Thursday, August 18, 2016

DIY Yoga Mat Sling

A few years ago, I used to take #1 to outdoor yoga at the bandstand.  He was smaller back then and although he was able to handle a one hour yoga class, he wasn't able to handle the walk.  Now that he's a whiz on his bike, we decided to go to Yoga again, but on our bikes.

I had a hard time imagining how I was going to carry two yoga mats, water, snacks, and a light t shirt.  Our bicycle handlebar bags solved the problem of where to put our water and snacks.  But we still needed to figure out how to transport our yoga mats. 

Lucky for me, I had seen some yoga mat slings at the store and googled some simple instructions.  I had about 20 min to spare and wasn't about to re-invent anything. 

I used some stash fabric that I had from when I used to sew stroller bags.  It matches my purple yoga mat!  My tube of fabric was about 80" long.

We hopped on our bikes and raced to the bandstand.  We weren't able to get a spot in front of the teacher, but I like it better on the shady bandstand vs in the hot sun.  (no... those aren't my toes)

Someone was very relaxed and sleepy.

This was such an easy sewing project, but well worth it!  It's so small and easier to commit to vs a yoga bag.

Here we are with my emergency bag and water bottle.

We stopped off at the community chalkboard to write a little "hope for the future".

On the way home, we ran into #2 and Dada.  My little photographer took a pic of me wearing the yoga mat sling.  It fits really well but was so heavy due to the two mats.

It is worth repeating again that it was very heavy carrying two yoga mats, but I survived!  Unfortunately, weekly outdoor yoga sessions became just one as I now have a bout of recurring tendonitis which could have been aggravated by any number of things (sewing, knitting, yoga, push ups, etc)

Time for a break, 
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  2. Choose a mat that is appropriate for the size of your body. If you are close to 6ft tall or taller, you'll want a longer mat. The standard yoga mat length is 68″ inches long. Long mats are 72″ or 74″

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