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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.

July 28th, 2010

Featured Ambassador: Jill Miller

Jill Miller is a serious yogi, caring teacher, and a charismatic spirit. Her passion for yoga is infectious, and this comes across in every breath. Jill possesses intensive knowledge of yoga philosophy, sequencing and human anatomy. Her clear teaching style makes yoga accessible to the beginner as well as the advanced student. Jill is devoted to yoga, and Manduka is devoted to her. She exemplifies the definition of Ambassador, and Manduka is happy to share her with you…

Learn more about Jill here.