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March 4th, 2011

#Practice 365 Golden Yogi Winner: Carrie Griffiths

My teachers are always saying wise and witty things in class – of which I gratefully take note. I was recently in the middle of a class when one of these said teachers stated, “… better to come here to heal, than to hurt yourself.” While she wasn’t speaking directly to me, this statement did.
I have been fighting an injury since this past December. I did something to my hip. I don’t recall anything specific that caused it or even exactly when it occurred. I just noticed one day that my hip was hurting. Really, really, really hurting. I decided to take a couple weeks off to give it a rest. Exactly two weeks later I was back at it, expecting to do everything that I’d been able to do pre-injury. Unfortunately, I didn’t really feel much better.
Over the years, I’ve become more and more devoted to my yoga practice. I want to challenge myself and see just where I can go with it all. Manduka has sort of solidified this for me. With the gift they have given me, I feel happily obliged to take my practice to a new level. And I’m all ready to do that, except for this hip issue.
In the past month or so, the pain has waxed and waned. Some days are better than others. I keep thinking maybe I can outsmart it. I’ll just let it go, breathe it away, nicely ask it to leave. I’ll transcend it somehow. It can’t slow me down. But it can, and it has. And I’m left feeling quite frustrated.
Then along comes my teacher with her wonderful words, and she’s right. Maybe my body is telling me something. I don’t always need to be pushing myself to the limit. Sometimes it’s necessary to take time to heal. So I’m repeating this to myself at the beginning of every class lately. I think it’s helping. Some days are better than others. I’m just trying to relax and allow myself to take a breather. It will come together in time, I suppose.

March 4th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Veera Yoga

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March 1st, 2011

Manduka Featured In Fitness Magazine!!

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February 27th, 2011

#Practice Love- Yoga Love For Shelter Animals

On February 12, 2011, Sanctuary Yoga Studios in New York, held the charity event “Yoga Love for Shelter Animals.”

Led by Manduka Ambassador Ashley DiMeglio , Bill Rosenfeld, Theresa Mihalopoulos, studio owner Nancy Mahon jumped on board to support as well.

The mission was to raise awareness, funds and tangibles for the shelter pets at Hi Tor Animal Shelter in Pomona, New York. Ashley put word out to her friends and students and on our web site and Facebook. At lightning speed, we had a waiting list, as the event sold out very quickly. Everyone contacted saw the need to help and acted without hesitation. Bill put together an elegant animal/ Valentine’s Day themed warm-up, and Theresa followed suit, lullabying the class through a nurturing and thoughtful Savasana.

The cause was love. That’s what it boils down to… Sharon, our Hi Tor Animal Shelter representative was inundated with toys, blankets, food, feed bowls and $650.00 in cash donations. Once the yoga class ended we threw on some cheesy love songs and began our raffle! Manduka towels were flying across the room as winners received their gear. Everyone was clapping with excitement as the winners were announced. We saved the amazing Manduka mat for last. Wonderful yogis were crossing their fingers in anticipation as the winner was called out. It was won by Lisa Williams, a passionate yogini. The sun poured in, and the music flowed. Everyone was stretched, loved and balanced. Friends were made right there that day. Love was in the air and Manduka was a part of the yoga love.

Yoga helps us to stay compassionate but it also reminds us to accept ourselves and find compassion inwardly as well. Through acts of giving and charity we witness our own inherent ability to love and learn about ourselves.

What does our Manduka help us practice? Love for others, animals, and our supreme absolute: our true selves.

February 22nd, 2011

Dear Manduka..

Dear Manduka,

As an active Mysore Ashtangi, I’ve been addicted to my “black mat” for over 7 years. From my studies in New York, to HIV/AIDS awareness work in Ghana, my black mat has stuck by me through good and bad (and is perfect for marble and/or dirt floors!). As a field worker for the Real Medicine Foundation in rural India, my yoga practice has kept me sane. I’m able to process the thousands of children I see dying of acute malnutrition, the faces of the people living with HIV/AIDS, and the bureaucracy that I fight with on a daily basis just to provide tribal people with access to health services.

About a year and a half ago, my Mysore practice needed a little extra sweat protection, and I invested in the eQua towel. Get this. Not only is the eQua towel a savior for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd series, but it has faithfully acted as my loving travel companion, going with me whenever my black mat can’t.

Yesterday, I had to take an emergency case to a hospital 8 hours away by car over bumpy pot-hole ridden roads under the hot Indian sun. The poor little baby was suffering from tubercular meningitis and severe acute malnutrition. As the afternoon heat beat in through the car window, I remembered my Manduka. I grabbed the eQua towel out of my backpack, and stuck it in the window. Cool and shaded, the baby boy was able to rest on the long bumpy journey, his fever remaining at bay until we finally reached the hospital.

Thank you, Manduka, for helping us in ways you never thought possible.

Jaimie

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Jaimie Shaff, MPA
Program Manager: Health and Nutrition
The Real Medicine Foundation (India)