October 31st, 2011
Yoga Form is an integrative Mind, Body and Spirit studio located in Wilrijk, near Antwerp, Belgium. We offer a variety of mindbody classes 7 days a week and various workshops with local and international teachers. Yoga Form boasts a beautiful studio, set in a tranquil, green, residential area of Wilrijk. Set against the backdrop of a zen garden and housing a reception area, shop, kitchen, a shala, change rooms, a shower, toilet and a fully equipped treatment room, Yoga Form offers you excellence in teaching in a perfect setting that whispers as you enter the promise of peace and tranquillity.
Nicki Forman-Levitan founded Yoga Form to integrate different styles of yoga and mindbody practices from e.g. traditional Hatha Yoga, dynamic Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as well as Yin Yoga, hatha flow and Chakra Dance Meditation. Yoga Form was the first yoga school in Antwerp to offer Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and has in a relatively short period offered through Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa the first Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training offered in the city.
At Yoga Form adherence to all schools and respect for all lineages and teachers is encouraged. In offering these varied teachings, technologies and teacher trainings, Yoga Form students are able to take classes and workshops with different local teachers and incoming international senior teachers, each enriched by their interpretations and styles of teaching as well as having exposure to the many lineages that stem from yogic principle. Offering this variety in teachings and classes enables students to listen to their bodies and to what their varying ebbs and flows in energy might demand.
Together with a team of 15 teachers and staff, Nicki Forman-Levitan is privileged to open the door for aspirants on the path of yoga and is actively engaged in building and supporting the local and international yoga community. Through the establishment of YogAspire, Yoga Form is actively engaged in local and international community service.
September 16th, 2011
Manduka Ambassador and friend Garth Hewitt has made such amazing strides with his ongoing donation-based yoga classes and events to raise money for Operation Shanti.
Operation Shanti is a small organization that was started a few years ago by an Ashtanga yoga student from San Francisco named Tracy Kunichka. The organization strives to better the lives of exploited, at-risk, and destitute children through an orphanage that provides food, clothing and a home in Mysore, India. After Garth spent time helping and volunteering with Tracy, he learned first hand how the Operation Shanti orphanage was overflowing and in need of another orphanage to help support the growing number of children in need. Garth came home determined to raise money to support Operation Shanti's mission.
Garth's third event, Los Angeles Rocks! Operation Shanti will be held this Saturday, September 17th from 3-5 pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event by signing up at garthhewittyoga.com or www.facebook.com/LARocksOperationShanti. Enjoy this amazing 2 hour class with live music that will be team-taught by 10 teachers, 6 of which are Manduka's own Ambassadors: Ashley Albrand, Ally Hamilton, Angela Kukhahn, Jennifer Pastiloff, Ashley Turner, and of course Garth Hewitt! After the class there will be an auction and raffle with over 30 great prizes, as well as a catered party and a DJ spinning live.
We can't wait to see the community support that we know will be present at this event! Spend your Saturday doing something you will absolutely love - practicing yoga with friends and community members that are making a difference in our world. Help support the people of a country that gave us something that brings us all together - the practice of yoga.
August 31st, 2011
Yogashop.nl is onderdeel van De Yoga Studio, een lichte en warme studio met twee ruime yogazalen vlakbij het centrum van Eindhoven. Janneke Verburg richtte de Yoga Studio op in 2003. Bij de studio werden in het begin een paar matjes aangeboden, gewoon voor studenten die hun eigen matje wilden. Maar al snel werd dit een online winkel met een ruim assortiment yogamatten, -boeken, -props en -kleding. Er werken inmiddels drie gepassioneerde ashtanga yogini's ; Janneke zelf, Barbara en Deborah. De missie van deze meiden is yoga en meditatie zo leuk en toegankelijk mogelijk te maken voor zoveel mogelijk mensen in Nederland, België en Luxemburg. Dit doen ze niet alleen door het aanbieden van yogaproducten van alleen de allerbeste merken - zoals Manduka - maar ook door het organiseren van Ashtanga Yoga workshops en -opleidingen met bekende docenten uit binnen- en buitenland. Zo zijn er de afgelopen tijd workshops geweest met David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff en David Williams, en in maart 2012 gaat opnieuw de Ashtanga Yoga Intensive training van start. Een jaarlijkse opleiding voor docenten, waarvoor De Yoga Studio speciaal gecertificeerd is als RYS200 door Yoga Alliance. Ondertussen reist Janneke regelmatig naar India en ander plaatsen op de wereld om zich te laten bijscholen in Ashtanga yoga, en volgen ook Deborah en Barbara regelmatig workshops in (ashtanga) yoga en mindfullness.
July 12th, 2011
Whilst trying and failing to find a new yoga mat Nicky Samuel decided to launch Sukha Yoga, a UK based ecommerce site selling the best yoga products she could find. Nicky searched at length for the ideal range of yoga mats; a search which finally lead her to Manduka. Nicky has been committed to Manduka ever since.
Sukha Yoga is currently celebrating its second birthday with a loyal customer base who value Nicky’s knowledge of Manduka’s products.
As Nicky says ‘my customers are the reason I do what I do! I get such fantastic feedback from my customers who love their Manduka products.’
‘ Taking Manduka mats to the Yoga Show in 2010 was the highlight of a very busy year for us. We met so many happy customers who took the time to stop and say hi. Selling a product that I believe in is of the utmost importance to me.’
‘I will not stock a product that I have not tried personally. I took the Manduka Superlite on a yoga holiday to Turkey last year and have just returned from Marrakech where I put the Manduka eKO yoga mat through its paces in hot and dusty conditions.’
Image Dory Walker, yoga teacher, and Nicky Samuel on the roof of Tigmi, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains.
June 1st, 2011
Sri is defined as radiance or resplendence. The nature of the world is beautiful, and as we brighten our inner fire, we can see this beauty more clearly, even in those moments that don't necessarily feel so divine.
Here's how our amazing community is finding beauty and paradise in their surrounding world:
"My yoga paradise is finding that amazing balance between breath and stillness, where absolutely nothing exists, but I feel the entirety of my body heart and mind filled with exhiliration, peace, warmth, and stillness."
" My yoga paradise at the moment is sharing yoga practice with my nearly-three year old daughter who likes to 'do yoga like mummy' and tells me Downward Dog is her favourite! I'm far from a perfect yogi and our shared practice never lasts that long but fills my heart with immense joy."
"My yoga paradise is when the way I feel about myself and others while I'm on my mat follows me off the mat and I know I'm becoming a better person with each practice."
"My yoga paradise is when I see my five year old twins, 11 year old or 21 year old, practicing yoga and knowing they are bringing peace and calmness to their spirits and bodies."
"My yoga paradise is at my local hot yoga studio, in child's pose leaving my stresses at the corners of my mat, breathing deeply, and living in the moment, ready to take the first vinyasa :D"
"My yoga paradise is always and everywhere within me."
"My yoga paradise is Savasana with my precious little dog lying beside me doing her own Savasana....pure bliss........."
Mary Beth Bender
" Practicing yoga in peru near macchu picchu."
"I recently found my place in the world to practice while in Kenya on a study abroad trip. There is nothing more rewarding then teaching yoga to children who experience little joy in their lives."
"As long as I am with my mat it is always yoga paradise. I am taking my mat to tahoe for wanderlust."
Y is for Yogini
"Paradise is laughter and the ability to find my path, practice, and the humor in anything. ;)"
Ashley Watrous Yost
"At our cottage in Ludington, MI on the beach facing the sand dunes ♥"
" My yoga paradise is in my mind. I see pictures of yogis and I'm impressed and intimidated by all those head stands and Pretzel-like poses, and then I swear to myself I will do it one day, but for all the reasons in the world, never got to it. maybe the first of that "one day" is this Friday morning at the community centre's yoga class..."
Britney Call Mellen
"My yoga paradise is my living room floor, first thing in the morning every morning. Even with all the kids' toys scattered around and dust bunnies under the couch, my mat is always a little piece of heaven! (And would be even more heavenly with this gorgeous new mat)!!"
"Love being surrounded by woods. I hike through Old Stone Fort..do a bit of yoga near the waterfalls..its so peaceful out there. It doesnt get better than that :) The birds, sound of water, even those annoying little cicadas make it enjoyable. The world truly is a beautiful place."
"I practice yoga on the back of my horse. Theres no better feeling than a back bend on the back of your best friend! :)"
"My yoga paradise would be on a patio overlooking the ocean, somewhere near the equator. Palm trees, waves crashing, Capri-colored water, white sands, and my Manduka mat there to greet me =)"
"My yoga paradise is any time I choose yoga "practice" over "perfection."
Chris Di An
"There is no paradise but yoga."
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