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March 5th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Janine

Meet Janine.

She's a SoCal gal, globe trekker, a dancer lifestyle blogger and aspiring jeweler. And everywhere she goes, with everything she sees, touches and shares, is her yoga practice. And no one knows her best like her Black Mat PRO.

Yoga is Janine's rock. In this crazy, fast-paced, stressful world, yoga provides comfort and a stable foundation from which everything else can carefully balance. It is her peace of mind, her inspiration, her hope. Yoga has taught Janine to see the beauty, which is the inspiration for her blog.

She remembers it like it was yesterday: Singapore. Warm tropical air in the wee hours of the morning. The wooden platform in the gardens of the Mandarin Hotel. An invitation to breathe, really breathe. Alone with her pulse. This is where her yoga practice got real. She found her center, her calling and her bliss.

We loved learning about Janine. 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 4th, 2012

Ashtanga Yoga Confluence

The Ashtanga Yoga Confluence has been absolutely amazing! A gorgeous resort, a stunning view, and a room full of yogis practicing on Manduka mats! Thank you Ashtanga yogis for putting Manduka on the map. We are so grateful that we could be a part of the wonderful weekend event in beautiful Mission Bay in San Diego.

February 27th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Jimbo

Meet Jimbo.

He’s a New Jersey fire fighter, certified rescue diver, doting husband, Harley owner and yogi. His teacher: none other than Manduka Ambassador and former wrestling pro Diamond Dallas Page, because “It AIN’T your Mama’s Yoga.”

Yoga has given Jimbo a power that's envied all around the firehouse: the ability to BREATHE himself into relaxation. Without crutches, without excuses, there is always the mat. Not only did he lose 30 lbs through Page's DDP Yoga, but his practice also literally saved his life. One day while called out to a fire, his foot went through the roof of a burning building. He was able to pull it out, and afterward faced even more heat from his team:

          "Guys you shoulda seen Jimbo, I thought he was going through, and then he starts dong this little dance.
          What was that bro; they teach you that at the academy?"

No, he replied, that was finding himself in Warrior II, and being able to pull himself out by transitioning into Warrior I. Fighting fires AND defending yoga to a group of New Jersey firemen? If that’s not bravery, we don’t know what is.

We loved learning about Jimbo. 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

February 23rd, 2012

Featured Retailer: Simply Power Yoga

Heidi Fricke is the owner and founder of Simply Power Yoga. After leaving Corporate America in 2002, Heidi discovered a whole new way of living. Marathon running is what brought her to yoga but she soon realized yoga had so much more to offer than just a physical practice. Yoga became a huge part of her daily practice and life. Heidi has trained directly with Baron Baptiste and his group of Senior and Master Teachers. She is a 500 Hour Certified Baptiste Teacher.

The doors of SPY opened in September of 2011. The studio has a state of the art heating system with radiant heat panels and a steam humidifier. There is both a heated and non-heated studio. There are over 40 classes offered weekly. The cork flooring allows for a more balanced and comfortable practice. The cork flooring was provided by Greener Stock a one of a kind Resource and Design Center in Cincinnati specializing in natural, non-toxic, and eco-friendly building products for homes and businesses.

Simply Power Yoga is more than just a yoga studio. It is a community center for all ages. SPY is involved in both local and global community projects, including Africa Yoga Project, YWCA House of Peace a Domestic Violence Shelter in Greater Cincinnati and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati.

At Simply Power Yoga, the classes will be challenging as the instructors will constantly take you to your edge. Power Yoga is about stepping out of your comfort zone and letting go of your fears. The practice will not only transform your body but also your mind and spirit. Our mission is to support the journey of each individual in the community both on and off the mat.

February 20th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Laura

This is Laura.

She's a former U.S. Marine, overseas contractor, utility power lineman and massage therapist. Laura thinks that people don't believe her when she says she practices yoga, but she's been an Ashtangi since back when she was stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan. Now she travels to Mysore, India every year to study at the origin of the practice.

Her best friend (and best teacher) is her 5-year old nephew, Gideon. Her favorite way to get around is by Harley. Her favorite place to practice is at home in Washington, DC. And her mat is a Black Mat PRO.

She amazes us.

Meeting Laura 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: http://www.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