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March 12th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Stephen

Meet Stephen.

He is a devoted father & husband, Krista Cahill groupie, and loves sharing his affection for gravity-defying inversions with the good people of Tampa, Florida. His practice begins the moment that he steps onto his 9-year-old Black Mat PRO.

For Stephen, yoga provides a base for some of the most important relationships in his life. With his wife, their practice bonds them together. With his religion, yoga helps keep him spiritually fulfilled. And with his 2 ½ year old daughter, yoga offers him virtue—providing a little extra patience that dads sometimes need. Hearing her say: “Look daddy, updog!” lands Stephen right on cloud nine.

What started as a healing exercise for some early childhood injuries, yoga has now become a way of life for Stephen. Challenging his body while calming his mind, all at the same time.

We loved learning about Stephen. 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 6th, 2012

Celebrate Community: Free Lifepower Yoga Class & Manduka Trunk Show

Utah Yogis! We're celebrating the community with a free class by Micah Scholes with music from Matt Newman, this Saturday at Life Time in South Jordan. Manduka giveaways and special discounts all around! Check out the event details here.

Manduka Ambassador and LifePower Yoga Teacher Trainer Micah Scholes and Manduka have partnered up to create a sacred space where all can join together to celebrate the joy and vibrancy of the Utah yoga community. There will be NO charge for attending this event and we will have space for hundreds to attend and practice comfortably.

The class will start at 10:30am, and will feature live music by Matt Newman of Prana Yoga Trolley Square! After class, there will be a Manduka special event featuring free giveaways and BIG discounts on their amazing line of high-performance yoga mats and eco-friendly yoga products.

Again, there is NO charge for attending this event, and you do NOT have to be a member of Life Time to attend! You will also have full access to the entire Life Time South Valley facility, a world class health resort and spa, including swimming pools, hot tubs, eucalyptus steam rooms, dry saunas, an organic restaurant, climbing walls, a full salon and day spa, towel service, and much more!

Child care is also included at no charge. There will also be a free Kid's Yoga class taught by LifePower Yoga certified teacher Amanda S. Day that will run concurrently with the main class but in a different studio! All children ages 5-12 are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 10, 2012
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Life Time South Valley
10996 River Front Parkway
South Jordan, Utah

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