Yoga mats are one of those love-hate relationships. They’re big, they’re bulky and they’re awkward to carry. Especially if you’re on foot. So, finding the best yoga bag to take us from point A to point B, without knocking bystanders out with our yoga mat, was an assignment we gladly accepted.
On top of looking out for those around us while lugging around a yoga mat, we also wanted a yoga bag that would be comfortable to wear, without constantly having to adjust it.
And yet another aspect we were looking for in the best yoga bag was ventilation, especially after those hot yoga classes. We wanted a bag that would allow airflow so our yoga mat could breathe and be fresh for the next days travel.
Finally, we wanted something cute. Something that would work with just about any outfit we had on. And, as you will see below, we pretty much hit the jackpot in the cute department.
In the end, we found 8 of the best yoga bags on the market. We found the best yoga bag that works as a sling, we found the best yoga bag that works as a backpack and we found the best yoga bag that works as a duffle bag. We basically found something for everyone.
Best Yoga Bag
Best Yoga Bag
Gaiam Full-Zip Cargo Pocket Yoga Mat Bags
Gaiam is a beloved yoga brand that has been around for over 25 years. They are one of the most trusted brands because they make quality and durable products and this yoga bag is no different.
The Gaiam Full-Zip Cargo Pocket Yoga Mat Bag is extremely functional and roomy at 25 inches in length and 6 inches in diameter. In addition to holding up to a 72″ mat, this yoga bag features an outer cargo pocket which is suitable to hold your keys, wallet or other small essentials. It also features a back pocket which will easily fit a smart phone.
Made of 100% cotton, this yoga bag is soft, yet durable, and has an adjustable shoulder strap which works as a sling, either across the body or over the shoulder. There is a full-zip closure to easily pack in and out your yoga mat.
It comes in your choice of colors and styles: Breathe, Citron Storm, Deep Plum Surf, Flower Burst, Granite Storm, Navy/Pink, Pink Sundial, Slate Camo, Sparkling Grape, Tree of Wisdom, Turquoise Sea or Watercress.
Overall, we love this bag. It has a simple, no frills approach. However, this bag is meant to carry only the absolute necessities. So, if you’re looking for a bag to carry a thicker mat and a towel, you may want to go with another option. If you only carry the absolute necessities, than this bag will be perfect for you. Also, this bag does not come with ventilation. For those that do hot yoga, this may be a bit of an issue.
Koruai Set Yoga Mat Bag and Strap
We absolutely love how lightweight, casual and free this yoga backpack is. And because of the amazing style, the Koruai Set Yoga Mat Bag and Strap is up there on our list of best yoga bag ever.
And to add to the delight of this bag, each Koruai Set Yoga Bag is handmade, which makes each bag unique from the next. These bags are made of 100% organic cotton and are tie-dyed, to add to the uniqueness of each bag. You have your choice of colors: Blue, Green, Pink or Orange.
The straps on the bag can be used as a backpack or to sling over your shoulder. The slings are lightweight, adjust easily and comfortable. Each bag comes with an outer cargo pocket which will fit keys, phone and a wallet.
And for ventilation purposes, the top of the bag features a pulley design which will allow you to air out your yoga mat between practices. As a bonus, the Koruai comes with a matching yoga strap.
Overall, we love this bag for the summertime. It’s has a great, light feeling and is extremely comfortable and care-free. And there is room for a towel, however, you may have to stuff it into the bag. So, if you’re looking for a yoga mat/towel combo bag, this may be a doable but tight fit.
prAna Bhakti Yoga Bag
This 100% premium cotton bag from prAna is one of the more durable bags on our list. And not only is it durable, it has intricate detailing which makes it that much more stylish. The prAna bag features quilted fabrication with beading and embroidery details. Not only that, it also features pop color piping.
This yoga bag has a full size YKK zip closure, an easy access draw cord with a lock and an exterior stash pocket to hold the necessities, such as keys, wallet or phone.
With an adjustable strap, this bag can be used slung across the body or over the shoulder. And because of the quilted fabrication, this strap is ultra comfortable for the commute.
You have your choice of 5 different color/style designs: Black Zig Zag, Electro Blue, Emerald Waters, Silver and Summer Peach.
Overall, this is one of the more sturdier bags on our list. We love the extra attention to details, such as the embroidery and the quilted fabrication. However, there isn’t much ventilation with this bag, so for those who like to sweat, you may want to take this into consideration.
FODOKO Yoga Mat Bag Carrier
This is our pick for best yoga bag in the duffle bag category. And what makes duffle bag yoga bags so great is you can fit all your yoga accessories, including a yoga mat, towel, block and even an extra change of clothes.
The FODOKO Yoga Mat Bag Carrier measures in at 26 inches by 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches and will hold a standard sized yoga mat. There is an outside pocket which will conveniently hold your keys or metro card. On the inside, there are five separate mesh pockets to hold your phone, wallet, makeup or practically anything that may come in handy.
The FODOKO bag is made of high quality canvas with a microfiber PU handle and the bag is fully lined with nylon. The bag itself is soft and durable and easy to wash. And, it features a full zipper design to easily pack in and pack out your yoga mat.
You have your choice of three different color options: Blue, Black or Red.
Overall, we love this bag for the simple fact that it holds everything and more. The extra pockets on the inside are a major plus and will keep things organized. However, there is no ventilation system but we worked around it. Just simply leave the zipper open a tad after a yoga session and that worked fantastic. And, the bag washes up easily so that’s an extra bonus.
Armatory Yoga Mat Drawstring Bag
We love the looks of this 100% cotton, canvas fabric yoga backpack. And not only can it be used as a backpack, it can also be slung over the shoulder to mix things up a bit.
The Armatory Yoga Mat Drawstring Bag has thin, comfortable straps that will adjust via a pulley system. There is a large outer pocket that functions conveniently for storing your phone, wallet or keys. And, there are also two inner pockets that will conveniently zip up your phone, makeup or what other necessities you will be traveling with.
This yoga bag/backpack is 25.19 inches by 10.23 inches and will fit yoga mats up to 80 centimeters wide and can even manage to fit wider mats. Of course, the wider the mat, the more it will protrude from the top. However, that’s actually a bonus being that it will allow your mat to breathe.
You have your choice of two different color options: Grey or Purple.
The Armatory Yoga Bag is one of our favorite bags, especially the grey. It has a comfortable, classic look that will go with just about anything you may be wearing. We also like the fact that the drawstrings will allow the yoga mat to breathe. And, a major plus is this bag is roomy enough to hold a standard sized yoga mat and a towel.
Kindfolk Yoga Mat Sling Bags
This vegan and environmentally friendly bag is made of high quality canvas and man-made leather, while the inside is lined with a cotton-blend fabric. The canvas strap is reinforced for extra comfort and durability for slinging it across your body or over your shoulder.
The Kindfolk Yoga Mat Sling Bag is 27 inches by 8 inches by 8 inches and will fit up to a 27 inch mat with quite possibly some extra room to hold a towel. It has three outer pockets that are perfect for personal items such as phone, keys or wallet.
You have your choice of two different designs: Fanfare or Rumble.
Overall, this is an extremely stylish, durable bag and the quality is unbelievable. It’s also a good sized bag for this particular style, being that it will hold more than its competitors. However, there is no ventilation system, so you have been warned, our hot yoga friends.
Yogiii Yoga Mat Bag
We love the simplicity of this bag – the no gimmick approach that actually simplifies our life. The Yogiii Yoga Mat Bag makes packing a breeze. And literally a breeze, because with the open format, there will be plenty of ventilation with this bag.
To add to the simplicity, this bag has no buckles or fasteners. It’s strictly all one piece of cotton canvas.
The dimensions are 25 inches by 15 inches and will fit most yoga mats. However, yoga mats that are thicker than 1/2″ will have a tighter fit. But, if you stick to the standard sized mat or a little above, there should be plenty of room to toss in a towel, without the hassle of zippers.
There are two pockets, on large outer pocket perfect for a water bottle or even a towel. And there is one small inner pocket that will be perfect for your keys, wallet or phone.
To care for the Yogiii Yoga Mat Bag, wash with cold water on a gentle cycle and do not dry. Drying this bag may cause shrinkage and you probably want to use it as a yoga mat bag, not a tote bag.
You have your choice of five different color options: Ash Grey, Azulene Blue, Imperial Purple, Obsidian Black or Olivine Green.
Overall, we love everything about this bag. It is comfortable, durable and has great style. It will give plenty of ventilation to protect your mat from odor, making it a great bag for those who travel to and from hot yoga. And, we love how this bag will fit just about everything, without any hassle.
Meru Large Yoga Mat Bag
Our final pick on our list for best yoga bag checks off our wish list for the best yoga bag ever.
First and foremost, the Meru Large Yoga Mat Bag is made with superb quality and is built to last. It is double-lined with durable cotton canvas and has re-enforced stitching and high quality zippers.
This yoga mat bag is large in size at 28 inches long by 7 inches wide and will fit most large yoga mats, with enough extra room to fit your extras. There are three zippered storage pockets, with one being big enough to hold a towel. You can also carry your smaller extras, such as, a water bottle, wallet, phone, makeup or whatever other necessities you need.
The Meru Yoga Mat Bag has an adjustable shoulder strap that enables you to sling the bag across your body or over your shoulder. And, it features a secondary end-bag carry strap for simple conveniences.
This yoga mat bag has dual airflow technology so your tote and your mat can stay fresh. And, this is especially crucial after those hot yoga sessions.
You have your choice of Black, Green, Pink, Purple, White or Gray. Overall, this bag checks off everything on our list. It has ventilation, it has storage and it is ultra durable. However, it doesn’t look like the cutest bag but, not to worry, it looks much better on. It lays great, forms to the body and has a sporty aspect to it.