Getting the stink out of my yoga mat

Recently in yoga as I was lying on my stomach with my forehead to my mat I noticed that it didn’t smell so great. I hate to admit this, but I am pretty sure I have never washed it.

I should at least use some disinfectant wipes on it. Which I, of course, never think of until I am lying face down on it.

I heard someone one time in class talking about how they washed their yoga mat and then they couldn’t use it for a while because it was still drying. At the yoga studio you can rent a mat for $1. And they seem pretty clean. At the gym, they have mats you can use. But they are pretty nasty. At least my yoga mat is my own nastiness.

So, disinfectant wipes are better than nothing, right? I went to that magic page of Google and asked how one cleans their yoga mat.

Here are some ways:

Wai Lana Yoga tells you why (and how) you should clean your yoga mat.

Daily Cup of Yoga talks about the stinky mat. And the introduction pretty much sounds like the experience I have with my mat at … Continue reading

Ouch! Sore arms, burning thighs

On Monday I did about 45 minutes of hills on the espinner at the work gym. After that I did a little bit of weights for my arms. I did the Butterfly Press and Chest Press. I also did some tricep work.

I skipped exercise yesterday as I had a work dinner to attend. But my arms were sore, especially where the armpit kinda is. Ouch! Whatever that muscle is where the shoulder meets the under arm? (According to this link, it looks like what I am trying to describe is part of the pectoralis major.)

Today still a little sore. I attended my regular Hatha Yoga class with Baxter at Namaste and I could really feel it in my arms and shoulders today when we were in particular poses. Man, the burn.

Also for some reason my thighs were on fire. Though that is a pretty regular occurrence when in particular yoga poses for more than what seems likes hours, but it is probably only 30 seconds, maybe a minute.

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Taking a day off from exercise routine

I came home from work today with every intention to attend my 6 p.m. Hatha Yoga class.

As soon as I stepped in the door I started not feeling it. I am a little tired and it is warm today. My evenings are normally so short because of my long commute and the fact that I get up so early and go to bed so early.

Plus I have worked out the past eight days in a row. So I think it is OK to take a break.

So I am lounging, watching Lifetime Movie Network and sipping some water. I feel a nap may be coming on as well.

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Improving yoga poses, practice

Yup, another yoga post. Who knew I could write so much about yoga?

I have been practicing yoga semi-regularly for about four years now. There are poses that I feel I have made vast improvement with and others that come more easily. And there are those that are still difficult for me to do.

Until yesterday I didn’t realize I had been doing Upward Facing Dog incorrectly this whole time. Once Kristin, my Forrest Yoga instructor, pointed it out I made the correction. And I have to say it is much more intense and difficult than it was before.

I love that I am always learning something more about the practice of yoga, myself and my capabilities. I credit this to taking a variety of yoga classes with a variety of instructors.

The classes I am regularly taking right now are Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Forrest Yoga. I would also like to regularly add the Restorative Yoga class as well.

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