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December 2012 Archive

December 17th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Ashley

Meet Ashley.

Ashley was teaching her regular vinyasa class and demonstrating Cobra pose. But at 8 months pregnant, there are some poses the body (well, mostly just the belly) won't do in the traditional sense. Ashley had this realization about a moment after it was too late to do anything about it. She went from Cobra to Nobra, tipping over uncontrollably in front of the whole class. Instead of getting upset, she immediately burst into laughter, and her whole class laughed as well.

That's when she knew her yoga practice wasn't going to be about "advanced" asana anymore. She let it go, making room for the new chapter in her life and the little miracle growing in her belly that would change it forever.

Ashley's yoga has come into a whole new journey deep in the mind, paying close attention to her thoughts and focus. She now feels more love and respect for her body and chooses to dedicate every practice to her growing family.

We loved learning about Ashley! And we can’t wait to learn about you. Tell us about yourself on our You Series page, at Manduka.com/You.

December 14th, 2012

#Practice Processing

Today, we #practice processing. When your heart breaks, sit there with all the pieces. Don't try to put them back together, or pretend everything is alright. In the shadow of immense tragedy, it's ok to be shaken, to be angry. To be sad, to be speechless..

How we heal will be a process. How we live, love, and treat each other is the practice.

December 14th, 2012

Happy Birthday To B.K.S Iyengar!

Happy Birthday Mr.Iyengar!

"The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

Thank you for helping us remember our inner song.

#Practice Gratitude

December 13th, 2012

Top 5 Detoxifying Foods For The Holiday Season

By Manduka Ambassador Rosie Acosta

Here we are at the beginning of the month, with more super fun holidays up ahead, and more temptations readily available for us to eat at home or at the office. It’s difficult to keep it together during the holiday season with so much deliciousness surrounding us, everywhere we go. No doubt we should be able to have a treat when we want, but the truth is, one treat is just NOT enough {or maybe that’s just me}. A great way to keep meals balanced is by adding foods that will assist in removing toxins from the body.

While there are many detox plans out there, it is important to seek the guidance of a qualified health-care professional before starting a detox regimen. In order to not have to go into full “detox” mode, here are some foods you can incorporate into your diet to give your body a chance to recalibrate:


1. Lentils: This fiber-rich legume aids in elimination, helps lower cholesterol, balances blood sugar, and even increases your energy. Adding lentils to salads or having a cup of lentil soup can give you the balance you need.

2. Grapefruit: Sweet, tangy and fiber-rich fruit helps lower cholesterol, prevent kidney stones, and aids the digestive system. Best when enjoyed for breakfast as a fresh squeezed juice or fruit bowl.

3.Cauliflower: Cruciferous veggies are great for detoxifying the body. This anti-oxidant rich vegetable aids your body’s natural detoxification system and reduces inflammation. Enjoy a batch of steamed cauliflower as a side dish or raw in a mixed green salad.

4. Broccoli: Neutralizes and eliminates toxins while also delivering a healthy dose of vitamins. Broccoli is a versatile veggie that can also be added to salads or enjoyed raw.

5. Cucumber: Nutrient dense cucumbers, which are 95% water, help flush out toxins and alkalize the body. This is one of my favorites. You can enjoy cucumbers in salads or toss it into the juicer to give your juice more nutritional value.

One of the best ways to begin to feel better instantly is by cutting sugar {this means cookies, cakes, and pies go bye-bye} from your diet. Also staying active will keep you motivated as the holidays approach. Exercising and keeping your body hydrated will also help move any toxins out. During this special time of year, remember to stay positive, enjoy yourself, your family and your friends.

Happy Holidays!!!

December 10th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Sheri

Meet Sheri.

She was used to being great at things. Running, swimming, water polo – Sheri was tough to beat. But yoga was another story. When Sheri tried it, she wasn't good at it, so she didn't like it. Funny how things change.

A bridge that many competitive athletes have to cross is how to treat their bodies after an injury. Yoga can be a beautiful tool for recovery. Sheri turned to yoga to soothe her aching joints and bruised muscles. And it did soothe her body. Then it changed her perspective about it. She went from using diet and exercise to tell her body what to do, to listening to it and giving her body what it needs for holistic balance. If her body needs to go for a run, she does, but if it’s asking for some ice cream, then she does that too.

Sheri's not "perfect," and she accepts that. But she's happy, and able to be of service and kindness to others. And that's perfect. That's Sheri-perfect.

We loved getting to know Sheri. And we’d love to get to know you, too! Tell us about yourself on our You Series page, at Manduka.com/You.

We can’t wait to meet you!