Yogamalai - Yoga products hand made in India
Yogaunited manufacture yoga products in India that are made by women and families who have sewing machines at home. In the spirit of yoga (the yamas and niyamas), we support ethical trading, fair wages and empowerment of women.
This is the life-affirming story of how their business grew from one yoga mat bag made by a woman in a south Indian fishing village.
Judy Hirsh Sampath spent many winters in India practicing yoga and carrying around her yoga mat, She became friends with Lakshmi who offered to make a bag for her mat, the perfect bag to hang up her mat, stay hands-free when carrying it, and of course, protect the mat from gathering dust during those periods of not practicing so much!
Back in the UK, her students kept commenting on the yoga mat bag so Lakshmi made some more, and before you could say ‘enlightenment’, they had a wholesale order for 100 yogamalai mat bags from Paul Walker at Yogamatters in the UK. Yoga United had to find some more ladies with sewing machines!
Co-founder of Yoga United, Judy's husband Saravanan, found more contacts in Chennai who turned out to be invaluable and they set up Yogamalai with a brief to create beautiful yoga mat bags using fair trade principles and ethical values to support and empower women and their families in their Indian community.
Nearly 15 years later, we are still making the yogamalai elephant mat bag but have extended the range to kit bags, teachers bags, bolsters, cushions, belts and our best-selling lavender and flaxseed eyepillows.
As the range has grown, Yoga United also now stock other products from around the world so customers can find mats, bags and all the props, even gift ideas under one virtual online roof.
Judy and Saravanan go to India every winter to visit yogamalai, talk to the families whose lives have been changed by yogamalai, discuss ideas of how to go forward, choose fabrics and design new products. Watch out for the new fabrics and colours each season.
Contact us on 020 8361 1882 or +44(0)20 8449 3556 if you would like us to design a bespoke wholesale order.