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My Manduka mat is the one thing I can always count on. It has been the foundation for my practice for almost 10 years and always will be.

-Lyn Kehoe
Ridgefield, Connecticut

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.

August 15th, 2012

San Quentin

Back in January of this year, we met Dr. Hari Murthy at the Yoga Journal conference in San Francisco where he told us about a yoga program that he runs for the inmates on Condemned Row in San Quentin. The inmates were in need of a yoga mat donation.

After months of hard work, and months of keeping the yoga mats stored in his own living room, Hari was finally able to get permission to bring the yoga matsinto the institution. He held their first class with real yoga mats in July, and it was amazing. The guys were so grateful for the mats; they had previously been using a combination of cardboard boxes, sheets, blankets, or towels.

Hari has told us about how much they relish learning everything from a vigorous vinyasa style to a more meditative, restful style. A few weeks ago, he held a purification ceremony with water that he had brought back from the Ganges. It was a day of pranayama, kriya, meditation and self-reflection with some of the yoga philosophy he learned at the ashram, followed by a symbolic cleansing with the Ganges water and meditation.

We are grateful to be able to support Dr. Hari, and his program.

July 23rd, 2012

Pelotonia

Pelotonia is a grass roots bicycle race that occurs every year in the Central Ohio area. All the money raised each year goes directly to cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Research Center, the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

This year, Manduka was happy to donate Raffle & Silent Auction items to raise money for Pelotonia, helping them raise $4200 at this particular fundraiser.

In its first three years, Pelotonia has attracted over 8,300 riders from 38 states, about 2,800 volunteers, hundreds of thousands of donors and raised $25.4 million for cancer research.

For more info on this year's Pelotonia, please visit www.pelotonia.org.

June 15th, 2012

Kennedy High School - Chicago, Illinois

Students from Kennedy High School’s “Culture through Movement” yoga class in Chicago participated in a yoga mala as their final group practice for the school year, where they completed 108 sun salutations. Throughout the mala students received nutritious snacks and teas along with smoothie demonstrations and conversations about nutrition. Anna Argeropoulos (500 hour RYT) was invited to lead a round of sun salutations, chanting, meditation and readings with students. Following the mala students gathered for a healthy, home-made vegan meal as a final group gathering for our departing senior students. The mala raised several hundred dollars to begin a scholarship fund to support students who intend to pursue yoga teacher certification. The mala also provided an opportunity for the administration to view the students’ practice and garner greater support and understanding from them for our program.

Manduka was happy to donate yoga mats to the students. This class made an impact in the lives of those who participated both physically and mentally and has influenced many to continue their practice on their own and several to pursue yoga teacher certification.

May 15th, 2012

The Wellness Initiative

The mission of The Wellness Initiative is to improve the physical health, social and emotional development, and academic performance of low-income youth through yoga-based wellness programs in Colorado.

Manduka was happy to donate auction items for this program’s fundraising efforts. What’s more important, is that overall, with the help of all sponsors, The Wellness Initiative was able to raise $32,000. These funds will directly support The Wellness Initiative’s programs in low-income schools in Colorado and will give the program the opportunity to provide valuable, life-long tools to students who might otherwise not have access to yoga’s powerful benefits. Many children within the program are benefitting greatly from learning yoga; and many now consider it a tool to calming down, feeling happy, concentrating, and being healthy.

If you would like to learn more about The Wellness Initiative, or if you would like to support their cause, please visit their website at wellnessinitiative.org.

April 15th, 2012

LAPD Newton PAL Program

The LAPD’s Newton Police Activities League (PAL) Program is a non-profit organization that introduces inner city kids to Yoga and other artistic and creative endeavors. PAL is a crime prevention program designed to build positive relationships between the youth in the community and police officers. This program is based on the conviction that young people - if they are reached early enough -- can develop strong, positive attitudes towards police officers and the law.

Newton PAL was formed as a way to give the youth in the community structured activities as well as safe spaces to play with friendly officers watching over. Manduka was happy to donate 20 eKO Lite mats to the LAPD’s Newton PAL Program, since the scope of the activities have broadened from mainly team sports to also include creative endeavors.