Best Yoga Mat Bags

Need a bag for your yoga mat and what-not? 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.


 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.


MZ Wallace Metro Yoga Bag
MZ Wallace Metro Yoga Bag. Courtesy of MZ Wallace

NYC's favorite tote bag now has a matching yoga bag. MZ Wallace's Metro Yoga bag broadcasts urban sophistication perfectly with its quilted nylon look plus the functionality of exterior pockets and an adjustable shoulder strap. 



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.


The Timbuk2 Scrunchie Tote could be the perfect yoga bag. It's big enough to handle your workout clothes 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.


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 clothes neat.


A nice, big gym bag with a place for your mat, clothing, and even shoes. Plenty of pockets help keep you organized so you can find what you need. 


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 clothing, 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 moldering after hot yoga.


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.


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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