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October 23rd, 2012

#Practice Mindbodyconnection

Have you ever literally felt the weight of the world on your shoulders, or that lump in your throat when you are upset, or the pang in your heart center when you are sad or embarrassed? The chart below, courtesy of elephantjournal.com, shows exactly where emotions are stored in the body. Learning where emotions are stored might help reveal what your body is trying to tell you – a chronic pain or ache could be your body trying to send you a message:

September 20th, 2012

Manduka Giveaway! What Is Your Advice To New Yogis?

September is National Yoga Month, made official by the US Department of Health! This month is dedicated to educating people on the benefits of yoga and encouraging new practitioners to give yoga a try.

If you're reading this, we can guess that you're already quite familiar with yoga. You may still be in those first shaky classes, or an old master who speaks asana as a second language. But if you're here, you've already answered yoga's call. So what would you say to someone who hasn't?

All day today on Twitter, we're collecting your advice, guidance, tips – anything you think a yoga newbie might want to know. Tweet your tip using hashtag #MDKmic (Manduka's 'open mic' tag) and we'll share your advice back out to over 14,000 Followers.

On Friday, September 21st, we'll thank you for all that you shared by selecting one of your Tweets to earn you great Manduka gear: a new Manduka Black Mat PRO for you, plus a Beginner's Luck Package for you to give to a yoga newbie in your life.

So please, get Tweeting! Let's create an amazing collection of YOUR wisdom to help new yogis find their path. And of course, you probably wouldn't mind winning a new mat either.

In gratitude,
Manduka

August 8th, 2012

Karson Mcginley - Founder Of Happy-U




A Manduka Mat? Yeah, I have one of those. It actually saved my life.


I was riding my bike home from a yoga class two years ago, and had my Manduka Pro strapped on my back across my chest. When the car hit me, my body hit the windshield, my mat unstrapped, swung around, and slid perfectly under my head as I landed in the middle of the street.
I landed like this:


Okay, not really, but in my mind I did.


Although I had broken my back, my head was perfectly protected on my mat/pillow, and considering I hadn’t been wearing a helmet, I knew my angels had been looking out for me that day.


I eventually healed my back through my yoga practice, denying the suggested surgeries from the docs at the hospital. And ever since then, I’ve had a pretty serious love-affair with my mat. Not just the mat itself (although you couldn’t pay a bagillion dollars to take it from me), but everything it represents. That I was flexible & strong enough to land gracefully (I mean, did you SEE that picture??) and not shatter every bone in my body; that I was capable of healing MYSELF, through the practice of yoga, meditation, and good ol’ faith & optimism; that I was so divinely protected by the universe that I get on my mat every morning and smile at the majesty of it all.


So thank you, Manduka, for saving my life, with the help of the little angels who carried the mat to its perfect position. My head is grateful, my heart is full, and I am totally enthralled and grateful for it all.




Sincerely,


Karson McGinley
Yoga Instructor, San Diego, CA
Founder of HAPPY-U: A Holistic Approach to Positive Psychology & Yoga
www.happy-u.org

July 3rd, 2012

Be Out Of Your Mind - Win A Piece Of The New Lyrics Collection!

Manduka is all about collaboration – and we get to work with the most brilliant people around: you! We're honored to be part of this community and are grateful to you for working with us on the newest addition to the Manduka Lyrics Collection: Be.

BE
OUT OF YOUR MIND
WITH ME WITH YOU
PRACTICE
OPEN & HERE
TO KNOW OR NOT TO KNOW
PERFECTLY : IMPERFECT
IN THE MYSTERY
REALLY : UNREAL
TRAVELING
YIELDING // INSPIRING
THE HEART OF BEING
INSIDEOUT
EXTRAORDINARY
LOVE

You can win a piece of the new Be collection by telling us in the comments below: what does yoga help you BE? We'll pick 3 winners next Monday, 7/9!

April 18th, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day By Recycling Your Mat!

Earth Day is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Being green is important to everyone at Manduka, and that’s why we teamed up with Stephanie Stano from Recycle Your Mat over two years ago.

Recycle Your Mat is a program that Stephanie started when she began to wonder what happened to all of the old yoga mats from the people in her yoga class. Now she’s on a mission to save our world one mat at a time. Recycle Your Mat was formed around three basic ideas: keep yoga mats out of landfills, create a system for yoga mat recycling, and recycle/upcycle mats in an ecologically conscious way. Stephanie loves sailing, hiking, and camping and feels that by curbing some of the waste created by our consumer society, we can help protect the earth’s healthy outdoor spaces.

In many ways, yogis that send in their mat are supporting ideas and dreams that may never have been realized had they thrown their mat in the trash instead. When you send a mat in to Recycle Your Mat, it is often provided as material for other companies to reuse or upcycle, and is also used for product testing as well as new products. Just one yoga mat provides work for Stephanie, the cleaners that sanitize the mats, the manufacturers that use the material to make a new product, the business owner that distributes the new product, and the retailers that sell that new product. Since the beginning of this year, Recycle Your Mat has been working with more U.S. manufacturers and has seen the number of products using the mats double in quantity since last year. More and more companies are looking to add mats to their products, or expand the product line they have that reuses the mats.

Recycle Your Mat’s 2012 goal is to collect 5,000 mats, and we are here to help! To celebrate Earth Day weekend, Manduka is offering 20% off of any mat, as well as a FREE Recycle Your Mat Kit. By using the Promo Code HOME, you will receive a Recycle Your Mat Kit including instructions and a shipping label so that you can send your mat to Stephanie in Oregon. These Recycle Your Mat Kits offered by Manduka are only available for those living within the Continental US. For anyone outside of the US, it is still possible for you to ship your mat to Portland, Oregon, and there are also other ways you can recycle your mat. Check out this website to learn more about other ways to recycle a yoga mat: www.fitsugar.com/26-Ways-Reuse-Your-Old-Yoga-Mat.

If you would like to learn more about Recycle Your Mat, please visit their website at recycleyourmat.com. For any questions about the free Recycle Your Mat Kit or the Earth Day discount, please contact us, or check our our terms & conditions page.