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June 22nd, 2011

# Practice Listening

I like to wake up early. The morning is such a sweet, peaceful time in my otherwise chaotic corner of Los Angeles. In these stolen moments I can hear the world outside my window, and am able to hear the nuances of life outside and inside of me. As these fragile sounds fall upon my outer ear I feel them within my heart. This got me to thinking, how often did we really listen? Not just to the sounds of nature, but even in conversations? Are we really listening or just waiting to speak? Holding our breath until a pause between words? In pauses, the grace of the wind speaks to us.. In listening, we can truly hear the heartfelt sharing of our loved ones, and be present in the moment.

My Manduka helps me #practicing listening. What does your Manduka help you #practice?

Here's how our amazing Manduka community is #practicing:

Joyrebellion:
"I #practice being in the moment."

Eden Brown:
" My Manduka helps me #practice staying grounded."

Erin Forta:
"Tonight I #practice dedication - I'm planning lessons for the graduate social media class I'm teaching and I'm using the inspirational, excellent job Manduka does in social as a teaching tool. Your messaging is sincere and true to your mission - Manduka was founded by yogis on the simple idea that a better yoga mat can make a world of difference. For your practice + for our world™."

The Get In Shape Girl:
"Knowing that everything I need, the universe will give me."

Jennifer Radford:
"To lead with your heart. "

ETL yoga:
" Being a better teacher :) Being a better student. We all fall down, it is how we get back up that counts!"

Jimmvuela:
"MandukaYoga is like the frog that needs to be kissed... And my mat became the love of my life. "

June 22nd, 2011

We Are 5,000!

This community inspires and amazes us with every comment, wall post and photo. 5,000 yogis have chosen to join us here, and we are humbled, extremely grateful, and throwing a virtual event to celebrate.

You are cordially invited to join us, in spirit. We want to share, laugh, listen, love and give away Manduka gear!

And we want to meet more vibrant yogis like you. Please invite your friends to Like Manduka and RSVP to this event. For every 100 "attendees," we'll give away an item from the Lyrics 1ness collection as a thank you for being part of the journey. "http://www.manduka.com/us/lyrics/

The bigger this tribe, the stronger our practice, the better the conversation, the more Manduka gear we give away!

In service and gratitude, for your practice, for our world.
- Manduka

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=218005961554424

Head over heels for manduka mats

June 8th, 2011

#Practice Practicing

I remember when I first starting practicing yoga. Some of my friends would give me a hard time. They said I was becoming less available, and why was I spending so much of my time on this "yoga thing". To me, something about practicing just felt right.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois said, "Practice, practice and all is coming." Sticking with my practice during good times, and bad, even when no one really understood why, made all the difference. I had discovered myself anew, as if I had just landed on some majestic island, with an abundance of sacred resources. I didn't have to rely on anything or anyone outside of myself for validation.

Eventually my friends came around, and many of them now practice yoga themselves. Through staying with my practice, I learn something new about myself each day, and am more open to this great adventure called Life.

I #practice practicing. What does your Manduka help you practice?

Here's how some in our community are #practicing in their lives:

Elizabeth Wintour:
" Manduka helps me practice with my imagination. Not since middle school have I had so much fun as a cow, a crane, a fish, a camel."

Teachasana:
"Today I #practice love: you must take care of & love yourself in order to love others."

@MandukaYoga helps us practice sharing, teaching and learning from our students and cyber sangha here and at our site. #teachasana #practice

Joanna Subias
"My manduka and I are the usual love story, we met, bonded and now no one could tear us apart. We have shared happiness, tears and growth..."

June 6th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Yoga North Atlanta

Lori Finch, owner of Yoga North Atlanta, has established a warm
welcoming environment drawing a set of followers who feel more like a
community. Her humor, fun attitude, and empathic concern for her
students is a bond that is hard to find in most yoga studios.

Yoga North Atlanta offers Ashtanga-based classes that provide mental
and physical challenges for students of all skill levels. It is
Lori’s belief that the yoga practice belongs to the student. All
classes at Yoga North Atlanta are designed to help students develop a
safe, enjoyable and life-long practice.

Teacher Training classes are also offered at Yoga North Atlanta. Many
of Lori’s students have gone on to become teachers, including several
that now teach at the studio. They continue Lori’s tradition of
making yoga safe, fun, and accessible to yogis of all levels.

Yoga North Atlanta is located in Duluth, Georgia, 30 minutes north of Atlanta.
For more information, visit www.yoganorthatlanta.com

June 1st, 2011

Sri, Sri, Capri...

Sri is defined as radiance or resplendence. The nature of the world is beautiful, and as we brighten our inner fire, we can see this beauty more clearly, even in those moments that don't necessarily feel so divine.

Here's how our amazing community is finding beauty and paradise in their surrounding world:

Laura Mannino-Gabriel
"My yoga paradise is finding that amazing balance between breath and stillness, where absolutely nothing exists, but I feel the entirety of my body heart and mind filled with exhiliration, peace, warmth, and stillness."

Lucy Reynolds
" My yoga paradise at the moment is sharing yoga practice with my nearly-three year old daughter who likes to 'do yoga like mummy' and tells me Downward Dog is her favourite! I'm far from a perfect yogi and our shared practice never lasts that long but fills my heart with immense joy."

Amanda Huff
"My yoga paradise is when the way I feel about myself and others while I'm on my mat follows me off the mat and I know I'm becoming a better person with each practice."

Christine Harless-Fairbourne
"My yoga paradise is when I see my five year old twins, 11 year old or 21 year old, practicing yoga and knowing they are bringing peace and calmness to their spirits and bodies."

Sondra Bloxam
"My yoga paradise is at my local hot yoga studio, in child's pose leaving my stresses at the corners of my mat, breathing deeply, and living in the moment, ready to take the first vinyasa :D"

Jennifer Aiksnoras
"My yoga paradise is always and everywhere within me."

Tonya Fox
"My yoga paradise is Savasana with my precious little dog lying beside me doing her own Savasana....pure bliss........."

Mary Beth Bender
" Practicing yoga in peru near macchu picchu."

Jessica Sloan
"I recently found my place in the world to practice while in Kenya on a study abroad trip. There is nothing more rewarding then teaching yoga to children who experience little joy in their lives."

Jeff Dawson
"As long as I am with my mat it is always yoga paradise. I am taking my mat to tahoe for wanderlust."

Y is for Yogini
"Paradise is laughter and the ability to find my path, practice, and the humor in anything. ;)"

Ashley Watrous Yost
"At our cottage in Ludington, MI on the beach facing the sand dunes ♥"

Jennifer Cayouette
" My yoga paradise is in my mind. I see pictures of yogis and I'm impressed and intimidated by all those head stands and Pretzel-like poses, and then I swear to myself I will do it one day, but for all the reasons in the world, never got to it. maybe the first of that "one day" is this Friday morning at the community centre's yoga class..."

Britney Call Mellen
"My yoga paradise is my living room floor, first thing in the morning every morning. Even with all the kids' toys scattered around and dust bunnies under the couch, my mat is always a little piece of heaven! (And would be even more heavenly with this gorgeous new mat)!!"

Angel Marie
"Love being surrounded by woods. I hike through Old Stone Fort..do a bit of yoga near the waterfalls..its so peaceful out there. It doesnt get better than that :) The birds, sound of water, even those annoying little cicadas make it enjoyable. The world truly is a beautiful place."

Hayley Bustos
"I practice yoga on the back of my horse. Theres no better feeling than a back bend on the back of your best friend! :)"

Mellissa Lyle
"My yoga paradise would be on a patio overlooking the ocean, somewhere near the equator. Palm trees, waves crashing, Capri-colored water, white sands, and my Manduka mat there to greet me =)"

Ken Wilkens
"My yoga paradise is any time I choose yoga "practice" over "perfection."

Chris Di An
"There is no paradise but yoga."