DCOY Giveaway: The Yoga Mat Tie–A Simple, Yet Brilliant Solution to Sloppy Yoga Mats

The simplicity of yoga is one of its most beautiful and appealing aspects. Not a lot of equipment required, right?…

retreat-1Well, a yoga mat isn’t necessarily even an absolute necessity, but I think most of us would admit yoga isn’t nearly as pleasant without a little sticky mat under our feet and hands. Everything else is pretty much gravy in my book…and boy do I love gravy :) The picture above…definitely me.

So yeah, despite having a ton of yoga gear, a constant pet-peeve of mine has always been when I finish my yoga practice, roll up my mat, and put it in the closet somehow it always seems to find a way to unroll itself. Luckily, the “Yoga Mat Tie” provides a simple, yet brilliant solution to one of these tough to deal with first-world yoga conundrums–the sloppy yoga mat… I’ve been using Yoga Mat Ties for a couple of months and they’re awesome!

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For our giveaway this week we’re excited to partner with the nice folks out of Boulder, Colorado, who handmake each and every Yoga Mat Tie.

To enter:
1. Head on over to Twitter and follow @TheYogaMatTie (you’re probably already following us), AND
2. Leave a comment about your yoga accessory philosophy.

I’m already a self-confessed gravy/gear man, but I’d like to hear your thoughts on bolsters, blocks, blankets, and belts. Regardless of whether you’re a gear junkie or not, once you try the Yoga Mat Tie I think you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

We’ll pick a winner at random this weekend. Good luck and namaste!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Sarah (comment link), the lucky winner of a Yoga Mat Tie. Many thanks to everyone for your awesome comments and playing along!

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Comments

  1. I love these!
    I only use the simplest yoga accessories. It reminds me to be more “one-with-nature” rather than “one-with-retail.” If it’s ultra functional and doesn’t take up a lot of room, I’ve got to have it!

  2. I think EVERYONE needs a bolster. Comfortable and will open up your body in ways you never thought possible. A must have!

  3. I love yoga accessories when they are used properly for alignment and accessibility but to just have/clutter up a practice and not be used properly. eep!

  4. nice post.unique article. i love yoga. this is very informative and useful post. thansk for sharing with us…..yoga

  5. Francisca S. says:

    Followed as @capricorn_eight
    My yoga accessory philosophy — whatever it takes to hold the mat together :)
    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  6. I’m a minimalist, for sure. Have avoided giant mat bags but I think a tie would really ease my transitions. Must have my water close at hand, though!

  7. I only have one yoga accessory… my mat! It gets me through every class.

  8. I like simple, no blocks or straps for me if I can help it. I think the yoga mat tie would be the perfect simple accessory to hold my mat together!

  9. In the “too much” camp- my mat & yogitoes towel, my sweat towel & headband + a water bottle! Luckily the studio provides blocks & straps– love the look of this strap, i grew tired of my bag & trying to fit the mat+towel rolled up into it.

  10. I’ve been practicing for about two months and never found myself needing a block or bolster. Straps are really great for poses I can’t easily hold my toe.

  11. I go for simplicity. I like to carry in the studio only what’s necessary for me to practice and get home. My mat, water bottle, towel, car keys. I had a bag but I found it to be too much of a pain, so I stopped using it!

  12. I love my strap and blocks. I’ll try anything that enhances my practice.

  13. I don´t like to use accssory.

  14. love this, it looks so useful!

  15. I am definitely getting these.

  16. Very cool accessory. Never seen one!

  17. Yoga Accessory Philosophy: Whatever helps me grow and facilitates my practice! I mostly use blocks, but I love the idea of a tie that would prevent my mat from sneakily unfurling at bad moments going to/from classes.

  18. I carry my mat and some water! I don’t bother hauling bolsters/straps/blocks etc with me, because I don’t always need them, and thankfully my studio is always prepared!

  19. I recently moved over seas for 8 months and, although I would have loved to buy a new matt, I knew that if I bought one, that would just be another thing to take back home with me. Since September 2012, I have used a bath towel as a yoga matt for the bony poses – when my knees/back are on the ground, and that is my philosophy!

  20. I just purchased my first yoga mat, and I’m beginning to get into the exercises. I… I have no idea what bolsters or blocks or any of those other words you used are D:

    But I am following on Twitter as @katiecontests :)

  21. I’m not a fan of all the knick knacks, but I do need something to wrangle my mat that likes to unroll itself.

  22. sarah small says:

    I believe yoga is something you create with the beautiful and positive vibes of your body and extra additions or gear are not always necessary. Also, I am a college student putting myself through school so yoga accessories are not always something I can afford. A mat is really the only necessity I have and let me tell you, I love my mat more than most things in life and I would love to have a yoga tie to keep it together in classes and while I’m biking to yoga! Sending positive energy your way…namaste

  23. Other than my mat, I use a towel and a bag to carry my mat. The yoga tie would be cool to have!

  24. I am a minimalist and only need the basics – a mat, and sometimes nothing at all, to practice.

  25. Just my mat and me! x]
    I never even thought about having a tie for it though…thats rather genius.

  26. i just started yoga seriously so i only have a mat and a block but this tie seems awesome! i’m definitely gonna look into it even if I don’t win (at some point…lol)

  27. We use blankets during our Shavasanas. :). Belts are nice to use on the days you just can’t get into that pose.

  28. I love Yoga things! Everyone needs a mat, bolster and blanket for practice!

  29. kaylaborrego says:

    I hardly ever use yoga equipment, but it is always a nice shock to the body when you use something you don’t normally do. This is a great article! :)

  30. The beauty of this is in it’s simplicity. Goes right along with the simplicity of yoga. Great tool.

  31. Just a mat for me – and a bottle of water of course!

  32. This is a great post, something which have been missing for a while..

  33. Acne sufferers should take up yoga, an excellent meditation technique. Although as you mentioned a mat is not required, it is very helpful to aid acne.

  34. The best thing about yoga is the peace it brings within! So the more simple the accessories the better! Love this yoga mat tie!

  35. nice post, it is time for me to visit the yoga room in my fitness studio maybe.

  36. For me, a yoga mat is an important accessory for yoga. You can perform and sustain proper positions if you are using a good mat. Yoga is really relaxing and it is a very good activity if you are stressed out.

  37. I’m back to yoga again and I would like to mention two examples which appear again the simple expression “muscle contraction”. The first example is the contraction of the anal sphincters, which in the text Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha of Satyananda is called Ashwini Mudra.

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