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April 16th, 2014

The Heart Of The Matter

This is the year we focus on #WhatMatters, and a dear, dear member of our Facebook community felt inspired to share her story. Thank you, Leah, This is what matters:

Dear Reader,

This is a story that starts and ends with love. “HOLY COW,” I hear a girly voice squeal. I’m tucked tightly in a shipping box, ready and waiting to meet my new person. So far my mat life has been a series of hello and goodbyes from those who made me. I know careful consideration was put into weaving life into my long lean sides and colorful, cheery outer appearance. I was made for someone who needed a little extra comfort, I was made to support, love and hug my person. So here I am and excitement boils up inside my soft fibers. A friendly looking man pulls me out of my shipping box and says, “Surprise my love! I hope you like it.” Then I get a good look at my new best friend, the one I know I will spend countless hours getting to know. She unrolls me onto the carpet and carefully taps her big toe on me, unsure if she wants to jump on with wild excitement. “Well mat. I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do with you. Let’s wait until tomorrow and find out.” With that I am rolled back up and set on the coffee table. I know she’s still admiring my beauty and strangeness.

The next day we’re off to our first yoga class. Here the room is filled with people and other mats that look similar to me. Soon her long legs are grounded across the cushion of my fibers. The breathing begins, inhale and exhale. I’m here to remind her to breathe and she does. She tucks herself in close to me and I can feel her heart beating fast. I think she might be nervous. But no worries, that’s what I’m here for, to support and comfort. For 75min I can hear her breathe, feeling her muscles shaking and finally relaxing. Her sweaty palms stay in place thanks to the way my Makers made me. I knew right from the start, from the minute I saw her that we were meant to be. And after this class so did she. She softly whispers thanks to me and safely puts me back into my snug carrier.


Over the years I have seen her grow. I have been there to collect the tears she shed. I gave her energy and encouragement on the days she felt defeated by life. I was there to support her on the scary things in class like crow and headstands. I heard her laugh out loud and maybe heard a few ‘barking spiders’ over the years. I have seen my person grow, turning into someone with more ease, laughter and gain a calmness about her. As a best friend I have heard all her secrets, her deepest fears that were hidden within her muscles and bones. I have seen her zigzag her way to finding herself, that authentic part that is instilled in her with every savasana, she now carries it with her all the time. I have embraced the perfections and imperfections about her when she could not. I witnessed the raw emotions that she worked through to gain the self confidence I always knew she had. Today we are one, I am just as much a part of her as she is me. She is my beloved and I am hers, when she breathes I breath. And in the morning I am ready to cheer her on and whisper the ‘I can” in her thoughts. So do me a favor right now and thank your yoga mat because when I am thanked I shine even brighter.

With kind affection,
Manduka PRO- Black Beauty
(aka Captain Happy Mat)

As told to Leah Pepion

April 1st, 2014

Thank You Rise!

It's nice to get fan mail for supporting the work we think is truly important in the world. Thank you, RISE, San Francisco Public Schools and the awesome teen yogis at Mills High School.

March 28th, 2014

Featured Retailer: Krama Yoga Center In Costa Rica



Krama was born 9 years ago, promoting a healthy lifestyle to the population of beautiful Costa Rica.

9 years ago today, Krama moved into its third location. Now, with 3 amazing studios, Krama has become the largest center in all of Latin America, giving its friends, family and community Kula, more Shakti, more energy and more light.

Krama has a spa and also offers Holistic treatments to make your visit a truly nurturing experience. In the retail store, you will find a wide range of yoga products (including Manduka) and a variety of health products in the newly opened juice bar.

At Krama, you will always find great company. “We are a family. We are KRAMA.”

March 18th, 2014

Joy Is #Whatmatters

Over the past week, we've asked to see what brings you joy. You've shared with us the joy that you see in the world, and we've loved looking through your Instagram photos and seeing what a joyful community we are a part of!

As a celebration of the joyful things the community has shared, we're introducing our winner, @lamamanaturale, who is winning an eKO Lite, yogitoes mat towel, and a GO Play mat carrier.


@lamamanaturale - Winner!

And here are some of our other favorites!


@chipleduff


@foodtripper


@iamthegermaine


@sirichaprae


@studio_504


@tashatorres0903


@michellechee

It’s an honor to be part of your practice.

With love,
Manduka

March 7th, 2014

Spring Giveaway: Joy Is #Whatmatters

At Manduka, 2014 is our promise to Live What MATters, from yoga to joy to design to community. This Spring, we’re celebrating #WhatMatters with an Instagram giveaway - come join us!

Joy is a wonderful place to begin. Shouldn’t all things come from a place of joy?

There is joy in making tea, riding to work or rolling out your yoga mat, if you choose it. Joy is a giddy burst of bliss from deep within your heart – you can’t confine it because it’s who you are. That’s why joy matters.

Joy is already in you, and you can reveal it through acceptance, bring it out through gratitude and sustain it on hope. The more you celebrate the joy, the more joy there is to celebrate.

So for the next 10 days, we ask you to see the joy and share it with the world. Let’s Live #WhatMatters, starting with a giveaway of our Spring Collection’s joyful pieces: the eKO Lite mat, yogitoes mat towel and GO Play carry-all sling. Enter to win this happy trio by sharing your joy, or what inspires your joy, on Instagram using tag #WhatMatters and @MandukaYoga.

We’ll collect our favorite photos to share and select a winner on March 17th. Now get out there, see the joy, be the joy and let silliness lead the way. Joy is #WhatMatters.

Namaste,
Manduka