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We’ve all seen those Gung-ho yogis, fresh-faced newbies, gearing up for class with shiny and fantastic accessories, newly purchased as a package deal online-mat bag bursting at the seams with straps, blocks, spray bottle, eye pillows, crystals, candles, wallet, keys and iPhones.
The worst is being in savasana and hearing the unceremonious opening and closing of countless zippers and buttons as a fellow yogi gathers their whole kit and kaboodle back up.
No judgment—I was once a newly christened yoga enthusiast with all the bells and whistles. I was swept up in a love affair with all things yoga too. With time, I let go of attachments to things that I thought I needed to practice.
I let go of the reactions to not having my favorite eye pillow: No, without my fave lavendar scented hemp seed filled eye pillow, I simply can’t find stillness in final relaxation pose.
I spent a lot of time reading reviews and recommendations online on the newest and best yoga products. Since then, I’ve streamlined the operation. It’s me and my mat, for the most part. There are a few comforts that enhance my practice, and with or without them I will find that time to go inward.
If you’re a yoga minimalist like me and need a mat-carrying device that won’t bog you down then you may consider Gaiam’s Easy Cinch Yoga Sling.
It’s practical, light and reasonably priced at just under 10 bucks.
I read the packaging and description before trying it on for size. Simply roll up your mat and use the adjustable hook and loops to adjust the size—this is my favorite detail because the slings with the Velcro are my pet peeve.
It’s described this sling as an alternative to a heavy mat bag. For those times that I need a free hand for my car keys and water bottle, I can throw my mat over my shoulder and get down to my practice.
Stripped down and simple. Just the way I like it.
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Ed: Bryonie Wise