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My Manduka helps me practice being myself.

-Melanie Simmons
Louisville, KY

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.

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!

August 1st, 2009

Cathedral Home in Laramie, Wyoming

Chris Hume volunteers teaching an introductory yoga class to the boys and girls at Cathedral Home in Laramie Wyoming. Cathedral Home is a home for troubled children (ages 8- 20). Many of these kids, some of whom have ADHD, come from broken homes and contend with numerous problems including substance abuse. Chris gives them a one hour yoga class in the evening once a week and they have responded wonderfully. The sequence is a mixture of vinyasa and restorative yoga. The staff is amazed at how the kids embrace yoga, from the challenging poses, to the calming effects of pranayama breathing and savasana. It provides a well needed structure for their healing process. Chris also teaches yoga to the staff once a week, as they require stress relief.

July 1st, 2009

Yoga Ed.

Tasha Flint found yoga to be the pillar of strength that she so much needed to get out of the "at risk" lifestyle that was consuming her life. This inspired her to work with adolescents who were struggling due to substance abuse, physical/emotional abuse, and lack of support and resources. She discovered Yoga Ed. while researching different yoga organizations that specialize in working with youth, and found their work and vision admirable. She now works with several organizations for disadvantaged and at risk youth, teaching them mind body techniques to self regulate, improve communication skills, and build trust and self love. Manduka donated yoga mats to Tasha to help her continue to help deliver the positive effects of yoga to brighten the lives and futures of her young students. www.yogaed.org

June 1st, 2009

City Yoga Yogathon for Habitat for Humanity

Manduka donated a set of yoga mats to City Yoga, a thriving yoga studio in West Hollywood. City Yoga is proud to team with Habitat for Humanity - Los Angeles for an extraordinary event. The intention is to harness the strength and myriad resources of their yoga community to raise money and awareness to support the good work of Habitat for Humanity - Los Angeles. The 24-hour event is called yogathon! and will be taking place from Saturday, June 27th at 9am to 9am Sunday. In the weeks leading up to the event, all 60 participants will solicit pledges from their extended communities of friends and family. The collective goal is $100,000 — the amount needed to build one home. Then they can proudly say, “This is the house that yoga built!” 100% of the net proceeds will go to H4H-LA. Each of the participating yogis received a Manduka eQua Towel!

Photo by Mark Leibowitz

May 1st, 2009

The Caring for Carcinoid Foundation

Manduka donated mats to the The Caring for Carcinoid Foundation. Carcinoid is a deadly neuroendocrine cancer, currently with no cure. The Caring for Carcinoid Foundation (CFCF) is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to discovering a cure for carcinoid cancer. The vision of CFCF is to eliminate the suffering of patients, families and caregivers affected by carcinoid and related neuroendocrine tumors. At the inaugural Awareness Weekend in March of 2009, CFCF wanted to provide patients with a relaxing yoga session, from which they could take away valuable tools to continue practicing at home. Manduka provided each CFCF patient with their own high-performance yoga mat, and Manduka Ambassador Kishan Shah led a morning Vinyasa Yoga session, providing patients with the necessary foundation to begin a therapeutic home practice.