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The Manduka mat is like coming home after a long day.

-Anna Zorzou
Athens, Greece

Giving Back

Manduka recognizes an organization or individual each month for sharing the gift of yoga with those in need by donating yoga gear to support their cause.

January 15th, 2013

Yoga at San Quentin State Prison

We recently donated mats to San Quentin Prison, to help with their rehabilitation efforts. Jasmine, who teaches their yoga classes, has shared her insights on how beneficial yoga can be for the inmates:
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As yogis we can directly addresses our country's systemic social problems with violence, substance abuse, mental illness, and our shockingly high rate of incarceration. Yoga has and will be used to address these issues on a broader scale--I can see it happening before my eyes.

I serve as a clinical mental health social worker as my primary role at San Quentin. In addiction to providing mental health treatment, I started a yoga and stress reduction program within the mental health department. I teach yoga classes to groups of 10-15 inmates twice a week in a small classroom in the basement of the hospital.

These reception inmates in particular are in "protected custody" which means they are separated from the general public for safety reasons. This could mean the inmates fall under any any of the following categories: those with enemy concerns, gang drop outs, gay/transgender inmates, etc. Due to the nature of their safety concerns these inmates tend to be more vulnerable and fearful of their surroundings. Their yoga practice allows them 2 hours of freedom from their incarceration through a dedication of asanas and pranayama. This is their quiet space. Their safe haven. Their small sliver of peace of mind for the entire week.

As you can imagine, the practice has been extremely well-received by the inmates and we are hoping to greatly expand our program to include death row and lifer inmates for which there are some classes but not nearly enough to meet the demand.

We are in dire need of yoga material donations for the inmates. The inmates have nothing and up until now we have solely been practicing in modified chair and standing poses. The inmates would have the opportunity to greatly expand their practice with the use of these materials.
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We really connected with Jasmine's mission and have sent yoga mats for her program. To learn more about Jasmine's efforts, check out her blog.

December 15th, 2012

Himalayan Children's Fund

The Himalayan Children's Fund is a way for people around the world, and the west in particular, to connect with the lives of people in the Himalayan Region of Nepal, India and Tibet. HCF provides support For Thrangu Rinpoche's many compassionate activities such as schools, monasteries and free clinics. By providing support for education, food, clothing, medicine and other needs the HCF hopes to equip the children and adults with the tools necessary for life enhancement while helping to preserve the culture of the people which is primarily of Tibetan and Buddhist heritage.

The HCF provides yoga classes to the kids in the Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School and also for the nuns at Tara Abbey. The classes are held in the library on a concrete floor which is often quite cold. While the participants have regular meditation practice, they also really respect and enjoy asana and pranayama, as well.

Manduka happily donated yoga mats for the school and nunnery to help provide the practitioners with a softer and more supportive surface to practice on.

To learn more or to find out how you can support the Himalayan Children's Fund, visit: www.rinpoche.com/hcfindex

November 15th, 2012

The Pet Rescue Center

The Pet Rescue Center’s 4th Annual Providing Shelter Benefit

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – November 12, 2012 –The Pet Rescue Center (The PRC), a nonprofit 501(c)3 animal rescue group that provides temporary sanctuary and care for homeless pets in need, had its 4th annual Providing Shelter Benefit on November 3rd at Rosas Cantina in Olamendi’s Laguna Beach. The PRC’s Providing Shelter Benefit was a great fundraising success and introduced many passionate animal rescue supporters to their Rescue. Rehab. Re-home program.

It was an evening filled with appetizers, desserts, drinks, live music, a live painting and a silent auction. Manduka was happy to donate items for the silent auction portion of the event.

“More than 10,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in our nation each day. This is an issue that needs our attention, our activism and our intervention in each community. The Pet Rescue Center strives to take in as many cases as possible from across California, by working cooperatively with shelters, veterinarians, and other rescue groups to identify critical needs and to provide care and resources. There is always more to be done though and with the help of our supporters we will do all we can.” says Blythe Wheaton, Executive Director of The Pet Rescue Center.

About The PRC’s Rescue. Rehab. Re-home Program
The PRC networks throughout all of California, to rescue dogs and cats from situations that without intervention would result in the unnecessary euthanasia of that dog or cat. The PRC personally tours and searches out shelters that euthanize due to over crowding, as these dogs and cats sometimes have merely 4 days to find a family before their time is up. The PRC seeks out these dogs and cats through personal trips to the shelters, email warnings for at risk dogs and cats, and special requests by other rescue groups to work cooperatively to save these adoptable pets. These animals are then cared by The PRC in an effort to rehabilitate their needs until they are healthy, vaccinated, spayed/neutered and ready to find their forever family.

About The Pet Rescue Center
The Pet Rescue Center (PRC) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit group that works in cooperation with California shelters and rescue groups to save the lives of dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia due to overpopulation by providing education, spay/neuter and rescue and adoption programs. The PRC provides a no-kill, veterinary-supervised temporary sanctuary for these pets while working to find them adoptive homes. For more information, visit www.thepetrescuecenter.org.

October 15th, 2012

The Home for Little Wanderers

The Home for Little Wanderers provides vital programs and services for children in the Boston area. Serving children and youth from birth to the age of 21, The Home for Little Wanderers specializes in therapy, special education, adoption, foster care, and so much more. The Home makes a positive impact on over 7,000 lives each year by providing an 'open door' structure to allow children, families, and young adults to access services at any point, based on their needs.

Manduka was happy to donate yoga mats to support their needs!

To learn more about The Home for Little Wanderers, visit: www.thehome.org

July 23rd, 2012

Pelotonia

Pelotonia is a grass roots bicycle race that occurs every year in the Central Ohio area. All the money raised each year goes directly to cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Research Center, the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

This year, Manduka was happy to donate Raffle & Silent Auction items to raise money for Pelotonia, helping them raise $4200 at this particular fundraiser.

In its first three years, Pelotonia has attracted over 8,300 riders from 38 states, about 2,800 volunteers, hundreds of thousands of donors and raised $25.4 million for cancer research.

For more info on this year's Pelotonia, please visit www.pelotonia.org.