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  • Manduka’s Holiday Mindset: Putting Your Practice Into Practice

     

     

    How did this all happen so fast? One minute it’s summer and the next, we find ourselves fully entrenched in the holiday season! Not that we’re complaining…this time of year is always one of our favorites, bringing with it family, festivities and lots of opportunities to put the tools we learn on the yoga mat into practice in the real world.

    This year, we’re proud to feature some of our favorite hometown teachers (that’s sunny Los Angeles, by the way), who share with us how they give back in their own communities, model some of their favorite Manduka picks, provide their personal flow playlists and some will even be teaching live-streamed yoga classes throughout the next few months.

    Meet our Holiday Gift Guide Teachers below and get inspired to put your own practice into, well, practice. Together, we can spread positive vibes big and small to everyone we meet, hug, toast and gift this season.

    Practice On,

    Manduka

     

     

     

    NAME: Alex Artymiak

    FIND HIM AT:

    @Insight_Yoga

    HOLIDAY PICKS:

    The Flow Collection

    PLAYLIST:

    FLOW

    TEACHING LIVE:

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    NAME: Jackie Smyth

    FIND HER AT:

    @TravelingMats

    HOLIDAY PICKS:

    The Strength Collection

    PLAYLIST:

    STRENGTH

    OFF-THE-MAT:

    “As a single mother, I know that help from family, friends and even strangers is always appreciated. That’s why each holiday season, I use my community at the studio to arrange clothing drives for Santa Monica’s Upward Bound House to help single mothers and families get back on their feet.”

     

     

     

    NAME: Kali Sampson Alexander

    FIND HER AT:

    @ThisIsHowIFlow

    HOLIDAY PICKS:

    The Energy Collection

    PLAYLIST:

    ENERGY

    TEACHING LIVE:

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    NAME: Katie Keller

    FIND HER AT:

    @KatieKeller_

    HOLIDAY PICKS:

    The Shine Collection

    PLAYLIST:

    SHINE

    OFF-THE-MAT:           

    “I work at The Giving Keys in Downtown LA, where we employ people transitioning out of homelessness to make inspirational products and key jewelry stamped with words like DREAM, CREATE or INSPIRE. Working with organizations like Chrysalis, Union Rescue Mission and First Place For Youth makes me proud to pay it forward today, tomorrow and every day.”

     

     

    NAME: CJ Harvey

    FIND HIM AT:

    @BreathAndGratitude

    HOLIDAY PICKS:

    The Growth Collection

    PLAYLIST:

    GROW

    TEACHING LIVE:

    Sign up here!

  • How Manduka Founder Peter Sterios Built The Best Mat in The World

     

    In 1997, the Internet was just getting started (less than 2% of the world’s population were users), the first social media platform was launched (but, let's be honest, no one knew what to do with it) and Amazon was only 4 years old, primarily selling books and DVDs.

     

    20 years later, all of those things are very alive and well...and so is Manduka’s signature yoga mat, the Black Mat PRO. In 1997, the yoga landscape was a very different place, where 60’s-era refugees and martial arts students gathered in small studios to practice on makeshift mats often made of cut-up pieces of carpet underlayment (true story).

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  • 5 Ways to Stay Motivated with Todd McCullough

     
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    Question: Why do you want to be in shape?
    Typical Answer: “I want to lose ten pounds.”

    That’s not good enough for Todd McCullough, founder of TMAC Fitness. He wants to know WHY his clients want to be in shape. And that’s when, he says, things start to get interesting.

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  • A Pioneer of project:OM - Danni Pomplun

    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.

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

    project:OM Spotlight - Getting Schooled in Yoga with Sarah Herrington | The Manduka Blog

    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, Program Adminstrator of Yoga Studies at LMU and instructor, 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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  • 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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  • 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