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August 8th, 2012

Karson Mcginley - Founder Of Happy-U




A Manduka Mat? Yeah, I have one of those. It actually saved my life.


I was riding my bike home from a yoga class two years ago, and had my Manduka Pro strapped on my back across my chest. When the car hit me, my body hit the windshield, my mat unstrapped, swung around, and slid perfectly under my head as I landed in the middle of the street.
I landed like this:


Okay, not really, but in my mind I did.


Although I had broken my back, my head was perfectly protected on my mat/pillow, and considering I hadn’t been wearing a helmet, I knew my angels had been looking out for me that day.


I eventually healed my back through my yoga practice, denying the suggested surgeries from the docs at the hospital. And ever since then, I’ve had a pretty serious love-affair with my mat. Not just the mat itself (although you couldn’t pay a bagillion dollars to take it from me), but everything it represents. That I was flexible & strong enough to land gracefully (I mean, did you SEE that picture??) and not shatter every bone in my body; that I was capable of healing MYSELF, through the practice of yoga, meditation, and good ol’ faith & optimism; that I was so divinely protected by the universe that I get on my mat every morning and smile at the majesty of it all.


So thank you, Manduka, for saving my life, with the help of the little angels who carried the mat to its perfect position. My head is grateful, my heart is full, and I am totally enthralled and grateful for it all.




Sincerely,


Karson McGinley
Yoga Instructor, San Diego, CA
Founder of HAPPY-U: A Holistic Approach to Positive Psychology & Yoga
www.happy-u.org

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!

April 18th, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day By Recycling Your Mat!

Earth Day is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Being green is important to everyone at Manduka, and that’s why we teamed up with Stephanie Stano from Recycle Your Mat over two years ago.

Recycle Your Mat is a program that Stephanie started when she began to wonder what happened to all of the old yoga mats from the people in her yoga class. Now she’s on a mission to save our world one mat at a time. Recycle Your Mat was formed around three basic ideas: keep yoga mats out of landfills, create a system for yoga mat recycling, and recycle/upcycle mats in an ecologically conscious way. Stephanie loves sailing, hiking, and camping and feels that by curbing some of the waste created by our consumer society, we can help protect the earth’s healthy outdoor spaces.

In many ways, yogis that send in their mat are supporting ideas and dreams that may never have been realized had they thrown their mat in the trash instead. When you send a mat in to Recycle Your Mat, it is often provided as material for other companies to reuse or upcycle, and is also used for product testing as well as new products. Just one yoga mat provides work for Stephanie, the cleaners that sanitize the mats, the manufacturers that use the material to make a new product, the business owner that distributes the new product, and the retailers that sell that new product. Since the beginning of this year, Recycle Your Mat has been working with more U.S. manufacturers and has seen the number of products using the mats double in quantity since last year. More and more companies are looking to add mats to their products, or expand the product line they have that reuses the mats.

Recycle Your Mat’s 2012 goal is to collect 5,000 mats, and we are here to help! To celebrate Earth Day weekend, Manduka is offering 20% off of any mat, as well as a FREE Recycle Your Mat Kit. By using the Promo Code HOME, you will receive a Recycle Your Mat Kit including instructions and a shipping label so that you can send your mat to Stephanie in Oregon. These Recycle Your Mat Kits offered by Manduka are only available for those living within the Continental US. For anyone outside of the US, it is still possible for you to ship your mat to Portland, Oregon, and there are also other ways you can recycle your mat. Check out this website to learn more about other ways to recycle a yoga mat: www.fitsugar.com/26-Ways-Reuse-Your-Old-Yoga-Mat.

If you would like to learn more about Recycle Your Mat, please visit their website at recycleyourmat.com. For any questions about the free Recycle Your Mat Kit or the Earth Day discount, please contact us, or check our our terms & conditions page.

April 9th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Alexander

Meet Alexander.

He believes the key to overcoming trauma is presence. When you tune in with your surroundings, resonate with what others are feeling and trust the human potential for change, crisis becomes an opportunity for growth.

Alexander teaches yoga to troubled youth, using it as a tool to help people heal from childhood trauma. He sees firsthand the moment healing begins to take hold in his students – when their practice brings deep resonating peace. These moments are his most memorable.

Yoga is also his way of decompressing from the challenges of managing his students' traumas and troubles (and managing his own arthritis). For Alexander, yoga has moved him to be more aware of the potential in living, without suffering and reactivity.

We loved learning about Alexander. And we want to learn more about you, too.

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

April 2nd, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Becky

This is Becky.

Yoga is so much more than just a mat practice to Becky; it’s a lifestyle choice that encompasses compassion, wellness, sincerity, and inspiration. It all started when Becky’s mom coerced her into attending a yoga class with her, and now Becky finds that she goes more often than her mom.

Becky is a world-travelling yogi that appreciates nature, solitude, and tranquility. Wherever she goes – from Alaska to Costa Rica to Thailand to Bali to Malaysia and beyond – she has a picture taken of herself in Tree Pose to symbolize her love and dedication to her practice.

Becky is adamant about sharing her passion and knowledge of good, healthy food. She believes that it is so important nowadays to teach kids where their food comes from and how it's being produced, because our food choices not only have a huge impact on our bodies and livelihoods, but also our environment, the animals, and the future of our world.

Meeting Becky was a lightbulb moment: 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