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Men do yoga, so why is yoga gear always too small for us? Yeoman Gear is a larger mat, bigger block, wider strap & strong spray.
Men do yoga, so why is yoga gear always too small for us? Yeoman Gear is a larger mat, bigger block, wider strap & strong spray.
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What is Yeoman Gear? - Yeoman Gear is yoga gear for men (and anyone who is not tiny). Our products include:

  • A longer, wider, thicker yoga mat 
  • A longer, wider, thicker yoga block 
  • A simple yoga strap for carrying your mat and for stretching
  • A heavy-duty cleaner spray. 

What is a Yeoman? - A yeoman is a person who performs great and loyal service. It is also a play on words with the "yo" from yoga and "man". 

Hi, I'm Tom Nardone. 15 years ago I started my yoga practice because I had back pain. Yoga has kept me pain free all these years.  It also helps me stay calm, wise, and in touch. I've made great friends, kept fit, and continue a great outlook on life because of yoga.  I love everything about it, except for one thing.  All of the yoga stuff is too small.

Standard yoga mats are tiny! They are too short for side plank. They are too narrow for child's pose.  Affordable mats are also too thin for my old kneecaps. In shavasana, I spill everywhere.  

Regular Yoga Mats (green) are too small.  Yeoman Gear mats are a head-length longer and a hand's width wider.
Regular Yoga Mats (green) are too small. Yeoman Gear mats are a head-length longer and a hand's width wider.

 

In child's pose note how your knees go outside a standard mat, but the Yeoman Gear mat is wide enough.
In child's pose note how your knees go outside a standard mat, but the Yeoman Gear mat is wide enough.

Introducing The Yeoman Gear Yoga Mat - Yeoman Gear Yoga Mats are longer, wider, and thicker.  They are better for men, and for anyone else who isn't small.  Yeoman mats are 8 inches longer, 6 inches wider, and twice as thick as other mats. The added size is just right.  They aren't huge because huge wouldn't fit in a crowded yoga class. They are just right for guys and won't bother our fellow practitioners.    

In a battle to the death, our huge block would easily defeat a standard block, but only if it could not reach a suitable, peaceful compromise.
In a battle to the death, our huge block would easily defeat a standard block, but only if it could not reach a suitable, peaceful compromise.

Yeoman Yoga Block - What about yoga blocks?  We made a bunch of prototypes and found that 12 inches by 9 inches by 4 1/2 inches is just right. That's more than twice as much foam as a regular block, but that's what we need.  It is big enough to sit upon, small enough to grab with one hand and once you use it, you'll never go back.

Our strap allows you to carry your mat to class without looking dorky.
Our strap allows you to carry your mat to class without looking dorky.

Yeoman Yoga Strap - Is a skinny strap a fashion thing?  They don't make sense. I made a wide strap. You can use it for two things, to carry your mat and for stretching. It is simple and effective.

Dirty yoga mats should be cleaned, and disinfected, not perfumed.
Dirty yoga mats should be cleaned, and disinfected, not perfumed.

Our Mat Cleaning Spray Is Strong - When I finally get around to cleaning my yoga mat, I need something really strong.  We have something for that.  It's the same formula that police officers use to clean their bulletproof vests.  It works great, kills bacteria, and won't harm you or your gear.  In our office we call it "Funk Removal Spray." 

I made our mat and block thicker because I have old-man knees and my balance isn't great.
I made our mat and block thicker because I have old-man knees and my balance isn't great.

Our Mat and Block Are Thicker - We weight more than other people in yoga class, so we need a thicker mat.  Ours is 2X as thick as a standard yoga mat.  We need the cushioning to keep our knees and joints safe. Our block is longer, wider, and thicker too, to keep you stable during balancing and seated poses.  

Yeoman Gear isn't expensive. It's just bigger, not fancy.
Yeoman Gear isn't expensive. It's just bigger, not fancy.

Yeoman Gear is Affordable - The folks behind Yeoman Gear know that yoga is not about money, so our products are affordable.  Through Kickstarter you can order our mat for just $39!  Our complete package (mat, block, strap, spray) is only $69. 

Our stuff isn't gender specific, we just market it that way.
Our stuff isn't gender specific, we just market it that way.

Everyone is welcome - Just because we market our product to men, doesn't mean you have to be male to use it. You just have to be frustrated by the small size of regular yoga equipment. 

Our kit - Cement steps and graffiti not included.
Our kit - Cement steps and graffiti not included.

Technical Specs: Our mat is 80"x30"x6mm and PVC. Our block is 12x9x4.5, our spray is 2 oz., our strap is a strap. We apologize but nothing here is organic, I'm not asking everyone in the office but I'm pretty sure we aren't virgin, and although we treat people fairly and offer a great product at a fair price, I don't think we qualify as fair trade.

Risks and challenges

My name is Tom Nardone and for 17 years I have run a company that fulfills products and designs new items. In that time I have filled over 1,000,000 orders and have launched and filled four successful Kickstarter projects. My team and I are a reliable bunch.

Delays can happen, but working with an experienced team like ours is a great indication that we will do everything possible to not let you down. We are poised to deliver these mats before Christmas because they will make a great gift. Just know that if significant delays occur, we might struggle with that delivery time.

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    Early Bird - Yeoman Mat With Free Strap

    You'll receive a Yeoman Yoga Mat. It's wider, longer, and thicker. Just the right size for you.

    This "Early Bird" offer is for the first 50 people to sign up. You'll get our Yoga Strap for free!

    Eventual MSRP: $74.99. You save over $35.

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    You'll receive a Yeoman Yoga Mat. It's wider, longer, and thicker. Just the right size for you.

    Eventual MSRP: $59.99. You save over $20.

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    Get The Yeoman Mat and Yeoman Block

    You'll receive a Yeoman Yoga Mat and Yeoman Yoga Block. Both of these items are right-sized for you. They are longer, wider, and thicker. We know you will like using them and they are affordably priced.

    Eventual MSRP: $94.98. You save over $40.

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    Get All 4 Yeoman Gear Items

    This package includes all four Yeoman items. Our mat and block are longer, thicker, and wider to meet your needs. Our Yeoman Yoga Strap lets you carry your mat easily and Yeoman Funk Removal Spray keeps your gear clean.

    Eventual MSRP: $119.96. You save over $50.

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    Supply A Studio - 6 Mats and Blocks

    A Six Pack of Mats and Blocks for Yoga Studios and Gyms - You'll receive six Yeoman Yoga Mats and Six Yeoman Blocks. They are big enough for your clients, but still the right size to fit in any yoga class.

    Suggested value: $569.88. You save over $270.

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    Wholesale Pack - 10 Yeoman Gear Mats

    Do you want a large quantity of our larger yoga mats? If you order 10 of them you'll get them at a great value. Maybe you want to sell them in your shop or studio. Maybe your crew of lumberjacks needs a place to shavasana?

    Suggested value: $599.90. You save over $300!

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