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Best Yoga Mat Bags

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Updated June 26, 2014

Need a bag for your yoga mat and what-nots? We've searched out the best options in a variety of styles. Beyond the traditional tube, some of these bags pass as high-fashion handbags or sporty messenger totes but feature hidden straps for your yoga mat. The best bags look good and give great functionality.

1. Lolë Lily Tote Bag

Lolë Lily Tote Bag
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 The Lily tote bag from Lolë has a lot going for it. Great shape, tons of extra pockets, converts into a backpack, and check out this punchy red color (also comes in gray and black if that's your style). A rolled-up yoga mat can be tucked in vertically on the days you're headed to class.

2. The Yoga Sak

The Yoga Sak
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Finally, a good-looking, fully-functional yoga backpack. By holding your mat in a vertical position, the Yoga Sak leaves you unencumbered. It's got lots of extra storage too, so you won't have to carry another bag. Highly recommended for cyclists. 

Read my full review for more info.

3. Timbuk2 Scrunchie Tote

Timbuk2 Scrunchie Tote
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The Timbuk2 Scrunchie Tote could be the perfect yoga bag. It's big enough to handle your workout cloths and all that other stuff that rattles around in your purse but it's not so big that you'll throw out your shoulder on the way to class. Your yoga mat nestles casually on top, but you can, and will, use this bag for all sorts of non-yoga activities as well. It comes in nice colors and has a modern, hobo shape.
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4. Hotdog Rollpack

HotDog RollPack Yoga Bag
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This is a very cool bag for people who squeeze in a yoga class before, during, or after the office. In addition to a number of small compartments that help keep you organized, the bag unrolls to function as a garment bag, keeping your work cloths neat.

5. Sherpani Lia Bag

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A nice, big gym bag with a place for your mat to slide in under the straps. All the features of a classic duffel + oversized handbag silhouette = one great bag.
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6. Manduka Practice Tote

Manduka Practice Tote
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A very good take on a basic mat bag, the Manduka practice tote offers a roomy compartment for your yoga mat (even the Manduka Black Mat will fit) and a separate pocket for your essentials (wallet, keys, phone, lippy), making it the only bag you'll need to carry to class. The mat compartment is aerated with big grommets that look cool and keep your mat from mouldering after hot yoga.

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7. Zobha City Bag

Zobha City Bag
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This smart-looking canvas bag is long enough to accommodate a yoga mat and also has a special compartment for your damp post-workout clothing.

8. Gaiam Tree of Life Tote

Gaiam Tree of Life Bag
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There is an appealing simplicity to this white cotton mat bag from Gaiam. The embroidered motif makes this a great choice for tree-huggers and the price point can't be beat.
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9. Prana Piggyback Mat Strap

Prana Piggyback
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Take away the bag, and you are left with just a strap, which is exactly what the Prana Piggyback is. The most basic mat tote you can think of, and, as an added bonus, you can use it as a yoga strap too.

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