Five Great Yoga Gym Bags and Totes

by kajohu

Are you looking for yoga bags or totes to carry your mat and other gear? Here are some of the highest rated yoga bags and totes that I've come across.

Here are five great yoga gym bags or totes that are attractive, durable, and well-made. All of these bags are designed to hold your yoga mat, and they're large enough to easily carry the essentials you need for traveling to your yoga class or to a yoga workshop, or for your workout at the gym.

These bags are stylish as well, and don't look like your typical gym bag!

These yoga gym bags also make great carryall bags for everyday use, and for carry-on bags when you fly. All of these selections are given high marks for customer satisfaction.

Gym Bags That Hold Your Yoga Mat

My Five Top Recommendations

I've been looking for an attractive and well-made yoga gym bag or tote bag that is large enough to easily hold my gear for yoga classes and workshops, including my mat, and also more stylish than the typical gym duffel bag. After considering a number of bags, I narrowed down my choices to the following yoga bags and totes.  All have received very high reviews from customers.

I ended up buying (and loving!) the Timbuk2 Scrunchie Yoga Tote Bag, but I would've been happy with any of the other selections as well.

Aurorae Yoga Mat Sport Bag
Aurorae Yoga Mat Sport Bag
Aurorae Yoga Mat Sport Bag

I recently came across this Yoga Mat Sport Bag by Aurorae, and I’m impressed by its styling and versatility.   

Made of heavy duty microfiber polyester, it has two main compartments to separate sweaty clothes or a damp towel from your other gear.  There’s also a small zippered front pocket to hold your valuables, and a side water bottle pocket.

A special system holds your rolled yoga mat securely in place, with a bottom cinch pouch and a strap toward the top.

You wear this sport bag over your right shoulder and across the body with a wide, adjustable shoulder strap.   

It gets overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon.  Aurorae says it values good customer service, and that if you ever have a problem with their products, to contact them and they’ll do what they can to make you happy.

Timbuk2 Scrunchie Yoga Tote Bag

Timbuk2 Scrunchie yoga bag

Timbuk2 Scrunchie cradles your yoga mat.

The Timbuk2 Scrunchie Tote Bag  is an attractive "roomy all-around gear bag that cradles your yoga mat and looks good doing it."  How easy and practical!  

This bag looks more like a large sporty handbag than a gym bag.  There's enough room inside to hold your gym or yoga clothes, shoes and a water bottle, along with other odds and ends like snacks or your lunch, and a couple books.   It has slash pockets on the outside for quick access, and an inner zipper pocket for safe-keeping small items like your phone, wallet, or keys.  

The base is waterproof and the sides are water resistant, to keep your gear dry if you get caught in the rain or if you need to set the bag down on a wet surface.

This is another good yoga bag that I would love to use as an overnight bag or carry-on.

eBags gives the Timbuk2 Scrunchie Yoga Tote Bag the "Best of the Best" rating, because of the overwhelmingly positive reviews that customers give it.

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Yoga Sak
Another view of the Yoga Sak
Another view of the Yoga Sak
on Amazon
Yoga Sak
Yoga Sak

The Yoga Sak is an attractive and functional backpack-style bag that opens up, as shown above, to give you easy access to your mat and to pockets that can carry your wallet, keys, phone, and other small items that you need with you.  It has adjustable straps to hold any size yoga mat, and a larger compartment in the back to carry your yoga block, towel, or shoes.  There's also a built-in zippable water bottle holder.

The padded shoulder straps are adjustable to fit all body sizes.  You can take this stylish bag with you whether you're walking or biking around town, or driving out to your favorite yoga studio.

Take a look at this Youtube video to see more views of the highly rated Yoga Sak.

eBags Kalya Town Square

Kalya Town Square Yoga Bag

The Sanskrit word Kalya translates as "healthy" or "able".   The practice of yoga is certainly a powerful way to help keep us more healthy and able throughout our lives.

This attractive and appealing eBags Kalya Town Square Yoga Bag will help keep you organized and pulled together as you travel to your yoga class or fitness class.   It also makes a great overnight bag or carry-on bag. 

The bag is made of soft ribbed nylon and has many compartments and pockets to help keep you organized, including a large main compartment, various zippered pockets, a water bottle pocket on one end, and on the other end a padded pocket with a headphone port for your MP3 player or iPod. 

A hide-away compartment at the bottom can be unzipped to create a sling for your yoga mat.

Comes in espresso, navy, and eggplant.

The Kalya Town Square is one of eBags "Rated Best of the Best" bags, with a recommendation rate of 94% from over 1500 reviewers.  

MatPak Yoga Bag by YogaRat
Another view
Another view

The MatPak Yoga Bag is one of the newer mat bag designs that have come out.  While most of the suggestions on this page show a gym-type bag or satchel bag with straps for attaching a yoga mat, this bag is more similar to the simpler yoga mat bags that enclose your mat, but with some extra room for a towel, yoga block, and strap.

The MatPak Yoga Bag has a main pouch for your mat (it will accommodate larger mats such as the Manduka Black Pro), as well as a few zippered pockets of various sizes for other gear, including an external mesh pouch for your water bottle. 

You can carry it as a backpack, with its two shoulder straps, or as a sling using one of the straps.

Also See These Yoga Mat Straps and Yoga Mat Bags

Best Yoga Bags for Carrying Your Yoga Mat

Simple yoga mat straps, yoga mat bags, and larger yoga gym bags are all great ways to efficiently carry your yoga mat to and from class.

Carry Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats With Your Yoga Bags

Best Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats

The commonly sold yoga mats aren't very environmentally friendly.  You can buy yoga mats that are safer for the environment.

Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat

This is my favorite eco-friendly yoga mat.  It's made of natural open-cell rubber.

Updated: 01/17/2015, kajohu
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kajohu on 10/05/2012

S.V.W. -- I wish I could help you! I looked and it's a cool bag, but I have no clue where it's from. If you ever figure it out, and think to come back to this page, I'd love to find out where you found it.

S.V.W. on 10/05/2012

I'm looking for the yoga mat bag advertised in the yoga journal November 2012 on page 6. It's gray and black ( bottom of page)

kajohu on 08/19/2011

I think the Sarita is pretty, too. That whole brand of bag is appealing overall.

WordCustard on 08/17/2011

The Sarita Lacey is so pretty, I wouldn't have guessed it was a yoga bag. In fact these bags are all stylish and I'd be happy to seen with any of them.

kajohu on 08/13/2011

Me too -- the "scrunchie" it is definitely my favorite :-)

ohcaroline on 08/13/2011

What a great selection of yoga gym bags. I like the timbuk2 scrunchie best!

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