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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