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September 14th, 2014

It’S Time To Talk. #Thisismyyoga

It’s time to talk.

Something has been brewing inside many of us for a while. We know you feel it, and so do we. Consider this: if an alien visited Earth to report back on what yoga is, what would they say?

That it’s moving your body around on a rubbery rectangle until you get sweaty? Or balancing on your forearms with your legs behind your head, going to sleep, rolling over and wiggling your toes? Maybe yoga is a heated discussion about stretchy pants and selfies and green juice.

Is this really what we want to stand for as a global yoga community or is this all we want the world to think yoga is?

It’s time to reflect and connect. What is your yoga? Is it peace under pressure or gratitude over grievances? Is it watching your baby grow up or choosing to love what you see in the mirror? Let’s talk about what yoga is – to all of us.

Share your real yoga on Instagram or Twitter with tag #ThisIsMyYoga. Show your community what your practice is really about, and tag one other person to share theirs and keep it going. Let’s see what it looks like when we stretch into our hearts more than our hamstrings.

As a thank you for taking this conversation forward, we’ll select one yogi every week to receive a suite of Manduka gear from the new Fall Collection, plus gifts for the yogi who tagged them and the yogi they tagged next. All of the season’s new gear is inspired by this very desire to reflect & connect as a global yoga community. The metallic mats that reflect light, the performance towels that grip to what matters, the bags that carry our practice into the world. They all came from this idea of putting our practice into practice.

You can follow the #ThisIsMyYoga thread with Manduka Ambassadors on our Instagram. Feel free to tag us at @mandukayoga when you share – we’re excited to witness what happens next.

August 25th, 2014

#Liveon Photo Contest With Yellow 108

We partnered with Yellow 108 and asked you to make your last moments of Summer memorable and share them with us. We received so many inspiring photos, but we had to choose only one to win a LiveON Mat, LiveON Sandals, yogitoes towel from Manduka and Yellow 108 Sunglasses, Scarf and Fedora (all from reclaimed materials, made in the USA). Congratulations to our winner, @adamkingman!

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June 15th, 2014

Kellar Primary School

Manduka donated mats to kindergarten teacher Angie Swearigan who seeks to dissolve stigmas and merge her passions for yoga and children. In her 12 years teaching, she has never found a better way to engage students than with the practice of yoga. They practice in the lunch line, at recess, at home, or wherever they have a chance. This next generation of yogis are continuing to are teaching their family and friends yoga poses and relaxation techniques. These small children are inspiring!

June 3rd, 2014

Community Is #Whatmatters

For our final #WhatMatters photo contest giveaway, we've asked you to show us how community matters to you. You've shared photos with us by tagging #WhatMatters on Instagram; we've loved looking through your posts and seeing what a joyous community we are all a part of!

We are excited to introduce our winner @annlevine, who will receive an eKO Lite mat, yogitoes Groovy Towel and GO Free Backpack. Congratulations @annlevine!


@annlevine

And here are a few others we love!


@michelleyoga


@chylawalshyoga


@forrestfrogyogi


@martaisarollingstone


@chiquitabenita

May 16th, 2014

Love 4 Ethan

Yoga instructor, father and Manduka Ambassador, Todd Lavictoire has embarked on a new journey in his life. When his son Ethan was nine years old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Over the past few years it has more than doubled and serious steps will need to be taken to save his live.

Manduka sent a special care package for Todd, Ethan and the Family.

The Love 4 Ethan fundraiser has been set up to financially support Ethan and his family in his journey through brain surgery to remove a tumor. Visit YouCaring for more information or to donate.

#love4ethan