Cleaning Yoga Clothes if you aren’t putting them in the wash right away: Add a bit of baking soda and a couple of drops of tea tree oil into the sink and fill with water. Place your yoga clothes in the water. Allow to soak for a bit and then hang up on a drying rack until you are ready to throw them in the wash.
Making your own homemade yoga mat spray may be more expensive initially if you have to buy all the ingredients, but it’ll last you for ages and ages and be so much cheaper in the long run.
Essential Oil Homemade Yoga Mat Spray Recipe:
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1/4 cup witch hazel – $4
- 10 drops tea tree oil – $6
- 3 drops lavender essential oil $8
- 3 drops eucalyptus $4
- spray bottle (I got mine for about $2 at Canadian Tire, and have a smaller one that used to have a lavender room mist concoction in it.
- (3 drops grapefruit seed extract) – I don’t add this in, but you can
Total cost – Around $20-$22, but you can cut about $8 by getting the lavender & tea tree oil that comes in one container. A lot of premade mat sprays are already about $10-$15, so if you have all your own ingredients, you’ll probably be able to make 10-20 batches, depending on how big or small your spray bottle is!
Cleaning Yoga Clothes in the wash:
- 1/2 Cup White Vinegar
- 1/2 Borax or Planet Inc. Ultra Powdered Laundry Detergent
- Laundry Detergent (I’ve been currently using Method’s Lavender Detergent) – Indigo Wild Zum Clean Aromatherapy Laundry Soap also looks pretty great!
Add all ingredients into the wash and then add in your clothes (wash yoga towels separate).
What I wear to class: During my first class, I yoga full-length yoga pants. Never again. I usually wear shorts and a sports bra, or capris and a sports bra and sometimes I’ll wear a sports tank, but only if I’m feeling a bit bloated or something or I only have see-through sports bras left haha.
When do I eat before class / What I eat: I try to eat 2 hours before class, 1 1/2 hours before class at the latest. I recently ate some heavy food a friend made me 40 minutes before class and I was so miserable for the entire 90 minutes. Not doing that again. If it is 2 hours before class, I am usually not too worried at eating some “light” pancakes I make with some fruit, but if it is 60-90 minutes before class, I’ll either have a vegan energy bar or a protein shake.
How much water do I drink before class: I try to drink as much as possible…at least 500ml, but preferably 1000ml.
What do I drink after class: Either lots of water, an Emergen-C packet (tangerine flavour!) mixed with water or water, lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt. I am sadly not a fan of coconut water – at least the brands I’ve tried so far. I’m sure i’d prefer it if it were straight out of the coconut.
How much do I drink during the class: I drink much less water than I used to. I usually drink water once after the first few postures, sometimes a swig before triangle post, and then again 1-3 more times. Really depends on how hot the room is that day and how I am feeling. Sometimes I only drink water a couple of times since it just makes things worse if you drink before camel, a sit up, any compression postures…etc.
When I prefer to do classes: I used to do them in the evenings, but now I’ve become a fan of the 10am classes, since it gets my day rolling… I have done one 6:30am class so far. I’m a little hesitant to do it again, but it was awesome being finished by 8am! The evenings can be nice too, since it helps to release any stress the day may have brought.
How often I do Bikram yoga per week: I aim for 4-5 / per week now that the 30 Day Challenge is over.
Favourite Postures: Tree Pose, Toe Stand, Half Tortoise, I have a love/hate with Standing Bow Pose since my left knee is weak so I find it quite difficult, but i’m getting better at it! I am also starting to dig Triangle Pose.
I’m sure I’ll have a future post(s) to make regarding bikram yoga, since I am still under 100 classes, but this seems like a good place to start! 🙂