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My Manduka helps me practice with support and stability. I know my mat is never going to let me down. All I have to do is show up and and step on because my Manduka will hug me tight.

-Jeremy Brook
Los Angeles, CA

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.

July 15th, 2013

Newark Firefighters

In Newark, New Jersey, the Firefighters have implemented a new yoga initiative to help them learn to stay calm and centered during their very intense missions.

So far the firefighters are really seeing the benefits. One firefighter says: “When you’re doing firefighting, you’re in confined spaces and you have to contort your body and relax your body to go through small spaces, so with this, it teaches you about moving your body.”

By teaming up with Newark Yoga Movement, the Firefighters are sure to receive excellent classes. Debby Kaminsky, the founder of community based Newark Yoga Movement is excited to help these Firefighters learn how to transition between their work life and their home life: "Practicing yoga helps to settle yourself. It helps you to become more present so you can just be focusing on the current moment instead of thinking about the past.”

Read more about the Firefighters in Newark, and Newark Yoga Movement here.

Manduka was happy to donate some sturdy PROlites to help these Firefighters begin a life changing exercise!

We'd like to credit Jimbo, our favorite Firefighter with setting a wonderful and beneficial trend for the Firefighters of New Jersey!

June 17th, 2013

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica

In January of 2013, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica started their first ever yoga program at 3 of their Santa Monica sites. The youth there have been learning basic yoga asanas, pranayama, and each class has been focused around a centering thought, such as gratitude.

Throughout the course, teachers are conducting tests to determine stress levels and self-esteem. So far the kids are loving the weekly yoga classes - the peace and balance they are feeling is evident in the photos below. Manduka was happy to supply yoga mats for classes.

May 14th, 2013

P.S. 119

P.S. 119 in Brooklyn decided that incorporating an after-school yoga program would have a wonderful impact on their students. Having enough mats for each student to have their own sacred space was very important to them. With state testing coming up for the kids, the Principal and a devoted teacher named Laurie Basloe wanted to get this program started to make sure the students had a stress-free environment to practice focusing and breathing - skills that will surely translate well during the tests!

Manduka was happy to donate mats to support the after-school yoga program!

April 15th, 2013

Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois

Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois serves over 40,000 children and families in Illinois that have been victims of abuse, neglect, poverty and a host of other issues. The Excellence Academy is an innovative and unique program that serves at-risk foster children. The children come from varied backgrounds, but most have been shipped from one placement to another throughout their lives, never experiencing a sense of stability, community or confidence that youth with more traditional childhoods experience. As a result, many foster youth tend do poorly in school and lack independent living skills, which perpetuates their struggles well into adulthood.

The team at the Excellence Academy instructs and organizes classes and activities that assist the kids in comprehending crucial life skills. In addition to the sizeable struggles that they already face, many have not been taught basic self-care skills, severely impacting the likelihood of their success as they age. One of the lesson plans for 2013 is geared towards physical fitness and physical awareness.

The Excellence Academy has been determined to implement a yoga program for the youth, and has lined up a very motivated instructor to lead the classes, and when we learned that all the program was missing to start moving forward with yoga classes were mats, we were excited to offer our support!

March 15th, 2013

Joint Educational Project - USC

The University of Southern California has implemented a service learning organization called the Joint Educational Project which places university undergraduate students in struggling urban neighborhood schools in central Los Angeles. As part of their curriculum, they feel that the many benefits of yoga should be shared with the young people in the schools.

The Joint Educational Project will now be teaching yoga to 1st through 3rd grade students to help them learn the benefits of yoga breath, asanas and meditation. They are currently serving six after school programs and were in need of mats to help make sure their program could grow. We are happy to support their efforts in the community and have sent yoga mats to help them share yoga with children!