You know the feeling: You battled traffic and maybe dodged a few fenders and fought for a parking spot to get your favorite spot inside the yoga studio. You check in, but you forgot your mat so you rent one and also a towel. You wait outside the studio waiting for shavasana to end so you can claim your spot. It ends and everybody is sweaty and walking barefoot past you, you wonder how that girl manages to keep a full face of makeup, lash extensions and a weave. The guys also sweaty look great in their topless yoga outfits. You set your rented mat down and ahhh finally you can relax it’s a like a hot cozy bed. You stretch your arms over your head and wait for the instructor to begin. Your mind begins to wonder and you start to wonder how clean is this “special yoga floor”, you start to wonder why your rented towel has the slight scent of an overused kitchen rag, you wonder how this yoga rented mat was cleaned, or if it even was cleaned. “It has to be clean, this is a $20.00 class in Hollywood” becomes your mantra. Finally you ask yourself: Is hot yoga a hotbed for infections?
The simple answer is YES, It can be.
Unlike other business like restaurants who are regulated and overseen by the Health Department and Sports clubs who follow strict guidelines set by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association. Yoga studios ARE NOT subject to strict sanitary standards. Yes re-read the last line: yoga studios aren’t subject to strict sanitary standards so the only advocate you have for your health is YOU.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
STUDIO SANITATION: If you have ever entered the studio immediately after a class ended and no one disinfected to floor, leave immediately. Imagine what could be on the floor athletes foot, fungus, cold and flu virus and the most brutal MRSA. If the studio says they do not have to clean because the floor is antibacterial then you have to wonder what that floor is doing to your skin. At Equinox Fitness the floor is sanitized after EVERY single class. A cleaning crew of 4 comes and disefects the every inch of the studio and also get hauled off to be sanitized. No one is allowed in the studio until it’s dry and sanitized. Thank you Equinox Fitness worth every penny.
SANITIZE YOUR MAT & FOLD PROPERLY: You must sanitize your mat. I encourage you spray the mat down with a disinfectant I like to use quatz which is an anti fungal, anti-bacterial, anti microbial and anti viral. Try folding your mat in half before rolling it.
SHOWER IMMEDIATELY: Rinse off immediately after MRSA can survive even after it has dried out. So nasty.
WEAR FLIP FLOPS: Flip flops are the best because you can put keep them on while you shower.
DO NOT USE LASH EXTENSIONS or MAKEUP during practice: Wow lash extensions tend to look great but if you are practicing hot yoga lash extensions can become dangerous, Imagine all the filth that is left over in the lashes. You have to think that you are in heated room breathing other people waste. Think about that for a minute.
CLEAN TOWELS: Use a fresh clean towel every single time. If the towel has a funky scent, there could be mold in that towel throw it away.
TOUCHING: Don’t touch your face, nose or mouth during or before showering.
HAIR: Wash your hair, sorry ladies that blow out is not worth getting a staph infection on your scalp I have seen it and there is nothing sexy about that.
COVER UP: If you can wear long sleeves and pants do.
PROPS: Do not use public props if they are porus.
WASH AND SANITIZE YOUR CLOTHES: Ladies please wash that outfit after every class a yeast infection is not cute.
Prevention is key here. Do you have any other suggestions or experiences share below. Sharing is caring.
The CDC has come up with the following:
THE 5 C’S OF MRSA TRANSMISSION
Compromised skin (even minor cuts and scrapes, shaved legs)
Contaminated items and surfaces (towels, band aids, tissues)
Lack of Cleanliness
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