By buying a Yogamalai product, you are directly supporting the welfare of families and empowering women we work with in India.
In 2001, Lakshmi, a friend who lives in a fishing village near Chennai, made a mat bag for Judy. When she brought it to class back in the UK, lots of her students wanted one so she asked Lakshmi to make some more. Later the same year, we got our first wholesale order of 100 bags, and needed to manufacture them. Rather than find a factory, we came up with Yogamalai to provide work for people who had no other income. Yoga United offer women training and access to sewing machines.
Years later, we have a team of people working for Yogamalai, a bolster making family, a manager and quality controller. In return for their dedication and commitment, we provide them with a fair wage and flexible working hours - there is no factory paying them meagre rates in poor working conditions.
We are always adding new Yogamalai products to our list as demand increases. Our soothing eye pillows are filled in the UK with French lavender, large and mini bolsters, yoga belts, blankets, yoga kit bags, and handbags as well as the original yoga mat bags which got the whole thing started.
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.