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May 13th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Bandera Organic

Bandera Organic
- Promoting yoga and mindfullness in Norway

Bandera Organic was founded in 2006 by Rita M. Jensen as a balanced alternative to a career in an advertising agency. She was more and more attracted to making green business and practising yoga, and established her company as an organic webshop, providing brands with a green, concious profile. Bandera Organic has distributed Manduka yoga mats through www.bandera.no, trade fairs and events since 2008, and by 2011 Manduka is the major brand in the company.

Bandera Studio of Mindfullness
This year Bandera Organic will take the next step in it´s vision and open a studio of mindfullness and green values near Oslo in Norway. The studio will give yoga instructors a nice location for courses, in a balanced organic atmosphere. The Studio will be a combined showroom, shop and juicebar. A chillout area were you can practice, buy your gear, and discuss green values while you discover the art of juicing.

Promoting through amabassadors
Bandera Organic are communicating Manduka with established yoga instructors and companies at different levels. It is very important for us to implement both Manduka and Bandera Organic as symbols of quality, high service and knowledge. We are very serious about our profile, says Rita M. Jensen.

May 9th, 2011

My Soul Mat

9 years.
Some days I drip my insecurity all over it, and it doesn't mind. No judgment. No eye rolling. No pull yourself together looks..

My Soul Mat: My Black Mat PRO.

Have you found yours?

These yogis have found their Soul Mat, and we couldn't be happier:

Stela Balaban
"My friend and yoga teacher has had her Manduka for 7 years. When I tried it for the first time I knew I had to have one."

Melissa Baker Gentile
"I opened this link in my blog reader: http://www.fitsugar.com/What-Best-Yoga-Mat-13852241?page=0%2C0%2C4#4 ... the description sounded perfect for me! I'm an exclusively-at-home yoga practitioner due to mobility issues and was looking for shock absorption. I bought the Black Mat Pro in Black Beauty - a gift from my husband for Valentine's day. His, "Please honey, buy it" was the best V-Day gift ever. He showed me how much my yoga practice mattered to him ♥ He also encouraged me to buy the color version rather than the black ... sometimes I have to struggle through pain and fatigue to make the choice to practice and he knew that the color would make me smile!"

Kim Puente
"It was SO not love at first sight. I had heard how much everyone loved the Manduka Pro, so I decided I would "try one out" to help me advance my practice. Rolled it out, and we had a "lunch date". Short and sweet. Too slippery. Read what I needed to do. So next was a "spa date" or a rub down with sea salt, lots of sea salt. Our love/hate relationship kept up about a week. I knew if I got to know my Manduka I would eventually fall in love. Which of course I did! One magical day all of the quirks worked out and I have seen my practice soar. Now instead of dreading our "dates" I count the time until the next one!"

May 3rd, 2011

#Practice Being Who You Are

I was blessed with the opportunity to see H.H the Dalai Lama in a lecture series this week. He is such a joyful, loving and truthful spirit! Regardless of the energy of the surrounding environment, there was never not a time where he was acting inauthentically or not speaking from his heart, mind and soul.

There wasn't any smoke or mirrors, or words minced. H.H wasn't afraid for others to see who He is, even when situations weren't going smoothly.

When we are willing to show ourselves fully and completely, we not only create a space for others to let down their guards and open their hearts, but we are also able to see ourselves in each other.

We're able to truly see that we are not really that different after all.. Separation lessens, and true fellowship is created.

I am #practicing being myself(warts and all). What does your Manduka help you practice?

Here's how others are #practicing authentically:

Ami Spencer
"Consistency. Finding a way to spend time going inside. Every. Single. Day."

From @MandukaYoga
"Bloom! Shedding the winter layers and finding the color underneath."

From @MandukaYoga
"You help me practice remembrance of my strength and the still space within!"

Patty Shine
"At my house we had a day of no TV, no video games, no radio. We spent time outside helping a neighbor with their garden.Some play time at the park. We did our best to have a relaxing yoga session though my 6 yr old son cannot "relax" for more than a minute so we called it jumping bean yoga. Though I didn't get my normal relaxed feeling from my yoga, I got that inner glow that only quality time enjoying my children can give."

Youngmee Ahn Hand
"Wash and hang all my laundry outside for the beautiful sun to dry aswell as sanitize my clothes without having to use energy from machines."

Jen Erickson Strating
"Composting all my veggie/fruit scraps, growing as many veggies as I can, biking or walking to do errands, getting my food locally through a wonderful CSA, being mindful and frugal with energy consumption and spending time in nature honoring this beautiful earth!"

March 14th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Yogamatters

Yogamatters was born in 1996 when yoga teacher, Paul Walker sold yoga mats out of the boot of his car. Today, Yogamatters is the largest yoga retailer, providing yogis worldwide with thousands of products that will help serve their yoga journey.

Yogamatters are committed to offering the best customer service and value for money – delivering almost anywhere in the world to fulfill this. Comprised of practicing yoga teachers (there are seven working at Yogamatters), beginners and long-term yoga lovers, the Yogamatters team actively participate in the yoga community and enjoy sharing their passion for yoga in support of their customers. With such a vast range of yoga practice, experience and styles between them, the Yogamatters team pride ourselves on an integrity and expertise unrivalled in the yoga marketplace.

Although Yogamatters cater to customers all over the world, they also have a shop in North London where many customers while away the day browsing the book collection or testing out mats in the Yogamatters in-house yoga studio. They love meeting their customers, so if you’re in the area do pay them a visit.

2011 marks Yogamatters’ 15th birthday and they’ll be celebrating with special promotions and events throughout the year – why not sign up to their monthly newsletter so you don’t miss out?

www.yogamatters.com

February 10th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Yogashala Stockholm

Yogashala Stockholm is an autenthic ashtangayoga studio that follows the traditional method as taught in Mysore by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, R.Sharat Jois and Saraswati. Comitted, professional with highly experienced teachers, Yogashala Stockholm is one of the biggest ashtangayoga schools in Sweden. The studio was founded in year 1999 by Maria Boox. Since July 2009 it´s owned and run by the sisters Lisa and Lotta Lalér.