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  • 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

    Our Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday | Manduka Blog

    The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Also, let's be real, the busiest.

    Suddenly, there are places to be, people to see, gifts to give, and lots of memories to make. Our handy Gift Guide should solve for one of these to-dos, but we wanted to share our tips for conquering the rest of your holiday season with ease.  Continue reading

  • So You Want To Open A Yoga Studio...

    Meet our office hero: Lara Estrada. She's a full-time Manduka employee who opened a yoga studio of her very own last year. Read all about how she turned her dream into reality -- or better yet, visit Yoga Bliss in Los Angeles and see for yourself what a little love and a lot of hard work can make. 

    Lara Estrada at Yoga Bliss Studio

    Can you describe your role at Manduka?

    I’m an International Sales Rep. I work to bring our high-quality Manduka products to yoga studios and retailers all over the world!

    When did you realize you wanted to be a yoga studio owner?

    I completed my teacher training in 2009. At that point I knew teaching yoga was something I wanted to pursue but my career goals have evolved so much since then -- always in an organic way. I started thinking about opening a studio in 2012 but it didn't come together until a few years later. Continue reading

  • 10 Self Care Rituals for New Mamas

    Kaitlin Coghill

    With the birth of your baby came the birth of a new woman. She looks similar to you but more tired. She's a little less carefree. She has the same passions as before, but they have all (temporarily) moved down on the ladder to make room for a tiny human.

    This is where self-care comes in. Really, a woman should be taken care of by her friends and family after giving birth, but society has a long way to go in honoring new mothers. Many women are left to care for their new child and healing body all on their own. If this is your situation, or even if you are lucky enough to have lots of support from your village, read on for some very simple self-care tips to ease your transition into motherhood. After all, baby can't thrive if mama isn't thriving too! Continue reading

  • A Bracelet That Gives Back

    This month, we're celebrating women's health! Why? Because we appreciate every chaturanga, downward dog, and savasana as time spent to connect with who we are, the women we came from, and the many things we can accomplish together as a community.

    In that spirit, we introduce our latest collaboration with Mala Collective.

    Manduka + Mala Collective Continue reading

  • The Art of Competition: Q&A with Junior Bryant

    Football season is back! To celebrate, we met with former NFL defensive lineman Junior Bryant at Sweat Yoga in Santa Monica. After a serious neck injury cut his playing career on the San Francisco 49ers short, he’s transitioned his competitive spirit into the world of finance, and even into his personal yoga practice.

     

    Junior Bryant at Sweat Yoga - Manduka Blog

    How did you get started in football?

    I started playing football when I was in eighth grade. I was fortunate enough to get a college scholarship to Notre Dame. From there I got a chance to sign with 49ers and spent ten years on their roster. I was on the practice squad first as a free agent and made my way along the path until I became a starter. Unfortunately, I got injured before I was ready to be done. Continue reading

  • Three Block Headstand by Jennifer Elliott

    Yes, getting into headstand can be intimidating. You’re not alone if you’re looking around your yoga class thinking, How will I ever do that? Invert your perception with this exclusive three block headstand sequence from Jennifer Elliott, designed for both beginner and seasoned yogis, to safely support your neck and back as you build your foundation for a rock star headstand:

    I tend to avoid headstands anymore because of neck issues I have resulting from a car accident.As a teacher, I’ve found that most people have trouble setting up the foundation of headstand properly, and put themselves at risk of injury. For those reasons I love this version with 3 blocks and the wall. Personally, I can get into headstand without aggravating my neck, and as a teacher I feel confident that I’m setting up my students for a successful inversion.

    Three Block Headstand Continue reading

  • 10 Minutes to Unwind from the Grind

    A Labor Day Sequence with Rod Stryker

    Rod Stryker

    Let’s be real– you’ve earned this Labor Day. Your hard work deserves an extra day to recharge, get clear and most importantly, relax. Thanks to this exclusive sequence from Rod Stryker, you only need 10 minutes to unwind from the 40-hour workweek grind. Continue reading

  • Mindful Yoga Apparel


    Vote your values with your choices. Ashley Turner speaks her mind on mindful yoga apparel. See intention in action in our new fall collection.

  • 10 Yogi Reads Submitted By You

    Your Ultimate Yoga Reading List

    We asked and you shared! Here are just a few of the highlights from the many wonderful book suggestions you offered to us on Facebook. Together they comprise the ultimate yoga reading list. Feeling extra studious with fall approaching? Download a PDF of the full list of submitted titles here Continue reading

  • An Asana Sequence with Chelsey Korus

    Feelings of doubt, fear or any negative emotion can make us feel shifty and ungrounded. But within you exists a stronger, more powerful presence, represented by the mountain mudra. This sequence is designed to renew your focus and recognize the unshakeable mountain within you, so you can clear the path to become your most authentic self and feel restored to a place of feeling grounded and confident.

    Let’s begin.

    Start in downward facing dog. Take a deep breath in and a full breath out. You can begin to peddle the knees and settle into your stillness.

    Chelsey Korus Continue reading