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I finally found a mat that I love. My Manduka mat allows me to truly connect with what it is important “My yoga practice."

-Adri Kyser
Flower Mound, Texas

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.

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.

April 1st, 2010

Homegirl Cafe

Manduka donated eKO Mats to the Homegirl Cafe, where free yoga classes are taught to young women. Homegirl services enable young women to redirect their lives and provide them with hope for their futures.The free support services focus on education, job training and placement, legal services, counseling, twelve step meetings and tattoo removal. To make a donation to Homegirls, visit http://www.homeboy-industries.org/.

March 1st, 2010

Los Angeles Mission Fundraiser

Manduka donated yoga gear in support of a fundraising event for the Los Angeles Mission, hosted by Manduka Ambassador Garth Hewitt, on February 21st. 90 people attended the donation based yoga class and raised over $2,000, which will cover the cost of 2,000 meals for the homeless and hungry in Los Angeles.

February 1st, 2010

Daraja Academy

Manduka recently gifted yoga mats to the girls at the Daraja Academy in Kenya. Daraja is a boarding high school for girls from remote tribes and the slums of Nairobi. These are girls who would not be educated beyond eighth grade if it weren't for the Daraja Academy.

Through a very competitive process based on elementary school performance, need, and passion for learning, these girls have been given the opportunity to change their lives, their communities and their country.

The girls were so excited about each having her own special mat, as part of a two-week yoga-intensive program. In general, the girls were very open to learning yoga – one third of the girls enjoyed the relaxation and physical movement; one third related to the philosophy and call to honor ourselves and each other; and one third really absorbed the power of yoga to transform their lives. One girl stepped up to start a yoga club and lead her classmates in daily practice.

Despite being orphans, abused or forced to hard-labor from a very young age, the girls of Daraja school are proud, determined, and powerful young women who will bring change to Kenya. Daraja is a safe haven for them, where they can focus on themselves and their educations. Yoga was a great addition to their curriculum.

For more information or to become involved, please visit www.daraja-academy.com.