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August 16th, 2010

Show Us Your Manduka

And we could show you $100 Manduka bucks.

It’s simple. Just snap a picture of you with your Manduka mat (don’t worry, this isn’t a photo contest) and share it with the community by uploading it here, or by posting to Facebook or Twitter. Every Thursday we’ll randomly pick a pic to win $100 Manduka bucks, good towards anything in our store. Plus, we’ll post a bundle of shots each day on our blog, so be on the lookout – we want your pose to inspire us all. Snap. Share. And you could be shopping on us. Share now

This promotion ended 9/16/10. Thank you for participating!

Best mat EVER. :) – Ashley Turner
Mary Jo in Crane Pose.
I love Manduka! Great quality for a life-long use.
This is how I do yoga now... extra challenge! :)
I loves me my manduka black cadillac mat - it's been a wrist saver
and I love to invert and arm balance every day - thank you for creating such
an amazing mat.
I went on holiday to Kyoto, Japan and brought my fold-up Manduka travel mat.
I spent a lot of time by the river and this mat works great on grass :)
LACMA Yoga: meandering and perambulating around the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art with my Denim eKo as my art-appreciating companion.
the manduka goddess blesses her creation
Here is my photo! Enjoy :)!
Downward Puppy
Poets pose on my Limited Edition Black Cherry Manduka
one of the finishing poses in yoga chikitsa, urdhva padmasana.
Me and my Manduka.
i (fortunately or unfortunately) am the yoga teacher who
admonished students in her inversion workshop, "you yoga mat is shit"" - and
directed them to purchase a manduka.

http://karmelajohnson.com/2010/03/22/wherein-my-teacher-tells-me-my-yoga-mat-is-shit/

said the manduka would change their practice. 

i stand by those words.  sorry.  the other day, i forgot mine ... and
immediately noted the change with chagrin.  

learned my lesson.  manduka - don't leave home without it.
Already shared my fabulous new Manduka on FB back in July!
Hi, see my Manduka Mat and Manduka Cat, greetings from Mexico City
Child's pose on the kitchen floor =)
I take regular yoga breaks throughout the work day to roll out my
Black Mat for a pose or two or to lay in savasana for 5-10 minutes. Today, I
was inspired to get down and dirty for a "work frog" to stretch my hips,
shoulders, and chest and break free of desk "slump"asana.
Overlooking Bondi Bay in Sydney, Australia.  April 2010

August 15th, 2010

We Are Family

By Eka Ekong

In the Spring of 2010, eighteen amazing yoga teachers dedicated their time, their energies and their hearts to show not only their love of yoga, but also their love of Manduka. I was lucky enough to be a fly on the wall (or on a yoga mat). James Wvinner was the photographer, and to see the world through his eyes was truly a delight. Kasey Luber recorded the day’s activities with humor and honesty.

In the morning, Charlie Samos, Susan Sterlace, and Melanie Lora Meltzer were the first to appear. We chatted about new products. They warmed up their bodies in the cold studio, and then and got on some eKo lites. I was lucky enough to watch them playfully practice on their mats, and share in the happiness and ease they had with each other. Throughout the day, more Ambassadors arrived and gleefully jumped on the Manduka Mats: Caleb Asch, Travis Eliot, Kishan Shah, Brock and Krista Cahill, Kia Miller, Annmarie Solo, Jill Miller, Simon Park, Sara Ivanhoe, Ashley Turner, Brynn Rybacek, Jessie Schein, Elise Gulan, and Stella V. Wilkins. Everyone was excited to see each other and they greeted one another like a loved one who had been away from home for too long. Some brought their own Manduka mats, which they spoke about like a badge of honor, and with a level of reverence that shared their gratitude for their mat of choice.

There were lots of hugs, laughter, eating, and we talked about life, love, yoga, and everything in between. It was incredible to be in the company of so many gracious yogis, who are extremely dedicated to their practices, and to the elevation of the human spirit. We may not look the same, talk alike, or see life with the same eyes, but all of our paths have led us to this practice, and to Manduka. We are each connected by yoga, but also by the mat beneath our feet, and it easily felt like I was home, with family…

August 9th, 2010

Attitude Determines Altitude

By Ricky Tran

Maitri karuna mudito 'pekshanam sukha dukha punya apunya vishayanam bhavanatas chitta prasadanam

According to the great rishi Patanjali, there is more than one path to yoga.  In other words, one does not have to practice asana, pranayama and meditate to achieve the state of yoga, which is a peaceful mind. In sutra 1.33, Patanjali prescribes four (4) attitudes to be cultivated toward four (4) distinct objects (people). When these four attitudes are cultivated toward 4 distinct objects over time, one's mind will automatically become clear and lucid.

These four attitudes are:
Friendliness
Compassion
Delight or Appreciation
Indifference / Equanimity

The four objects (people) are:
Those who are in their agreeable space. People who are content or happy.
Those who are not in their agreeable space. People who are unhappy or suffering. Opposite of the 1st type.
Virtuous people.  People that do good things in this world. People who are living their dharma.
People of vice. People who do things deemed wicked by society.  Opposite of the 3rd type.

Explanation:

By cultivating an attitude of friendliness toward people who are happy, you become like these people. Surround yourself with those who have what they want and want what they have and you will soon find peace of mind. It is said we become who we hang around.  

By cultivating an attitude of compassion toward those who suffer, you will soon find peace of mind. You don't want to have joy or delight when you see someone suffer. Likewise, you wouldn't want to have compassion for those who are happy and content.

By cultivating an attitude of delight or appreciation toward people who make this world a better place, you will find peace of mind. When you see someone do something good, like return a lost wallet, you should have delight and appreciation. When you see someone help an elderly or disabled person across a busy street, you should have an attitude of appreciation. When this attitude is cultivated toward these types of people, you will soon have peace of mind.

By cultivating an attitude of indifference toward those who do bad things, your mind will become clear and lucid. If you surround yourself with people of vice, you soon will become a person of vice. If you hang out with thieves, you too will soon be a thief. According to Patanjali, one should not have an attraction or even an aversion toward this type. If you become unaffected by these individuals, you will soon find peace of mind.

August 2nd, 2010

Featured Retailer: Smiling Dog Yoga

Manduka is proud to introduce Smiling Dog Yoga in San Luis Obispo (Manduka's hometown) as a featured retailer!

When Lisa Terranova-Pittelli and her husband considered opening Smiling Dog Yoga in San Luis Obispo, CA a few years back, they were excited at the prospect of a yoga studio in a beautiful rental property, which includes two studios, ample retail space, a treatment room and large courtyard. However, they knew that to see it work financially in these slower economic times, they would need to make the most of their space. Today, Smiling Dog consists of a yoga studio, vegetarian cafe, massage and acupuncture and eco-boutique. In fact, their yoga program, while it's the heart of the business, makes up half of the total revenue. The other limbs of Smiling Dog are an integral part, not only of its success, but of the overall client experience. Its set them apart in the community. Lisa says, "One of the unexpected pleasures of my job is managing our retail boutique and working with like-minded companies such as Manduka who are putting eco-responsible business practice to work."

August 1st, 2010

#Practicing Wonder At Wanderlust

Wanderlust Yoga & Music Festival - a one-of-a-kind festival bringing together the world's best yoga teachers and best performers in rock & roll, all in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty. It is a place to relax, unwind, bend, dance, revel, and contemplate. It’s a community of like-minded people who share a common set of interests and values. It’s a chance to escape the mundane and dwell in the extraordinary. And this year at Wanderlust, Manduka brought the unexpected to festival-goers.

Hoping to inspire creative expression in an astonishing way, Manduka activated something special to help Wanderlusters take their #practice off the mat – an aerial rig! While resting between yoga classes, crowds watched in awe as professionals from the Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland, CA showed first-timers the ropes (quite literally). As Wanderlusters climbed, learned mind-bending stunts on silks, and hung hands-free from the trapeze – everyone realized the significance of trying something they’ve never done and pushing yourself to go further – not just on an aerial rig. Manduka hoped to motivate the yoga community with the idea that their #practice can inspire progress in all facets of life. And, that #practicing yoga doesn’t only happen on the mat, it can happen anywhere – even 30 feet in the air.