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-Leah Cullis
Austin, TX

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.

April 15th, 2012

LAPD Newton PAL Program

The LAPD’s Newton Police Activities League (PAL) Program is a non-profit organization that introduces inner city kids to Yoga and other artistic and creative endeavors. PAL is a crime prevention program designed to build positive relationships between the youth in the community and police officers. This program is based on the conviction that young people - if they are reached early enough -- can develop strong, positive attitudes towards police officers and the law.

Newton PAL was formed as a way to give the youth in the community structured activities as well as safe spaces to play with friendly officers watching over. Manduka was happy to donate 20 eKO Lite mats to the LAPD’s Newton PAL Program, since the scope of the activities have broadened from mainly team sports to also include creative endeavors.

March 15th, 2012

Cal State Dominguez Hills

This February, Manduka donated yoga mats and props to the Division of Kinesiology and Recreation at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Yoga is a required course for all Cal State Dominguez Hills Kinesiology Majors and yoga is offered to non-majors as well as Intercollegiate Student-Athletes that enroll to increase flexibility and mental relaxation.

The yoga class offered has become one of their most popular Activity Classes and is in high demand every semester. Class sizes average 40 - 45 students/semester. Despite recent budget cuts in the department, they would like to add an additional section in the Fall. The yoga classes are conducted on hardwood floors and the old mats needed to be replaced, so Manduka was happy to donate some long-lasting yoga mats!

February 15th, 2012

A Thousand Joys

A Thousand Joys (ATJ) was founded in 2006, with the mission to help individuals and organizations reach their highest potential. They specialize in working with organizations that serve high-risk children and families. Their approach is holistic, blending business, psychology and complementary healing modalities to produce enduring results that far surpass the benefits derived from any single approach.

ATJ has a successful history of providing innovative, comprehensive programs that focus on stress management, emotional regulation and healing related to trauma with the goal of improving physical and mental health, and quality of life. Most recently, ATJ developed a domestic violence curriculum in collaboration with Children’s Institute Inc. and Good Shepherd Shelter. While the curriculum has shown to effectively accelerate traditional trauma treatment, we received such positive feedback on the sections pertaining to coping and life skills we adapted the curriculum for the school setting. ATJ's Transform Program is an empowerment program that helps kids develop resiliency and coping skills to better manage their stress; thereby, increasing their overall well-being and ability to do well in school so they can achieve future success. Parents and teachers are actively involved in the program to reinforce learned skills and manage their own challenges.

ATJ's Operational Effectiveness Services help community agencies maximize productivity while ensuring quality care to clients, comply with funding and service-delivery requirements, structure and streamline processes and procedures, and retain top performers.

January 16th, 2012

Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness

Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness is dedicated to providing free Health & Wellness services to Wounded Warriors. Since the organization's start in 2009, they have been able to offer over $500,000 worth of free services.

Manduka was happy to support the initiative by sending some yoga mats for an event called "Wellness Day" that took place in the DC Metro area on December 22nd. MSgt Chris Eder, USAF helps run the program, and is a Certified Vinyasa and Hatha Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor and will be offering free yoga for vets once a month starting in February.

Chris was kind enough to share some photos of the event, where 60 people were present to take his yoga class! We LOVE these photos!

November 15th, 2011

Yoga Gives Back: Thank You Mother India

Yoga Gives Back is a global team of grassroots supporters who raise donations for microcredits and direct funding programs across India. Their first global fundraiser "Thank You Mother India" had over 750 people joining in from 10 countries in September. Manduka provided raffle items for the main LA events.