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March 2012 Archive

March 30th, 2012

Happy 10 Year Anniversary, Coil Yoga!

We recently found out that COIL Yoga, a studio in Fresno, CA that proudly sells Manduka gear, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their studio, as well as the 10th anniversary of their relationship with Manduka!

Katie Flinn, the owner of COIL Yoga fondly remembers meeting Peter Sterios and learning about the Black Mat:

I met Peter in 2002 through a mutual friend of mine and a former student of his. We traveled to San Luis Obispo, CA to visit one of his earlier yoga studios and took a weekend workshop with him. I remember doing some really INTENSE asanas for my feet, even balancing on my toe knuckles! He had this thick black mat at his studio that he was using and I had some wimpy mat that did nothing to spare my poor toes. Later on that year I visited Peter for a private lesson and remember getting a tour of the Manduka warehouse – AKA his garage. Since then, I have only ever sold Manduka products at COIL Yoga. I feel those mats have been at the foundation of my yoga studio, my yoga practice, and my feet (literally)!

The reason I have only sold Manduka products is not just because of my loyalty to Peter as one of my first REAL yoga teachers, but also because I’ve always been impressed with the products’ quality and durability. I also loved the personal connection I had for so many years with Sarah, one of Peter’s first employees… She really helped build the personal touch for Manduka that made it so easy to keep doing business with them.

What I love about Manduka is that it is such a great example of what we can do in this country. We take dreams and find the means to make them our reality. I was always impressed with Peter’s commitment to growing the company with integrity and a continued passion for the quality of Manduka products. Having a good yoga mat is a great metaphor for life. We need to be able to trust that the foundations we stand on, sit on and relax into will support us through all the falls, slips, slides, and really amazing moments in life! I just started using the new Manduka PRO Black & Light that you just came out with; I loved having the option to “brighten” up my mat. I still use my Manduka PRO 85”, but after 10 years of staring at black, I was excited to add some color to my practice!

We are so grateful to have COIL Yoga as a member of this awesome community, and we loved hearing Katie’s story about seeing the Black Mat PROs in Peter’s garage so long ago.

Join COIL Yoga this Saturday, March 31st, as they celebrate their 10 year anniversary, and enjoy a Free Yoga Day on Sunday, April 1st, from 8am – 5pm!

If you would like to learn more about COIL Yoga, visit their website at www.coilyoga.com, or check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/COIL-Yoga

March 27th, 2012

Featured Retailer: Bindu Yoga Studio

Bindu Yoga Studio is a vibrant boutique yoga studio, located in the heart of Del Mar Village, a charming California coastal town. Our studio boasts a roster that includes San Diego's most sought after yoga teachers in a uniquely friendly and light-hearted atmosphere. Deepen your practice at Bindu through empowering classes and workshops, and nourishing yoga retreats, our comprehensive 200-hour Teacher Training.

We offer a wide-range of classes from beginner to advanced including Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal, Restorative, Prana Flow, Kids and Family Yoga, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Anusara, Mommy and Me, Teen Yoga, and Meditation.

Our 200-Hour Teacher Training with our beloved teacher, Gina Caputo, begins this fall!!
For more information about our Teacher Training contact Bethany
bethany@binduyogastudio | 619.887.2583

San Diego Locals are welcome to try one week of unlimited classes for just $7
www.binduyogastudio.com | info@binduyogastudio.com | 619.887.2583

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 22nd, 2012

Thirst-Aid

To honor World Water Day, Manduka is giving 10% of all Water Bottle and eQua Towel sales through March 31st to Thirst-Aid – an organization that is now directing one of the most successful ceramic water filter interventions in the world.

Thirst-Aid was created by Curt & Cathy Bradner after visiting Myanmar on a summer bicycling trip. After learning of the poor water conditions as well as the prevalent waterborne diseases affecting the community, Curt & Cathy felt compelled to stay in Myanmar. Determined to find a solution they put their knowledge of engineering and microeconomics to work. Over the years, Curt & Cathy have helped build a sustainable system for creating clean, safe water by forming ceramic pots out of red earth and grounded rice husks which help filter out 99% of harmful agents found in the local water supply.

Thirst-Aid also has established the 5 = Alive program, where ceramic water filters and hygiene products are subsidized for women who are pregnant, and for mothers with children that are 5 and under. Studies by the Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Network have shown that if a child can make it to the age of 5, their immune systems will be mature enough to process untreated water.

Thirst Aid doesn't save lives. They teach people how to save their own, by teaching them how to "wash" their water.

Help us support Thirst-Aid's mission by gearing up with eQua Towels and Water Bottles. We’ll be sending 10% of the sales directly to Thirst-Aid.

To learn more about Thirst-Aid, visit www.thirst-aid.org.

March 19th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Morgan

This is Morgan.

He is a medical assistant, nursing student and dedicated bicyclist. Morgan rides his bike 365 days a year --- through downtown Chicago. Morgan is willing to take chances, which is exactly how he found his yoga practice 11 years ago. It started as a way to help him relax and stretch after running 20+ miles per week, it became a source of clarity.

Morgan has a few battle scars. Exactly one year after fracturing his left clavicle, he had an epiphany in Kapotasana: life will hand you breaks, but you choose whether it breaks your spirit, or whether it lets you blossom through the cracks.

Morgan recently raised $1,000 for a friend in India that has Tuberculosis and needed an oxygen machine. Knowing that his friend will be able to breathe for the rest of the year, allows him to breathe easier, too.

He amazes us.

Meeting Morgan 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 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 6th, 2012

Celebrate Community: Free Lifepower Yoga Class & Manduka Trunk Show

Utah Yogis! We're celebrating the community with a free class by Micah Scholes with music from Matt Newman, this Saturday at Life Time in South Jordan. Manduka giveaways and special discounts all around! Check out the event details here.

Manduka Ambassador and LifePower Yoga Teacher Trainer Micah Scholes and Manduka have partnered up to create a sacred space where all can join together to celebrate the joy and vibrancy of the Utah yoga community. There will be NO charge for attending this event and we will have space for hundreds to attend and practice comfortably.

The class will start at 10:30am, and will feature live music by Matt Newman of Prana Yoga Trolley Square! After class, there will be a Manduka special event featuring free giveaways and BIG discounts on their amazing line of high-performance yoga mats and eco-friendly yoga products.

Again, there is NO charge for attending this event, and you do NOT have to be a member of Life Time to attend! You will also have full access to the entire Life Time South Valley facility, a world class health resort and spa, including swimming pools, hot tubs, eucalyptus steam rooms, dry saunas, an organic restaurant, climbing walls, a full salon and day spa, towel service, and much more!

Child care is also included at no charge. There will also be a free Kid's Yoga class taught by LifePower Yoga certified teacher Amanda S. Day that will run concurrently with the main class but in a different studio! All children ages 5-12 are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Life Time South Valley
10996 River Front Parkway
South Jordan, Utah

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

March 4th, 2012

Ashtanga Yoga Confluence

The Ashtanga Yoga Confluence has been absolutely amazing! A gorgeous resort, a stunning view, and a room full of yogis practicing on Manduka mats! Thank you Ashtanga yogis for putting Manduka on the map. We are so grateful that we could be a part of the wonderful weekend event in beautiful Mission Bay in San Diego.