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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

February 10th, 2012

10,000 Followers: You Take The Manduka Mic

Hi.

If you're reading this, you probably follow @MandukaYoga on Twitter. And we wanted to say, thank you. You've given us 10,000 reasons to be humbled, and truly grateful.

You inspire the conversation, so today we're giving you the microphone. We're using our Twitter account to share your message with the greater community. What would you like to say to 10,000 fellow yogis? Is there a cause, class or quote you'd like us to share? A question or a tip?

Let us know. Send us a tweet, direct message or just use hashtag #MDKmic to tell us what we can share for you today. And we will.

And every day thereafter, we promise to keep things interesting.

With deep gratitude,
@MandukaYoga

February 3rd, 2012

The You Series

Yoga helps you be YOU at your most real and most raw. And that's the you we want to meet.

For us, this is the year of YOU. We're collecting your stories, sharing your joy, and are always here when you need someone to lean on. Because you amaze us, and you make this community real. Check out our newest project, the You Series. If you're open to it, we might like to feature you in our next Yoga Journal Ad and send you $500 worth of Manduka gear.

You are the most interesting person we've met. Tell us more.

January 26th, 2012

New Yoga Room At San Francisco International Airport!

SFOga? Count. Us. IN.

As if there weren't enough reasons to visit The City by the Bay, add one more to the list! Waiting out bad weather? Stuck in Terminal 2 while your flight is delayed? Don't fret - go work up a sweat in San Francisco International Airport's brand new Yoga Room.

What airport do you think will be next? LAX? JFK? Or maybe even Miami... Let us know your guess!

January 23rd, 2012

Africa Yoga Project

We felt compelled to share some of these breathtaking photos from Africa Yoga Project! The Africa Yoga Project uses the transformative power of yoga to empower communities & change lives.

The Africa Yoga Project supports their local community by providing effective and innovative programs that encourage peace, as well as improve physical health and mental well-being. AYP believes that the power of yoga can help community members become self-sufficient and bring opportunities for the community to learn how to foster peace across the communities of East Africa.

One of the three programs AYP focuses on is Baptiste Yoga on the Streets. This style of community yoga is helping to change the lives of young, urban Kenyans for the better. AYP's community yoga is so transformational because it provides a healthy and motivational venue for community members to connect with their community and build support systems. There are many young people living in slums in Nairobi and with the practice of Baptiste vinyasa yoga, they are able to find strength to not only survive, but to thrive.