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June 2013 Archive

June 26th, 2013

Turn On Your #Innergps Giveaway

Summer has arrived. Sunshine is abundant, clothing is minimal and all the seeds we planted in the spring are coming to full bloom. Freedom and intentions are running high this time of year, so let's do something meaningful with them and all these extra hours of daylight. Where does your heart want to take you this summer?

Turn on your inner GPS. We're going on a journey within and beyond – it could be as far as across the country or as close as the backs of our eyelids. Let's use our practice to help us reveal the path and send postcards along the way. Over the next five weeks, we'll be exploring "places" to go this Summer: Inner Peace, Back to Nurture, the Thrill of Adventure, Another State and Coming hOMe.

Show us what those places look like to you. Follow @MandukaYoga on Instagram and check out that week's theme. Then share a photo using hashtag #innerGPS reflecting the place we're going, you could win a special set of Manduka gifts every week.

This week's theme is Inner Peace. Let's go there. Show us your Inner Peace and tag it #innerGPS. Next Wednesday we'll collect all #innerGPS photos and select our favorite that truly embodies that theme. That person will win the Inner Peace gift set including the Limited Edition Manduka PRO Black Bliss, Go Getter mat strap in Heather Grey and Practice Journal.

You can also follow the community's #innerGPS journey in the Facebook Gallery and see all the places we're going together. If you have any questions, please ask! Otherwise we'll see you on the path, taking photos along the way.

Practice On,
Manduka

June 18th, 2013

Do Something

By Manduka Ambassador Silvia Mordini

"People of accomplishment rarely
sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things."
~ Leonardo da Vinci

I am a born underdog. I have lived much of my life a step behind the rest. Whereas some might need to make 50% effort to move forward I often need to make a 150% effort to get to the same place.

Maybe part of this is the heritage of being an immigrant and the philosophy that nothing is free. You only create success through hard work. Work harder, and your possibilities expand. My family partly defined success as leaving the family an impressive legacy of means, higher education and respectability. We are expected to “do something” with our lives now so that the next generation has an even easier time to “do something” bigger. Inaction is not an option. Don Miguel Ruiz sums up my parent’s philosophy precisely:

“Action is about living fully. Inaction is the way that we deny life. Inaction is sitting in front of the television every day for years because you are afraid to be alive and to take the risk of expressing what you are. Expressing what you are is taking action. You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward.”

DO SOMETHING NOW
If you wait until you are “ready” and things are “perfect,” you will get stuck in the inertia of inaction. Get started by taking small steps toward your intentions within the next 24 hours. Do not let self-doubt cripple you. Once you begin, keep acting on your goals a little at a time. The smallest efforts keep the momentum going and create powerful change. As they say in South America, “little by little one travels far.”

DON’T GIVE UP
When things don’t go as planned, it is easy to be really hard on ourselves. When this happens, amp up your efforts to persevere. Like the pristine Lotus Blossom, which somehow manages to rise up through a muddy swamp toward the sun, keep striving toward your vision. Florence Scovel Shinn writes, "Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement." Let us be lotus blossoms, and manifest the most joy-filled, peaceful and healthful lives we can envision.

BE GRATEFUL
My parents taught me daily to practice gratitude with enthusiasm. It is important to maintain your motivation by sharing your gratitude for your attempts as well as your achievements. A positive attitude may get you started in the right direction, but appreciation for others is what sustains it.

My yoga practice continually reminds me of all three of these aspects to living an inspired life. I get on my Manduka mat each day and “do something.” I do not give up my practice when life is inconvenient, and I certainly give thanks to all who made it possible for me to move, breath and live in this moment! In turn, this stokes my rebel spirit to go out and happen to things. Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

June 12th, 2013

Featured Retailer: You And The Mat



Denise and Eric Antonini are the owners and co-founders of You and the Mat, an independent yoga studio and gallery for yoga inspired fine art, located in Laguna Niguel, CA. Their collective vision is to share the art of yoga with everyone who has ever longed to unwind, unplug, and connect with a deeper, more authentic version of the self. Through You and the Mat they make yoga accessible to students, instructors, and the community through their daily classes, art & music events, "Support Local" and Master Teacher Workshop Series. Honoring yoga as a fusion of art forms, You and the Mat celebrates visual poets, melodymakers, storytellers, soundtrackers of sunsets and creatives who share its vision ~ creating moments of calm, glimpses of now, and flashes of inspiration.

More about Denise:

Denise Antonini ~ Manduka Ambassador
Dynamic, soulful, and empowering, Denise pours inspiration and creativity into her teachings, using her expertise in health psychology to elevate an ancient practice to a state-of-the-art yoga experience. Yoga is her art of movement, mindfulness, her art of attention, and awareness, her art of intention. At Stanford University Denise studied psychology and the mind-body connection graduating with honors. At Chicago Medical School her thesis and doctoral work in clinical psychology focused on maintaining health, improving quality of life and achieving wellness.

As a therapist, consultant and professor she has helped people create the life they want to be living. As a yoga instructor her invigorating, fluid yoga sequences challenge the body helping students to disconnect from the busyness of day-to-day life-- tuning in to their intuition by stabilizing the mind with the breath. Denise effortlessly guides anyone who comes to the mat to a place of meditative calm--finding the perfection of the present moment.

Visit You And The Mat.