props to make every pose accessible to every person.

Try: Align & Flow, I Heart Hatha & Sunday Best or Yogahub’s Beginners Courses

Do you need to reduce your stress levels?

Somatic practices such as yoga are incredibly effective in relieving stress and soothing the nervous system. Yoga practices that focus on quieting the mind and regulating the breath also give us the opportunity to practice, know and embody healthy somatic responses in a safe environment. These healthy responses can then be accessed when we might need them in our daily lives as we bump into stressors and triggers. The practice of pranayama (yogic breathing techniques) and meditation are also wonderful tools for reducing and managing stress.

Try: The Yin Crowd, Flow Motion & Yogahub’s Pranayama & Meditation Course.

Are you extremely stiff?

Many people who are very stiff think this disqualifies them from practicing yoga. This is shame as those ‘blessed with stiffness’ have so much to gain from the practice of yoga. Here at Yogahub we direct very stiff clients to start with a yin yoga class. Yin yoga is characterised by long passive posture holds, mostly on the floor and uses time and gravity to do most of the work. This provides a safe and effective starting point for starting to unwind muscle stiffness, sticky fascia and tight joints. As you have plenty of time to feel into and find the posture, and choose an intensity level that rights for you it really is one of the best options for stiff people. Another option, particularly when you’ve started to make a bit of progress is to give a slow flow vinyasa class a try. A slow flow vinyasa class is an accessible way to start to introduce the movement aspects of yoga into your practice without being overwhelmed.

Try:  The Yin Crowd, Yin & Tonic, Flow Motion

Do you want to be challenged physically?

Looking for a physical challenge? Love to sweat and get the feeling of a strong workout? Yoga when practiced with intensity gives the body long lean and very strong muscle and develops a body that expresses an open natural gracefulness …somewhat like a ballet dancer. If you’re keen on excellent functional movement, eventually progressing to arm balancing, jumping into postures and holding the body in space these styles of yoga are the ones to explore; strong flowing vinyasa styles, long hold Iyengar styles and especially daily Ashtanga yoga practice. These styles will create balanced strength and flexibility and incredible all round fitness and put you on a sure path to becoming a yoga ninja!

Try: Fire Flow, Ashtanga Talk Through*, Mysore Mornings*, Sunday Best, Align & Flow

*prerequisite – Yogahub Beginners Course.

Are you recovering from trauma or illness?

When a person has had special challenges such as trauma and illness they might be best to consider a specialist yoga class. These classes gently assist survivors to reconnect with their bodies in a safe and supportive environment by teaching one how to recognise and and modulate arousal. Most often these yoga therapies are highly complimentary to traditional clinical therapies such as psychotherapy or psychology. Trauma sensitive yoga classes aim to assist survivors in ways such as; soothing the body’s alarm system, learning to calm down and regulate, increasing spatial awareness and body attunement and practising making choices and taking effective action.

Speak with your health professional about your suitability for:  Yogahub’s Healcode Trauma Sensitive Yoga Course.