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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Meet Our Team: Customer Care

    Manduka Employees

    Calling all yogis! Manduka is looking for a customer care associate in our Los Angeles headquarters. No automated phone menus here. Our team helps customers deepen their practice with every call and email. Must love wearing leggings to work, taking plank breaks, and sharing snacks. Meet some of our crew and hear their take on life at Manduka.

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  • Humans of Wanderlust

    Wanderlust - Squaw Valley

    Our favorite part of attending this year's Wanderlust festivals? Meeting all of you. From farmers in Minnesota to acupuncturists in Colorado, thank you for sharing with us (on and off the mat) at this year's events in Stratton, Aspen and Squaw Valley.


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  • Get Ready for SUP Yoga, At Home

    Jeramie Vaine, @jvaine1, is a Professional Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Athlete, 200-hour Power Yoga certified teacher, and SUP Yoga instructor. He’s currently traveling the world with Wanderlust Festivals and clinics around the globe, bringing his passions to paddlers everywhere.

    This asana series was designed to bring a fun, safe and calming practice to the water for Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. However the poses are for any level of yoga practitioner and can be added to any daily practice, on or off the water.

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  • Learn to Love Backbends With Jessamyn Stanley

    Ahhh, backbends... The ultimate cure for hunched-at-your-desk-all-day posture, but where to start?  Jessamyn Stanley (@mynameisjessamyn), yoga teacher, body advocate and all around dynamo personality talks us through four supported poses to experience a truly heart-opening practice. 

    You’ll need: a supportive yoga mat and two blocks. (We suggest the Manduka PRO and our Recycled Foam Blocks.)

    First let’s be clear: using props isn’t a sign of weakness. They’re great tools for deepening your practice and they allow us to modify and open in places the body isn’t used to. They’re amazing for rooting down, opening the chest and back, and supporting core strength. For backbends, I have blocks next to me at all times.

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