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Why the yoga mat is a health concern in the fitness industry

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Have you ever settled into your down dog, taken a deep, purifying breath, and BAM! You’re hit with a musky scent akin to that of a wet dog!

Okay so maybe that’s a bit extreme… but even a mildly unpleasant scent coming from your mat can seriously mess up your Samadhi (state of bliss) Your mat gets covered in dirt, oils, and if you’re working as hard as I know you are LOADS of sweat. It’s important for Shaucha (purity, cleanliness and clearness in your yoga practice) to maintain a clean mat.

So why is the Yoga mat a cause for concern as we make our way back to norm or whatever norm looks like today and in the future?

THE CHALLENGE OF CLEANING YOUR YOGA MAT THE RIGHT WAY

The simple fact is, the Yoga mat is like a sponge. And sponges are great at absorbing moisture from you guessed it, SWEAT! When you combine moisture and heat from a workout, the result is the perfect breeding ground for harmful pathogens like viruses, bacteria and fungi. Lab results have always been conclusive on this point.

Yoga mats during a workout are the leading cause of skin irritation, infection, disease or illness.

A yoga mat can hold more than eight times the bacteria of a toilet seat, after just one class our mat carries over 25,000 culture-forming units per square centimetre! Susceptible individuals can even potentially catch viruses including staph, strep, herpes, and even MRSA.

WHY THE FITNESS INDUSTRY WILL STRUGGLE WITH CROSS CONTAMINATION

As fitness studios reopen and step up the frequency of washing Yoga mats, there is still a fundamental flaw in how a Yoga mat is washed. The most common method of cleaning a mat in a fitness studio is to use a spray bottle/spritzer to cover the surface of the mat with a chemical disinfectant then wipe the surface with a towel.

THE PROBLEM IS REVEALED!

Remember the yoga mat is like a sponge, under the surface of the mat is a sponge holding moisture from your sweat, so cleaning the surface of your mat with a spray bottle or spritzer will only sanitize the surface of your mat. So cross contamination with harmful bacteria not only occurs from communal contact points on the studio floor but also the pressure applied during a work on the surface to any bacteria growing below the surface. Under the right conditions bacteria in a Yoga mat can multiply at an alarming rate.

An ironic problem for a fitness culture obsessed with good health.

THE APOLLO SPACECRAFT IS THE KEY TO SOLVING A HEALTH ISSUE IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY

So, what’s the solution to this long-standing health issue in the Yoga Industry? Interestingly enough, NASA solved this problem using silver ionization technology to purify the water of the Apollo spacecraft. The same technology has a broad range of applications as an alternative to chemical disinfectants.

AquaKing uses this technology in a system designed for areas with no source of acceptable drinking water. And in the Caribbean, the same technology is used to sanitize commercial tanks for dolphins and turtles.
So how can this technology help clean your Yoga mat?

THE FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT YOGA MAT WASHING MACHINE

Clean My Mat is the only company to offer the same silver-ionization technology to deep clean Yoga mats in less than 60 seconds with a convenient pickup & delivery mat washing service for Yoga studios. Our mat washing machine uses a citric-acid silver ion-infused cleaner that is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial disinfectant that has 24-hour residual effectiveness.

THE BENEFITS OF SILVER TO KILL HARMFUL PATHOGENS

Silver is a highly effective disinfecting agent and small amounts of silver disrupt bacteria’s metabolism by preventing it from converting nutrients into energy, which inhibits bacteria survival, reproduction, and colonization. It’s completely safe since it stays inactive until it meets with the bacteria, at which time it releases the antimicrobial silver – just enough to inhibit each bacterium's metabolism and prevent reproduction.

ABOUT CLEAN MY MAT

Clean My Mat is Canadian owned company located in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Our mission is to provide Yoga students with a safer, healther fitness environment using a green and effective method to disinfect a Yoga mat.

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