Make your yoga mat last longer! The benefits of using a bag for your yoga mat include keeping your mat clean, dry, and making it more portable with the shoulder strap. Many mat bags also have convenient mesh or zippered pockets to store your personal belongings such as car keys or identification. Many mat bags are also made with water repellant or water resistant materials. Bags with UV resistant materials will last longer and fade less and help protect your mat from deteriorating. Bags can also show off your personality through the choice of great colors or printed graphics.