I obtained my yoga teaching certification in the Summer of 2011, so it should come as no surprise that I own 4 yoga mats, in varying thicknesses and brands. What is a bit surprising is, I have never found a mat bag that I liked or even came close to feeling the need to buy. I just shove it in whatever bag I'm taking to the field that day and 'deal' with the fact it doesn't fit.
One evening we were making a quick run to +Whole Foods Market where I rounded the corner and BAM! There it was, this gorgeous Chakra Mat Bag by +Gaiam. Presented in a rich black 100% cotton canvas, the bag features each of the chakras embroidered in vibrant thread, with an exterior zip pocket, cinch closure, and an adjustable shoulder strap to customize the drop.
With some careful maneuvering, I was able to put my sunglass case, keys, money (no wallet), and iPhone in the exterior pocket, and I wrapped my mat around a 16oz water bottle and tucked them inside the Chakra Mat Bag, so it had all of my essentials. Roomy enough to fit "most yoga mat sizes"... It fits all of mine... the Chakra Mat Bag measures 24"L x 6" diameter. Click any of my affiliate links in this post to learn more and read the reviews which average 4.7 out of 5 stars!
Now that I have a yoga mat bag, I understand why it's nice to have and not such an unnecessary purchase; It keeps everything clean and organized without distraction. I purchased it for $24.99 at +Whole Foods Market but you should know, it is only $19.98 on +Gaiam.com! Plus, subscribe to their email list and save another 10%! I rate it 5 out of 5 stars, I simply love this bag! xoxo •Nancy-Lee