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May 14th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Diane

This is Diane.

When Diane found out that she may be facing the end of her life, she learned what really mattered. Her family, friends and all the places where love existed. "Ultimately," she shared, "I’m pretty convinced that what matters most for 99% of the population is our relationships."

A cancer diagnosis brought Diane to the mat in new meaningful ways. With cancer comes vulnerability, and for a woman like Diane, who was used to being a source of strength and help for others, that can be the most challenging part. "When you have cancer, you get that opportunity to say, 'Okay, am I going to allow myself to be vulnerable, and let people help me?' But you come to this crossroads. And if you have cancer, you better let people help you! So you have to become vulnerable." She practiced letting go, and her most challenging pose, savansana, started to make sense. Then came the courage.

"It takes a lot of courage to run around without hair on your head. It takes a lot of courage to say, 'I’m scared out of my mind! And I might die.' But if you don’t do that, you’ve missed out." Now open, now accepting love, now healing in more ways than one.

Meeting Diane 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

April 30th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Kim

This is Kim.

She's "fairly new" to yoga. It was a way to spend more time with her friend, who'd just completed a teacher training, and the key to easing the pain of fibromyalgia. For Kim, the mindfulness and movement of yoga are so helpful in alleviating the joint stiffness that she experiences – she is taking back control.

And in an unexpected moment during Warrior II, Kim found her strength. She suddenly realized how strong she had become - in the pose and in her body. Through yoga and the guidance of one of her favorite teachers she had found her inner warrior, a healing force ready to overcome joint pain and emotional pain.

Yoga has helped Kim realize that the sky is the limit – that is to say, there is no limit. She has a new sense of self and feeling of peace within.

Meeting Kim 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

April 23rd, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Bob

Meet Bob.

He first tried yoga as a Valentine’s Day gift for his life partner. She gave him a mat and simply requested that he go with her to a yoga class. For Bob, this was not easy because the idea was so foreign and so far out of his comfort zone. In those first few classes he felt off-balance in so many ways, but he embraced the challenge and the spirit of the journey.

In the beginning, as a man immersed in a new culture, Bob’s ego worked hard and often with force - mind, breath, and muscles all trembling to try to reach the “perfect pose”. Then one day, while holding a pose for what seemed like an eternity, it all fell calmly into place. With a feeling of ease, Bob lost the judgment. In that moment, Bob’s breath and body fused together, and he let go of the idea that he needed to reach the pose in a picture-perfect way, and with that he found his own practice.

We loved learning about Bob. 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

April 16th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Kat

This is Kat.

She believes that anyone can be successful if they approach challenge, possibility and adventure with true openness. It's how she overcame her nemesis: handstands.

For years, handstands had been a source of anxiety. There was something keeping Kat from hoisting her legs over her head, and it wasn't physical. One night, while practicing in her living room (in her underwear, no less - talk about freeing yourself from constraint), she decided to give handstands another shot. Feeling completely at ease, she approached the pose with a new attitude. “What the heck,” Kat thought. “Might as well give it another shot.” And with the support of the wall, and the absence of her judgments, she went right upside down.

That moment taught Kat the power of remaining open to her possibility, because when you stop getting in your own way, you'll be surprised by what you already know how to do. Yoga has taught Kat about deep honesty – with herself and others – not to mention revealed her courage, creativity and beautiful friendships.

We loved learning about Kat. 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 19th, 2012

Yogi Of The Week: Morgan

This is Morgan.

He is a medical assistant, nursing student and dedicated bicyclist. Morgan rides his bike 365 days a year --- through downtown Chicago. Morgan is willing to take chances, which is exactly how he found his yoga practice 11 years ago. It started as a way to help him relax and stretch after running 20+ miles per week, it became a source of clarity.

Morgan has a few battle scars. Exactly one year after fracturing his left clavicle, he had an epiphany in Kapotasana: life will hand you breaks, but you choose whether it breaks your spirit, or whether it lets you blossom through the cracks.

Morgan recently raised $1,000 for a friend in India that has Tuberculosis and needed an oxygen machine. Knowing that his friend will be able to breathe for the rest of the year, allows him to breathe easier, too.

He amazes us.

Meeting Morgan 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