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  • project:OM - Danni Pomplun Interview

    Danni Pomplun | The Manduka BlogAs a cancer survivor, Danni was one of the first ambassadors to join the project:OM movement. He is a 500-hr Registered Yoga Instructor and a member of the teacher training faculty at Yoga Tree in San Francisco. Danni credits yoga with opening his eyes to a world of positive opportunities.

     

    Project:OM Ambassador Spotlight: Danni Pomplun

    Helping others and having fun doing it – that’s the stuff this project:OM ambassador thrives on. Join us as we sit with San Francisco based yoga teacher, Danni Pomplun, to talk about his love of helping others while paving the way for project:OM ambassadors.

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  • What do yoga and Wrestlemania have to do with each other? Everything, especially when it's for a great cause.

    project:OM Pre-Wrestlemania Event | The Manduka Blog

    If you haven’t heard yet, our project:OM event to benefit Susan G. Komen is taking place May 12-14 and it’s all about bringing many different people together for a great cause…one million people, to be exact. But when we launched project:OM last month, we never imagined that one of our biggest yoga supporters would end up being…the WWE.

    But when you think deeper, it does make sense: We all believe in the power of yoga, health and wellness to heal our bodies, minds and spirits. Susan G. Komen has seen that spirit manifested in countless heroic breast cancer survivors, WWE harnesses the power of yoga to keep their Superstars healthy and fit, and we at Manduka? Well, our love for yoga is a given.

    So the three organizations joined up Saturday, April 1 in Orlando, FL to host a pre-Wrestlemania yoga event with E! News Host Maria Menounos and 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee and certified yoga instructor Diamond Dallas Page (DDP). And it was epic.

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  • project:OM Spotlight - Schooled in Yoga with Sarah Herrington

    project:OM Spotlight - Getting Schooled in Yoga with Sarah Herrington | The Manduka BlogThe Programs Director of Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) will host project:OM’s Los Angeles marquee event, on May 13th, 2017.

    Powering through poses and searching for inner peace is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Yoga. Manduka Ambassador and Programs Director of Yoga Studies at LMU, Sarah Herrington, shares with us what it means to offer one of the only master’s degree programs in Yoga Studies in the world, and what project:OM means to her.

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  • 9 Ways to Use Your Yoga Blocks

    Yoga Blocks: For All The Right Angles | The Manduka Blog

    They call them building blocks for a reason. Yoga blocks are essential tools to help you find balance, explore new poses and help bring comfort to your practice.

    Meet our in-house yoga teacher, Anne Spinner, who shows us how beginners and advanced yogis can use blocks whether it’s at home or in the studio. Follow her on Instagram or check out her website for more info.

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  • Survivor Story: Jennifer Winther

    We recently announced project:OM, a mindful movement to drive positive change at an epic level. The inaugural event will be held May 12-14th, 2017 and will unite One Million in the world's largest yoga class to benefit Susan G. Komen®. Manduka Ambassador and breast cancer survivor, Jennifer Winther, shares how her yoga studio became her sanctuary during chemotherapy treatment. 

    Breast Cancer Survivor Jennifer Winther Practicing Yoga

    When did you first learn you had breast cancer?

    I was diagnosed on March 25th, 2011. At the time, my son was in kindergarten, just starting spring break, and my daughter was in pre-school. My mother had been diagnosed with colon cancer when she was around the same age as I was. She died within a year, so it was a terrifying diagnosis. Continue reading

  • 4 Postures to Prepare for Splits

    Manduka Ambassador, Sara Quiriconi, shares four poses to prepare for full splits. Practice alongside Sara in her project:OM online classes. To learn more about joining Sara as one of the One Million to battle breast cancer, visit projectOM.com

    Sara Quiriconi | The Manduka Blog

    Props Needed: Two Manduka Blocks and one yoga mat. (My home practice go-to is The Black Mat PRO for the ultimate knee padding when working on those half splits and lunges). 

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  • Favorite Moments from Wanderlust O'ahu

    Following us on Instagram? You might have seen our social media manager's updates from Wanderlust O’ahu. Wanderlust Festivals are a great opportunity to plug in, try something new, and learn from some of the best. With extensive yoga class offerings, speakers, and music – there’s plenty to catch. For anyone who wasn’t able to make it, here were some of Zena's  favorite moments.

    Wanderlust O'ahu | Turtle Bay Resort | Manduka Blog

    The Views from Turtle Bay

    I've experienced a few Wanderlust locations and while I love the summer camp vibe of mountain towns for the other festivals, I've got to say, there was something very special about this remote resort nestled up against the sea on the North Shore of O'ahu. Is it just me or is the sound of the ocean a constant reminder to tune into your breath and go with the flow? Continue reading

  • Q&A with Movement Coach Mike Aidala

    To celebrate the new Manduka X Mat, we're checking in with powerful athletes to hear how yoga improves their performance as cross-sport influencers. First up? Movement Coach and Manduka Ambassador, Mike Aidala

    Mike Aidala | The Manduka Blog

    What is your athletic background?

    My parents always say I never met a ball I didn’t like. In high school I was an all-state football quarterback and an all-conference basketball forward. I also played football at SUNY Cortland. After graduating college early with a degree in Kinesiology and Fitness Development, I competed in Olympic Weightlifting. I then did Stand-Up Paddleboard distance racing and at one point even instructed skiing in Austria.  Continue reading

  • King Dancer Pose with Jennifer Elliott

    Manduka Ambassador Jennifer Elliott is an ERYT-500 and Yoga Therapist who has been teaching for 15 years. In this guest blog post, she shares how to use props to get into King Dancer Pose more easily. You will need two blocks and a strap. 


    In order to achieve the final pose safely, I recommend warming up with sun salutations and twists to prepare the body for the deeper backbends. Then you can begin to work on the components of the posture.

    Start by lying on your belly and reach back for the outside of the foot. Engage your hamstrings to encourage the foot to move closer to the buttocks and lengthen your tailbone to create space in the lower back.King Dancer Pose with Jennifer Elliott - The Manduka Blog

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  • The Ripple Effect Contest

    At Manduka, we believe yoga has a ripple effect that starts on the mat, but stretches far beyond.Souljourn Yoga Retreat in Peru | The Manduka Blog

    From January 18 to February 28, we’ll be looking for the most creative, passionate, and genuine ways our followers plan to create a ripple effect in their communities. Share a 60-second video showcasing how you'll make 2017 a better place to our Create.It page for a chance to win the experience of a lifetime. Continue reading