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  • We're in This Together

    Our beloved community of yogis goes beyond the studio – it spans the nation and the globe. Harvey and Irma's affect on our community has broken our hearts, which leads us to the question: What can we do to help?

     

    Manduka has committed to helping studios in need hit by the hurricane with replacement yoga mats for those that have become lost or damaged. We truly believe that the power of yoga provides a sense of self and strength, especially in times of uncertainty.

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  • project:OM Artist Spotlight – Taking Back Control with David Allen

     

     

    Meet David Allen, a tattoo artist and painter known for his work tattooing over the scars left behind by mastectomies of breast cancer survivors. We sat down to discuss his partnership with project:OM.

    Why did you want to become a tattoo artist?

    I like the one-on-one aspect where I can spend time with a client, whether that be two hours or five. And I can deliver art that caters directly to the person.

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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

  • 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

  • Thank You, Yogis

    Your Inspiration Notes to Manduka

    Last month we sent out mad lib style postcards to learn more about what inspires our customers. Reading your responses made us more proud than ever to be part of your practice. Thank you, yogis, for making time to get on your mats and cultivate so many moments of intention. Your practice is what makes our work worthwhile. 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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  • A Bracelet That Gives Back

    This month, we're celebrating women's health! Why? Because we appreciate every chaturanga, downward dog, and savasana as time spent to connect with who we are, the women we came from, and the many things we can accomplish together as a community.

    In that spirit, we introduce our latest collaboration with Mala Collective.

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  • Bring Yoga To Kids Who Need It Most

    Every student should experience confidence, focus and feel balanced in the classroom, but not all students come from situations that give them that luxury. So we have to support the people who support our most at-risk kids. Bent On Learning is a nonprofit organization that has taught yoga to over 18,000 students over the past 15 years, bringing yoga and all of its benefits into underserved New York City public schools to support a healthier, more compassionate learning environment – and we made a mat to help make what they do possible.

    We’ve collaborated with visual artist Ryan McGinness to bring a one-of-a-kind printed PRO mat that will not only inspire your practice, but gives back to a young community that needs it most. Every time one of these special PRO mats are purchased, we will gift two yoga classes for children in Bent On Learning, helping inner city kids find inner peace.

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  • An Artistic Collaboration with Real Heart

    For the time ever, we have partnered with an artist to create a one-of-a-kind printed PRO mat. The limited edition Ryan McGinness PRO Mat was designed to inspire creativity both in practice and in life but it also serves a much higher purpose. Every time one of these special PRO mats is purchased, we will donate two yoga classes to children through Bent On Learning. This non-profit organization helps bring yoga and all its benefits to public schools in the New York area.

    The abstract female silhouette is part of Ryan’s iconic “Women Series” and positively flows off the classic dark blue mat right into our open hearts. And while the design is new, everything else you love about the PRO is still there including an unparalleled density, performance grip and a lifetime guarantee. Already our most supportive mat, this limited edition mat truly embodies the spirit of the practice by supporting the next generation of yogis.

    Buy a mat. Give yoga.

    About Ryan McGinness Ryan McGinness is an American artist, living in New York City. His work is in the permanent public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Cincinnati Art Museum, MUSAC in Spain and the Misumi Collection in Japan.

    See more of Ryan’s work at ryanmcginness.com.

    About Bent on Learning
    Bent On Learning brings yoga into underserved public schools and classrooms tosupport a healthier, more compassionate learning environment where kids can thrive. For 15 years, they have been providing weekly yoga programs to schools during the academic day, serving 18,000 children to date and helping make health and happiness an integral part of school curriculums.

    For more info visit bentonlearning.org.

    © Ryan McGinness. Licensed by Artestar, New York.

  • The Most Important After-School Class!

    Some of the most important lessons we learn on a mat. The Manduka team is honored to be able to inspire the practice for these elementary school kids with our long time partner YogaWorks. Namaste, kiddos!