– 2018/89 – Cecilia yoga bag

During my middle school years Cecilia was one of my best friends.  She lived near town and cycled everywhere and I was very jealous of that because we lived miles away and couldn’t.  In fact every time I visited her we used to both get on her bike and just roam… me siting way back on the saddle, she, perched up front… chatting all the way… it was fun.  Her parents had a strawberry farm and I remember endless afternoon sitting down on the earth doing homework whilst picking strawberries straight from the plants.  Hot from the sun, juice strawberries, paper stained red… the best I’ve ever tasted.  We drifted apart in later years… different friends… choices… boyfriends and the small detail I left the country… I wonder if it would have been different now that we have social media and emails and so on.

Anyway, this has absolutely nothing to do with yoga or a yoga bag, they’re just memories that popped up from somewhere!

I started practicing yoga at a local centre really near my house, I really have no excuse not to get there which is good because I am the queen of excuses and procrastination.  It’s a very low key class, just a handful of us and it’s perfect.  (If you’re local and interested you can get details here).  I feel really good after each session.

I had bought a mat months ago (pink, because it’s the only way I can be sure stuff doesn’t get taken by the boys) which was gathering dust in a corner… now I needed a bag to carry it, right? I mean… we always need bags for something… no?

For the pattern I went to my trusted Lotta book, and it was the right choice.  Out of the cupboard came a piece of black linen or linen mix, I can’t remember when I bought… and voila’ … we had a bag.

Well, we would have done it ‘that’ quickly if I’d had the time to sit down and just do it instead of stealing ten minutes here and there AND if I’d read the instructions correctly the first time… but nonetheless it’s a great pattern.

The bag has an asymmetric handle which at first looks a little weird and you might ask yourself why … BUT it makes perfect sense as it makes the bag really comfortable to carry when full.  Genius.

See?

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Question… I’m looking for a long top that won’t rise up to my chest during downward dog for example… soft, bamboo maybe? possible organic… and pretty… definitively pretty.  Any suggestions will be really appreciated.

Also… the eagle pose is tricky.

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4 Comments

  1. I agree with the Bam stuff, lovely and long! My Pilates class made dozens of these bags, which we modified to hold the pilates ball, and we sold them and made money for a local charity. They are very popular because of the shoulder strap!

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  2. Definitely recommend BAM – Bambooclothing.co.uk. All organic bamboo, ethically made. In fact I’m wearing their Serenity top and leggings right now.
    Love the blog btw – 1st time I’ve left a comment. Nice to meet you, Deborah

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  3. I had completely forgotten about the yoga bag pattern in the Lotta book! And my half-sister is named Cecilia 🙂 I wear the Lululemon Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve, which breathes well and stays put. But I recently received a catalogue from Asquith, and their yoga clothing looks lovely and has the huge advantage of being ethically made so planning to try them out for my next top.

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