Skin rash or infection after your yoga session?

Yoga has been the in-thing for not only women, but men as well for the past few years.

In yoga classes, it is a rare sight to see yogis bringing their own mats. Yoga mats are typically cleaned after a class has ended and placed back in their storage spaces. But, “cleaned” does not mean disinfected. There may still be a variety of bacteria, viruses, spores, fungi lurking on the mats.

For those who have sensitive skin, be careful of mats which may not be cleaned properly. The best solution would be to own a mat yourself, and disinfect it regularly after each yoga session. Remember, “cleaning” with a wet cloth is not enough.

In fact, after cleaning with a wet cloth, it is advisable to dry the mat. Otherwise, it could become an even better breeding ground for these pathogens.

"The yoga mat is a very fertile source for infection, mainly because people sweat on them and they rarely are cleaned."

What that means is that if, for example, someone has ringworm or a staph infection. Whoever lies on that mat next may contract any bacteria that was transmitted from the previous user.

Here are some ways to clean your yoga mats:

  • Avoid storing your yoga mats when it is still damp/wet
  • If using soap, use minimally



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