Yoga and the Breaking in of a New Yoga Mat
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Yoga and the Breaking in of a New Yoga Mat

A new yoga mat can be a great tool for someone who enjoys yoga. However, much like a baseball player has to break in their glove before using it in a game; a yoga mat must be broken in as well. Yoga has enormous benefits to health and spirit. Yoga has been shown to reduce stress and inflammation, improve blood pressure, and improve flexibility. Regardless of what someone's spiritual beliefs are there is a yoga class and yoga mat appropriate to their level and comfort.

Although we don't know the composer of Yoga, we do know that it was being practiced before people could write. The first known practice of Yoga is by Patanjali, who wrote the book Yoga Sutra (sutra meaning "thread" in Sanskirt) and lived about 2,000 to 2,500 years ago. People who teach Yoga still go by the teachings of Patanjali. Five main types of Yoga are practiced here in the United States. Hat ha is the first one and teaches the beginning stages of learning specific poses. Iynegar is also a good start for beginners. It deals with holding poses for a longer time and keeping balance. Kundalini uses quicker movements it also uses chanting, meditation and breathing. Bikram is practiced in a room that is heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, Ashtanga is called power Yoga in the United States. After doing this type you will feel like you were in a traditional strength workout. In learning about Yoga, you need to know what the eight "limbs" are. Five proper instructions for conscientious action to others are called Yama. They are nonviolence, noncovetesness, nonstealing, nonlust and truthfulness. Five proper instructions for conscientious action to oneself are called Niyama. This includes surrendering to GOD, contentment, cleanliness, self-study, sustained practice. Practicing Yoga movements is called Asana. Practicing of the usage of your lungs is called Pranayama. Taking away the complication of the outside world from yourself is Pratyahara. Dharana is focusing on being peaceful with no interference from the outside or inside world. Building upon the last "limb,” Dhyana is not just focusing on one thing but enclosing all things. Lastly, Samadhi is consolidating oneself with the universe. You can find places to do Yoga by searching the Internet or asking the facility that you work out in. It is said that Yoga is the connection of your mind, body and soul. It is the unity of all things in the inside and outside world. Yoga is indeed a spiritual destiny.

A new yoga mat can be a great tool for someone who enjoys yoga. However, much like a baseball player has to break in their glove before using it in a game; a yoga mat must be broken in as well.   

Items needed:

  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Mild dish soap
  1. Test the yoga mat to see how slippery it is. This will give you a baseline as you go through the process of breaking it in. It is possible that you will need to go through the process several times, so you need to have a way of knowing how much progress you are making.
  2. Take the bucket and fill it with warm water. Add a small amount of soap once the bucket has been filled with water. Then, stir the water so that the soap is mixed with the water.
  3. Wipe down the mat using the sponge. Use a wide, sweeping motion across the mat, making sure that you do not miss any spots. Wipe down the mat two or three times, then rinse.
  4. Allow the mat to air dry for a few hours. Place the mat outside or somewhere inside where it will get good air flow. This will encourage quick drying.
  5. Test the mat after it has dried. Continue to go through the process every couple of days until you have found that the mat has the sufficient grip. You may find that you need to go through the process again every few months as oils accumulate on the mat.

Yoga has enormous benefits to health and spirit. It has been shown to reduce stress and inflammation, improve blood pressure, and improve flexibility among others. Regardless of what someone's spiritual beliefs are there is a yoga class appropriate to their level and comfort.

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