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If I were a chef I would want the best knives. Since I’m a yogi I want the best mat. That’s why I use Manduka.

-Ryan Glidden
San Diego, 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.

April 19th, 2011

Operation Shanti Hermosa Beach

On March 19th, the first Los Angles Rocks! Operation Shanti Yoga Fundraising Event was held in Hermosa Beach. Garth Hewitt, Manduka Ambassador, started the campaign with the intention of organizing the Los Angeles Yoga Community around a common theme, giving back and making a different in the community that might be described as the birthplace of our modern yoga practice with the building of an orphanage in Mysore, India.

Raising over $8,000 for the campaign, the first event was a huge success and was well attended by the South Bay Yoga Community. The first 20 people to arrive received a Manduka eQua Hand Towel and were entered to win a Manduka gift set. Approximately 100 people participated in the yoga class, which had live music and which was followed by an auction, raffle and after-party with DJ Michael “Jammerz” Callon. Garth Hewitt taught a portion of the two hour yoga class with some of the South Bay’s most well known and beloved teachers included: Genevieve Fischer, Greville Henwood, Angela Kukhahn, Suzy Nece, Julie Rader, Jo Tastula and Marla Wedge.

To learn more about Operation Shanti, go to http://www.operation-shanti.org

March 31st, 2011

Urban Male Leadership Academy

The Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House in Manhattan sponsored the Urban Male Leadership Academy at Baruch College during it’s Health Week Intro to Yoga Program. With the goal of introducing yoga to male students, the event was a huge success. Manduka supported the effort by donating 25 mats to help with the facilitation of the program. Norma Lecaroz from Cultural Heritage House shared, “with a total of 20 students, the response was positive and their evaluation sheets showed the interest from the triangle pose, to the breathing, and relaxation exercises. It felt reassuring that young men can do well to learn to release stress in a positive way.”

To learn more about the Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House in Manhattan, go to http://www.lacasapr.org/index.html

February 11th, 2011

Alliance for Greater Well Being

The Alliance for Greater Well-Being is non-profit organization in Spokane, WA whose mission is to “transmit and integrate the vital practices that inform and inspire healthy, mindful living into contemporary life.” By teaching “Skills for Greater Well Being”, such as asanas, mindfulness meditation, and other tools for a healthy lifestyle, the Alliance hopes to reach and motivate under served populations.

The Alliance now uses Manduka mats for the yoga classes offered at local Spokane prisons, community centers, shelters, and high schools.

To learn more about the Alliance for Greater Well-Being, go to www.allianceforgreaterwellbeing.org.

January 20th, 2011

Liver Life Challenge: Destination Marathon

Coordinated by the American Liver Foundation®, the Liver Life Challenge (LLC) is an endurance event training program that promotes awareness of liver disease and raises money to fund critical liver research.

The American Liver Foundation has teamed up with athletes of all levels since 1988 when the first team trained for the Boston Marathon. Today, Liver Life Challenge event teams are forming all over the country to train together while helping the 30 million Americans fighting liver disease.

In January 2011, the Connecticut Division of LLC will bring 12 runners, including one transplant recipient, to Disney World to run the full and half marathons on behalf of the American Liver Foundation. Each runner raised a minimum of $3,000 to participate in the program, which will help to fund educational programs and essential research for a cure for liver disease. The top fundraiser will receive a yoga mat donation from Manduka.

For more information on the Liver Life Challenge please visit:
www.liverfoundation.org/disneymarathon

December 16th, 2010

Garden Road Elementary

Fifth grade students in San Diego County at Poway Unified School District’s Garden Road Elementary School are practicing yoga as part of their physical education program. With the donation of yoga mats from Manduka, the experience is even better! The fifth grade team has created an integrated PE program that combines Louis Martinez and Christy Embry’s general education classes and Kristina Cabrera’s Special Day Class. Mrs. Cabrera, RYT and business owner of Soleone “Doula Services, Yoga and Massage” (www.livesoleone.com), is bringing her passion for yoga to the school. The program has been well received and the students have shown a lot of enthusiasm! Some comment: “Yoga has helped me in my baseball games!” shares Tori enthusiastically, “I love yoga after a tough dance practice!” says Jennifer. Cody comments, “I really like learning the Sanskrit names to the poses.” The students and teachers at Garden Road are so grateful to Manduka for their contribution and look forward to the rest of the year on the mat!