Namatse: keeping yoga mats fresh & flat
Namatse: keeping yoga mats fresh & flat
The first yoga mat hanging solution designed for yogis to make cleaning, drying, storing, and even displaying your mats a breeze!
The first yoga mat hanging solution designed for yogis to make cleaning, drying, storing, and even displaying your mats a breeze! Read more
About this project
Make space for your practice
Tossing your mat in the back of your closet means it’s rumpled and still damp the next time you head to class—which is pretty gross. This ingenious, sleek yoga mat wall hanger opens up space in your closet, and, since it’s hanging in plain sight, it reminds you to make more space in your life for yoga.
“Having my mat hanging right there on my wall is a welcome invitation to do yoga. It’s a great reminder to make more time to practice!”
- Rebecca Stifter, yogi, runner, & college student
A clean mat whenever you want it!
We don’t re-wear clothing we’ve sweated into over and over, but we often do the equivalent with mats. Just like leaving your stinky gym socks crumpled on the floor for weeks, storing a rolled up, dirty, sweaty, mat can leave mildew, stains, or funky smells. We want to rid the world of stinky, mildewy mats … forever! With a Namatse shower clip you’ll never have to worry about the hassle of washing and drying out your mat again. It makes hanging and cleaning your mat in the shower a breeze, and becomes a welcome reminder to do more yoga. What’s not to love about that?
“Yoga brings me a sense of well-being I don’t get anywhere else, but life is so hectic that my practice gets pushed aside. Part of that is because I just haven’t had time to maintain my mat, and it gets kind of unpleasant if I don’t wash it for a while. When I do drag it out and hose it down, I end up drying it over my stair rail and it’s a big mess. I’d love a better way to store and clean my mat!”
- Melisa Olgun, yogi, fitness enthusiast, & nutritionist
Be good to your mat and it will be good to you too
Our mats help us soar and stay grounded in our practice. They are there with us through every pose, breath, and humble beginning. They cushion our knees, keep our hands from slipping, and support our headstands. Let’s show our mats some love in return. Namatse lets you store your mat the ideal way—by hanging it flat—that way it stays dry and smell free helping it live a longer, healthier life. Long live your mat!
Turn your mat into wall art
Whether you display your race medals or keep your bike in your hallway for all to see, you love showing off the sports and activities you love and making them a part of your home. Why not do the same for your yoga mat? Show off the beauty of your practice and your faithful partner by hanging it on your walls. It’s an instant and colorful upgrade to any room!
How It Works
Will it work for my mat size?
Yes! The Namatse clip is designed to work for all mat sizes, thick or thin.
How do I hang it?
There are three ways to hang your Namatse clip:
- Namatse quickly and easily mounts to your wall with no tools using the peel and stick 3-M Command Strips which are non-marking, extra durable 100% removable adhesives. 3-M sells versions that are available for your painted walls or for use in your shower.
- Namaste includes a set of screws so that you can permanently attach your Namatse clip to a wall.
- Also included is a traditional hanger loop that attaches to the clip so the hanging mat can be hung from a closet rod, over a door or even in the shower.
The story behind the design
Namatse was created by father-son duo Neal Margulis and Arden (age 6). Searching for an easy way to wash and dry their mats, they turned to the internet to help them find a product that fit their needs. Neal assumed there would be a variety of options, but came up empty-handed. After multiple attempts at improvising with everything from chip clips to hardware clamps, Neal and Arden decided to take matters into their own hands.
It was time for action.
Neal reached out to Greg Hayes, an old friend who had decades of experience turning smart ideas into sleek, highly functional objects for the mightiest of companies. Together, they created the ideal solution for yogis who want to keep their mats clean, flat, and ready to use: Namatse.
If they were going to do it, they were going to do it right. Using advanced 3D printing, the team set to making the ideal clip: one that was not just lightweight and sturdy, but also attractive and easy to use. The clip they designed can hold the heaviest mat made, but it’s also easy to operate and doesn’t harm your mat. The clamp easily props open for simple placement of the mat. The clasps are effective, but have smooth, crafted edges that are gentle on your mat. To make sure Namatse fit any yogi’s lifestyle, the team created the three options for hanging Namatse: mounted with screws, non-marking, removable adhesives, and a shower hanger. They chose high-quality, recyclable ABS plastic to tread lightly on our planet.
The first version of the product was a flat faced design that weighed about double what ended up being needing. Each version was fabricated using SLS 3D printing and then extensively tested. The first version did not have a latch and without a way to keep the hanger in the open position, there was no way with two hands to lift your mat and attach the clip. The team went back to the drawing board and added a "latch" to the side of the hanger to keep it in the open position. Unfortunately putting the latch on the side caused the hanger to not open evenly. Eventually the team came up with the centered latch that is now part of the final design. Additionally, by being much smarter about the structural support ribbing of the plastic, the weight and size the product was reduced significantly.
The steps forward from here are very straight forward. The team has already made the molds and just this week received the first injection molded plastic pieces. They are beautiful and strong but they don't have the texturing yet which they do after approval of the mold design. The first hanger is assembled using the known working springs and rod combination and it works great. The next step is to finalize the a custom spring design, choose the most cost effective rod solution and finalize the specs on the custom wire hanger portion. These three steps should be done within a week or two. After several prototypes are assembled with the custom parts and with the textured plastic it should be done in October and then place the order for the first production run. In parallel with the part, the team is designing the packaging so that we can ship the parts without damaging them. The production and assembly should only take two weeks and we should be ready to ship the parts to the US by early November and then deliver them to you in December or early in 2014.
In addition to the Kickstarter Stillwater color originally offered, we have added a simple and elegant white option. By popular demand, some people want their Namatse to blend into the color of the door or wall and white is the color most asked for! We added a separate reward for white, but don't worry, you can specify the color for any of the reward levels once the campaign ends and we ask for your shipping information.
Risks and challenges
The steps forward from here are very straight forward. We have already made the molds and just this week received the first injection molded plastic pieces. They are beautiful and strong but they don't have the texturing yet which they do after we approve the mold design. We have assembled the first hanger using the known working springs and rod combination and it works great. The next step is for us to finalize the a custom spring design, choose the most cost effective rod solution and finalize the specs on the custom wire hanger portion. These three steps should be done within a week or two. We will then get several prototypes assembled with the custom parts and with the textured plastic. We hope to have those by mid October and then we can make the call on ordering the first production run. In parallel with the part, we are designing the packaging so that we can ship the parts without damaging them. The production and assembly should only take two weeks and we should be ready to ship the parts to the US by early November and then deliver them to you in December.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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