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My Manduka knows me better than anyone. It has seen tears, sweat, and sometimes even blood, not to mention been witness to moments of extreme joy, bliss and peace. It doesn't judge me and loves me unconditionally. My Manduka is where I go to reclaim myself.

-Jennifer Galardi
New York, New York

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Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Why Manduka?: Besides having the best mat out on the market, Manduka supports Seva by donating recycled mats for underprivileged teens that I work with. Each teen has said how incredible it's been to have something all their own to practice on. I've asked for more Manduka mats this year, as the program has doubled in size. Even though I'm on a waiting list, I'd rather wait, than use anything else. Go on, recycle your old mat! It's good for you & good for the planet.

What does your Manduka help you #practice?: My Manduka helps me practice with clarity of purpose. I purchased my mat with the recommendation of Flow Yoga Studio owner & friend while in Hood River, Oregon during a special 3 week yoga immersion. After an intense 2 hour class one morning, I lay there on my new mat, reflecting on something our teacher had just shared with us... "You are not your thoughts. You are not your body. You are something more." At that moment, I broke through my old vision of myself and began to see my life unfold with fresh awareness. That clarity is something I will never forget. And, certainly, every time I step on my Manduka, I am reminded that I am indeed something more.

Yoga Style: Acroyoga, Yoga Therapeutics

Practice with me here: Melissa Smith Yoga

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Melissa Smith, Yoga Alliance ERYT® 500 in yoga therapeutics, Yoga Teacher Trainer with Holistic Yoga Teacher Training, Thai Yoga Massage, and AcroYoga® certified Teacher. Native Texan, Melissa currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her 2 sons.