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May 14th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Diane

This is Diane.

When Diane found out that she may be facing the end of her life, she learned what really mattered. Her family, friends and all the places where love existed. "Ultimately," she shared, "I’m pretty convinced that what matters most for 99% of the population is our relationships."

A cancer diagnosis brought Diane to the mat in new meaningful ways. With cancer comes vulnerability, and for a woman like Diane, who was used to being a source of strength and help for others, that can be the most challenging part. "When you have cancer, you get that opportunity to say, 'Okay, am I going to allow myself to be vulnerable, and let people help me?' But you come to this crossroads. And if you have cancer, you better let people help you! So you have to become vulnerable." She practiced letting go, and her most challenging pose, savansana, started to make sense. Then came the courage.

"It takes a lot of courage to run around without hair on your head. It takes a lot of courage to say, 'I’m scared out of my mind! And I might die.' But if you don’t do that, you’ve missed out." Now open, now accepting love, now healing in more ways than one.

Meeting Diane 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

May 9th, 2012

Mamaste: Mother's Day Love From Manduka!

Sometimes it seems like a mother's heart couldn't be bigger, even when her support, balance and patience are thin. So we wanted to suggest another kind of gift for Mother's Day: the gift of yoga. Show her your gratitude by sharing the practice that helped you reveal it. After all, support, balance, and patience are much easier to come by on a supportive new mat or restorative bolster.

This month, our famous eQua Towels are also free when you order $150 or more (just use code PICKEDFRESH). You can also check out our Facebook Page for a collection of sharable e-cards that show love to your favorite mamas.

Even though we don't need a special reason to celebrate the amazing women who have shown us endless love and guidance, we'll take one anyway. Happy Mother's Day to all the yoga mamas.

Mamaste ;)

PS: See our Facebook Page for all of our sharable e-cards - a sneak peek below!

May 7th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Kyle

Meet Kyle.

Kyle started yoga when his mother-in-law offered him a scholarship to take as many classes and workshops as he wanted. After his very first savasana at Yoga Circle in Chicago, he had the inkling that his life had changed but didn’t quite know then where this “yoga” thing would take him.

He now takes his practice one breath at a time. Yoga has taught Kyle to be a strong masculine person who is not afraid to surrender to the present moment. He feels that yoga has even made him a better father.

These days, you can find Kyle downward dogging, tree-posing, and half-mooning on the same Black Mat PRO that he’s had for 7 years. When we asked Kyle how yoga had moved him, he simply replied “How has it not?”

We loved learning about Kyle. 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

May 4th, 2012

Widening Our Perspective

You may remember a few months ago when we unveiled our new partnership with John Friend and our first ever collection of wider Manduka yoga mats. A lot has happened since then (phew!), and we have decided to move away from the partnership. We respect John for his tremendous contributions to the yoga community, but we don't feel that his recent actions align with who we want to be in the world, or our brand values. Still, we stand behind our product and the reasons we built it. We believe that a wider yoga mat is the key to help many of our customers unlock a hidden piece of their practice. So we're offering our own version of the 30" PROlite mat so you can have the option of gear with more room to roam. And based on your feedback, you agree.

Our intention is to serve you in your yoga journey, and be there wherever you need the support. So whether your physical body needs more physical space, or you just like to wander, look out for our 30" PROlite wide yoga mat and upcoming additions to the Manduka Wide Collection.

With warmth and gratitude,
Manduka

May 2nd, 2012

New York, New York!

We had a great time at Yoga Journal New York! Could it be true that for one weekend, it was 'the city that never sleeps, because there was so much yoga to take advantage of'? It was so awesome to meet Manduka fans, see familiar faces, and snap fun photos like these... because You Are a Masterpiece!