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October 6th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Indigo

Indigo-A Creative Approach to Fitness & Wellness, LLC was founded in January of 2006 by husband & wife team Shannon Moran & Abby Webster-Moran. Both have always had a passion for conscious living, natural health, and of course...yoga, which led the couple to open a wellness studio that emphasizes the practice of yoga & alternative therapies. We are very excited to be offering our first Yoga Teacher Training (200-hr Certification) in January of 2012.

Our beautiful studio is situated near the Mississippi River in the heart of Downtown Moline, IL and is home to 8 yoga instructors, 5 massage therapists, one Shamanic Practitioner (who has her Master's Degree in Counseling), and a host of guest instructors who offer a range of healing & eclectic services. As a studio we do not subscribe to one specific style, and therefore encourage each team member to offer his or her own unique perspective to our ever-growing community of supporters. Perhaps this is why our studio was voted as the Quad Cities BEST Studio in 2010 (RC Reader Poll.) We are proudly committed to continuing education, skillful instruction, and to offering the best eco-friendly yoga products on the market.

September 16th, 2011

Los Angeles Rocks! Operation Shanti

Manduka Ambassador and friend Garth Hewitt has made such amazing strides with his ongoing donation-based yoga classes and events to raise money for Operation Shanti.

Operation Shanti is a small organization that was started a few years ago by an Ashtanga yoga student from San Francisco named Tracy Kunichka. The organization strives to better the lives of exploited, at-risk, and destitute children through an orphanage that provides food, clothing and a home in Mysore, India. After Garth spent time helping and volunteering with Tracy, he learned first hand how the Operation Shanti orphanage was overflowing and in need of another orphanage to help support the growing number of children in need. Garth came home determined to raise money to support Operation Shanti's mission.

Garth's third event, Los Angeles Rocks! Operation Shanti will be held this Saturday, September 17th from 3-5 pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event by signing up at garthhewittyoga.com or www.facebook.com/LARocksOperationShanti. Enjoy this amazing 2 hour class with live music that will be team-taught by 10 teachers, 6 of which are Manduka's own Ambassadors: Ashley Albrand, Ally Hamilton, Angela Kukhahn, Jennifer Pastiloff, Ashley Turner, and of course Garth Hewitt! After the class there will be an auction and raffle with over 30 great prizes, as well as a catered party and a DJ spinning live.

We can't wait to see the community support that we know will be present at this event! Spend your Saturday doing something you will absolutely love - practicing yoga with friends and community members that are making a difference in our world. Help support the people of a country that gave us something that brings us all together - the practice of yoga.

September 7th, 2011

Featured Retailer: Breathe

We opened Breathe in Pittsford, NY in 2002 when we put all of our favorite things under one roof: yoga, an organic juice bar, and a boutique.

Since then, Breathe has continued to evolve. With a major expansion at the original Pittsford, NY location completed in 2009, it now offers 6,000 sq. feet of all this, and more; including a teaching kitchen, holistic spa, acupuncture services, expanded yoga offerings and a variety of cooking and nutrition classes. In the fall of 2010, Breathe opened its second location in Webster, NY with the third location expected to open November 2011 in Rochester, NY.

Breathe is not just another yoga studio. Yoga icons Baron Baptiste and Seane Corn; environmentalist, activist and humanitarian, Julia Butterfly Hill; “Clean Food” cookbook author Terry Walters; musician Michael Franti and others have either taken classes at Breathe, have hosted workshops and classes here, or have been directly involved inspiring us to create a environment that is completely different from any other wellness-oriented venue or yoga studio.

Breathe started off as a hobby and has become more than we could have ever imagined. Not only do we love building relationships with our community but with each other as a family. We look at Breathe as an extension of our family and feel grateful to be able to work with each other on a daily basis. Here at Breathe, we love what we do—and it shows each and every day.

August 31st, 2011

Live, Laugh, Love And Practice

We asked you all to share your Soul Mat stories with us - and we couldn't be happier with what you've shared. Your stories are not only thoughtful and genuine but they are also inspiring - some are even heart wrenching. We are deeply honored that you allow Manduka to accompany you throughout the journey that is your practice.

Keep the stories coming! We love listening to you and learning more about the special relationship you have with your Soul Mat. Submit your story at www.manduka/com/us/mysoulmat and we'll say thanks with a free organic Mat Wash.

Check out just a few of our Soul Mat submissions so far:

From Low Mat Self-Esteem to a Soul Mat for Life
My Manduka Black Mat® PRO found me after a few years of experimentation. I had what I could only call 'low mat self-esteem'. It all started with a smelly old mat from the gym. It was purple, worn, slippery and provided little to no cushion even when placed upon the sweat infused carpet of the Yoga room at my gym (also the cardio boxing room). Then I splurged for a cheap-o nameless mat, and after a slippery start we became buddies. After the mat with no name wore out and left little blue flecks after every practice, I tried an imitation black mat from the internet. It promised to do everything the PRO mat could do at a fraction of the price. We never clicked, and often wondered... is this as good as it gets? It was a while before my practice blossomed, and I realized that we, my practice and I, were worth it, and I splurged for the the Manduka Black Mat® PRO. Spending more that I ever imagined a yoga mat could cost, I eagerly awaited her arrival. The box was huge, and heavy too. I opened it up, and behold! The angels sang. So cushiony, yet firm. My feet held their place firmly, with no slippage at all. And when I lifted my feet, the mat stayed in place! I hate those super sticky mats that just don't know when to let go. We have been close friends since, we travel to the City to visit Dharma Mittra, and we get together every morning for practice. We even do bhakti yoga together, albeit rolled up like a seat. I can't ever imagine wanting or needing another yoga mat, which is good because after years of daily use there isn't even a hint of wear. Thank you Manduka for the best mat ever. I only wish I splurged sooner.

Happily in Love
I've just recently found my Soul Mat. The Manduka PROLite. At first, it was like any other relationship. I was attracted to it's outward qualities the texture the physique. Then I went through a few "dates" where the conversation between me and my mat we're open but still awkward and misunderstood. But now about 3 months into my relationship, my mat (who I call Blossom) and I are happily in love with each other. It's full of give and take. We are one through practices everywhere. Just feeling the mat under my toes I begin my preparation for yoga practice. After nearly 10 years I found my Soul Mat!

My Sanctuary
My Soul Mat has gotten me through some difficult times the past 2 years. It has been my sanctuary, my place of peace. 2 years ago, my dad had a bilateral leg amputation and almost lost his life because of an pneumonia. A year later, my 20 year old brother was killed by a drunk driver. My mat and yoga has been my sanity. The tree of life on it reflects how important the people in my life are and that life is a gift not to take for granted.

Love at First Sight
I researched mine online...but finally met mine in person at Uptown Yoga here in Dallas....aww...it was love at first site... Today we spend 3-5 days a week close...sometimes closer...and i always feel comfort during our times together. I think more than ever...mine means more and more to me as I progress on my journey and mine never has left my site...comfort, color, and always allow me to be me...and reflect on how I can make myself better. That's my story and I am sticking to it!

Growing Old Together
My Soul Mat has been with me since the very beginning & still comes with me every night now that I teach. Growing old together!

August 15th, 2011

Attached To Your Practice Or Just Disciplined?

By Karen Macklin

We practice yoga and meditation for many reasons, one of which is to let go of our attachments to emotions, relationships, and habitual patterns and addictions. But what if we start to develop an attachment to our practice? And how do we know if it’s an attachment—or if it’s discipline?

I got to thinking about this after reading a great comment that was left on my last post. I was asking whether or not it’s a good idea to take a break from one’s yoga practice while on vacation. The commenter said that it was essential to take breaks so as to not form an attachment to practice. I understood what he meant. I have been around people who will absolutely die if they can’t get to their yoga class. It can be an uncomfortable thing to watch, someone racing mindlessly out of work, or cursing while looking for parking, driven by a dire need to get on that yoga mat and decompress, dammit.

And I will admit that I have gone through stages in my life in which I depended on my practice in order to regulate my emotions and energy during times of stress, grief, or physical ailments. That was when I practiced more at studios, and I refused to miss one class with my teacher. I gave up certain professional opportunities, not to mention social plans, because of this determination. But in a sense, that urgency was helpful because it kept me showing up day after day. It felt like discipline.