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Bring Yoga To Kids Who Need It Most

Every student should experience confidence, focus and feel balanced in the classroom, but not all students come from situations that give them that luxury. So we have to support the people who support our most at-risk kids. Bent On Learning is a nonprofit organization that has taught yoga to over 18,000 students over the past 15 years, bringing yoga and all of its benefits into underserved New York City public schools to support a healthier, more compassionate learning environment – and we made a mat to help make what they do possible.

We’ve collaborated with visual artist Ryan McGinness to bring a one-of-a-kind printed PRO mat that will not only inspire your practice, but gives back to a young community that needs it most. Every time one of these special PRO mats are purchased, we will gift two yoga classes for children in Bent On Learning, helping inner city kids find inner peace.

Manduka PRO Limited Edition Print

“Teaching yoga in schools gives kids the opportunity to connect to their inner lives where their imaginations and creativity can expand beyond the constraints of the classroom,” says Anne Desmond, Co-Founder and Executive Director for Bent on Learning. “Ryan McGinness’ art on the Manduka PRO is a gorgeous testament to the power of yoga on a child’s creative development, and this partnership will allow more children to receive Bent On Learning yoga classes and have a lasting impact on their education.”

The mat was conceptualized out of the desire to support the teachers who build and lead this transformative classroom experience, while helping kids experience yoga at a young age, so they acquire tools to release stress, calm their emotions, and flourish. When we feel better, we learn better.

Our CEOgi Sky Meltzer says that yoga and art are natural partners. It is from art that we form a deeper connection to our own creativity, self -awareness, empathy and expression. “We are honored to provide our mat as a canvas for Ryan McGinness’ work, bringing beautiful imagery to the place so many people go to for inspiration. Together, we are sharing mindful purpose and creative expression, while supporting kids and inspiring them to practice.”

With a classic deep blue background, the abstract female silhouette is part of Ryan’s iconic “Women Series” representing universal womanhood, making this limited edition mat equal parts beauty and function. The design may be new, but everything else you love about the PRO is still there including an unparalleled density, performance grip and a lifetime guarantee. Already our most supportive mat, this limited edition mat truly embodies the spirit of the practice by supporting the next generation of yogis.

Ryan McGinness Manduka PRO Detail

Inspire your practice, and another's, by purchasing the Manduka PRO Limited Edition Print here. 

About Ryan McGinness

Ryan McGinness is an American artist, living in New York City. His work is in the permanent public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Cincinnati Art Museum, MUSAC in Spain and the Misumi Collection in Japan. See more of Ryan’s work at: ryanmcginness.com.

About Bent on Learning

Bent On Learning brings yoga into underserved public schools and classrooms to support a healthier, more compassionate learning environment where kids can thrive. For 15 years, we have been providing weekly yoga programs to schools during the academic day, serving 18,000 children to date and paving the way for making health and happiness an integral part of the curriculum of our schools. For more info visit: bentonlearning.org.

© Ryan McGinness. Licensed by Artestar, New York.

2 thoughts on “Bring Yoga To Kids Who Need It Most”

  • I am a teacher for a non-profit group that teaches science, peace, and empowerment to kids in low-income schools. I also am a certified yoga instructor and teach my kids yoga and mindfulness. We don't have yoga mats for the kids and would love to maybe have a class set that could travel to all 4 of our schools. How could we apply for some donated mats? I love and use my manduka mat and would love for the kids to get to enjoy them too! Thanks for doing this for kids. Yoga should be made available to all and you guys are making that happen!!!

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    • Dear Rachel,

      Thank you for supporting us in our work, and for providing such a wonderful service to your community. If you can, please submit this request on our contact page. We have a form there specifically designed for donation requests that will help us collect all the right information from you.

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