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My Manduka is my magic carpet, it allows me to go to places I never thought possible in my practice.

-Rosie Acosta
Portland, OR

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.

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

February 11th, 2011

Alliance for Greater Well Being

The Alliance for Greater Well-Being is non-profit organization in Spokane, WA whose mission is to “transmit and integrate the vital practices that inform and inspire healthy, mindful living into contemporary life.” By teaching “Skills for Greater Well Being”, such as asanas, mindfulness meditation, and other tools for a healthy lifestyle, the Alliance hopes to reach and motivate under served populations.

The Alliance now uses Manduka mats for the yoga classes offered at local Spokane prisons, community centers, shelters, and high schools.

To learn more about the Alliance for Greater Well-Being, go to www.allianceforgreaterwellbeing.org.

January 20th, 2011

Liver Life Challenge: Destination Marathon

Coordinated by the American Liver Foundation®, the Liver Life Challenge (LLC) is an endurance event training program that promotes awareness of liver disease and raises money to fund critical liver research.

The American Liver Foundation has teamed up with athletes of all levels since 1988 when the first team trained for the Boston Marathon. Today, Liver Life Challenge event teams are forming all over the country to train together while helping the 30 million Americans fighting liver disease.

In January 2011, the Connecticut Division of LLC will bring 12 runners, including one transplant recipient, to Disney World to run the full and half marathons on behalf of the American Liver Foundation. Each runner raised a minimum of $3,000 to participate in the program, which will help to fund educational programs and essential research for a cure for liver disease. The top fundraiser will receive a yoga mat donation from Manduka.

For more information on the Liver Life Challenge please visit:
www.liverfoundation.org/disneymarathon

December 16th, 2010

Garden Road Elementary

Fifth grade students in San Diego County at Poway Unified School District’s Garden Road Elementary School are practicing yoga as part of their physical education program. With the donation of yoga mats from Manduka, the experience is even better! The fifth grade team has created an integrated PE program that combines Louis Martinez and Christy Embry’s general education classes and Kristina Cabrera’s Special Day Class. Mrs. Cabrera, RYT and business owner of Soleone “Doula Services, Yoga and Massage” (www.livesoleone.com), is bringing her passion for yoga to the school. The program has been well received and the students have shown a lot of enthusiasm! Some comment: “Yoga has helped me in my baseball games!” shares Tori enthusiastically, “I love yoga after a tough dance practice!” says Jennifer. Cody comments, “I really like learning the Sanskrit names to the poses.” The students and teachers at Garden Road are so grateful to Manduka for their contribution and look forward to the rest of the year on the mat!

November 1st, 2010

Headstand

Headstand is an innovative nonprofit dedicated to empowering students in economically disadvantaged communities through the practice of yoga. Headstand enhances students’ capacity for academic learning and promotes healthy social and emotional wellbeing.

Founded in 2008 by a former school teacher and yoga instructor, Katherine Priore, Headstand offers a unique curriculum designed in collaboration with experts in the fields of education, yoga, health, and wellness. The Headstand curriculum is research-based and blends yoga exercises with integrated educational theory and social and emotional learning.

Headstand classes include stretching, breathing, and awareness exercises to help students let go of anxiety and worry. After a Headstand class, students are physically, mentally, and emotionally better prepared to learn. Classes help students develop greater self-awareness and enable them to choose new behaviors for better personal balance and academic achievement.

Headstand programs are currently operating in schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and Houston with the use of donated Manduka mats!

Learn more by visiting www.headstand.org.