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July 19th, 2012

Goods For Yoga, Goode For The Planet

alignyo is a community that celebrates yoga...rolling out all the in-the-know recommendations, information and inspiration you’ll need to get on your yoga mat.

This month, alignyo, Manduka, Goodebox, and Healing Lifestyles are giving away more than $750 in prizes to help you take your yoga practice & inner glow to the next level.

A $500 shopping spree to Manduka (hello, new mat) and five 3-month subscriptions to Goodebox’s eco-luxe beauty kits are up for grabs this July.

Enter Here: www.alignyo.com/contests/

July 16th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Jessie

Meet Jessie.

Jessie ran away from an abusive household, and ran deep into the mountains of Montana. Feeling “nerved up,” she turned to yoga on the recommendation of her new neighbors. 7 years later, her practice is the “place” she goes to get herself over her fears.

A lot of Jessie’s practice is about control – mind and body. Now her asthma doesn’t even bother her anymore. Yoga taught her to stand up for herself – and the world, from a place of responsibility instead of reaction. She has become an environmental steward, studying natural resource management alongside her husband, a timber faller. “Our world is like a garden; properly thinned, managed, and recycled the garden will flourish; left unchecked it will not thrive.”

As she likes to say, "today is done. Tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it. Live well and dwell little." Her practice has shown her how far she’s come, particularly from a difficult childhood, and empowers her to come to peace.

We loved learning about Jessie. And we want to learn 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

July 9th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Lashel

Meet Lashel.

Lashel started practicing yoga 10 years ago, and she says that she still learns something new every time she goes to a class. “That is what I love about yoga; the practice is never ‘finished’. There is so much to learn, and every teacher has his/her own unique qualities. I am inspired by teachers who understand that I am me, I am not like everyone else, and my practice is mine and doesn't look like everyone else’s.”

She still remembers the first time she shared an OM with a large group of people in a yoga studio. She felt the vibration of those OMs running through her and for a split second, she felt almost frightened. Then all she felt was joy spreading throughout her entire body. Even now Lashel still gets a tingle of excitement just before the first OM in class.

Lashel is passionate about taking care of the world we live in. She feels that the money we spend is our most powerful tool for change. “I try to think about the dollars I spend, and make them count for the things I want to see more of. I don't want my hard earned money to count for or invest in things that harm the world I live in.”

We loved learning about Lashel. 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

July 3rd, 2012

Be Out Of Your Mind - Win A Piece Of The New Lyrics Collection!

Manduka is all about collaboration – and we get to work with the most brilliant people around: you! We're honored to be part of this community and are grateful to you for working with us on the newest addition to the Manduka Lyrics Collection: Be.

BE
OUT OF YOUR MIND
WITH ME WITH YOU
PRACTICE
OPEN & HERE
TO KNOW OR NOT TO KNOW
PERFECTLY : IMPERFECT
IN THE MYSTERY
REALLY : UNREAL
TRAVELING
YIELDING // INSPIRING
THE HEART OF BEING
INSIDEOUT
EXTRAORDINARY
LOVE

You can win a piece of the new Be collection by telling us in the comments below: what does yoga help you BE? We'll pick 3 winners next Monday, 7/9!

July 2nd, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Rick

This is Rick.

He started practicing yoga to look inside himself. Ancient texts, meditation, asana - it was a study in his own true nature. One day in class he heard the words "open to grace" – and that's exactly what he felt. Tears rushed down his face, his heart blew open and his posture… totally fell apart. Eureka moments really can sweep us off our feet.

Rick admits that he can be clumsy (he IS a human, after all), but yoga has given him the power to fearlessly look inside - to see the things that haven't awakened and acknowledge the parts that are loving, open and heartfelt. He found connection.

What Rick didn’t expect to find through yoga is an amazingly supportive community. Being a member of this kula has shown him that there is someone there to hold you up - whether it’s in a handstand or in a hug. We are ABUNDANT here.

We loved learning about him. 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