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  • From Our Friends at Seea: Finding Balance in Work, Surf and Yoga Teacher Training

     

    What’s it like to plunge into a 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training while working full-time? Seea production manager (and our style + yoga muse) Heathyr Smyth shares her story.

    Photos by Heidi Zumbrun and Luki O'Keefe

    Heathyr Smyth’s first impression of yoga nearly seven years ago was similar to what many landlocked residents feel about surfing: ‘That looks pretty fun, but I’m scared of looking stupid.’

    In Heathyr’s case, she watched online yoga videos until she felt courageous enough to visit a studio. At her first class, she found new friends and a welcoming community, wondering why it took her so long to shake her insecurities and begin. “From that first class, I knew this would be a lifelong practice,” she says. “Wherever I’ve moved, I’ve found a community in yoga.”

    Heathyr joined Seea almost two years ago as Production Manager, where she works closely with designers to follow swimsuits from first samples to final pieces. Of course, things can get stressful and that’s exactly when she finds yoga so helpful: “It has a way of bringing me back down to earth, grounding and healing as it pushes growth from the inside out.”

    Her Teacher Training Journey
    I did my first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 because I wanted to deepen my practice. Yoga had become very significant in my life, a place where I could work things out on my mat that I hadn’t been able to do anywhere else. After this recent 500-hour cycle, I discovered that sharing the practice and self-exploration has been key to my growth.

    Carrying Yoga Through Work + Life
    My yoga practice stays with me all day, from the smallest things to the biggest. Getting in tune with myself has aligned my various activities and harmoniously combined them with balance.

    I try to maintain mindful posture while sitting and, of course, smiling helps to relieve tension. We try to keep it pretty light at work, but always stay mindful of building coworkers up. Encouragement and meaningful compliments can change a mood or make a bad day good.

    Advice for Future Teachers
    If you’ve thought about doing yoga teacher training, just do it. It will never be the right time, so just make it a priority. If you replace the words “I don’t have enough time” with “That’s just not a priority right now,” you can change your mindset. Make yourself a priority. You do have time.

    If you're looking to immerse yourself in the practice, I'd also recommend trying out a retreat. This can kickstart your practice through complete immersions in a lifestyle that you take back into your daily life. Check out the Yoga/Surf retreat I am hosting in May in Troncones, Mexico called Wild Meridians that’s based on yoga, surfing and vegan cuisine. I’m giving away a spot on the retreat so check out the Instagram on how to enter!

    Fave Manduka Products

    When I started my first YTT, I bought myself a PROlite. I did hours of research and knew exactly what I wanted. A great mat like this will make all the difference starting at your foundation. Some of my favorite props are strapsblocks, bolsters and cotton blankets.

    Final Thoughts

    Yoga is for anybody and everybody. With the tools I’ve learned through teacher training, it’s starting to click more and more. I can see it in class when the words I use make a difference in how the class moves. When students come back the next week, I really smile and know that lives are changing and people are becoming more aware and awakened. That’s the feeling that keeps me coming back for more.


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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

  • 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

    Our Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday | Manduka Blog

    The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! Also, let's be real, the busiest.

    Suddenly, there are places to be, people to see, gifts to give, and lots of memories to make. Our handy Gift Guide should solve for one of these to-dos, but we wanted to share our tips for conquering the rest of your holiday season with ease.  Continue reading

  • 10 Self Care Rituals for New Mamas

    Kaitlin Coghill

    With the birth of your baby came the birth of a new woman. She looks similar to you but more tired. She's a little less carefree. She has the same passions as before, but they have all (temporarily) moved down on the ladder to make room for a tiny human.

    This is where self-care comes in. Really, a woman should be taken care of by her friends and family after giving birth, but society has a long way to go in honoring new mothers. Many women are left to care for their new child and healing body all on their own. If this is your situation, or even if you are lucky enough to have lots of support from your village, read on for some very simple self-care tips to ease your transition into motherhood. After all, baby can't thrive if mama isn't thriving too! Continue reading

  • 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.

    Manduka + Mala Collective Continue reading

  • Mindfulness on the Field with Coach George Lombard

    Sometimes you find yoga in unexpected places. After seeing the Dodger's first base coach, George Lombard, practice on our Manduka PRO mat at Dodger Stadium, we couldn't wait to hear how his practice translates onto the field -- and off. First drafted as a player to the Atlanta Braves in 1994, his extensive career in professional baseball has transformed him from a student to a teacher. Who knew coaching baseball and teaching yoga had so much in common?

    Dodger coach George Lombard participates in Yoga Day on the field after the game. Jill Weisleder/Dodgers


    What was your first experience with yoga?
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  • Finding Your Edge with CEO Sky Meltzer

    What do leading a company, practicing yoga, and raising children have in common? Just about everything, actually. We sat down with our CEO, Sky Meltzer, to hear what a little presence and breath can accomplish on the mat, in business and beyond.

    Sky Meltzer

    Since it is Father's Day, can you tell us a little about your kids?

    Yes, of course. My favorite topic! My daughter is four and her name is Luciana. She is a master storyteller. She loves reading, dancing, and singing – and is just very bright and free-spirited. Continue reading

  • Light & Legacy with Heaton Graham

    An avid surfer, yoga teacher and dedicated father, Heaton Graham shares how his son has anchored him to the present, and what he hopes to pass on from his practice.

    When my son was born I had been going through a very difficult time. We had just moved to a new town with different working and living conditions, and of course, a new child -- a lot of transition. It felt as if a heavy fog were drifting in from the stress and lack of clarity to where I was going.

    As my son and I got to know each other though, his presence was like a lighthouse in the middle of that fog. I started to realize that for the rest of my life I would be his Papa. Regardless of any other circumstance, I would have his constant light to help guide me.

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  • Your Health On The Road with Charlie Marchant

    As the summer season approaches, we asked UK based travel blogger Charlie Marchant to share her best tips on staying healthy while making your travels count.

    Charlie Marchant

    Whether you’re headed to a yoga retreat, music festival or international adventures this summer – be prepared! Continue reading

  • Yoga for Good Luck | 5 Practices

    In honor of Friday the 13th, let’s have a look at luck.

    Luck is a fun concept: the idea that once in a while, life gives you a windfall of fortune for no reason other than chance. Sometimes things do happen for no apparent reason – like finding a $20 bill on the street, or getting called for jury duty 3 years in a row. But most of the time, almost all of the time, what really makes luck is you. Continue reading