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From The Heart

My Manduka is my magic carpet, it allows me to go to places I never thought possible in my practice.

-Rosie Acosta
Portland, OR

Giving Back

Manduka recognizes an organization or individual each month for sharing the gift of yoga with those in need by donating yoga gear to support their cause.

January 16th, 2012

Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness

Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness is dedicated to providing free Health & Wellness services to Wounded Warriors. Since the organization's start in 2009, they have been able to offer over $500,000 worth of free services.

Manduka was happy to support the initiative by sending some yoga mats for an event called "Wellness Day" that took place in the DC Metro area on December 22nd. MSgt Chris Eder, USAF helps run the program, and is a Certified Vinyasa and Hatha Interdisciplinary Yoga Instructor and will be offering free yoga for vets once a month starting in February.

Chris was kind enough to share some photos of the event, where 60 people were present to take his yoga class! We LOVE these photos!

November 15th, 2011

Yoga Gives Back: Thank You Mother India

Yoga Gives Back is a global team of grassroots supporters who raise donations for microcredits and direct funding programs across India. Their first global fundraiser "Thank You Mother India" had over 750 people joining in from 10 countries in September. Manduka provided raffle items for the main LA events.

March 31st, 2011

Urban Male Leadership Academy

The Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House in Manhattan sponsored the Urban Male Leadership Academy at Baruch College during it’s Health Week Intro to Yoga Program. With the goal of introducing yoga to male students, the event was a huge success. Manduka supported the effort by donating 25 mats to help with the facilitation of the program. Norma Lecaroz from Cultural Heritage House shared, “with a total of 20 students, the response was positive and their evaluation sheets showed the interest from the triangle pose, to the breathing, and relaxation exercises. It felt reassuring that young men can do well to learn to release stress in a positive way.”

To learn more about the Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House in Manhattan, go to

January 20th, 2011

Liver Life Challenge: Destination Marathon

Coordinated by the American Liver Foundation®, the Liver Life Challenge (LLC) is an endurance event training program that promotes awareness of liver disease and raises money to fund critical liver research.

The American Liver Foundation has teamed up with athletes of all levels since 1988 when the first team trained for the Boston Marathon. Today, Liver Life Challenge event teams are forming all over the country to train together while helping the 30 million Americans fighting liver disease.

In January 2011, the Connecticut Division of LLC will bring 12 runners, including one transplant recipient, to Disney World to run the full and half marathons on behalf of the American Liver Foundation. Each runner raised a minimum of $3,000 to participate in the program, which will help to fund educational programs and essential research for a cure for liver disease. The top fundraiser will receive a yoga mat donation from Manduka.

For more information on the Liver Life Challenge please visit:

September 20th, 2010

Healing & Evolution in Paradise

The annual yoga, meditation and healing retreat for self-transformation and evolution, a charity project that was born in Bali last year, was held recently upon the secluded and beautiful island, Pulau Macan, which is nestled within a gorgeous archipelago known as the Thousand Islands off the north coast of Java.

Joseph Lee (, who adopts yoga as a way of life, together with 3 other inspiring teachers –Astrea Aurora, Makiko Domen, and Jean Manuel, guided the retreat participants through a transformational week of vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, pranayama, divine sacred sound meditations, guided as well as silent meditation, group cranio-sacral therapy, and educational workshops like Revealing the Mayan Calendar and The Power of Manifestation. This blessed opportunity was the result of a shared intention to create a sacred space for self-healing and transformation for all participants. The benefits from this retreat reach beyond the evolution of each participant, and touch the lives of many children in the global community. This annual charity yoga project grew from Joseph’s vision to share yoga as an ‘inward’ mindfulness meditation practice on-and-off the yoga mat to expedite our very path towards self-transformation and realization, and at the same time to groom the next generation of children. This year, the funds raised will sponsor 19 children around the world at Children International ( and Bali/Indonesia for a year to provide for their:

• Health+Dental care and medicine
• Malnutrition screenings and nutritional support
• Sturdy clothing and shoes
• School supplies and improved access to education
• Encouragement and hope

Joseph and friends inspire possibilities in others. Make a stand in what you believe in, and begin/continue to shine your love and light onto others.