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I am hard on my mats, but my Black Mat PRO® stands up to my practice. I always say that if Manduka mats weren't so eco-friendly, if the earth came to an end, my Black Mat® would still be going strong.

-Sarah Ezrin
Santa Monica, CA

Community Updates

December 6th, 2010

Retreat to Costa Rica with YOGANONYMOUS

Join Manduka Community Partner, YOGANONYMOUS as they team up with their good friend Alanna Kaivalya to offer this very special “Retreat to Paradise” at the amazingly, amazingly beautiful Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica on January 9th-15th 2011. In addition to the daily morning practice, Alanna will also be offering a very special “Hands-on Adjustments” track for teachers and anyone who wants to dig deeper into their practice each afternoon. They have been to Costa Rica several times and recognize Pranamar Villas as one of the nicest and most amazing retreat centers that the region has to offer. This is going to be the experience of a lifetime for sure. For more information: www.yoganonymous.org

November 30th, 2010

Shakti Playground and JourneyDance with Latham Thomas

Super charge your sacred spirit this holiday season with Asana, JourneyDance, healing, live music, drums and chocolate! Can you think of a better way to celebrate life on a Friday evening?

The evening begins with Manduka Ambassador Latham Thomas' Shakti Playground, exploring creative energy through asana dance, surrendering to the rhythm in a whimsical soundscape set to live music.

The joy continues with Jeanine T. Abraham, the Dancing Chef, leading a Funky and Divine JourneyDance to rejoice the beauty of our own sacred selves! The JourneyDance will supercharge our Chakras with a fire dance to live percussion and drum circle led by Brian T.Carter.

Amanda Young, founder of Urban Goddess Chocolates facilitates a heart opening mindful eating session, with scrumptious Urban Goddess homemade Raw Chocolate Truffles... YUMMY!!

When: Friday, December 10th from 7:00-9:00pm

Where: Pure Yoga East NYC

Learn more: http://www.pureyoga.com/en/newyork/pureevents/gt_workshops.php?event_

November 26th, 2010

World Bicycle Relief, Boise Yoga fundraiser

Certified Iyengar yoga instructor Don Gura will conduct a yoga class at the Boise Yoga Center with all the proceeds going to the World Bicycle Relief, a non-profit that has distributed more than 71,000 bicycles to date primarily in Indonesia and Zambia. Right now World Bicycle Relief is working to provide 50,000 bikes to 5,000 schools across Zambia through BEEP—Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program. There will be a raffle for Manduka yoga props, t-shirts and more special gifts from the community.

Friday, Nov. 26th
Black Friday morning yoga class
Boise Yoga Center
3113 Rose Hill
Boise Idaho 83705
10:00 -11:30 am
Suggested donation: $20

With World Bicycle Relief’s bicycles costing only $134 each to produce, distribute, and maintain, we are looking to help World Bicycle Relief get one step closer to their goals and would love your help! Through our benefit yoga class and raffle we are trying to raise funds for 10 bicycles which will take $1,340 dollars to achieve.

Did you know, that bicycles multiply an individual’s efforts by:
1) Riding a bicycle increases one’s carrying capacity by 5 times,
2) Over equal units of time, one can ride a bicycle 4 times the distance as one walking.
3) During a commuting day of 10 miles traveled, a bicycle saves 3 hours.

Class will begin promptly at 10:00 am and ends at 11:30 am. No yoga experience is required. We will supply all of your yoga props. Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move around in easily. Shorts are preferred over pants. The raffle will be held afterwards. If you can’t make it to the yoga class, you can still purchase raffle tickets…No need to be present to win! We will also present more information about what the World Bicycle Relief organization is about after class before the raffle drawing begins.

Registration for the fundraiser yoga class is required. Please find more info at:
www.boiseyogacenter.com.

November 24th, 2010

Power Yoga Workshop with Sid McNairy

Dynamic yoga teacher Sid McNairy, owner of Lifeline Power Yoga in Towson, brings his Empowerment and Beyond yoga program to Annapolis for a special one-day workshop.
Saturday, December 4th, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; $100 for the full day or $55 for either the morning or afternoon session. Workshop will be held at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.

Empowerment and Beyond will provide an Invigorated Body, an Awakened Mind, and a Sense of Peace that will enhance your life every day. The workshop is suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners. Please bring your own mat, towel, water and lunch. Prepare to feel the unity of a new community!

Register at lifelinepoweryoga.com.

November 18th, 2010

2nd Annual Thanksgiving "Yoga Flow of Gratitude" Class

Join Manduka Ambassador Travis Eliot for this sweaty, dynamic, heart-igniting, giving thanks, yoga class!

When: Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 10:45am-12:30pm

Where: Santa Monica Power Yoga (West)

With: Travis Eliot

Suggested Donation- $14