We get a lot of people asking how The Yoga Mat became a reality. Best friends and co-owners, Courtney Short and Natalie Ostad had a vision years ago. Courtney found many beautiful things about yoga and had the desire to share this love for the practice as a means to empower those around her. She pursued teacher training to dive deeper into what became a passion and a way of life. After completing her teacher training, she convinced Natalie to try a few sessions one-on-one in her living room. Natalie was NOT convinced nor had any desire to continue. After sticking with it a few more times, something inexplicably clicked. Finding a place where she could release the stress of her full-time job and find a mind body connection like no other was what changed her mind. The two tossed around the idea of some day owning a studio where it didn't feel intimidating, that was affordable, and ultimately a place where they could be themselves. What some may call "total opposites", turned out to be a great balance in this crazy journey. The opportunity arose and things just felt "right". There is nothing mysterious or extravagant about our story. Simply a vision, two hearts, one dream and the Yoga Mat was born!

Do you feel tired, stressed, and wound up tightly like that rolled up yoga mat collecting dust in the corner of your closet? Come and join us on a journey to wholeness. Grab your mat, walk out the door and into our refreshing world of relaxation, strength, balance and fun. Enter a place where you can release that pent up energy and stress, limber up those joints and reach true harmony for your body, soul and spirit.

 “Blessed are those who are flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape.” 

~ Unknown

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 The Yoga Mat is a studio striving to bring together a community through our love for yoga and a lifestyle that can not only enhance your body, but also your soul. Our classes offer a strong vibrant flow that will meet the unique needs of every student.

If you are looking for a heart-pumping, energy-inducing 30 minutes, or you are simply searching for a place to just breathe – the Yoga Mat has a class for you. Check out our schedule for information regarding the various classes available and pick one that fits you.

The Yoga Mat is determined to provide you with the best environment in which to take this journey into a world of peace and strength. As B.K.S. Iyengar stated “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what can not be cured.” We are committed to be your guides as you embark on this voyage to a stronger, healthier you. 

Our main priority is to walk beside you on your journey. However, we are also committed to creating and fostering a strong authentic community. Whether it be through events, clubs, fundraisers, etc. please contact the Yoga Mat to determine whether we can assist you in your endeavor. Give us a call or send us a message and we will help make your idea a success. As we strike the match to ignite this flame we will look to this community to create a glow so warm that all will be attracted and enriched.   

“When asked what gift he wanted for his birthday, the yogi replied:  "I wish no gifts, only presence."  ~Author Unknown

Yoga is defined as a spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation. 

Our passion and knowledge for yoga and its restorative and healing elements have increased our desire to bring this muscle-toning, stress-relieving, esteem-boosting, calmness-inducing practice to our local community. Our vision is to cultivate a community where everyone practices yoga.

Everyone – whether you are just beginning or whether you are looking for a place to continue your journey – whether young or old, flexible as a pretzel or stiff as a nail, focused or free-spirited – everyone can follow the practices of this timeless ritual uniting your entire being.

Yoga takes your body and uses it as a vessel towards perfection – true oneness between your mental, physical and spiritual states. The Yoga Mat meets your needs leaving you with no excuses – no rules, no obligations, no judgments – leave your worries behind and enter a place where it is just yoga and it is just plain fun.

Our experienced instructors are ready to work with you as your unroll your mat, strike a pose and decide to relax and recharge at the Yoga Mat – Orange’s new premier yoga studio.

"The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren't enough." ~ Amy Weintraub