Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga Enthusiasts in LA

Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts

Aaron Thornton, a yoga enthusiast, invented the YoYo Mat as a better alternative to traditional yoga mats that are difficult to roll up, as well as become bulky when rolled up. The YoYo Mat, in contrast, rolls up on its own and stays tightly rolled up even without straps and carrying bags.  

This yoga mat is made from TPE, a latex-free, PVC-free biodegradable material that also doesn’t contain harmful substances like DEHP, BBP, DBP and DNOP phthalates. Suffice it to say that it’s safe to use even for people with sensitive skin.

Keeping a firm grip on the YoYo Mat even when it’s wet is easy, thanks to its anti-slip surface pattern. The round corners mean there are no jagged edges that will dig into your skin when you’re doing poses or carrying the mat.  

Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts
Self-Rolling Fitness Mat Invented by Local Yoga enthusiasts

This has dual layers measuring 5.5 millimeters, the perfect thickness for support and comfort when in use. It’s also light enough to be carried from the gym to your car, or to any other place.  It doesn’t have straps and a carrying bag but these are unnecessary because the YoYo Mat can be easily carried in your hand or under your arm, even placed inside your gym bag.

Many traditional yoga mats become smelly because of the buildup of sweat and the like on their surfaces. With YoYo Mat’s closed-cell construction, which seals the mats against sweat, dead skin cells, and bacteria, you won’t have to deal with malodorous smells.

How does it work? Its self-rolling mechanism was inspired by the slap-on wristbands. When you have to use it, place it on the floor with its top side facing up, unroll it completely, and lock it with a click so it stays flat.

When you have to roll it, just flip it so that its bottom side faces up and it lies completely flat at first. Then give it a click and watch it roll by itself – look Ma, no hands!  

The YoYo Mat measures 72 x 28 inches.  Its self-rolling bands are hidden within its folds so these don’t interfere with your yoga poses. is a digital lifestyle publication that covers the culture of startups and technology companies in Los Angeles. It is the go-to site for people who want to keep up with what matters in Los Angeles’ tech and startups from those who know the city best.

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