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My Manduka mat helps me practice connection. The moment my toes touch my mat, I inhabit my breath, my body and my present experience.

-Andrew Baerthel
Ontario, Canada

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Mara Abbott

Mara Abbott

Boulder, CO

Why Manduka?: All it took was borrowing one Manduka, one time... and I knew by that night that I had to get my own.

What does your Manduka help you #practice?: My Manduka helps me to practice integrating grace, strength and beauty into my practice and into my life!

Yoga Style: Hatha

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As a professional cyclist, Mara began to practice yoga to support her training as and soon realized that yoga was going to become the key to her greatest joy and success, both on and off the bike. Yoga balances her physical body to keep her holistically healthy and strong, while techniques of pranayama and focus have enabled her to succeed in high-pressure race situations. She was the 2007 Elite Women’s National Road Champion in 2007, finished second at the Giro Donne in 2009. She may have owed her success specifically in the Giro to the daily practice she maintained before each stage, but in a larger sense she would not be able to healthfully live the life of an elite athlete without the support of a yoga practice and the yoga community.