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From The Heart

“On Manduka” a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

-Wendy Nations
Memphis, TN

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 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:

December 16th, 2010

Garden Road Elementary

Fifth grade students in San Diego County at Poway Unified School District’s Garden Road Elementary School are practicing yoga as part of their physical education program. With the donation of yoga mats from Manduka, the experience is even better! The fifth grade team has created an integrated PE program that combines Louis Martinez and Christy Embry’s general education classes and Kristina Cabrera’s Special Day Class. Mrs. Cabrera, RYT and business owner of Soleone “Doula Services, Yoga and Massage” (, is bringing her passion for yoga to the school. The program has been well received and the students have shown a lot of enthusiasm! Some comment: “Yoga has helped me in my baseball games!” shares Tori enthusiastically, “I love yoga after a tough dance practice!” says Jennifer. Cody comments, “I really like learning the Sanskrit names to the poses.” The students and teachers at Garden Road are so grateful to Manduka for their contribution and look forward to the rest of the year on the mat!

November 1st, 2010


Headstand is an innovative nonprofit dedicated to empowering students in economically disadvantaged communities through the practice of yoga. Headstand enhances students’ capacity for academic learning and promotes healthy social and emotional wellbeing.

Founded in 2008 by a former school teacher and yoga instructor, Katherine Priore, Headstand offers a unique curriculum designed in collaboration with experts in the fields of education, yoga, health, and wellness. The Headstand curriculum is research-based and blends yoga exercises with integrated educational theory and social and emotional learning.

Headstand classes include stretching, breathing, and awareness exercises to help students let go of anxiety and worry. After a Headstand class, students are physically, mentally, and emotionally better prepared to learn. Classes help students develop greater self-awareness and enable them to choose new behaviors for better personal balance and academic achievement.

Headstand programs are currently operating in schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and Houston with the use of donated Manduka mats!

Learn more by visiting

October 1st, 2010

The Extension

The Extension in Marietta, GA provides long-term residential recovery services to homeless men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. At the Barbara J. Crafton Women’s Center, Nancy Sauer, a volunteer yoga teacher, is seen challenging residents to connect with their breath as they practice Hatha yoga on these wonderful mats provided by Manduka. Until now, blankets have been used in some cases, since mats were sparse. You’ve made a real difference for these women. Thanks, Manduka!

For more information about The Extension or to make a donation, 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.