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  • 8 Steps to Creating the Ultimate Home Yoga Practice

    Developing a home yoga routine can be daunting. Finding the time and space to show up on your mat each day is challenging, especially when you're used to the structure of an in-person yoga class.

     

    But learning how to practice yoga at home allows you the space to really listen to your body and its needs, without the temptation of playing a comparison game with neighboring yogis.

     

    More often than not, the biggest hurdle is simply showing up. The remaining steps? We’ve outlined them below to help get you started. Practice On.

     

     

    1. Get Online

    Make use of the many resources out there. Online yoga classes are a great way to get started on your home yoga journey, providing just enough structure and routine to build up confidence to “go it alone”. And with a range of different lengths, styles and levels to choose from, there’s always a class to fit your needs.

     

    1. Create the Right Space

    Creating an inspiring space for your practice is crucial. Find somewhere open and clutter-free that creates a feeling of ‘space’. Outfit that space with props that make you feel comfortable and supported. We love blankets and blocks for home practices.

     

    1. Find Your Soul Mat

    The cornerstone of your practice should be a mat that suits your needs and personal style. We love our PRO mats, especially the PRO Squared (if you can fit it!) Confused on which mat is best for you? Take our quiz!

     

    1. Be Selfish

    Take the time to tap into how you’re feeling. No two practices are going to be the same. Some days, you’ll want a stronger, longer practice; others, you might just want to do a few Sun Salutations and lie in Savasana.  Allow yourself the flexibility to feel what you and your body really need.

     

    1. Welcome The Resistance

    Resistance is part of life. Embrace it, rather than punishing yourself with it. The most important thing is that you make it to the mat, whether it’s for 5 minutes or 50 minutes. Respect and appreciate where you’re at in your practice.

     

    1. Start Small

    It can take a while for a new commitment to turn into a habit.  Respect that, and start with just a few minutes, working up to a longer practice when it feels comfortable.

     

    1. Phone = Off

    This is YOUR time, and don’t let anyone or anything take it from you. If you're joining Yogaia classes from your phone, make sure to turn off all notifications so your class doesn't get interrupted.

     

    1. Forgive, Forget & Carry On

    Falling off the wagon is normal – so don’t beat yourself up about it! Just be sure to get right back on and reward yourself that you did.

     

    Ready to start your home practice AND give back to a great cause? With a minimum $10 donation to project:OM, we’re giving you 30 days of Yogaia, an online live-streamed yoga platform. All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer.

     

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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. 

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  • Yoga for a Full Belly


    Anyone else experiencing food comas this holiday season? In this video yoga teacher Anne Spinner demonstrates the best yoga poses to relieve a full belly.

    A huge thanks to The Green Yogi in Manhattan Beach, CA for sharing their space with us and happy eating to all!


    Follow Manduka on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest for more yoga tips and take a class with Anne at The Green Yogi if you're in the area!

    Gear and clothing used in this video:

    Adorn Crop Top by Manduka Adorn Crop Top
    Flux Legging by Manduka Flux Legging
    enlight™ Lean Bolster by Manduka enlight™ Lean Bolster