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From The Heart

My Manduka helps me practice turning ordinary moments into extraordinary ones.

-Alanna Smith
Toronto, ON

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Manduka recognizes an organization or individual each month for sharing the gift of yoga with those in need by donating yoga gear to support their cause.

October 2009 Archive

October 1st, 2009

Molly French

In February of 2008, after suffering from the classic symptoms of your run-of-the-mill Strep Throat, Molly French's viral infection had gone septic, which means that the bacteria had entered her blood stream. She spent three days in a coma, with only a 5% chance of surviving. After 2 months in the Intensive Care, 6 surgeries and 4 weeks of dialysis, amputations of both her legs, a loss of a thumb and index finger, multiple skin grafts, and 2 weeks of intense inpatient rehabilitation, Molly returned home to the delight & amazement of a loving community.

Today Molly is totally independent and 100% recovered. Now using prosthetic legs to enjoy her independence, and by the invitation of friends Molly started taking Yoga by Nationally Certified Yoga Instructor Emily Jasenski at Element's Yoga Studio in Greenville, Ohio. Emily has been able to modify the yoga positions to adapt them to fit Molly's special needs. Molly credits yoga in helping her to feel secure in getting down onto and off of the floor. Yoga definitely has helped Molly with core strength, which is key in balancing as she walks on two prosthetic legs. Since Molly has to keep her shoes, her old mat was tearing to shreds from the tread on her shoes. Seeing the need for a thicker, higher quality mat Emily donated her one and only Black Mat PRO to Molly, and it made all the difference in the world! Molly feels more confident on the Black Mat PRO because she no longer has the fear of slipping and losing her balance. Molly would like to thank her instructor, Emily Jasenski, for suggesting such a high-quality and durable Manduka mat!