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July 6th, 2011

# Practice Destiny

They say injuries are our greatest teachers. This is an idea I am trying my best to wrap my mind around as I am healing from one. As I stare forlorn at my mat rolled up in the corner, I remember how easy it is to confuse our true self with the physical form. Yoga is not just what we do on the mat with our bodies(though that isn't often discussed at parties or over tea). Although so much of the world is reinforcing the idea that we are just these bodies, we are more than what can be seen by the eyes. We are more than our thoughts about our bodies, our jobs, or our bank accounts. If I can just sit down for 10-15 minutes daily, breathe, focus and still, that is just as deep a practice as getting my ankle behind my head.

By mindfully changing my breath, I can change my thoughts. As my thoughts change, so do my actions. As my actions change, so does my destiny. Who knew? :)

My Manduka helps me #practice healing. What does your Manduka help you #practice?

Here's how our community is #practicing:

Lise Waugh
"Manduka let us take our practice out onto cement in a parking lot on a dairy farm... as the cows strolled by, we were solidly connected to the earth. In the sun. First day of summer. Not even aware we were parked on top of cement with some gravel :)"

ETL yoga
"My Manduka was a great sponge for a long day! It soaked up what was no longer needed."

Where Is My Guru
"We are practicing with our ponchos on!"

Lauren Narayani Neuhs
"Peaceful warrior. Balancing dualities. Soft yet strong."

Melissa Grillo
"Forget what you learned.."

Amanda Knapp
"Be open to all of life's possibilities."

Brooke Toney-Lyda
"Just breathe! You can only eat the elephant one bite at a time."

Jamie Davies O'Leary
"I will not let finite disappointment overcome infinite hope."

Laura Rettally
"Live monday as if its Friday.. Everything is in your mind."

Sherry Okun Rudnak
"#Practice simplify"

Ashley Arnold
#Practice Invert"

@MakoFM
It's borrowed but: "Practice radical self-acceptance today."

@myrtwitt77
@MandukaYoga "Permitir y observar..."

@angeline158
"Dance to the rhythm of life :) "

June 22nd, 2011

# Practice Listening

I like to wake up early. The morning is such a sweet, peaceful time in my otherwise chaotic corner of Los Angeles. In these stolen moments I can hear the world outside my window, and am able to hear the nuances of life outside and inside of me. As these fragile sounds fall upon my outer ear I feel them within my heart. This got me to thinking, how often did we really listen? Not just to the sounds of nature, but even in conversations? Are we really listening or just waiting to speak? Holding our breath until a pause between words? In pauses, the grace of the wind speaks to us.. In listening, we can truly hear the heartfelt sharing of our loved ones, and be present in the moment.

My Manduka helps me #practicing listening. What does your Manduka help you #practice?

Here's how our amazing Manduka community is #practicing:

Joyrebellion:
"I #practice being in the moment."

Eden Brown:
" My Manduka helps me #practice staying grounded."

Erin Forta:
"Tonight I #practice dedication - I'm planning lessons for the graduate social media class I'm teaching and I'm using the inspirational, excellent job Manduka does in social as a teaching tool. Your messaging is sincere and true to your mission - Manduka was founded by yogis on the simple idea that a better yoga mat can make a world of difference. For your practice + for our world™."

The Get In Shape Girl:
"Knowing that everything I need, the universe will give me."

Jennifer Radford:
"To lead with your heart. "

ETL yoga:
" Being a better teacher :) Being a better student. We all fall down, it is how we get back up that counts!"

Jimmvuela:
"MandukaYoga is like the frog that needs to be kissed... And my mat became the love of my life. "

June 22nd, 2011

We Are 5,000!

This community inspires and amazes us with every comment, wall post and photo. 5,000 yogis have chosen to join us here, and we are humbled, extremely grateful, and throwing a virtual event to celebrate.

You are cordially invited to join us, in spirit. We want to share, laugh, listen, love and give away Manduka gear!

And we want to meet more vibrant yogis like you. Please invite your friends to Like Manduka and RSVP to this event. For every 100 "attendees," we'll give away an item from the Lyrics 1ness collection as a thank you for being part of the journey. "http://www.manduka.com/us/lyrics/

The bigger this tribe, the stronger our practice, the better the conversation, the more Manduka gear we give away!

In service and gratitude, for your practice, for our world.
- Manduka

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=218005961554424

Head over heels for manduka mats

June 8th, 2011

#Practice Practicing

I remember when I first starting practicing yoga. Some of my friends would give me a hard time. They said I was becoming less available, and why was I spending so much of my time on this "yoga thing". To me, something about practicing just felt right.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois said, "Practice, practice and all is coming." Sticking with my practice during good times, and bad, even when no one really understood why, made all the difference. I had discovered myself anew, as if I had just landed on some majestic island, with an abundance of sacred resources. I didn't have to rely on anything or anyone outside of myself for validation.

Eventually my friends came around, and many of them now practice yoga themselves. Through staying with my practice, I learn something new about myself each day, and am more open to this great adventure called Life.

I #practice practicing. What does your Manduka help you practice?

Here's how some in our community are #practicing in their lives:

Elizabeth Wintour:
" Manduka helps me practice with my imagination. Not since middle school have I had so much fun as a cow, a crane, a fish, a camel."

Teachasana:
"Today I #practice love: you must take care of & love yourself in order to love others."

@MandukaYoga helps us practice sharing, teaching and learning from our students and cyber sangha here and at our site. #teachasana #practice

Joanna Subias
"My manduka and I are the usual love story, we met, bonded and now no one could tear us apart. We have shared happiness, tears and growth..."

June 6th, 2011

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