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March 26th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Leigh-Mae

Meet Leigh-Mae.

Yoga was her 'gateway drug' to a healthy mind and body. It started by chance, with a yoga class she happened to find on TV. It was love. She dove right in, and hasn’t looked back since.

Yoga has inspired her to find her own purpose, connecting her Southern Baptist upbringing with her own, personal truth. It has pushed Leigh-Mae through her boundaries and into what the universe has in store for her: helping people. Inspiring them. Setting an example for what is possible. And what is possible is the yoga and massage therapy studio she plans to open in the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her path is clear.

We loved learning about Leigh-Mae. 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

March 12th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Stephen

Meet Stephen.

He is a devoted father & husband, Krista Cahill groupie, and loves sharing his affection for gravity-defying inversions with the good people of Tampa, Florida. His practice begins the moment that he steps onto his 9-year-old Black Mat PRO.

For Stephen, yoga provides a base for some of the most important relationships in his life. With his wife, their practice bonds them together. With his religion, yoga helps keep him spiritually fulfilled. And with his 2 ½ year old daughter, yoga offers him virtue—providing a little extra patience that dads sometimes need. Hearing her say: “Look daddy, updog!” lands Stephen right on cloud nine.

What started as a healing exercise for some early childhood injuries, yoga has now become a way of life for Stephen. Challenging his body while calming his mind, all at the same time.

We loved learning about Stephen. 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

March 5th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Janine

Meet Janine.

She's a SoCal gal, globe trekker, a dancer lifestyle blogger and aspiring jeweler. And everywhere she goes, with everything she sees, touches and shares, is her yoga practice. And no one knows her best like her Black Mat PRO.

Yoga is Janine's rock. In this crazy, fast-paced, stressful world, yoga provides comfort and a stable foundation from which everything else can carefully balance. It is her peace of mind, her inspiration, her hope. Yoga has taught Janine to see the beauty, which is the inspiration for her blog.

She remembers it like it was yesterday: Singapore. Warm tropical air in the wee hours of the morning. The wooden platform in the gardens of the Mandarin Hotel. An invitation to breathe, really breathe. Alone with her pulse. This is where her yoga practice got real. She found her center, her calling and her bliss.

We loved learning about Janine. 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

December 1st, 2011

Holiday Shopping Manduka Style

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Yogi Gift Guide

August 31st, 2011

Live, Laugh, Love And Practice

We asked you all to share your Soul Mat stories with us - and we couldn't be happier with what you've shared. Your stories are not only thoughtful and genuine but they are also inspiring - some are even heart wrenching. We are deeply honored that you allow Manduka to accompany you throughout the journey that is your practice.

Keep the stories coming! We love listening to you and learning more about the special relationship you have with your Soul Mat. Submit your story at www.manduka/com/us/mysoulmat and we'll say thanks with a free organic Mat Wash.

Check out just a few of our Soul Mat submissions so far:

From Low Mat Self-Esteem to a Soul Mat for Life
My Manduka Black Mat® PRO found me after a few years of experimentation. I had what I could only call 'low mat self-esteem'. It all started with a smelly old mat from the gym. It was purple, worn, slippery and provided little to no cushion even when placed upon the sweat infused carpet of the Yoga room at my gym (also the cardio boxing room). Then I splurged for a cheap-o nameless mat, and after a slippery start we became buddies. After the mat with no name wore out and left little blue flecks after every practice, I tried an imitation black mat from the internet. It promised to do everything the PRO mat could do at a fraction of the price. We never clicked, and often wondered... is this as good as it gets? It was a while before my practice blossomed, and I realized that we, my practice and I, were worth it, and I splurged for the the Manduka Black Mat® PRO. Spending more that I ever imagined a yoga mat could cost, I eagerly awaited her arrival. The box was huge, and heavy too. I opened it up, and behold! The angels sang. So cushiony, yet firm. My feet held their place firmly, with no slippage at all. And when I lifted my feet, the mat stayed in place! I hate those super sticky mats that just don't know when to let go. We have been close friends since, we travel to the City to visit Dharma Mittra, and we get together every morning for practice. We even do bhakti yoga together, albeit rolled up like a seat. I can't ever imagine wanting or needing another yoga mat, which is good because after years of daily use there isn't even a hint of wear. Thank you Manduka for the best mat ever. I only wish I splurged sooner.

Happily in Love
I've just recently found my Soul Mat. The Manduka PROLite. At first, it was like any other relationship. I was attracted to it's outward qualities the texture the physique. Then I went through a few "dates" where the conversation between me and my mat we're open but still awkward and misunderstood. But now about 3 months into my relationship, my mat (who I call Blossom) and I are happily in love with each other. It's full of give and take. We are one through practices everywhere. Just feeling the mat under my toes I begin my preparation for yoga practice. After nearly 10 years I found my Soul Mat!

My Sanctuary
My Soul Mat has gotten me through some difficult times the past 2 years. It has been my sanctuary, my place of peace. 2 years ago, my dad had a bilateral leg amputation and almost lost his life because of an pneumonia. A year later, my 20 year old brother was killed by a drunk driver. My mat and yoga has been my sanity. The tree of life on it reflects how important the people in my life are and that life is a gift not to take for granted.

Love at First Sight
I researched mine online...but finally met mine in person at Uptown Yoga here in Dallas....aww...it was love at first site... Today we spend 3-5 days a week close...sometimes closer...and i always feel comfort during our times together. I think more than ever...mine means more and more to me as I progress on my journey and mine never has left my site...comfort, color, and always allow me to be me...and reflect on how I can make myself better. That's my story and I am sticking to it!

Growing Old Together
My Soul Mat has been with me since the very beginning & still comes with me every night now that I teach. Growing old together!