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-Peter Sterios
San Luis Obispo, 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.

November 15th, 2011

Yoga Gives Back: Thank You Mother India

Yoga Gives Back is a global team of grassroots supporters who raise donations for microcredits and direct funding programs across India. Their first global fundraiser "Thank You Mother India" had over 750 people joining in from 10 countries in September. Manduka provided raffle items for the main LA events.

September 15th, 2011

City Yoga

City Yoga hosted a Yogathon that was a huge success raising over $75,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 60 participants spent 12 hours practicing together for this charity. Manduka donated product to support City Yoga's consistent commitment to raising money. Our products were donated to support the fundraising efforts through silent auction and door prizes.

To stay up to date on all of City Yoga's events, go here: cityyoga.com/events.

July 15th, 2011

Bent on Learning

Bent on Learning teaches yoga and mediation in K-12 public schools in NYC as a means of reducing stress and improving concentration and self-esteem. Manduka supported the initiative by donating yoga mats to support the growing number of students that Bent on Learning reaches out to.

Bent on Learning's mission is to work with students in New York City public schools by improving their physical fitness and emotional skill sets. This is accomplished through consistently bringing yoga and meditation practices to students in schools and youth centers throughout New York City; including Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. Special classes are also offered to those with learning disabilities as well as for pregnant teens. Bent on Learning also offers classes for teachers to help show them ways that they can use techniques from yoga and meditation in their teaching.

Learn more about Bent on Learning.

June 15th, 2011

Africa Yoga Project

The Africa Yoga Project uses the transformative power of yoga to empower communities & change lives. Manduka provided them with PROlites which were travel-friendly and able to endure the heat of Africa.

The Africa Yoga Project supports their local community by providing effective and innovative programs that encourage peace, as well as improve physical health and mental well-being. AYP believes that the power of yoga can help community members become self-sufficient and bring opportunities for the community to learn how to foster peace across the communities of East Africa.

One of the three programs AYP focuses on is Baptiste Yoga on the Streets. This style of community yoga is helping to change the lives of young, urban Kenyans for the better. AYP's community yoga is so transformational because it provides a healthy and motivational venue for community members to connect with their community and build support systems. There are many young people living in slums in Nairobi and with the practice of Baptiste vinyasa yoga, they are able to find strength to not only survive, but to thrive.

Learn more about Africa Yoga Project.

May 15th, 2011

Yoga for Japan

Two fund raising events were held by Kiyomi Takahashi to help support the relief efforts in Japan. Both were a huge success! The proceeds went towards the Japan Red Cross as well as the Animal Landau Refuge where they save the pets that were left on the street. Both events warmed up with Hatha, continued with a Kundalini yoga set, a Kundalini Yoga healing meditation, and sent collective healing energies to Japan.

The first event was held on April 23rd at Happy Me Yoga in Redondo Beach, and the second event was held on May 14th at RakSa in Culver City. With total attendance at 63 people/yogis/supporters, Kiyomi was able to raise nearly $2,000! Manduka happily assisted the event by donating mats, mat bags, and towels.

To learn more about Kiyomi Takahashi and Yoga for Japan, go here.