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April 16th, 2015

Featured Retailer: Wefit Greece

Came back late from work? have no energy? not eating or sleeping well these days? These can only be excuses keeping you back.

At wefit.gr we want to motivate and inspire people to break their monotonous routines and follow a more active and balanced lifestyle with the end result being a sense a satisfaction and happiness.

Wefit was born a year ago in Athens, Greece by a group of friends willing to challenge their routines and follow their dream.

So the idea was born and the first three services are now complete and operational.
- A news service with original articles relating to fitness, health and nutrition aiming to motivate and inspire our readers
- A fitness directory with over 500 venues in Athens from which you can choose between gyms, clubs and studios where you can practice your sport, hobby or passion amongst similar minded people.
- An eshop where you can gear up with selected products all suitable to support your fitness needs.

Being an online retailer we rarely had the chance to meet and greet our clients but it all chanced since we started to stock the Manduka range. Our customers wanted to see and feel the products. By this way we got to know our clients who soon became our friends that share the same passions as we do, and we love it.

So if you are ever in the neighbourhood don’t hesitate to visit us.

April 1st, 2015

#Nowstartsnow – An Ode To This Moment (And Winning New Manduka Gear)


This moment is a gift.

Yes, this one, reading this blog over lunch, on your commute, in your PJs, wherever you are. It’s a gift that has never happened before. A brand new, undiscovered now – here comes another one, and another, are you seeing these? These moments are what our lives are made of.

So what will we do with it? How will we choose to show up?

#NowStartsNow.

This is your invitation to the moment. We’d like to see what you – bright, brave, wild you – do with it.

Share your now as a post to our Facebook wall, a Tweet to the universe or an Instagram for the ages. Tag @MandukaYoga and #NowStartsNow. Share what’s been stirring inside you for a long time, and where you go when your heart does the driving.

Over the next 6 weeks, we’ll be reading your stories, tweeting your Tweets and hearting your Instagrams. We’ll choose 10 yogis who share their #NowStartsNow to receive a suite of Manduka gear from the new spring collection (you can tell us what grabs your eye, or let us choose based on your story), and feature many more here on the blog. So whether you’re applying for your first passport, getting into headstand, breathing through traffic jams or asking for a date, #NowStartsNow.

Life can be many things – beautiful, messy, sweaty, mysterious, still. But more than anything else, it’s now. Here’s to using this one of a kind moment for your one of a kind life.

Practice On,
Manduka


January 2nd, 2015

Featured Retailer: Touch The Toes Singapore

Touch The Toes, Singapore:

Touch The Toes! Can you do it?
'Nooo... Too stiff!' 'Too old' 'Maybe I'll try tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow' 'Errr I could break something!'... Isn't it funny how everyone almost always assumes it's bending over straight-legged & reaching for the toes?

TTT is all about changing perceptions. Eco-friendly is affordable. Small can be big. Yoga is for everyone. Customers can be friends. And you can always touch the toes!

Our lovely shop sits right in the heart of an enclave of creativity. In squeaky clean Singapore, a country where graffiti is illegal, we are surrounded by funky murals, beautiful neighbors, bohemian coffee joints.

Climb up to our 2nd floor space and you're in a little h(e)aven. Where our customers pop in for a Manduka eKo Mat & sometimes stay the entire afternoon trying new clothes & catching up with us for the latest yoga news.

We are so proud to be the only yoga retail store for apparel & accessories in Singapore. But we were blown away when we found out we are the only eco-friendly store in Asia!

TTT are 3 people: Eliza (creative), Kelly (logical), Wuen (quirky). All unique & wonderful. If you are ever in Singapore, do drop in to say hi!

Ohmsome Beginnings.
Never Endings.



October 13th, 2014

This Is My Yoga – A Look Back At Week 4

It’s been a month of celebration and reflection— we asked what your yoga means to you when it is most raw and true, and you answered. Thousands of you shared, reconnecting us all to the unfiltered root of this transformational practice. It’s been an honor to witness to your strength, warmth, and wisdom, to reflect + connect as a community. This is what yoga is really about. To see your community in action, have a look at what your fellow yogis are sharing using #ThisIsMyYoga on Instagram, Twitter or at Manduka.com/thisismyyoga. Here’s a brief glimpse into the soul of the fourth week of #thisismyyoga.

Courtney Cronis, @tiny_yogini (who, as a thank you for sharing her story, will receive a suite of gear from our new Fall Collection, plus a gift for the yogi she tagged next, Brandi @omyogasana)

#ThisIsMyYoga My yoga is connection. Finding connection and learning about my own body and my own soul and emotions. Connecting to the earth around me, to nature, to all creatures and being able to now see the life and importance of each and every own of them. Connection and appreciation to all of the people in my life, being able to be kinder and more compassionate not only to them, but to everyone I meet. Connecting to music, to good people, to food, to books and wise words, to truth. Connecting to my own open mind and open heart and being able to live my yoga off of my mat so that I not only have a flexible, strong, and balanced body, but an even more flexible, strong, and balanced soul. Yoga is the way that I discovered how to connect to the entire universe around.

Holly Oldroyd Wielechowski, @yoginiwildandfree

Getting to the edge of everything and then letting go... #thisismyyoga

Justin Wolfer, @justinwolferyogi

The beauty of yoga is that message is simple and universal - Practice and be full aware and unattached to what surfaces. Over time you will discover where you've placed the barriers preventing you from discovering that which you are seeking. Want to find love? Then practice being the most attentive unconditional lover you know how to be. Soon you'll start to see your conditions for love.... So what are you seeking? #ThisIsMyYoga

Cristina Michalski, @cristinamichalskig

Healing from the inside out #thisismyyoga

Herna Mohari, @herrrna

When I am on my mat, I am free to be ME. I feel beautiful; not because I have sexy legs nor a bendy body, but because I am able to create and put into shapes and movements, the beautiful person I feel inside. My movements powered by my breath, full of energy; Prana. When I practice, I feel so strong, joyous and free, capable of doing things I never thought I could. Everyday, somebody tells me I look underweight/skinny/sick/anorexic. In fact, I feel quite the opposite. Yoga does not judge nor hate, it is pure love. #thisismyyoga

Jeanie Hay, @jeaniehay

The photos I usually post are genuine expressions of my open heart and my joyful physical practice, and yet I have been holding back from showering certain parts of my practice with that openhearted love. My ego encourages me to post mostly pictures of poses I am "good at." Those headstands and wild things are beautiful, but I am ready to find and show my shadow sides, the places that I keep hidden because I judge them unworthy. Yoga can be intimidating to many people who have never tried it. It's easy to look at a photo of an experienced Yogini in an advanced pose like handstand and think "I can't do that with my body so yoga must not be for me." As a yoga sharer, I want to spread the idea that yoga meets you right where you are and is accessible to everyone. Start where you are, with what you have, a body. Sit and breathe. Move and breathe. Release your harsh self-judgment about what it looks like. Notice how it feels, stay with the sensation, and see what happens. In service of this idea, I will be posting photos of myself practicing the poses that I find challenging. I will use this waning moon cycle to release my ego's need to look accomplished and I will allow my self to be vulnerable. Here we go! This is my full expression of forward fold - I feel strong sensation in my hamstrings, my low back, my upper back and neck here. Today I cannot fold myself all the way over my legs. Today I can make this version of this shape and I can sit with it and I can breathe with it. This is my yoga.

Kirsten McCormick, @eatfoodlovelife

| C L I M B I N G | my way through fear, boundaries and thoughts of impossibility #thisismyyoga (on a rock) #firstclimb

@Yoganea

I travel to the Swedish mountains to be soothed, healed and to have my senses put back in order. This is the view from my mat right now. The colors of the sky above. The sound of the river below. I am forever grateful for this beauty of nature all around. Thank you. #ThisIsMyYoga

Allyson Pfeifer, @allypfeif

#thisismyyoga :: remembering that i am here to grow, to love, to heal. that i am peace, gratitude, and love. that i have the strength to remind someone else that they are already whole. that i fall and forget, and that makes me unwaveringly human. that i too am strong, resilient, and whole. forgetting and remembering, over and over again.

Rikie, @Rikster

little pinch action in front of this awesome wall piece in Wynwood #ThisIsMyYoga

Britta Farr, @brittabearr

Just hanging out with the clouds #ThisIsMyYoga

@freedivegirl

We often hear yoga referred to as a "soul sport", a hobby enjoyed on so deep a level that even the soul becomes dialed into the movement. Each day we bring a new body to the mat, some areas are stiff, some need strengthening, other bits need lengthening. And each day this ratio of tightness to spaciousness changes so we must bring total awareness to all parts of our being and then "dial in" our practice to meet the needs of the body in that moment. Yoga is my soul sport.

@yogaandartjourney

Go to yoga like you mean it! #thisismyyoga

The beauty of this community is that we are here, lifting one another when we are in the midst of regaining our sense of purpose in our practice, and this conversation remains open. We encourage you to keep sharing what your real yoga means on Instagram or Twitter with tag #ThisIsMyYoga.

Practice On,
Manduka

October 6th, 2014

9 Questions With The Ironyogi

Let’s talk about yoga. Do you think of bending and stretching and breathing? Do you think of Indian gurus or suburban Californians? Do you think of NFL Quarterbacks and Olympic medalists?

There are 20 Million Americans who regularly practice yoga – and we think you should be one of them. You read Outside Magazine (and even open its sponsor emails), you value physical wellbeing, you like cool gear.

Allow us to introduce ourselves. We’re Manduka, and we’re honored to be the world’s leading creator of eco-conscious yoga gear. This summer, we debuted LiveON – the first ever 100% recyclable, 100% reclaimable yoga mat. Lightweight, versatile and attainably priced, this mat was especially designed for the ‘yoga curious.’

Recently we had a candid conversation with an unexpected yogi: a former professional Ironman triathlete, two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion and the creator of Vega – the leader in clean, plant-based nutrition.
Brendan Brazier – our IronYogi – offered us a window to his yoga:

M: Your athletic performance record is extremely impressive – where does yoga fit in for you?

B: Well for a long time, I felt okay about my training. Just ok. I didn’t think I was recovering as well as I could have, so I wasn’t training as efficiently as I wanted to be. Short races are all about talent, but these longer events are about how hard and well you work. That’s when I started getting into nutrition and thinking more holistically. Thankfully, I lived in Vancouver, BC – yoga was pretty normal there. I saw it as a way to loosen up my hip flexors and hamstrings, upper back and shoulders.

M: But there are lots of things you can do for hips and hams, why yoga?

B: I’m a curious person. I want to know why I feel a certain way, what it’s connected to and how to feel good consistently for life. Yoga is a great bridge for understanding this. Plus, I lived right across from the first lululemon store in the late 90s, so I was face to face with yoga every time I stepped outside. I could just look at these yoga poses and see how they made sense.

M: Was it what you expected?

B: The class experience was, but how my body felt was unexpected. I was a professional athlete, but yoga was asking my body to do things that were harder than a lot of my training. I could feel the difference right away, even after that first class I knew something was happening, and it was much bigger impact than I thought it would be.

M: Did you feel comfortable being there?

B: No, not at first, because my body was pretty uncomfortable holding these positions it wasn’t used to being in. But I guess that’s part of yoga – learning to breathe through discomfort. Focusing on the breath and what you can control and letting everything else fall away – I think that even helped me with the mental challenges of racing.

M: So is yoga a physical practice for you, or something else?

B: Physical first, for sure. Those are the benefits I needed and noticed the most. I run and I bike, and those for me are like an active meditation. My mind goes places when I do those things. But in yoga, I do feel focused on it. Right on the edge of what my body can do. Yoga sort of shuts off my wandering mind, which is a helpful skill.

M: What did you notice changing after you started yoga?

B: Immediately I felt like I could take higher quality, deeper breaths. A lot of people don’t really appreciate breathing – it’s just this automatic thing. But when you’re in tune with it, you’re getting a lot more oxygen in your lungs. It’s even helped me sleep better. Then there’s the injury prevention – obviously I can’t say what injuries I didn’t get because of yoga. My Achilles tendons have been tight for a long time, and I know they’d be a lot tighter if I wasn’t practicing. Yoga has been part of my training for 15 years, without it I don’t think I would still be doing this, and still improving.

M: 15 years in, what is your practice like now?

B: A little something every day or every other day. Even just a few minutes of twists and hip opening sequences I’ve been using since my first classes. I travel a lot, so my yoga studio is usually in a hotel room or a friend’s place. I think of myself as a work in progress, the yoga is a way to keep progressing.

M: Why do you think more runners and athletes don’t take up yoga?

B: I’ve heard some people say time. Or not knowing where to start. I think also there might be doubt that it will actually do anything. But I’ve seen it help – with reducing the risk of injury, with speedy recovery, with lengthening my career. You know, a lot of professional athletes are trying hard to squeeze another year or two out of their careers – this should be part of anything you do to be good at a sport.

M: How would you describe yoga to someone who’s never heard of it?

B: That’s a tough question. It’s easier to describe the outcome than the process. Maybe yoga is a process of becoming more aware, able to move more fluently, and think more clearly.

M: Namaste to that.