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Manduka supports my practice as an offering. So I can be grateful to receive the unlimited possibilities!

-Nick Heng
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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.

September 20th, 2010

Healing & Evolution in Paradise

The annual yoga, meditation and healing retreat for self-transformation and evolution, a charity project that was born in Bali last year, was held recently upon the secluded and beautiful island, Pulau Macan, which is nestled within a gorgeous archipelago known as the Thousand Islands off the north coast of Java.

Joseph Lee (www.yoga2peace.com), who adopts yoga as a way of life, together with 3 other inspiring teachers –Astrea Aurora, Makiko Domen, and Jean Manuel, guided the retreat participants through a transformational week of vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, pranayama, divine sacred sound meditations, guided as well as silent meditation, group cranio-sacral therapy, and educational workshops like Revealing the Mayan Calendar and The Power of Manifestation. This blessed opportunity was the result of a shared intention to create a sacred space for self-healing and transformation for all participants. The benefits from this retreat reach beyond the evolution of each participant, and touch the lives of many children in the global community. This annual charity yoga project grew from Joseph’s vision to share yoga as an ‘inward’ mindfulness meditation practice on-and-off the yoga mat to expedite our very path towards self-transformation and realization, and at the same time to groom the next generation of children. This year, the funds raised will sponsor 19 children around the world at Children International (www.children.org) and Bali/Indonesia for a year to provide for their:

• Health+Dental care and medicine
• Malnutrition screenings and nutritional support
• Sturdy clothing and shoes
• School supplies and improved access to education
• Encouragement and hope

Joseph and friends inspire possibilities in others. Make a stand in what you believe in, and begin/continue to shine your love and light onto others.

August 1st, 2010

Peninsula Healthcare Connection

Peninsula Healthcare Connection is a non-profit medical and mental health clinic that provides services to the homeless of Santa Clara County, California. PHC is dedicated to helping the homeless move with dignity toward self-sufficiency. In an attempt to address all of the health needs of PHC clients, the clinic has been offering a free yoga class for the past three months. A local yoga teacher has generously donated her time for one hour each week.

The new yoga class is part of a larger effort in the clinic to provide healthy and meaningful activities for PHC clients. The class is the first step PHC is taking in this direction. PHC would like to offer more opportunities of this type in order to incorporate a holistic approach to wellness within a traditional clinical framework. It is PHC’s hope that this program will serve to alleviate some of the physical and psychological burdens of homelessness endured by their clients each day.

July 1st, 2010

Lotus In Action

Lotus In Action (LIA), located in Montclair, New Jersey, is a not-for-profit organization offering yoga and meditation to underserved constituencies as a means to create positive change in the world. LIA brings yoga to diverse populations in detention centers, housing projects, community centers, hospitals, and schools. One of LIA’s major initiatives is bringing educational enrichment to Newark, New Jersey public school students. Although no public funding is available, LIA teachers provide fifteen classes a week to 180 students in the Newark schools. With Manduka’s help, students in two of the schools are now practicing on mats instead of the school floor. Sixth grade students from the Avon School and Jennifer Kohl, Director of Lotus In Action, are pictured below leading one another in their favorite poses.

Learn more by visiting www.lotusinaction.com.

June 1st, 2010

Free Arts for Abused Children

The mission of Free Arts for Abused Children is to inspire hope in the lives of abused, homeless, and at-risk children through innovative creative arts programs and positive interactions with caring adult volunteers. Painting, yoga, photography, and music are just some of the avenues of creativity made available to the children participating in the programs, which take place throughout greater Los Angeles. Free Arts envisions a society of individuals from different communities, cultures, and life experiences connecting through the healing power of art to interrupt the cycle of violence, create understanding, build self-esteem, and nurture better lives.

Learn more by visiting www.freearts.org.

May 1st, 2010

Big World Small Planet

Big World Small Planet launched a purified drinking water program at a primary school in rural Nicaragua in April. The focus was to provide each of the children with their own refillable water bottle, educating them on the value of purified water (vs the well water of which they are so accustomed) as well as encouraging them to make the best choices possible when it comes to nourishing their bodies. A water dispenser was set up in the school and weekly deliveries of purified water will continue to support the program. They also introduced yoga to the children during this visit and will continue to have a yoga class once a week. Manduka donated our stainless steel canteens so that each student would have their own refillable water bottle!

To make a $15 donation to Big World Small Planet, please visit www.bigworldsmallplanet.com.