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Do You Lend Out Your Yoga Mat?

Are You OK With Lending Out Your Yoga Mat?

Confession: I am a bad friend. This week when a good friend asked to borrow my yoga mat for her Bikram class, I guiltily said no. The idea of sharing something that is so important to me — and that I sweat profusely on — just didn't sit well. I think I was also a little grossed out by the idea of her using it in hot yoga without a towel. I know that yoga mats are easily cleaned, I guess I'm just squeamish about certain things. It's probably the same reason I'm weird about sharing bathing suits and razors. Days later I am still feeling guilty and wonder if I need to find a way to get over my germaphobic tendencies. Tell me . . .

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Paradox28 Paradox28 7 years
I have gone to great pains to teach my six year old step daughter to not touch or step on my mat without asking. She has her own and I show hers the same respect. I just feel that my mat is mine, it is where I work out so much. And I don't want to be doing child's pose where someone else's feet have been. So I think you were justified.
KeLynns KeLynns 7 years
I would be OK with it as long as she cleaned it afterward. The few times I've forgotten my mat I've had to borrow one from the studio or the gym and who knows how many strangers have sweat on that!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I'm not a germaphobe, and I would lend one to someone going to a regular yoga class, but not to Bikram! My Bikram class requires everyone to place a towel over their mat (otherwise you would just slip and slide around), but even then, my towel is usually drenched with sweat by the end. At my studio, they let people use towels without mats underneath (the mat doesn't really serve a purpose when you have to put a towel over it anyway), which is what your friend should have planned on doing!
sherina sherina 7 years
Don't feel guilty, my immediate reaction was "ewww". Like Carrisa said I would let a friend use it for a couple of minutes to try something. I also let my 7-year-old use it for a few minutes. But to lend it out for a full-on sweaty hot yoga class would be out of the question for me. Ick.
sudenmorsian sudenmorsian 7 years
Depends on the friend. If it's someone close enough so that the thought of his/her sweat doesn't feel gross then sure but otherwise no, except maybe for something so quick that it doesn't get sweaty.
Asche Asche 7 years
So gross. I go to a gym that loans mats to anyone participating in yoga, etc. I'm always astonished by the fact that I'm the only one who ever brings their own mat. I guess people don't see unhygienic public mats are!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Ew, that's kind of like sharing headphones or something like that. It's pretty gross.
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