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March 2011 Archive

March 31st, 2011

#Practice: Lightly: Manduka Invites You To Give, Share + Receive For Earth Day

#Practice: Lightly: Manduka Invites You to Give, Share + Receive for Earth Day

Love Your Mother. Our gentle movements on the mat help us make gentle motions in the world. Because our practice, and our footprint is our legacy.

Manduka’s commitment to eco-responsibility extends beyond Earth Day. And we have a feeling yours does too. It’s the power of one. And the power of thousands. So this month, when you give back to the planet and share your mission on Facebook, Twitter or our Blog, you can also receive some sweet eco-yoga gear. Here’s how it works:

Give: During the month of April, post to Facebook, Twitter or our Blog showing how you Love Your Mother. Whether it’s volunteering at a beach clean up, composting in your backyard or riding your bike to work – feel free to take a little artistic license. Everyone who posts will receive a Manduka Mat Wash and you can enter to win an eco gear makeover including an eKO Mat, Practice Tote and a water bottle.

Share: On April 22, tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter how you’re celebrating Earth Day 2011 and tag Manduka in your status. For every Manduka tag or mention, we’ll donate $11 (as in, well, 2011) to an eco charity benefiting the air, water or land.

Receive: All through Earth Weekend (April 22 – 24), the entire Manduka eKo line is 15% off

It’s all about honoring the Earth. And honoring you. And celebrating the profound bond between our practice and our planet.

Peace.

March 31st, 2011

Inspiration: # Practice Looking Up

By Eka Ekong

I am in the midst of a yoga teacher training in Mexico(before you become envious, know that the weather has been quite cold) Last night, guided by a few artificial lights, my friend and I were walking back to our room, trying to avoid any hazards or wildlife(read: snakes). Something within me said to look up, and when I did I was engulfed in a sky filled with stars. I turned to my companion and said, “Hey, look up!” She didn’t hear me at first, but when she eventually did, we both froze awestruck by the majesty above and around us.

Oftentimes during practice, we can become so focused on an asana we can forget that there is more to us than our body and what we are doing in that moment. When we allow ourselves to expand whether in breath or awareness, we can broaden our inner and outer perspective. By looking up and out we can move deeper inwards, and see what’s true and vibrant inside.

I am #practicing expansion beyond my limitations. What does your Manduka help you #practice?

Here's how some remarkable yogis #practice Oneness:

Kim Puente-" Oneness is the art of being me. Not "mom" not "wife" or "daughter" just me. It is that 90 mins of Oneness that brings me back everyday and makes me a better mom, wife and daughter."

Gabrielle Gervilla-"Wake up in the morning, hop out of bed, sip on some tea, balance on my head. Open the windows, feel the breeze and pose with the trees. Salute the sun, know that we are all one. "

Katrina Hokule'a Ariel- "One Heart Song. Infinite Melodies."

Ozro Hepworth- "1ness to me is seeing the Divine in all things and experiencing all things with-in my True Self. The bubble becoming the Sea."

Kimberly FeLix-" 1ness is realizing I don't control everything. Or anything. Being out of control is ok, #yoga fills the gaps."

March 22nd, 2011

Lyrics To Go: The Rhythm Of Namaste

We recently launched our Lyrics collection, a fusion of word and image, and a celebration of Yoga's timelessness and intent. Words hold wisdom, reflection, and can help us to create the life of our dreams and our larger reality. With our words as well as our actions, we honor the divine light in ourselves and others. How does your Manduka help you #practice Namaste in words and deeds?

Here are a few responses on how some Yogis rhythmically celebrate the word "Namaste" in their realities:

From John Bowden
"Namaste means hello or goodbye, fix a friend a sandwich on Deli Rye, take the drishti to the third eye,eternal supply,forget the past and live in the now,respect the sacred cow,the know how,flow from right to left,up,down,front,and back,rooted firm into the ground the arms are up ,gaze to the crown,give thanks to all that have walked this road that have shouldered the load when the others were cold.."
Namaste

From MaryJo Powrozek Rosso
"There once was a yogi from Kathmandu
who saw divinity in me and in you
the trekkers he'd see, were as special as he
and he is as special as you"

From Jill Lawson
"Free to be me in the 21st century, I play and I pray as the way of namaste, free to be me in the 21st century, I look within, it ain't no sin, in fact, it is the only way."

From Jasmine Arney
"Fear is a shadow
Hate is in the past
Trust is in the present
Truth in the light
Change is in the universe,
Namaste is the peace fight."

From Alissa Lesperance
"Namaste, yo. Bringin' respect from my heart. It's where we end and where we start."

March 22nd, 2011

Inspiration: # Practice Cleaning The Slate

By Eka Ekong

While looking over our facebook/twitter posts from the last remarkable week, I was inspired by our FB post on a fresh start. "Today we #practice cleaning the slate – it doesn’t clean itself. A fresh start comes from a conscious decision to renew."

I love my Black Mat Pro. There, I said it… It feels like I have been in a steady relationship with it for 9 years. We talk every morning, sometimes even in the evening. It greets me, arms open, no hesitation, holds me when I’m happy, and has wiped away many a tear. My mat does not judge me, or harbor any ill feelings. It doesn’t say “oh, good luck next time with that forward fold”, or chastise me if I lose my balance. Every time I step on my mat is a fresh start, a new beginning, a new hope. Each practice is a new possibility, without the luggage of the past. This is what my Manduka helps me practice.

Here are some notable responses on what Manduka helps others to practice:

From Runtaulbee
"I'm new to using @MandukaYoga and just love the new mat. #Practice feeling closer to the earth."

From Jill Lawson
"I practice what I teach and teach what I practice"

From ETL Yoga
"It helps me practice patience with myself....it helps me break down that wall-allowing myself to see what I have done"

March 4th, 2011

#Practice 365 Golden Yogi Winner: Carrie Griffiths

My teachers are always saying wise and witty things in class – of which I gratefully take note. I was recently in the middle of a class when one of these said teachers stated, “… better to come here to heal, than to hurt yourself.” While she wasn’t speaking directly to me, this statement did.
I have been fighting an injury since this past December. I did something to my hip. I don’t recall anything specific that caused it or even exactly when it occurred. I just noticed one day that my hip was hurting. Really, really, really hurting. I decided to take a couple weeks off to give it a rest. Exactly two weeks later I was back at it, expecting to do everything that I’d been able to do pre-injury. Unfortunately, I didn’t really feel much better.
Over the years, I’ve become more and more devoted to my yoga practice. I want to challenge myself and see just where I can go with it all. Manduka has sort of solidified this for me. With the gift they have given me, I feel happily obliged to take my practice to a new level. And I’m all ready to do that, except for this hip issue.
In the past month or so, the pain has waxed and waned. Some days are better than others. I keep thinking maybe I can outsmart it. I’ll just let it go, breathe it away, nicely ask it to leave. I’ll transcend it somehow. It can’t slow me down. But it can, and it has. And I’m left feeling quite frustrated.
Then along comes my teacher with her wonderful words, and she’s right. Maybe my body is telling me something. I don’t always need to be pushing myself to the limit. Sometimes it’s necessary to take time to heal. So I’m repeating this to myself at the beginning of every class lately. I think it’s helping. Some days are better than others. I’m just trying to relax and allow myself to take a breather. It will come together in time, I suppose.

March 4th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Veera Yoga

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March 1st, 2011

Manduka Featured In Fitness Magazine!!

Our PRO-lite is ready for its' close-up... How do we look?