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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 through chemotherapy. 

    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.

    Jennifer Winther and Son - The Manduka Blog

    How did your yoga practice support you through your breast cancer treatment?

    I was already practicing daily when I was diagnosed, and my yoga community was a big part of my support network. My teacher was determined to get me as strong as possible before treatment started, and took such good care of me. My neighborhood studio was a wellness center with very dedicated healers. The owner, the staff, the teachers, and my fellow students, held me close throughout the whole ordeal. The studio was a safe place where I could go and rock my naked head (I was completely bald for months). My practice allowed me to reconnect with my body on the off weeks of chemotherapy treatment, which was basically laying my body to waste from the inside out.

    You teach yoga now. Do you have any students with breast cancer?

    I have taught private clients as they go through treatment, and also have survivors come to my class after reading my bio on studio websites where I teach. Both are really challenging, but deeply moving, too, and help me to continue healing, since that process is ongoing. Having lived through it, I understand deeply just how devastating a cancer diagnosis and treatment, can be. Holding space for someone to simply connect with their body during a time when it is breaking down or enduring so much is an intensely intimate thing.
    How long have you been cancer free for?

    Towards the end of my treatment in 2011, I asked my oncologist where I fell on the spectrum of cancer patients. He replied that I had had a brush with something very serious. Had we not caught it when we did, even a few months later may have been too late because the type of cancer cells analyzed from surgery were splitting at a mad pace. But we did catch it, and my treatment was on the lighter side, given that some people, when diagnosed, never have an end date to their treatment course. I was lucky. Remission means that cancer is present but not growing, but I learned that day that since the day of my surgery, my blood tests and imaging indicated I was cancer free.

    Jennifer Winther | The Manduka Blog

    What has been the most impactful lesson from your experience?

    That I am not alone. I used to take pride in doing everything for myself, in being as independent as possible. But I learned on a very deep level and without any doubt that humans are meant to be connected, to support each other, to give and receive help. 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

  • 5 Things We Love About The PRO Series

    5 Things We Love About The PRO Series | The Manduka Blog

    Optimal Transitions

    While the natural rubber of our eKO mat provides a tackier finish some prefer
    for holding arm balances or inversions, the performance surface of a PRO mat is ideal for moving toes through chaturanga or warrior transitions without catching on your mat. Continue reading

  • 7 Reasons to Try Yoga This Year

    Reasons to Try Yoga This Year | The Manduka Blog

    Wanderlust's Schuyler Grant and Jake Laub share seven reasons to commit to a regular yoga practice this year. Their 21 Day Yoga Challenge is the perfect program to get started and begin feeling the benefits. Sign up for the challenge here and purchase your Beginner's Kit with everything you need for a home practice. Continue reading

  • All The Challenges We're Trying In January

    To celebrate the start of 2017, our staffers are diving headfirst into some of the many yoga challenges being offered this month. Available both online and in studios, yoga challenges are a fun way to get motivated and plug into the community while committing regular time to your well being.

    Whether you have been wanting to give yoga a try for the first time, or return to a regular practice, we say there's no time like the present. Here are all the yoga challenges we'll be participating in this month.

    The Wanderlust 21 Day Yoga Challenge
    Level: Beginners Welcome
    Location: Online
    About: Schuyler Grant leads this beginner friendly challenge which seamlessly introduces 60 essential yoga poses in daily 20 minute sequences.
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  • Plan Your Happiness with Mo Seetubtim

    "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Mahatma Gandhi

    We can think of no better tool to set our intentions with than Mo Seetubtim's delightful annual Happiness Planner. It begins the year with a helpful roadmap, then checks in every month on your personal and work goals, and leads each calendar day with an inspirational quote. We loved using her planner in 2016 so much that we decided to collaborate on a special four-week edition to gift all of our customers gearing up for 2017. 

    Mo Seetubtim of The Happiness Planner | The Manduka Blog Continue reading