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  • Rounding into shape

  • When she decided to reform the traditional, rectangular yoga mat, Desiree Kleemann turned to someone who works outside the box.
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  • When she decided to reform the traditional, rectangular yoga mat, Desiree Kleemann turned to someone who works outside the box.
    Kleemann's brother, 50-year-old Joe Kleemann, devised a way to cut polyurethane yoga mats in 6-foot-diameter circles at his garage in Eagle Point.
    More than a year and hundreds of mats later, the Kleemanns have a trademark for Mandala Yoga Mats, which allow a wider range of movement than rectangular mats.
    "I was the one that came up with the idea, and he made it happen," said 48-year-old Desiree Kleemann, who owns a yoga studio in Point Roberts, Wash.
    With a massive mat on their hands, the siblings recently had to design a bag large enough to carry it. Joe Kleemann's solution is a rectangular satchel that measures about 24 by 20 inches to hold a folded, rather than rolled, Mandala mat.
    Like the mats (priced at $69), the $44 bags can be purchased online at www.mandalayogamat.com.
    The simple concept would challenge do-it-yourselfers to maneuver the heavy rolls of material that make Mandala mats, Desiree Kleemann said. That didn't stop YogaAccessories.com from copying her design, she said, and dropping the price by $5 apiece.
    "You can't patent a shape," she said.
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