April 1st, 2015
This moment is a gift.
Yes, this one, reading this blog over lunch, on your commute, in your PJs, wherever you are. It’s a gift that has never happened before. A brand new, undiscovered now – here comes another one, and another, are you seeing these? These moments are what our lives are made of.
So what will we do with it? How will we choose to show up?
This is your invitation to the moment. We’d like to see what you – bright, brave, wild you – do with it.
Share your now as a post to our Facebook wall, a Tweet to the universe or an Instagram for the ages. Tag @MandukaYoga and #NowStartsNow. Share what’s been stirring inside you for a long time, and where you go when your heart does the driving.
Over the next 6 weeks, we’ll be reading your stories, tweeting your Tweets and hearting your Instagrams. We’ll choose 10 yogis who share their #NowStartsNow to receive a suite of Manduka gear from the new spring collection (you can tell us what grabs your eye, or let us choose based on your story), and feature many more here on the blog. So whether you’re applying for your first passport, getting into headstand, breathing through traffic jams or asking for a date, #NowStartsNow.
Life can be many things – beautiful, messy, sweaty, mysterious, still. But more than anything else, it’s now. Here’s to using this one of a kind moment for your one of a kind life.
February 13th, 2015
Started by two friends who decided to put their heart & soul into a company designed to encourage healthy development in kids and provide a supportive & fun community for families, Little Hippies inspires kids and parents every day. For every yoga class purchased, we provide a FREE yoga class to a child in need.
February 13th, 2015
Start living in the now. Check out our new Sping Lookbook Touch here.
January 2nd, 2015
Touch The Toes! Can you do it?
'Nooo... Too stiff!' 'Too old' 'Maybe I'll try tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow' 'Errr I could break something!'... Isn't it funny how everyone almost always assumes it's bending over straight-legged & reaching for the toes?
TTT is all about changing perceptions. Eco-friendly is affordable. Small can be big. Yoga is for everyone. Customers can be friends. And you can always touch the toes!
Our lovely shop sits right in the heart of an enclave of creativity. In squeaky clean Singapore, a country where graffiti is illegal, we are surrounded by funky murals, beautiful neighbors, bohemian coffee joints.
Climb up to our 2nd floor space and you're in a little h(e)aven. Where our customers pop in for a Manduka eKo Mat & sometimes stay the entire afternoon trying new clothes & catching up with us for the latest yoga news.
We are so proud to be the only yoga retail store for apparel & accessories in Singapore. But we were blown away when we found out we are the only eco-friendly store in Asia!
TTT are 3 people: Eliza (creative), Kelly (logical), Wuen (quirky). All unique & wonderful. If you are ever in Singapore, do drop in to say hi!
December 9th, 2014
By Peter Sterios, founder of Manduka
Day 1 (actually day 7)
After 6 days of travel by plane, boat, car and bus, we have finally arrived to Aro-Ha, a magical retreat center near Queenstown on the South Island of NZ. And today was my first yoga practice since we left... and so sweet it was, in this special room surrounded by a nature so pristine, raw, and powerful, that profoundly reminded me of what a small existence I live in .
My inner "nature" was so intimately connected to the larger, outer nature found in this breath-giving place. Can we find this connection every time we step onto our mats? It feels so available and accessible here...
This morning was cold, with fresh snow on the hills only a couple hundred feet above the steep rocky path that is my commute to the studio. But I'm appreciating the walk, like a warm-up mentally and physically to prepare myself for my morning practice. I have also begun to notice, after just two days, the effects of the detoxifying diet that is part of the health program at Aro-Ha. My mind feels clearer, my emotions subdued, and my physical body light (no bloated belly after meals) and strong. I'm pleasantly surprised how quickly the effects of being here have come to my attention. Can we live in a "retreat" state of mind as a householder or city dweller, as a parent or partner, as an employee or business owner? Maybe... Or at least we can keep trying, keep returning to that state, even it means going to retreats ‘for practice.’
What has become so very clear here at this unique place in this special country, is when we step out of the routine of our lives, ie work, exercise (or lack thereof), diet, even the communities we live in, we gain a little broader perspective of who we are and what we do with our time. It opens the door for growth and positive change in our lives - physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Seeing and experiencing the natural environment here, one of the obvious changes was the passing clouds. This display of natural beauty would communicate in a way the wonder and mystery of this world, and suggested everything will be ok... that there are forces in this world that operate at a much bigger perspective than our limited understanding, and all is well. This is also appropriate for our yoga practice - finding wonder and mystery in our practice reminds us that all is well on the deepest of levels .
Our last day at this spectacular resort, full of gratitude for Aro-Ha's powerful reminder of the overwhelming beauty found in nature and the earth's infinite ability to amaze. I come away from this retreat feeling a renewed connection to my own inner nature, and the wonder of the body and mind I've been given. I have once again experienced the surprise of how powerful these two aspects of myself are when working together - when I am able to connect deep places in my physical body with the subtle sensations of my breath and the subtle influence of my intuitive or creative mind to produce an opening of sorts, either somatically or neurologically, that gives insight into my existence in a surprising way. It is a joyful experience and one that, as a teacher, and I am called deeply to share...
Thanks to all of the students who showed up to learn (especially Tisha Bremner, above on the left, winner of Manduka’s giveaway trip to this magical place), and to co-founder Damian Chaparro and all the staff at Aro-Ha who have created this magical place and who creatively support their guest's personal transformations in such a powerful way!