Community Action

Who's On The Mat



From The Heart

My life has been transformed on my mat. It has provided me a sacred space to practice and grow!

-Julia Jones
Nampa, ID

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.

December 15th, 2012

Himalayan Children's Fund

The Himalayan Children's Fund is a way for people around the world, and the west in particular, to connect with the lives of people in the Himalayan Region of Nepal, India and Tibet. HCF provides support For Thrangu Rinpoche's many compassionate activities such as schools, monasteries and free clinics. By providing support for education, food, clothing, medicine and other needs the HCF hopes to equip the children and adults with the tools necessary for life enhancement while helping to preserve the culture of the people which is primarily of Tibetan and Buddhist heritage.

The HCF provides yoga classes to the kids in the Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School and also for the nuns at Tara Abbey. The classes are held in the library on a concrete floor which is often quite cold. While the participants have regular meditation practice, they also really respect and enjoy asana and pranayama, as well.

Manduka happily donated yoga mats for the school and nunnery to help provide the practitioners with a softer and more supportive surface to practice on.

To learn more or to find out how you can support the Himalayan Children's Fund, visit:

November 15th, 2012

The Pet Rescue Center

The Pet Rescue Center’s 4th Annual Providing Shelter Benefit

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – November 12, 2012 –The Pet Rescue Center (The PRC), a nonprofit 501(c)3 animal rescue group that provides temporary sanctuary and care for homeless pets in need, had its 4th annual Providing Shelter Benefit on November 3rd at Rosas Cantina in Olamendi’s Laguna Beach. The PRC’s Providing Shelter Benefit was a great fundraising success and introduced many passionate animal rescue supporters to their Rescue. Rehab. Re-home program.

It was an evening filled with appetizers, desserts, drinks, live music, a live painting and a silent auction. Manduka was happy to donate items for the silent auction portion of the event.

“More than 10,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in our nation each day. This is an issue that needs our attention, our activism and our intervention in each community. The Pet Rescue Center strives to take in as many cases as possible from across California, by working cooperatively with shelters, veterinarians, and other rescue groups to identify critical needs and to provide care and resources. There is always more to be done though and with the help of our supporters we will do all we can.” says Blythe Wheaton, Executive Director of The Pet Rescue Center.

About The PRC’s Rescue. Rehab. Re-home Program
The PRC networks throughout all of California, to rescue dogs and cats from situations that without intervention would result in the unnecessary euthanasia of that dog or cat. The PRC personally tours and searches out shelters that euthanize due to over crowding, as these dogs and cats sometimes have merely 4 days to find a family before their time is up. The PRC seeks out these dogs and cats through personal trips to the shelters, email warnings for at risk dogs and cats, and special requests by other rescue groups to work cooperatively to save these adoptable pets. These animals are then cared by The PRC in an effort to rehabilitate their needs until they are healthy, vaccinated, spayed/neutered and ready to find their forever family.

About The Pet Rescue Center
The Pet Rescue Center (PRC) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit group that works in cooperation with California shelters and rescue groups to save the lives of dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia due to overpopulation by providing education, spay/neuter and rescue and adoption programs. The PRC provides a no-kill, veterinary-supervised temporary sanctuary for these pets while working to find them adoptive homes. For more information, visit

October 15th, 2012

The Home for Little Wanderers

The Home for Little Wanderers provides vital programs and services for children in the Boston area. Serving children and youth from birth to the age of 21, The Home for Little Wanderers specializes in therapy, special education, adoption, foster care, and so much more. The Home makes a positive impact on over 7,000 lives each year by providing an 'open door' structure to allow children, families, and young adults to access services at any point, based on their needs.

Manduka was happy to donate yoga mats to support their needs!

To learn more about The Home for Little Wanderers, visit:

August 15th, 2012

San Quentin

Back in January of this year, we met Dr. Hari Murthy at the Yoga Journal conference in San Francisco where he told us about a yoga program that he runs for the inmates on Condemned Row in San Quentin. The inmates were in need of a yoga mat donation.

After months of hard work, and months of keeping the yoga mats stored in his own living room, Hari was finally able to get permission to bring the yoga matsinto the institution. He held their first class with real yoga mats in July, and it was amazing. The guys were so grateful for the mats; they had previously been using a combination of cardboard boxes, sheets, blankets, or towels.

Hari has told us about how much they relish learning everything from a vigorous vinyasa style to a more meditative, restful style. A few weeks ago, he held a purification ceremony with water that he had brought back from the Ganges. It was a day of pranayama, kriya, meditation and self-reflection with some of the yoga philosophy he learned at the ashram, followed by a symbolic cleansing with the Ganges water and meditation.

We are grateful to be able to support Dr. Hari, and his program.

July 23rd, 2012


Pelotonia is a grass roots bicycle race that occurs every year in the Central Ohio area. All the money raised each year goes directly to cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Research Center, the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

This year, Manduka was happy to donate Raffle & Silent Auction items to raise money for Pelotonia, helping them raise $4200 at this particular fundraiser.

In its first three years, Pelotonia has attracted over 8,300 riders from 38 states, about 2,800 volunteers, hundreds of thousands of donors and raised $25.4 million for cancer research.

For more info on this year's Pelotonia, please visit