Manduka is a wonderful inspiring company making beautiful eco-conscious yoga gear. Here is the story behind how Manduka came to be: Manduka, is a company founded on the simple idea that a better yoga mat could make a world of difference.
Over ten years ago, Peter Sterios, an architect turned yogi, discovered a simple, elegantly designed black yoga mat with a combination of firm grip and complete support revolutionized his yoga practice.
In honour of the yoga masters who inspired him, he sought to share this amazing yoga mat with others. Peter had always been the beneficiary of great generosity from other yoga teachers. To repay that debt, he sent yoga mats as gifts to many of the yoga teachers he admired including Erich Schiffmann, Rod Stryker, Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Rodney Yee, and Shiva Rea. The yoga teachers who inspired Peter were his first customers. And in the great yoga tradition, they shared their yoga mats with their students, and a true yoga company was born.
Peter chose the name Manduka in homage to his teacher and mentor, Shandor Remete, whose core practice and teaching always included the ancient Hatha Yoga Pradipika pose, Mandukasana or frog. The first time Peter heard and repeated the name of the pose he experienced a sense of childlike joy and delight as the sound rolled off his tongue. The word and the pose were mirror images, simultaneously playful and profound. The joy of Manduka is now spoken in more than 35 countries all over the world.
The quality and performance of Manduka mats and Manduka yoga accessories is still relatively unmatched in the marketplace. Manduka yoga gear is still crafted using simple, enduring, natural and whenever possible, renewable materials and fine attention to detail.
Manduka is a company built by and for yoga teachers and their yoga students. Manduka are still evolving, still introducing new yoga products, and still celebrating the spirit and wisdom of yoga teachers and yoga students.
Manduka: for your practice and for our world. At Manduka they are committed to making the world a better place. Respect for all living things is core to Manduka’s company philosophy and sustainability is Manduka’s standard. Manduka are committed to eco-responsibility, and are mindful of every decision they make in the manufacturing process.
Manduka support fair labour practices and toxic-free emission facilities. Wherever possible, Manduka use natural, recyclable, sustainable and/or biodegradable materials, and constantly search for new green technologies. Each detail of a Manduka product is a conscious decision. Manduka have constructed bags from recycled polyester fabrics and zippers made from recycled plastic bottles. Manduka’s eKO line of yoga mats is produced using biodegradable rubber sustainably harvested from rubber trees with no toxic glues. Designed to last a lifetime, the Manduka PRO Series yoga mats minimize impact on the environment and ensure years of superior practice for our community. Manduka’s prop collection was developed using materials including sustainable cork, natural unbleached cotton, and recycled wool fibers.
Here at myescape we are proud to be working with such an amazing company and thrilled to be able to bring you such great quality, beautifully designed yoga gear.
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