Again, I really recognize, with gratitude, my luck in finding a yoga studio I feel comfortable in which is so close to my front door.  On my bike, I can make it to Gyan Yoga in 5 minutes, which is really a blessing. I like hot yoga, although the perspiration is really something to contend …
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Hot Yoga, Week 5, or, Sweat Is Wet

Again, I really recognize, with gratitude, my luck in finding a yoga studio I feel comfortable in which is so close to my front door.  On my bike, I can make it to Gyan Yoga in 5 minutes, which is really a blessing.

I like hot yoga, although the perspiration is really something to contend with.  I googled up how to make my own home yoga mat cleaner, from water and vinegar (in lieu of witch hazel, which I shall locate and purchase) and tea tree oil, which I happened to luck into a very large quantity of a while ago.  I still have lots.  Also, I’ve begun to scrub the mat with plain soap and water, using a bath puff, weekly.  My swimsuit is the biggest challenge, though – I wear it into the shower, and then I rinse and wring and rinse and wring it out, and hang it to dry.  I even spray it with the mat cleaner.  It still starts to smell, though.  I’m not ready to coin-launder it more than once a week, though; once a week is “enough”.

The biggest issue with sweat is how slick your yoga mat gets; so slick that I personally can’t hold a downward dog without my hands and feet slowly, slowly slipping outwards.  I’m sort of loathe to spend the cash on a fancy “yoga mat towel”, which I see so, so many people in the class having.  However, I decided today that I really will have to obtain one.  In for a penny, in for a pound: I’ve set a goal of doing a real, proper downward dog this year, and getting this towel will help in achieving the poses.  So, that’s what I will do.

Also, while I’m at it, I’d really dig getting a yoga mat strap, that I can use to tie up the mat and carry it over my shoulder on my back, like a quiver.

I was cautioned this week to beware of sodium loss and sodium levels, due to the high perspiration rate.  I googled this, too: it turns out that sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium are all minerals one should beware of losing in hot yoga, and interestingly, these 4 elements are all located in a square block, touching one another, on the Periodic Table of Elements.