February 20th, 2013

Now. Is.Wow

Take a deep breath. Allow yourself to notice how it feels. This moment you are experiencing will never be again. Every moment, just like a breath, is distinct and unique. When was the last time you breathed just for the enjoyment of breathing? When was the last time you paused and basked in nature around you and the sky above? The leaves of the trees, the cloud patterns, and the surrounding atmosphere will never be that way again. You are even different now than you were a few seconds ago.

We think as we move from day to day, month to month, year to year, everything remains the same. We measure our life in increments of time and a belief that once we have something or get somewhere else, then we’ll be happy. Then.

What if our happiness was created by how conscious we were in this moment? Wherever you go it is now. Take a deep breath. Taste it. Enjoy it. Embrace the present as the gift it is.

This moment is powerful. This moment is beautiful. This moment is all there is. This moment is yours.

What will you do with your Now?

December 14th, 2012

Happy Birthday To B.K.S Iyengar!

Happy Birthday Mr.Iyengar!

"The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”

Thank you for helping us remember our inner song.

#Practice Gratitude

December 13th, 2012

Top 5 Detoxifying Foods For The Holiday Season

By Manduka Ambassador Rosie Acosta

Here we are at the beginning of the month, with more super fun holidays up ahead, and more temptations readily available for us to eat at home or at the office. It’s difficult to keep it together during the holiday season with so much deliciousness surrounding us, everywhere we go. No doubt we should be able to have a treat when we want, but the truth is, one treat is just NOT enough {or maybe that’s just me}. A great way to keep meals balanced is by adding foods that will assist in removing toxins from the body.

While there are many detox plans out there, it is important to seek the guidance of a qualified health-care professional before starting a detox regimen. In order to not have to go into full “detox” mode, here are some foods you can incorporate into your diet to give your body a chance to recalibrate:

1. Lentils: This fiber-rich legume aids in elimination, helps lower cholesterol, balances blood sugar, and even increases your energy. Adding lentils to salads or having a cup of lentil soup can give you the balance you need.

2. Grapefruit: Sweet, tangy and fiber-rich fruit helps lower cholesterol, prevent kidney stones, and aids the digestive system. Best when enjoyed for breakfast as a fresh squeezed juice or fruit bowl.

3.Cauliflower: Cruciferous veggies are great for detoxifying the body. This anti-oxidant rich vegetable aids your body’s natural detoxification system and reduces inflammation. Enjoy a batch of steamed cauliflower as a side dish or raw in a mixed green salad.

4. Broccoli: Neutralizes and eliminates toxins while also delivering a healthy dose of vitamins. Broccoli is a versatile veggie that can also be added to salads or enjoyed raw.

5. Cucumber: Nutrient dense cucumbers, which are 95% water, help flush out toxins and alkalize the body. This is one of my favorites. You can enjoy cucumbers in salads or toss it into the juicer to give your juice more nutritional value.

One of the best ways to begin to feel better instantly is by cutting sugar {this means cookies, cakes, and pies go bye-bye} from your diet. Also staying active will keep you motivated as the holidays approach. Exercising and keeping your body hydrated will also help move any toxins out. During this special time of year, remember to stay positive, enjoy yourself, your family and your friends.

Happy Holidays!!!

October 23rd, 2012

#Practice Mindbodyconnection

Have you ever literally felt the weight of the world on your shoulders, or that lump in your throat when you are upset, or the pang in your heart center when you are sad or embarrassed? The chart below, courtesy of, shows exactly where emotions are stored in the body. Learning where emotions are stored might help reveal what your body is trying to tell you – a chronic pain or ache could be your body trying to send you a message:

September 20th, 2012

Manduka Giveaway! What Is Your Advice To New Yogis?

September is National Yoga Month, made official by the US Department of Health! This month is dedicated to educating people on the benefits of yoga and encouraging new practitioners to give yoga a try.

If you're reading this, we can guess that you're already quite familiar with yoga. You may still be in those first shaky classes, or an old master who speaks asana as a second language. But if you're here, you've already answered yoga's call. So what would you say to someone who hasn't?

All day today on Twitter, we're collecting your advice, guidance, tips – anything you think a yoga newbie might want to know. Tweet your tip using hashtag #MDKmic (Manduka's 'open mic' tag) and we'll share your advice back out to over 14,000 Followers.

On Friday, September 21st, we'll thank you for all that you shared by selecting one of your Tweets to earn you great Manduka gear: a new Manduka Black Mat PRO for you, plus a Beginner's Luck Package for you to give to a yoga newbie in your life.

So please, get Tweeting! Let's create an amazing collection of YOUR wisdom to help new yogis find their path. And of course, you probably wouldn't mind winning a new mat either.

In gratitude,