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I've gone through so many mats, little bits of them coming off on me, the stick going out of them - until I found Manduka. I can roll my Manduka PROlite mat out anywhere and practice. It works so well, I forget all about it and am just in the poses.

-May Kuckro
Austin, TX

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.

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.

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