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My Manduka helps me practice the unity of both strength and softness - both on and off the mat.

-Amy Landry
Newcastle, NSW

Giving Back

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.

March 15th, 2014

RISE - Yoga for Youth

RISE is a non-profit in the San Francisco Bay Area that empowers adolescents to be agents of positive change in the world. Through yoga, wellness education, and community building, students develop inner resources to respond to life’s challenges in constructive ways. Their innovative curriculum has shown to increase attendance and retention rates, improve academic achievement, and help students manage stress. The curriculum incorporates physical postures, breath work, and activities that foster connection to oneself and to others. Stress management techniques, mindfulness exercises, and community building activities are an integral part of each class, so students can lead healthier, happier, resilient lives. RISE currently offers programming in eight school sites that serve under-resourced youth in San Francisco and in the South Bay.

Manduka recently donated mats for one of RISE's school sites in the South Bay, where yoga is offered as part of the PE Curriculum. Students had been practicing on the gym floor, and they are thrilled to now have real yoga mats to practice on!

To learn more or find out how to support RISE, please visit www.riseyogaforyouth.org

February 25th, 2014

Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School

The Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Nepal has long been supported by The Himalayan Children's Fund - a program that provides yoga classes to the kids in the school and also for the nuns at Tara Abbey.

The Himalayan Children's Fund is a way for people around the world, and the west in particular, to connect with the lives of people in the Himalayan Region of Nepal, India and Tibet. HCF provides support For Thrangu Rinpoche's many compassionate activities such as schools, monasteries and free clinics. By providing support for education, food, clothing, medicine and other needs the HCF hopes to equip the children and adults with the tools necessary for life enhancement while helping to preserve the culture of the people which is primarily of Tibetan and Buddhist heritage. The classes are held in the library on a concrete floor which is often quite cold. While the participants have regular meditation practice, they also really respect and enjoy asana and pranayama, as well.

Manduka happily donated yoga mats for the school and nunnery to help provide the practitioners with a softer and more supportive surface to practice on.

To learn more or to find out how you can support the Himalayan Children's Fund, visit: www.rinpoche.com/hcfindex

November 15th, 2013

SoulShine Colombia

SoulShine Colombia is an organization whose mission is to empower and inspire girls and women to believe in their strength and dreams through yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. SoulShine Colombia is teaming up with Waves for Water, a non-profit organization whose aim is to provide access to clean drinking water to anyone who needs it.

This November, SoulShine Colombia will be traveling to Cartagena, Colombia to work with one of the most impoverished communities in Colombia. This journey will involve teaching the young mothers and pregnant women yoga, meditation, and mindfulness helping them tap into their inner strength and life force. Manduka was happy to donate yoga mats for the participants to use. Together with Waves for Water, they will also be going to the slums to bring water filters, and to teach them how to use the filters in their homes.

These filtration systems are portable, easy to use, easy to pack and effective. One filter can provide 100 people with clean water for up to 5 years. With these filters, dirty water becomes instantly clean – and drinkable.

If you would like to learn more about Soulshine Colombia or Waves for Water, or if you would like to see how you can support, visit: www.wavesforwater.org

October 15th, 2013

Heal the Bay

Earlier this year, Manduka pledged to support World Water Day by donating our time to Heal the Bay, a non-profit environmental group working to restore Santa Monica Bay as well as neighboring beaches. Manduka employees were excited to get their hands dirty sifting through the sand to collect trash and recyclable items to help keep our beaches clean. The team spent a few hours at one of our local beaches, ensuring that we left the beach looking clean and safe for all to enjoy.

According to Heal the Bay:

"The population of Los Angeles has skyrocketed in the past 100 years, and it's putting a lot of pressure on our environment. In the mid 1980s, improperly treated sewage led to dead zones in the Bay and harmful water quality. Thanks to the efforts of Heal the Bay and its supporters, the EPA mandated stricter sewage treatment processes, resulting in greatly improved water quality.

Despite the amazing gains, your Bay faces ongoing challenges, from marine debris to overfishing. Our ocean faces many challenges, and Heal the Bay works every day on a number of different issues. By addressing the many facets of ocean pollution, we make real and positive change possible."

If you would like to find out how you can support Heal the Bay, or to learn more, visit their website at healthebay.org

September 24th, 2013

People to People

Jamie Surya Yoga Studio in Sparkill, NY recently held an event to support a local organization called People to People that has one of the largest goods pantries available to help struggling individuals and families in the area through difficult times.

Through yoga and silent auctions, the studio was able to donate 100% of their proceeds to People to People. Manduka was happy to provide yoga gear for the silent auction to support the studio's efforts, as well as our Ambassador Ashley DiMeglio who helped to coordinate this event.

This even helped raise over $2200.00 for People to People.

Photo Credit: John Nantes