The yogic practice of “saucha,” meaning cleanliness or purity, often incorporates various breathing techniques and postures to detox the physical body. Just as we wouldn’t want any contaminants or stagnant energy within our body, the same goes for our external world.
The most important thing when it comes to washing your mat is to first identify what type of material your mat is made of. Ayurveda teaches that “everything is medicine, and everything is poison,” implying that what may work well for one could be detrimental for another. The same philosophy applies for washing your mat—different mat materials require different approaches.
If you are in need of a quick solution to sanitize your mat, you can use Dr. Bronner’s Organic Hand Sanitizer as a mat cleaner on your PVC or TPE mat. This is not an ideal cleaner for a natural tree rubber mat as any type of alcohol, including ethyl alcohol, will cause it to start to break down. To be mindful of your fellow yogis, please disinfect your mat with the Organic Hand Sanitizer at home, as most studios advise against scents in the asana room.