Two new players in the market are adding yoga travel bags and ergonomic mats to their roster of products. Tumi, a leading luggage and business-case brand, just introduced a line of yoga bags, seen here, with special features to facilitate traveling with yoga gear. "We wanted to address women's growing interest in yoga and its role in a healthy lifestyle," says Alan Krantzler, Tumi's vice president of product management. The company's new Signature collection features an antibacterial-coated mat, with moisture-proof pouches for damp towels and clothing, and several outside pockets for water bottles, cell phones and other accessories.
What about a special mat that would help yoginis align themselves into perfect positions? "Because your shoulders are wider than your feet when you stand up straight, we created a shape that reflected that ergonomically," says Anne Appleby, founder of the California-based company YogaForce. For those who can't quite align their Warrior I pose, the mat also has a grid—a yoga cheat sheet of sorts—so that you can see how to line up your front foot with your back foot's middle arch. And there's a bonus for those who find themselves perpetually late for overcrowded classes: there's no need to fuss with a bag. A YogaForce mat comes with a Velcro carrying strap that detaches so you can grab a spot fast.