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  • Yoga Poses For Runners

    Hamstring tightness and soreness is probably the number one complaint heard in yoga classes. Our hamstrings make up three different muscle groups, which collectively are responsible for the flexing of knee and lifting of foot each time we run or jog.  When we overuse or aggravate these muscles, their response is to tense up and contract. And there’s no mistaking the fiery wrath of an over-worked hamstring!

    Why is yoga good for tight hamstrings?
    Yoga and running complement each other perfectly, helping to fill the gaps where the other lacks.  Practicing just a handful of specific postures before and/or after a long running session can help to stretch and gently lengthen the hamstring muscles, as well as release any built-up tension in the body.

    Here are our top 3 yoga poses to help you stretch hamstrings from every angle:

    1. Forward Fold (aka Uttanasana)

    Basic hamstring stretch to lengthen and release tension.

    PROtip: If you start to feel any pain, back off by gently bending the knees. The aim is to feel a stretch without any discomfort or strain.

     

    1. Wide-Legged Standing Forward Fold (aka Prasarita Padottanasana)

    Inner hamstring stretch to also lengthen spine.

    PROtip: Rest hands on floor and lift kneecaps to activate quadriceps. Increased activation will deepen hamstring stretch.

     

    1. Pyramid Pose (aka Parsvottanasana)

    Outer hamstring stretch to work leg balance and strength.

    PROtip: Extra tight hamstrings will benefit from the use of blocks (like these!) to support hands if they don’t reach the floor.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Koya Webb's Story of Healing

    Everyone’s journey with the practice is different. This is Koya’s:

  • Alex Crow's Story of Self-Discovery

    Meet Alex. A yoga teacher and writer who allowed her journey with the practice to unfold without any preconceived notions of where it might take her or what it might reveal.