August 23rd, 2010

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August 15th, 2010

We Are Family

By Eka Ekong

In the Spring of 2010, eighteen amazing yoga teachers dedicated their time, their energies and their hearts to show not only their love of yoga, but also their love of Manduka. I was lucky enough to be a fly on the wall (or on a yoga mat). James Wvinner was the photographer, and to see the world through his eyes was truly a delight. Kasey Luber recorded the day’s activities with humor and honesty.

In the morning, Charlie Samos, Susan Sterlace, and Melanie Lora Meltzer were the first to appear. We chatted about new products. They warmed up their bodies in the cold studio, and then and got on some eKo lites. I was lucky enough to watch them playfully practice on their mats, and share in the happiness and ease they had with each other. Throughout the day, more Ambassadors arrived and gleefully jumped on the Manduka Mats: Caleb Asch, Travis Eliot, Kishan Shah, Brock and Krista Cahill, Kia Miller, Annmarie Solo, Jill Miller, Simon Park, Sara Ivanhoe, Ashley Turner, Brynn Rybacek, Jessie Schein, Elise Gulan, and Stella V. Wilkins. Everyone was excited to see each other and they greeted one another like a loved one who had been away from home for too long. Some brought their own Manduka mats, which they spoke about like a badge of honor, and with a level of reverence that shared their gratitude for their mat of choice.

There were lots of hugs, laughter, eating, and we talked about life, love, yoga, and everything in between. It was incredible to be in the company of so many gracious yogis, who are extremely dedicated to their practices, and to the elevation of the human spirit. We may not look the same, talk alike, or see life with the same eyes, but all of our paths have led us to this practice, and to Manduka. We are each connected by yoga, but also by the mat beneath our feet, and it easily felt like I was home, with family…

August 2nd, 2010

Featured Retailer: Smiling Dog Yoga

Manduka is proud to introduce Smiling Dog Yoga in San Luis Obispo (Manduka's hometown) as a featured retailer!

When Lisa Terranova-Pittelli and her husband considered opening Smiling Dog Yoga in San Luis Obispo, CA a few years back, they were excited at the prospect of a yoga studio in a beautiful rental property, which includes two studios, ample retail space, a treatment room and large courtyard. However, they knew that to see it work financially in these slower economic times, they would need to make the most of their space. Today, Smiling Dog consists of a yoga studio, vegetarian cafe, massage and acupuncture and eco-boutique. In fact, their yoga program, while it's the heart of the business, makes up half of the total revenue. The other limbs of Smiling Dog are an integral part, not only of its success, but of the overall client experience. Its set them apart in the community. Lisa says, "One of the unexpected pleasures of my job is managing our retail boutique and working with like-minded companies such as Manduka who are putting eco-responsible business practice to work."

July 6th, 2010

If The Shoe Fits

By Eka Ekong

I was having one of the days, I often dream about. I was able to practice, teach, and spend time with good friends. I felt light, I felt happy and peaceful. There was a little spring in my step, and an enduring smile on my face. I had some free time in the evening, so I decided to stop in for a meditation with my beloved teacher. She had been chanting the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra every Monday night. I went to the chant, and when I left, I felt energized and a wave of peace washed over me. I said good night to the front desk staff, and I walked to the shoe rack to put on my shoes. “ Hmm.. I’m pretty sure I left them here.. Maybe they are behind another pair. No, wait. Okay…I think my shoes are gone.” I was a bit stunned that those words even entered my mind, but there I was Birkenstock-less and confused.

I left my information with the front desk staff, and began my walk back to my car, au naturel. So many feelings overwhelmed me-anger, fear, sadness, disbelief. After arriving home, I promptly washed my feet, and I was surprised at how upset I was about what happened. I mean they’re just shoes. I realized I had an attachment to my shoes, beyond their price tag. They represented my taking care of myself, my holding space for my health and wellbeing. It took a minute, but I remembered that at the end of the day, they are just shoes. I am still the same yogini with or without them.

This experience was an opportunity for me to practice presence to each moment, and vairagya, detachment to temporal objects. I mean how often do we leave yoga class, and we talk about how present we are, but we walk the same walk? This experience reminded me to be present to my actions in this life, but non-attached to the fruits of these actions. I will walk mindfully on my journey, whether barefoot or in my favorite shoes, and remember that each breath creates a new opportunity to be here now.