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June 5th, 2012

Practice With Briohny And Dice In Thailand!

Join Manduka Ambassador Briohny Smyth and Dice Iida-Klein for a series of workshop sessions in Bangkok held exclusively with Absolute Yoga Thailand. Dice and Briohny love being upside down in an inversion, playing with arm balances, as well as transitions between the two!
Their classes are fun and rigorous with a focus on body awareness and alignment, in order to help yogis practice in an intelligent ad safe way.

Workshop A: Intro to Flight
Workshop B: Asana Clinic
Workshop C: Backbends-Open your heart deeply and safely

When: July 11-12 & 26-29, 2012
Where: Absolute Yoga Thailand
For more information: www.yogaaum.com

June 4th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Gil

Meet Gil.

Gil is living his dream. For 7 years, he and his wife have wanted to open a community-based yoga center. They recently made that dream a reality by celebrating the Grand Opening of Breathe Yoga Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

As a longtime competitive athlete, Gil knew that there was something more for him than training and pushing his body to the limit. He also needed balance, and something that would be restorative and nourishing. He found that in yoga and has now dedicated his life to serving others through teaching.

Gil believes that we are all connected. He believes that our actions influence the world we live in and we all have the unlimited power to make positive impacts in our communities and this wonderful planet we call home. He is so grateful as to have landed in the supportive community of Norfolk, Virginia, and is excited for the road ahead.

We loved meeting Gil, and 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: 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

May 30th, 2012

Ask And You Shall..

By Eka Ekong

I remember as a child, when I would ask for something, my parents would reply, “What’s the magic word?” I learned early on the beauty in graciousness and the possibilities created by a simple question. Now many moons (and “pleases”) later, I have learned the magic in words, but wonder how many of us are reluctant to ask the question.

They say, “Ask and you shall receive”. Sometimes it might sound like wishing on a star, but if you don’t ask you’ll never know.

It’s not just in seeking an answer to a question (or for me then as child, my favorite sugary cereal), asking applies to manifesting our hopes and dreams, inviting someone to go for a walk, or even requesting help in a yoga class.

Sometimes we are afraid to ask, as we fear the answer we might receive. In making the request, support finds its way to you. It may not come always as you expect it (or when you want it to), but trust and know that it will. Put forth your intention and lovingly hold space for the magic to happen.


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

Practice On.

May 28th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Lindsey

This is Lindsey.

In 2006, Lindsey's son passed away in her arms from a rare pediatric liver disease. She was quickly blessed with another son, which was joyful, but also delayed processing her grief. Depression came later, with nervous breakdowns, hospitalizations and a host of medications. Her therapist prescribed a lesson in mindfulness - hot yoga. Instantly, Lindsey felt that this was something that could help heal all the parts of her that felt so broken.

After Lindsey had gotten into a consistent practice, she made the brave move to set up her mat in the front row of class – where the ‘yoga rockstars’ practiced. She went through sequences with a new sense of empowerment and dared herself to push farther. After class, another student stopped her and shared that Lindsey's performance had inspired her to try a pose she was afraid of. It brought tears to Lindsey's eyes, and face. In that moment she felt compelled to inspire more people to find their true potential, on and off the mat. She is now working on her 500 hour teacher training.

Yoga has taught Lindsey not to take anything too seriously. To find the fun, and to laugh in moments of intensity.

We loved learning about Lindsey - 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

May 21st, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Sparky

Meet Sparky.

Sparky just got into his first side crow pose. After spending a weekend with Diamond Dallas Page and Arthur Boorman, he was really anxious to try it out. “I had a few minutes of down time in my office today, so I figured what the hell. It took me a couple of attempts, a face plant, a broken pair of glasses and a bloodied eye from said glasses. It was ugly, but I pulled it off. I had to; there was no way the floor and a pair of glasses were stopping me from hitting it!”

Sparky says he started yoga to replace the “deathstyle” he was living with a lifestyle that would heal his body and would last. Before starting DDPYoga, he was a lump on a couch. “You could have called me a father and a husband, but I was just a fat, lazy, uninspired person. Now I am a Daddy to my kid, a Partner to my wife, and someone who wants to see everyone else enjoy the same success in changing their lives that I have had. Everyone deserves to OWN THEIR LIFE!”

Now Sparky is determined to keep moving forward. He knows that it may be tough, it may take several attempts and a new pair of glasses, but he continuously challenges himself and refuses to quit.

We loved learning about Sparky. 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