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A friend gave me the Manduka Black Mat Pro about 8 years ago, and it has been my favorite mat ever since. My Manduka supports my practice from the ground-up, which gives me the freedom to soar to new heights each time I place my feet at the top of my mat. My Manduka mat holds the energy of my devotion, love, commitment, and every daily discovery from my practice. There is no other mat out there that offers the same kind of support. I love my Manduka!

-Marni Sclaroff
Encinitas, CA

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Carolyn Gillespie

Carolyn Gillespie

Newton, MA

Why Manduka?: I love that I never have to think about wear and tear with my Manduka mat. It is dependable and steady, like yoga.

What does your Manduka help you #practice?: My Manduka helps me practice...... with steady grace.

Yoga Style: Hatha

Practice with me here: Newton Hip Mamas , Yoga Alliance

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Carolyn’s passion for sharing yoga with others has grown from her own transformation within the practice, especially during her own pregnancies and journey into motherhood. She began her yoga journey in 1995, while working as a labor and delivery nurse, when she discovered its benefits in helping mothers cope during labor. Her yoga practice has since evolved into a core part of her daily routine and philosophy on life and parenting. Carolyn began teaching in 2004 and values the opportunity that teaching yoga provides to support new mothers and build community connections.

Carolyn has had the opportunity to study with Nancy Gilgoff, Shiva Rea, Paul Dallaghan, Judith Lasater and Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. She has also completed Birthlight diplomas in prenatal and baby yoga with Francoise Freedman. Carolyn currently lives in Newton teaching mothers and babies from her home studio.