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April 9th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Alexander

Meet Alexander.

He believes the key to overcoming trauma is presence. When you tune in with your surroundings, resonate with what others are feeling and trust the human potential for change, crisis becomes an opportunity for growth.

Alexander teaches yoga to troubled youth, using it as a tool to help people heal from childhood trauma. He sees firsthand the moment healing begins to take hold in his students – when their practice brings deep resonating peace. These moments are his most memorable.

Yoga is also his way of decompressing from the challenges of managing his students' traumas and troubles (and managing his own arthritis). For Alexander, yoga has moved him to be more aware of the potential in living, without suffering and reactivity.

We loved learning about Alexander. And we want to learn more about you, too.

Tell us a little about yourself on the You Series page: Manduka.com/You

Every week, we'll share the story of another real yogi. Maybe soon you'll see yourself here, or see something in yourself here.

Practice On.

--Manduka

April 2nd, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Becky

This is Becky.

Yoga is so much more than just a mat practice to Becky; it’s a lifestyle choice that encompasses compassion, wellness, sincerity, and inspiration. It all started when Becky’s mom coerced her into attending a yoga class with her, and now Becky finds that she goes more often than her mom.

Becky is a world-travelling yogi that appreciates nature, solitude, and tranquility. Wherever she goes – from Alaska to Costa Rica to Thailand to Bali to Malaysia and beyond – she has a picture taken of herself in Tree Pose to symbolize her love and dedication to her practice.

Becky is adamant about sharing her passion and knowledge of good, healthy food. She believes that it is so important nowadays to teach kids where their food comes from and how it's being produced, because our food choices not only have a huge impact on our bodies and livelihoods, but also our environment, the animals, and the future of our world.

Meeting Becky was a lightbulb moment: we need to meet you too. This is your community, and this is the YOU year. Manduka is on a mission to get to know everyone who makes this yoga community so vibrant, and so real. Because we all have something to learn from you — about how we see ourselves, or approach our practice, or make yoga mats.

Tell us a little about yourself on the You Series page: Manduka.com/You

Every week, we'll share the story of another real yogi. Maybe soon you'll see yourself here, or see something in yourself here.

Practice On.

--Manduka

March 26th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Leigh-Mae

Meet Leigh-Mae.

Yoga was her 'gateway drug' to a healthy mind and body. It started by chance, with a yoga class she happened to find on TV. It was love. She dove right in, and hasn’t looked back since.

Yoga has inspired her to find her own purpose, connecting her Southern Baptist upbringing with her own, personal truth. It has pushed Leigh-Mae through her boundaries and into what the universe has in store for her: helping people. Inspiring them. Setting an example for what is possible. And what is possible is the yoga and massage therapy studio she plans to open in the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her path is clear.

We loved learning about Leigh-Mae. And we want to learn more about you, too.

Tell us a little about yourself on the You Series page: Manduka.com/You

Every week, we'll share the story of another real yogi. Maybe soon you'll see yourself here, or see something in yourself here.

Practice On.

--Manduka

March 12th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Stephen

Meet Stephen.

He is a devoted father & husband, Krista Cahill groupie, and loves sharing his affection for gravity-defying inversions with the good people of Tampa, Florida. His practice begins the moment that he steps onto his 9-year-old Black Mat PRO.

For Stephen, yoga provides a base for some of the most important relationships in his life. With his wife, their practice bonds them together. With his religion, yoga helps keep him spiritually fulfilled. And with his 2 ½ year old daughter, yoga offers him virtue—providing a little extra patience that dads sometimes need. Hearing her say: “Look daddy, updog!” lands Stephen right on cloud nine.

What started as a healing exercise for some early childhood injuries, yoga has now become a way of life for Stephen. Challenging his body while calming his mind, all at the same time.

We loved learning about Stephen. And we want to learn more about you...

Tell us a little about yourself on the You Series page: Manduka.com/You

Every week, we'll share the story of another real yogi. Maybe soon you'll see yourself here, or see something in yourself here.

Practice On.

--Manduka

March 5th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Janine

Meet Janine.

She's a SoCal gal, globe trekker, a dancer lifestyle blogger and aspiring jeweler. And everywhere she goes, with everything she sees, touches and shares, is her yoga practice. And no one knows her best like her Black Mat PRO.

Yoga is Janine's rock. In this crazy, fast-paced, stressful world, yoga provides comfort and a stable foundation from which everything else can carefully balance. It is her peace of mind, her inspiration, her hope. Yoga has taught Janine to see the beauty, which is the inspiration for her blog.

She remembers it like it was yesterday: Singapore. Warm tropical air in the wee hours of the morning. The wooden platform in the gardens of the Mandarin Hotel. An invitation to breathe, really breathe. Alone with her pulse. This is where her yoga practice got real. She found her center, her calling and her bliss.

We loved learning about Janine. And we want to learn more about you...

Tell us a little about yourself on the You Series page: Manduka.com/You
Every week, we'll share the story of another real yogi. Maybe soon you'll see yourself here, or see something in yourself here.

Practice On.

--Manduka