The Best Yoga Slings: How to Choose a Yoga Mat Carrier
Once you’ve got your brand spanking new yoga mat, you’ll want try to get a sling to roll up the mat tightly and transport it to the studio and back. Slings are great because they’re affordable, lightweight, and functional. You just fasten the attachments and toss the yoga mat over your shoulder.
Yoga Mat Sling Basics
Yoga mat slings or carriers can be made from various materials and can have buckles, Velcro straps, or other types of attachments. They can also range in length from 3 to 6 feet. Since they’re all different, look for one with good reviews that meets your needs.
Scroll down to see our recommended yoga mat slings from brands like Gaiam, Manduka, and YogaAccessories.
I’ve been using the Gaiam mat sling for a couple of years now with my Aurorae Synergy mat-towel combo. The strap works great. It fits snug, it’s well-made, and it’s durable. This shoulder sling is quite different from the Manduka Journey On – this one is constructed from polyester, and it fastens with Velcro straps.
It’s also 37 inches long compared to Manduka’s 68 inches, but that’s plenty long enough to hang it from your arm as you travel. This sling works with any mat that can be rolled up to less than 5.5 inches in diameter. The only caution here is that when you buy this sling from Amazon, you receive a random color, any of the three shown in the photo.
‘Journey On’ is a collection of Manduka products designed for the on-the-go individual. The commuter sling earns high marks for its soft feel, earth tone colors, all natural materials, and lack of Velcro or buckle snaps.
The Manduka yoga carrying straps are made from cotton twill, so they’re more sturdy than some of the cheaper sling brands, and they don’t stretch out easily. In terms of color, this item comes in Heather Grey paired with your choice of Sage, Earthen, Bliss and Blush (in other words, teal, orange, grey, and pink.)
For a budget mat sling, consider YogaAccessories, which manufactures a unique embroidered sling strap that is quite affordable. The embroidered pattern adds a splash of style, and the functional strap secures any mat between 1/4 and 1/8 of an inch thick (4 to 6 mm.) The sling holds the yoga mat in place with easy-release buckles.
The best thing about Bean’s yoga sling straps is the wide variety of colors. It comes in a rainbow stripe version, which is rare for slings, and it’s also available in plain shades of pink, purple, olive, black, sky blue, and others.
Bean Products is not as well-known as the other yoga brands listed, but user reviews are strong for this strap. It’s a no-frills product that does the job. The sling is made from either polyester or cotton (depending on which color you choose), and it connects with a buckle cinch instead of Velcro.
If you’re not sure how to use a sling, check out this simple video from Gaiam explaining how to slide the sling onto a rolled-up mat and how to adjust the tension.