The performance of your bag depends on the material used to make it. If you’re looking for a durable, water-resistant product, then cotton probably won’t cut it.
If hot yoga is your thing, then aim for a bag that doesn’t absorb sweat and odor so that your inner peace has you smelling the roses and not smelling your bag instead.
The size of your mat is probably one of the most important factors to consider when shopping bags. Based on the length and width, you want to find a bag that leaves a little extra room so that you don’t have to worry about rolling the mat up super tight and having to shove it into the bag.
You should also take into account how much extra room you want to have so that you can include other yoga gear such as blocks, straps or towels.
Bags come in all shapes and sizes. From the sling to the tote, how you want to carry your bag is essential in deciding which you want to buy.
If you commute by foot, then you may want to opt for a sling bag with adjustable strap so that you don’t feel bogged down on your way to class.
Totes offer a lot of space and are often versatile so you can use for yoga, the gym or even as a carry on when traveling on a plane.
Last but not least, determine whether or not you want your bag to fasten at the top with a Velcro or zip closure. The last thing you want to do is buy a bag that’s open at the top especially if you’re big on keeping all of your things tucked away.
So, with those few things to keep in mind, it’s time for us to show you the yoga mat bags that we gave a ten out of ten…or should I say…a ZEN out of ten:
Review: This functional bag is perfect for storing all of your yoga needs. With 2 large zip pockets for your keys, phone and wallet, you can head to class without needing to bring a bag for your mat and a bag for your things.
Review: Show off your chic side with this stylish yoga mat bag. Designed with thick and durable fabric, you can easily fit your mat and a few other yoga essentials in this pack. Extra zipper pockets are perfect for securely storing your keys, wallet and phone.
Reward: Most Stylish for the Best Price
Not the highest performing quality but then again it is a budget bag.
This is a durable bag that offers efficient space to store all of your yoga class essentials. Stylish patterns and reasonable price make this our top choice for budget friendly bags that are just as chic as they are useful.
Review: This budget-friendly bag is ideal for those with thicker mats. Extra zipper is perfect for extending the bag to store longer mats.
Zip pockets on the inside and out are perfect for keeping your phone, keys, wallet or water bottle. Made with high-quality canvas cotton, this bag features a detachable strap that can double as a yoga strap.
Reward: Best for Your Budget
Low price, high quality.
Not very water-resistant.
No need to break the bank when shopping for a yoga bag this season. This lightweight pack offers ample storage space for your mats and yoga essentials that make heading to class after work easier than ever.
Review: This roomy yoga bag can fool some into thinking it’s just an everyday carry-all. Offering more than enough space, throw in your towel along with an extra sports bra and water bottle without worrying about taking room away from your mat.
Multiple compartments give you plenty of spots to safely keep your keys, wallet and phone.
Reward: Best Women’s Yoga Bag
Access to multiple pockets throughout the bag so that you can easily organize your things such as wallet, keys and phone.
Versatile straps give you the option to use this bag as a duffel, tote or even a backpack!
Doesn’t fit extra-wide mats.
On the more expensive side but it seems like many users think that higher price is worth it.
This bag is perfect to use for yoga class or if you are looking for an extra duffel or tote thanks to its adjustable straps.
High-quality material offers durability and comfort while giving you plenty of compartment to store all of your favorite things.
Review: This bag can be used as a carry-on, shopping bag or as its designed for, a yoga bag! This durable product is easy to clean and made of high-quality materials. Featuring multiple pockets, securely store your zip up compartments designed to keep your things safe.
Reward: Most Versatile Bag
Easy to carry.
Offers ample space to carry all of your yoga equipment.
Made with sturdy and machine wash material.
Pockets could be a bit bigger.
Many users don’t find much use from the Velcro closure designed to keep the bag closed.
This is a durable bag that offers the necessary space for all of your yoga needs. While the bag holds a lot, Velcro fastener isn’t very effective so some may get frustrated with their inability to keep the bag closed.
Review: You can throw just about anything in this bag that doubles as a shopping bag, beach tote or even a diaper bag. Gender-neutral design makes this bag perfect for anyone looking to keep their things in one place when heading to the studio.
Reward: Best Gender-Neutral Bag
Ample space to store large mats, blocks and other belongings.
Lightweight and easy to carry with a sling shoulder.
Multifunctional design allows you to use it in more ways than one.
No closure for those who prefer bags that fasten with Velcro, buttons or a zipper.
This is the perfect bag for anyone looking for ample storage that they can easily access when heading to the yoga studio.
Thanks to its lightweight and machine washable material, you can throw this bag in the wash after hot yoga class and have it looking brand new once it’s done.
Review: Perfect for those who walk or bike to their yoga class, this bag offers enough space to hold all of your yoga gear.
Comfortably carries a thicker yoga mat, swing over your shoulder and you’re all set for class. It’s even super easy to wash so you don’t have to worry about a buildup of odor that result from those sweaty classes.
Reward: Perfect for Yogis who Walk to the Studio
Lightweight and easy to carry.
Offers enough storage space for mats and other yoga equipment.
Easy to wash.
Some users found this bag to be a little tight when zipping their mat into it.
A little bulky.
This is the perfect bag for those who commute by foot to yoga class. With a lightweight and easy-to-carry design, you can easily store all of your gear thanks to ample room and multiple pockets.
Review: This backpack is a yogi’s best friend. With more than enough storage, you can head to the studio straight from work or class with a laptop sleeve and other useful compartments to fit necessary items.
Patterned design gives this bag a trendy look that you can sport just about anywhere and at any time.
Reward: Best Yoga Backpack
Versatile backpack that you can use for yoga or everyday errands.
Offers ample storage to keep necessary gear plus other personal belongings.
Made with vegan and eco-friendly materials.
Functional storage for yoga mat that offers easy accessibility when arriving at class.
Laptop sleeve doesn’t fit all computers such as mac book pros.
Yoga mat at bottom makes it easy to bump into people if you aren’t paying attention.
This is the ideal bag for students who need one place to keep all of their things when heading from work or class to the studio.
With ample storage space, you can use no matter where you’re heading whether that be to the mountains, beach, or yoga class.
Review: Save your money AND the planet. Made with organic cotton, this simple bag offers a stylish space to keep your mat safe.
Wide length zipper offers easy access to retrieve or put your mat away without any frustration. An adjustable strap lets you customize the length so that its easier than ever to carry.
Reward: Most Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat Bag
Made with organic and quality materials.
Simple yet stylish.
Doesn’t fit all mats.
Simple design so not for someone looking for space to store other equipment.
This is a simple bag for those looking for a secure spot to keep their mat protected. For those shopping on a budget, this is our top pick for high quality at a low cost.
Selecting the right bag is just as important as choosing your mat so be sure to consider all of the factors before deciding on which one’s right for you.
Since you want to make sure you’re relaxed before, during and after class, choose one that won’t cause any frustrations that will disrupt the Zen you’ve just worked so hard to achieve.
And since finding the best gear to practice your child’s pose is certainly no child’s play be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to discover the best products, tips and tricks when it comes to keeping fit.
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Michael is a fitness expert and professional home/garage gym builder. His tutorials, guides, and reviews are backed up by his own experience and will definitely help you achieve your goals. He also loves putting mayo AND ketchup on the pizza for some reason!