April 27th, 2011

#Practice Asana, Sweat And Tears

It is often said that we meet ourselves on our mats. Just like our relationships, our mat can act like a mirror reflecting back to us our light and our shadow. Our practice can show us how far we have come. It can be the momentum pushing us into our higher states of being, if we can get out of our own way and allow it. If the body is our temple, and asana, our prayers, then our sweat could be our offerings, and our tears, our letting go.

My Manduka helps me #practice letting go. What does your Manduka help you #practice?

Here’s what some in our community are #practicing:

“Today was definitely a sunshine absorption day - the UK has been blessed with sun for a few days and we will be practicing gratitude for its’ presence!”

Melissa Baker Gentile
"Faith. Even if I'm in too much pain to practice today, or even tomorrow, yoga will still be there for me when the pain ebbs."

" Today Im #practicing self forgiveness and compassion, not been too well and sometimes we forget to lighten up!"

" I knew my PRO mat would be subject to sweat, but was not expecting the tears. Thanks for helping me #practice with an open heart."

April 14th, 2011

# Practice Get It Going

Woody Allen said that "Ninety percent of life is just showing up". Have you ever had those moments when you didn't want to practice, but once you got to class you were so thankful you peeled yourself off your sofa? A little momentum goes a long way. Sometimes transformation can seem impossible for lethargy or the rigidity can trip us up. Just by taking a few baby steps out of our comfort zone and creating movement in a positive direction, we can begin to see that we don't have to get it right, we just have to get going...

My Manduka helps me #practice showing up. How does your Manduka help you to show up and get it going?

Here's some inspiration on how others show up for themselves and our planet:

Angel Robbins Stambaugh:
" I recycle as much as I can, use reusable bags most of the time, re-use paper and plastic bags that I get, and when the weather is nicer, I plan on taking "garbage pick-up walks" to pick up some of the garbage I see when I walk with my dog."

Jonathan Gerard:
" I've been trying to use the bus system for the past 4 years instead of driving a car. Half the time i don't even make the bus schedule, so i end up walking everywhere hahahhha."

Gailanne Joachim:
" I take public transit to work regularly. I also participate in activities that foster appreciation of nature such as trail running/hiking, cycling, and yoga. I continually strive to keep updated on the news of the world and become aware of how the events of the world affect the environment."

Erin Finegold:
" I recycle like a champ! And, reduce my carbon footprint in several ways, care about water and conserve, purchase reconstituted garments, eat from the gardens, plant trees, compost, live my yoga and meditate; better me, better world."

Robyn Linn Weinstein:
" Running on the beach at least three times a week, I always see garbage... it's terrible when the birds try to eat it, thinking it's food. I always pick up garbage on the beach and hope to inspire others to do so, as well."

Carrie Ng:
" I try to find second uses for everything. Excess water can be used for watering plants rather than pouring it down the drain, coffee grinds can be used in the garden, vegetable peels can be used for veggie stock and treats for my dog. It can get creative to find another purpose(s) for items around the house."

Angeline Mels:
" I would reuse-reused whatever I can. My dad n I use used pet bottles, make holes on the cap, use it to sprinkle our small organic plants. Used cans for pots. We would catch the rainwater for other usage. I bring own grocery bag to shop.Turn off the screensaver on computer. Lately I shop less clothes n remodify old ones for new look, & donate the unused ones. Use the back of printed paper. I try not to use plastic straw or disposable chopstix anymore :) Small easydaily things."

March 31st, 2011

Inspiration: # Practice Looking Up

By Eka Ekong

I am in the midst of a yoga teacher training in Mexico(before you become envious, know that the weather has been quite cold) Last night, guided by a few artificial lights, my friend and I were walking back to our room, trying to avoid any hazards or wildlife(read: snakes). Something within me said to look up, and when I did I was engulfed in a sky filled with stars. I turned to my companion and said, “Hey, look up!” She didn’t hear me at first, but when she eventually did, we both froze awestruck by the majesty above and around us.

Oftentimes during practice, we can become so focused on an asana we can forget that there is more to us than our body and what we are doing in that moment. When we allow ourselves to expand whether in breath or awareness, we can broaden our inner and outer perspective. By looking up and out we can move deeper inwards, and see what’s true and vibrant inside.

I am #practicing expansion beyond my limitations. What does your Manduka help you #practice?

Here's how some remarkable yogis #practice Oneness:

Kim Puente-" Oneness is the art of being me. Not "mom" not "wife" or "daughter" just me. It is that 90 mins of Oneness that brings me back everyday and makes me a better mom, wife and daughter."

Gabrielle Gervilla-"Wake up in the morning, hop out of bed, sip on some tea, balance on my head. Open the windows, feel the breeze and pose with the trees. Salute the sun, know that we are all one. "

Katrina Hokule'a Ariel- "One Heart Song. Infinite Melodies."

Ozro Hepworth- "1ness to me is seeing the Divine in all things and experiencing all things with-in my True Self. The bubble becoming the Sea."

Kimberly FeLix-" 1ness is realizing I don't control everything. Or anything. Being out of control is ok, #yoga fills the gaps."

March 22nd, 2011

Lyrics To Go: The Rhythm Of Namaste

We recently launched our Lyrics collection, a fusion of word and image, and a celebration of Yoga's timelessness and intent. Words hold wisdom, reflection, and can help us to create the life of our dreams and our larger reality. With our words as well as our actions, we honor the divine light in ourselves and others. How does your Manduka help you #practice Namaste in words and deeds?

Here are a few responses on how some Yogis rhythmically celebrate the word "Namaste" in their realities:

From John Bowden
"Namaste means hello or goodbye, fix a friend a sandwich on Deli Rye, take the drishti to the third eye,eternal supply,forget the past and live in the now,respect the sacred cow,the know how,flow from right to left,up,down,front,and back,rooted firm into the ground the arms are up ,gaze to the crown,give thanks to all that have walked this road that have shouldered the load when the others were cold.."

From MaryJo Powrozek Rosso
"There once was a yogi from Kathmandu
who saw divinity in me and in you
the trekkers he'd see, were as special as he
and he is as special as you"

From Jill Lawson
"Free to be me in the 21st century, I play and I pray as the way of namaste, free to be me in the 21st century, I look within, it ain't no sin, in fact, it is the only way."

From Jasmine Arney
"Fear is a shadow
Hate is in the past
Trust is in the present
Truth in the light
Change is in the universe,
Namaste is the peace fight."

From Alissa Lesperance
"Namaste, yo. Bringin' respect from my heart. It's where we end and where we start."

March 22nd, 2011

Inspiration: # Practice Cleaning The Slate

By Eka Ekong

While looking over our facebook/twitter posts from the last remarkable week, I was inspired by our FB post on a fresh start. "Today we #practice cleaning the slate – it doesn’t clean itself. A fresh start comes from a conscious decision to renew."

I love my Black Mat Pro. There, I said it… It feels like I have been in a steady relationship with it for 9 years. We talk every morning, sometimes even in the evening. It greets me, arms open, no hesitation, holds me when I’m happy, and has wiped away many a tear. My mat does not judge me, or harbor any ill feelings. It doesn’t say “oh, good luck next time with that forward fold”, or chastise me if I lose my balance. Every time I step on my mat is a fresh start, a new beginning, a new hope. Each practice is a new possibility, without the luggage of the past. This is what my Manduka helps me practice.

Here are some notable responses on what Manduka helps others to practice:

From Runtaulbee
"I'm new to using @MandukaYoga and just love the new mat. #Practice feeling closer to the earth."

From Jill Lawson
"I practice what I teach and teach what I practice"

From ETL Yoga
"It helps me practice patience with helps me break down that wall-allowing myself to see what I have done"