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My Manduka helps me practice movement toward my True Self. Every time I step on my mat, I know I am going to feel better. Feeling better always moves me toward my inner Greatness. There’s no limit to how good I can feel and how Great I can be.

-Shalan Hill
Canton, GA

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.

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.

April 1st, 2009

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, Manduka gave the PROlite in the color 'Purple' to The Rape Foundation.

The Rape Foundation provides rape treatment, prevention, and education. It was created to support programs that provide expert and compassionate care for victims, and to work to change the conditions, practices, and attitudes that keep victims silent. In April, The Rape Foundation launched what will become a global campaign in recognition of "Sexual Assault Awareness Month". In support of these efforts, Manduka contributed a portion of each purchase of the PROlite Yoga Mat in the color ‘Purple’ to The Rape Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.911rape.org

March 1st, 2009

Academy of Recording Arts School

Manduka gave a set of yoga mats to the Academy of Recording Arts Charter School in Hawthorn, California. Hala Khouri, in collaboration with AIM (Assemblies in Motion), a non-profit that brings the arts and spoken work to at risk youth, started a yoga program at the Academy of Recording Arts Charter School. Hala and her coteacher, Leila Sadeghee, have been teaching 4 classes a week to these young people. Most of them come from challenging situations and struggle with addiction, depression or anxiety. Hala says, "We are so grateful for Manduka's mats. Jamal commented today that these are "O.G" mats which we think is a big complement!"

For more information, visit www.hearteducation.org

Jamal on his new Manduka Mat.