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June 18th, 2013

Do Something

By Manduka Ambassador Silvia Mordini

"People of accomplishment rarely
sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things."
~ Leonardo da Vinci

I am a born underdog. I have lived much of my life a step behind the rest. Whereas some might need to make 50% effort to move forward I often need to make a 150% effort to get to the same place.

Maybe part of this is the heritage of being an immigrant and the philosophy that nothing is free. You only create success through hard work. Work harder, and your possibilities expand. My family partly defined success as leaving the family an impressive legacy of means, higher education and respectability. We are expected to “do something” with our lives now so that the next generation has an even easier time to “do something” bigger. Inaction is not an option. Don Miguel Ruiz sums up my parent’s philosophy precisely:

“Action is about living fully. Inaction is the way that we deny life. Inaction is sitting in front of the television every day for years because you are afraid to be alive and to take the risk of expressing what you are. Expressing what you are is taking action. You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward.”

DO SOMETHING NOW
If you wait until you are “ready” and things are “perfect,” you will get stuck in the inertia of inaction. Get started by taking small steps toward your intentions within the next 24 hours. Do not let self-doubt cripple you. Once you begin, keep acting on your goals a little at a time. The smallest efforts keep the momentum going and create powerful change. As they say in South America, “little by little one travels far.”

DON’T GIVE UP
When things don’t go as planned, it is easy to be really hard on ourselves. When this happens, amp up your efforts to persevere. Like the pristine Lotus Blossom, which somehow manages to rise up through a muddy swamp toward the sun, keep striving toward your vision. Florence Scovel Shinn writes, "Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement." Let us be lotus blossoms, and manifest the most joy-filled, peaceful and healthful lives we can envision.

BE GRATEFUL
My parents taught me daily to practice gratitude with enthusiasm. It is important to maintain your motivation by sharing your gratitude for your attempts as well as your achievements. A positive attitude may get you started in the right direction, but appreciation for others is what sustains it.

My yoga practice continually reminds me of all three of these aspects to living an inspired life. I get on my Manduka mat each day and “do something.” I do not give up my practice when life is inconvenient, and I certainly give thanks to all who made it possible for me to move, breath and live in this moment! In turn, this stokes my rebel spirit to go out and happen to things. Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

May 13th, 2013

Peter Sterios - European Tour

Peter Sterios, the founder of Manduka, is an internationally recognized yoga instructor, architect, writer, and former contributing editor for Yoga Journal magazine. His teaching reflects over 35 years of study and practice in the US and India. He will be touring across Europe to share his practice! Peter's tour is sponsored by Manduka Europe, who will be providing free product at select locations. To learn more about what you can expect at this event, read this article from elephantjournal.com!

Check the schedule below to see if he will be coming to a city near you!

17-18 May 2013
The Life Centre Islington, London, UK
http://www.thelifecentre.com/workshops-and-courses/tlc-workshops/peter-sterios/

17-18 May 2013
Amrita School of Yoga, South London, UK
http://www.yogateachertraining.org.uk/

19-20 May 2013
Centre de Yoga du Marais, Paris FR
http://www.yogamarais.com/yoga-workshopsateliers/

23 May 2013
YogaZensation, Copenhagen, DK
http://www.yogazensation.dk/workshops.yoga.hoersholm.boerneyoga_rungsted

25-26 May 2013
Spirit Yoga, Berlin, DE
http://spirityoga.de/en/courses_and_events/spirit_yoga_events/PeterSterios

27 May 2013
Library Scherpenheuvel, Zichem, BE
http://www.dharmahart.blogspot.com/

28 May 2013
Pure Silence, Eindhoven, NL
http://www.puresilence.nl/workshop-peter-sterios.php

29 May 2013
Antwerp Yoga, Antwerp, BE
http://antwerpyoga.be/flyers/2013/STERIOS_02.pdf

30 May 2013
Yogi*ni Yoga, Gent, BE
http://yogini.be/petersterios.html

31 May - 1 June 2013
Yoga Moves, Utrecht, NL
http://www.yogamoves.nl/site/news/gravity-grace-seeds-creative-yoga-practice-peter-sterios

2 June 2013
Svaha Yoga, Amsterdam, NL
http://www.svahayoga.com/Evenement.aspx?id=215

March 14th, 2013

The Breeze In Your World | Now=Wow

For the last 5 weeks, we've been challenging you to to see the extraordinary in your everyday moments. To allow yourself to be present to the WOW of NOW. Using the lens of yoga, and the lens of your camera, you saw the POP, the PULSE, the SHADE, the GLOW, and most recently the BREEZE hiding beautifully right before your eyes.

You chose to see more in the world around you. And we were moved. Below we have collected a few of our favorite images from last week's Spring giveaway, a challenge to capture the BREEZE.

By @louisetays, who won last week's BREEZE contest and the entire family of Manduka products in BREEZE.

Here are some of our other favorites!


@altruistic_yoga


AJ (@bangkokleo)


Christina Maloney


Cindy Lee (@officialcindylee)


Dana Opalinsky (@BloomYoga on Twitter)


Emily Marshall


Lindsay Baugh


Rebecca Griggs (@rebecca0728)


Roosa (@roosamaija)


Sarah (@sarahrnee)


Shelbie Laroche (shelbiel24)

Our deepest, most wide open thank you for allowing us to see what you see. The Now=Wow challenge has opened our eyes to inspiration everywhere, and we can't wait to do it again.

With deep gratitude,
Manduka

March 7th, 2013

The Glow In Your World | Now=Wow

This Spring we're challenging you to see the extraordinary in this moment – to find the remarkable hiding right before your very eyes. If we choose to be present to it, NOW has a lot of WOW. So to help inspire you, every week we're giving away Manduka color collections from our Spring Line.

Last week was GLOW, and we were so moved by all the beautiful ways you captured the GLOW in your world that we wanted to share them here – this collection of cool sanctuaries. We hope these inspire you for this week's giveaway, BREEZE.

By Xander Labayen (@416cyclestyle), who won last week's GLOW contest and the entire family of Manduka products in GLOW.

Here are some of our other favorites!


@sptuburan


Anna Noack (@annamaren)


Beth Juge


Christina Eva (@christianaeva)


Dana Opalinsky (@BloomYoga on Twitter)


Gianna Chavez (@gcavezm)


Laura Beth Goral


Lyz (@elyzzi)


Sarah (@sarahrnee)

March 7th, 2013

Now=Wow Giveaway | Breeze The Day

Now=Wow Giveaway | Breeze the Day

The world is in motion. We are in motion. The sand, the waves, our hair, our lessons – nothing is stagnant. The winds of change are blowing, will we choose to build a wall or build a windmill?

Now is a time of transition: we as a community are coming into awareness and connectedness like never before. And there is beauty in our transition. It is gentle, awakening and reminds us that we are alive. Less like a gust, more like a BREEZE.

For the last month, we have been challenging you to be present to the magnificent moments hiding right before your very eyes. To see the WOW of NOW. In our final week, we focus our gaze to BREEZE, a color that speaks to release, refreshment and bright ideas.

Use the lens of yoga, and the lens on your camera, to capture how Now=Wow. See the beautiful BREEZE in your everyday world and you could win the full family of Manduka products in BREEZE, including our new non-traditional prop, the unBLOK.

Share your BREEZE-inspired photo on Instagram or Twitter using tag #NowIsWow, or upload it to the Facebook entry page. For every photo submitted, Manduka will make a donation to Off the Mat, Into the World.

For inspiration, revisit in the SHADE that you created the other week. Then get out there, BREEZE the day and let's fully embody this moment in motion.

Explore more of the Manduka Spring Collection.