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September 24th, 2013

The Unblok Party At Stellar Yoga!

There are places that specifically set us up to unblock. Freeing our bodies, energies and intentions. That neighborhood yoga studio that helps you clear your mind and make room for breakthroughs. Stellar Yoga in Vancouver, WA is one such studio says Amy Clayburn. Amy nominated Stellar Yoga to win the Manduka unBLOK Party Contest because not only is it her home studio, it’s a place where she can be herself, build her strength, relieve stress, and laugh.

We have visited Stellar Yoga and can now see exactly where Amy was coming from. Stellar Yoga is a progressive and dynamic vinyasa yoga studio whose mission is Reach over Revenue - they aim to enrich as many lives possible with all the benefits a yoga practice has to offer. The goal in each class at Stellar Yoga is to improve your flexibility, strength, balance and endurance while simultaneously allowing you to embark on the journey within - to help you find and tap into where your inner peace dwells.

On September 6th, Ma’i, the studio owner, hosted a packed house for an unBLOK party where her students gathered to celebrate her and the community that they’ve created in short time the studio has been open. Ma’i taught an hour-long class focused on heart opening postures and the students all shared how yoga helps them unBLOK.

One of the prizes that Stellar Yoga won in the contest was a Seva Scholarship to use in whatever way worked best for their studio. They have chosen to use that scholarship to provide a free class for the community on the first Friday of each month. The First Fridays unBLOK Party class will be a 75 minute vinyasa class followed by music, refreshments, fun, and laughter. The class is free as a service to those who are financially in need.

We are so grateful to have gotten to know Ma’i and everyone at Stellar Yoga, and are so excited to watch First Fridays unfold as a community class. If you would like to learn more about Stellar Yoga, or if you live in the Vancouver, WA area and would like to check out the studio, please visit: stellaryogastudio.com.

Namaste.
Manduka

September 20th, 2013

#Letsgothere Giveaway: From Thriving With An Open Heart To Adding Your Own Verve

Getting out of your comfort zone is scary. It requires bravery. However once you take that leap of faith, it can be the most rewarding thing you can do for yourself. We’re asking you to really Go There. Wherever ‘there’ is for you. Opening your heart opens up space for you to thrive. And whether you thrive on your mat, or off, we are here to support you.

Two weeks ago we asked you to join the #LetsGoThere challenge so that we could all see how this community thrives, and to share with us how you 'Go There', by posting a photo on Instagram. Here are a few of our favorite photos, including our winner, @gldmne, who will continue to Thrive with a new + improved eKO Mat, Recycled Foam Block and eQua Towel, all in the season’s new color, Thrive.


By @gldmne, who won last week's #innerGPS contest.

Here are some of our other favorites!


@daynasueferg


@hotdogla


@jsgroller


@yoga_cat29


@ajcarpinelli


@camillialeeyoga


@asanaanna

Over the next two weeks, show us how you Go There by revealing to our community how you live a life full of enthusiasm and your contagious spirit. Celebrate what it's like to go beyond your barriers and embrace your vigor by posting a photo on Instagram using #LetsGoThere. In two weeks we’ll select one winner to receive the Manduka PRO – Black Verve, eQua Mat Towel in Verve, and 2 unBLOKs.

It’s an honor to be part of your practice, and a joy to see your pictures. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the comments below!

In gratitude,

Manduka

September 6th, 2013

Go There: Manduka’S Fall Challenge And Giveaway

This season we’d like to take you away. Out of your comfort zone and into a daring new place. Out of your head and into your body. Away to where real growth happens and your truest self comes out.

We want you to Go There.

We can’t tell you exactly where ‘There’ is - only you can do that. But Manduka will help, as we challenge you to try more, trust more and feel more. Go THERE.

And show us what it’s like.

Let’s Go There using Fall as inspiration to try something new and express yourself entirely. Then comes the bravest part: sharing a photo. Go There to Instagram tagging #LetsGoThere and @MandukaYoga, or upload to the special tab at Manduka’s Facebook page.

Every two weeks, one yogi whose photo helps us all Go There will receive a specially created Manduka gift set. To help guide your journey (and your photos), we will focus on a series of themes inspired by Manduka’s Fall color ways:


Starting today: THRIVE
Open your heart on or off the mat.

Starting September 23: VERVE
Reveal your real power and strength.

Starting October 7: EMBRACE
Go where your emotions flow.

Starting October 21: INDULGE
Treat yourself to the ultimate restoration.


So now get up. Get out. Go There for a chance to be your most you (and win a new + improved eKO Mat, Recycled Foam Block and eQua Towel, all in the season’s new color, THRIVE).


And know that we’re always here to support.

Practice On,
Manduka

August 1st, 2013

Your #Innergps And The Thrill Of Adventure

It’s been an honor to be part of your journey. Over the last 5 weeks you’ve followed your #innerGPS to Inner Peace, hOME, Back to Nurture, the Thrill of Adventure and Another State (of mind). We hope this path has helped you rediscover your inner teacher, your inner road map and all the possibilities that lay in front of you. You remain our greatest inspiration.

Here are some of our favorite photos from last week’s #innerGPS theme, ‘Another State,’ including from our winner @axiology, who takes home a classic Manduka Black Mat PRO and MatSak in Shade.

Here is the photo from our winner, @axiology, plus a few of our other favorite #innerGPS Instagrams:


By @axiology, who won last week's #innerGPS contest.

Here are some of our other favorites!


@aaronearlyyoga


@anzafreeway


@drlibertybell


@caro_yogachic


@dash319


@elyzzi


@eugesees


@sydneyhawkins

Stay with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we keep following our path, and following yours.

Here’s to the journey,

Manduka

July 25th, 2013

#Innergps Giveaway: Visit Another State (Of Mind)

We all have an “inner GPS,” the guiding intuition that tells us when we need to take a break or take a chance. But when we get distracted by routine, it’s harder to hear that internal voice telling us to merge ahead. So this is a call to relearn how to find, hear and follow your innerGPS and let it lead you to the most spectacular place you’re supposed to be.

Last week, you set out for the Thrill of Adventure. Setting yourself up to experience courage, learning to trust your heart so it becomes easier to follow. We love your #innerGPS Instagrams – here are a few of our favorites from last week’s Thrill of Adventure theme, including our winner @kellyard23, who takes home a ready-for-anywhere eKO Superlite Mat, eQua Hand Towel and Practice Journal.

Here is the photo from our winner, @kellyard23, plus a few of our other favorite #innerGPS Instagrams:


By @kellyard23, who won last week's #innerGPS contest.

Here are some of our other favorites!


@alchemytours


@allisonslater


@anobel


@e1m2ma


@elyzzl


@416cyclestyle


@Sydneyhawkins


@yogawithtaylee

And now we start our last Inner GPS Giveaway theme: Another State (of mind). Go somewhere unfamiliar – an experience or environment way outside your repertoire. Put yourself in a new situation so that you can think and see differently. It could be a literal place, like Utah or that super authentic Laotian restaurant. It could be a spiritual place, like the view from Savasana. Show us your world from ‘Another State’ on Instagram using hashtag #innerGPS and you could win Manduka gear to support your journey: the classic Black Mat PRO and MatSak in Shade.

Here’s to recalibrating your route,
Manduka