Talk Dirty to Me
Fungus. Bacteria. Viruses. All of these things can accumulate on our yoga mats.
As yogis, we expose a significant amount of bare skin to our yoga mats, which opens us up for the potential of spreading and contracting the organisms that hitch a ride on our bodies.
As I've mentioned before, shared yoga mats are okay to use in a pinch, but purchasing your own mat is crucial for cleanliness. Sure, you can wipe a borrowed mat down with the sprays commonly offered by studios, but do you really trust that the place your lay your face doesn't still have some booty residue on it from it's previous tenant? (sorry...bad visual).
And don't think you're totally in the clear by using your own mat - there's plenty of nasty stuff that can transfer from the floor to the bottom of your mat (sweaty feet and dirty sneakers have more than likely traversed that same space). Plus, a build up of dirt can cause a once sticky mat to feel slippery and treadless.