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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • Eleonora Zampatti's Ode to the Moon

    "The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections."
    Tahereh Mafi

    Eleonora Zampatti | Manduka Blog

    Since 2014, Ode to the Moon has brought people together to practice yoga, self-love, and the power of vulnerability. All this in the aim of creating awareness around domestic violence. Founder and Manduka Ambassador, Eleonora Zampatti, (herself a survivor of domestic abuse) shares her story below along with advice for being an advocate to yourself and your loved ones.

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  • Shut Up & Run with Robin Arzon

    There are marathoners, there are ultra-marathoners, and then there's self-proclaimed Ambassador of Sweat, Robin Arzon. Once held hostage at a bar in New York City, running became her moving meditation to overcome the trauma that followed. Her book Shut Up & Run details some of the astounding things she's accomplished since then, including continuing to run ultra-marathons after a Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. 

    We caught up with Robin to learn more about how yoga and meditation fit into her training routine as well as her advice for living a life without trepidation. 

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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.