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I've gone through so many mats, little bits of them coming off on me, the stick going out of them - until I found Manduka. I can roll my Manduka PROlite mat out anywhere and practice. It works so well, I forget all about it and am just in the poses.
Santa Monica, CA
Why Manduka?: A mat should last, it is that simple. It is not only an environmental issue, it is also metaphorical. Your asana practice should take care of your body and soul, and last a lifetime. A Manduka mat helps support the whole process. One soul, One body, One mat.
What does your Manduka help you #practice?: My Manduka helps me practice conscientiously and consistently. My mat was an environmental choice that will endure the steadfast of my practice.
Yoga Style: Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow
After years of competitive sports and physical training, Charlie took his first yoga class in 1995, hoping to increase his flexibility and balance. What he found was both a passion and a practice, where he could create strength and experience physical and psycho-spiritual openness in a serene, non-competitive environment. For over a decade Charlie practiced and studied variously under Maty Ezraty, Lisa Walford, Heather Duplex, and Julie Kleinman. He began teaching in 2005, emphasizing (though not limited to) Ashtanga and Iyengar methods. His teaching style focuses on mindfulness and presence, attention to breath, alignment, and movement/flow, all leading to stillness. As his many students will attest, Charlie has a natural talent to create a peaceful environment where ego release, mental calmness and emotional openness naturally lead to self-acceptance and growth. When Charlie is not in the yoga studio, you'll find him rock climbing, hiking, and mountain uni-cycling.