50 Amazing Yoga Quotes and a Winner of the Manduka eKO Lite Yoga Mat Giveaway


Congratulations to Dani, winner of Daily Cup of Yoga’s Manduka eKO Lite yoga mat giveaway!! Thanks to all for participating, following, and sharing. The yoga quotes totally rock!! Now that I’ve read through all of them a few times it makes me want to go unroll my yoga mat right now.  I think you’ll enjoy reading and pondering these quotes as much as I have.
  1. “Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” ~ Krishnamacharya
  2. ‎”I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” ~ Gandhi
  3. “One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion.” ~ Yoga Sutra I.14
  4. Samskara saksat karanat purvajati jnanam. Through sustained focus and meditation on our patterns, habits, and conditioning, we gain knowledge and understanding of our past and how we can change the patterns that aren’t serving us to live more freely and fully.” ~ Yoga Sutra III.18
  5. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
  6. “For me, yoga is not just a workout – it’s about working on yourself.” ~ Mary Glover
  7. “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  8. “Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself…” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
  9. ‎”Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.”  ~ Jason Crandell
  10. “ Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.” ~ Rumi
  11. “You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” ~ Sharon Gannon
  12. ‎”In the darkness, I am light.”
  13. “Everyone can do Ashtanga. Except lazy people.” Sharath Jois
  14. “Just breathe.”
  15. “Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists.”
  16. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl
  17. ‎”The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  18. “Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.” ~ Yoga Sutras
  19. “In stillness all conflict must end.” ~ Phillip Urso
  20. ‎”To perform every action artfully is yoga.” ~ Swami Kripalu
  21. “Breathe…”
  22. ‎”Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
  23. “Don’t forget to breathe!”
  24. ‎”The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.” ~ Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  25. “A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.” ~ Jay Fields
  26. Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu. May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
  27. “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” ~ Rodney Yee
  28. “Stirum sukham asanam. Seated posture should be steady and comfortable.” ~ Yoga Sutra
  29. “When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
  30. “When we can remove the masks of our own making, then the one who has been longing to be seen sees itself unbounded, just as it is.”
  31. “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
  32. “The pose begins when you want to leave it.”
  33. “The wisdom obtained in the higher states of consciousness is different from that obtained by inference and testimony as it refers to particulars.” ~ Yoga Sutra
  34. “Let your practice be a celebration of life” ~ Seido lee deBarros
  35. “He shining, everything shines through him.” ~ Bhagavad Gita
  36. “Ashtanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory.”  ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  37. “Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go – what does matter is who you are when you get there.” ~ Max Strom
  38. “Make an attitude to be in gratitude, you will find the whole Universe will come to you.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
  39. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Gandhi
  40. “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.” ~ Rodney Yee
  41. “Eye on the drishti!”
  42. “Any belief, whatever it is, is counterproductive in the context of the practice of yoga. One holds a belief instead of knowing. For example, you wouldn’t say you believe in your right ear, since you know your ear, no belief is required. Believing always excludes knowing. When jnana (supreme knowledge) comes through the practice of yoga, you will know. Do not be satisfied with believing.” ~ Gregor Maehle
  43. “Breathe through it, and release anything that does not serve you.”
  44. “First month paining, second month tired, third month flying.” ~ Sharath Jois
  45. “Namaste!”
  46. “Submit to a daily practice. Your loyalty to that is a ring at the door. Keep knocking, and eventually the joy inside will look out to see who is there.”
  47. “Practice and all is coming.” ~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  48. “The world is the gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” ~ Swami Vivekananda
  49. “Desire, ask, believe, receive.” ~ Stella Terrill Mann
  50. “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

Daily Cup of Yoga Presents…Cyber Monday Manduka eKO Lite Yoga Mat Giveaway!!

Cyber Monday is upon us…and some checking accounts will survive better than others, but there’s one thing for sure:

You can’t beat a FREE Manduka Yoga eKO Lite Mat
on Cyber Monday!!!

That’s right, one lucky winner will score a sweet new yoga mat courtesy of Manduka to keep for themselves or to share the gift of yoga with someone else.  A little background on the eKO Lite:

The eKO Lite Mat is a wonder of eco-conscious innovation and convenience. Developed by yoga teachers looking for a high-performance, environmentally friendly mat, the eKO Lite features Manduka’s proprietary natural closed-cell rubber and comfortable sea-grass texture. The eKO Lite marries performance and durability with a lightweight, travel-friendly design. The eKO Lite will leave no footprint in landfills, and is perfect for people who want to make a commitment to our planet and take their yoga practice on the road.

Rules of the giveaway:

You have three ways to enter the contest…

1.  Follow both Daily Cup of Yoga and Manduka on Twitter and send a tweet to @dailycupofyoga using hashtag #yogahack.
2.  Like both Daily Cup of Yoga and Manduka on Facebook and leave a comment on Daily Cup of Yoga’s Facebook page with your favorite yoga-related quote.
3.  Leave a comment on this post with your favorite yoga-related quote.

Pick one or all three entry methods.  Do all three and increase your chances of winning!

I totally understand that many of you probably already follow Daily Cup of Yoga and Manduka on Twitter and Facebook, so your entry will still count if you send a tweet using the #yogahack hashtag or leave a quote on Facebook.

Anyhow, at the end of the day, I really don’t care that it’s Cyber Monday…I’m just excited to give away an amazing yoga mat to one of Daily Cup of Yoga’s amazing readers.  Hence, the giveaway period will last from now until Wednesday morning (probably some time around 8 o’clock a.m. Eastern).  The contest winner will be picked at random and announced Thursday morning.

Om Shanti on a crazy Cyber Monday and good luck!

P.S. You also have until the end of today to score 20% off any order on Manduka.com.  Use the code GIVETHANKS at checkout!!

Manduka Introduces the John Friend Collection

My favorite yoga gear company, Manduka, recently partnered with yoga teacher and founder of Anusara Yoga, John Friend, to create its first ever-cobranded line of yoga gear.  Since I think this is a great step forward in providing high-quality, innovative yoga gear, I wanted to share a few highlights from the recent press release to give you a flavor of this new collection:

Going outside the 24″ industry standard width for yoga mats, the John Friend Collection by Manduka will launch initially with two extra wide mats including the 29-inch wide eKO Superlite and 30-inch wide PROlite.  This is the first time the yoga community will have access to such a high quality blend of innovative technology and the veteran experience of John Friend in a mat, providing superior comfort and sufficient space to align the body and explore yoga postures.  The added space allows for a deeper expression of movement and a better connection between body, mat and heart.
Manduka’s take:
“Our partnership with renowned yoga teacher John Friend allows us to provide the most innovative and ecologically responsible yoga gear in a new way ,” said Sky Meltzer, CEO of Manduka.  “Together we’ve aligned to create a collection that pushes industry standards, pouring over four decades of expertise into designs that will inspire yoga practitioners worldwide.”
John Friend’s take:
“For years I’ve been committed to the teaching that yoga comes from the heart—that it is a practice accessible to all and brings out your inner joy and divine energy,” said John Friend, Founder of Anusara yoga.  “Manduka is a company that embodies the same principles while providing high quality products to enhance your practice.  I am honored to collaborate with such an authentic company to bring an amazing new line of gear to the yoga community, deepening the connection between heart and mat, and inspiring students of any level to enjoy more energetic freedom during their practice.”

Click the banner below to check out the new collection!

Unplug, Tune Up, Clear Up with Energy Regeneration Day

Wanted to let you know about a new program that launched this week — Energy Regeneration Day — designed to recharge the body and the planet, created by world-renowned yoga instructor, Shiva Rea – together with MandukaYogaDownload.com and Global Green. From now until September 22, Shiva invites all to serve as activists in a practical response to the global energy crisis by participating in a self-imposed retreat from the stresses of modern life.

In solidarity with the planet, observing just one Energy Regeneration Day involves:

  • Unplugging – all but the fridge to live free of email, cell phones and DVR.
  • Tuning In – Spending your day off the grid doing yoga and spending creative, quality time with loved ones.
  • Clearing Up – Fasting from technology and heavy foods, feasting on eco-positive vegan fare.

Energy Regeneration Day participants are invited to register as Yoga Energy Ambassadors at www.yogaenergyactivism.com and share their experiences. If the break from the stress of the daily grind yields positive benefits for your life, Shiva hopes you will continue to observe Energy Regeneration Days each week, finding 24 hours for simple, off the grid living that reduces your overall carbon footprint by 1/7.

Check out Shiva’s interview on Energy Regeneration Day:

We hope you will partake in this planet loving movement.

Don’t Leave Home Without Your Manduka eQua Plus Towel

Not long ago I found myself stuffing a suitcase for an overseas business trip. As usual, I contemplated cramming a yoga mat in as well (since business trips suck without a little yoga), but given luggage limitations I went for the next best thing and tossed my new Manduka eQua Plus yoga towel into the bag. While the eQua Plus towel provides a perfect top layer for your favorite yoga mat, I’ve found that it also substitutes perfectly well as a mat replacement when I just need a clean, non-slip surface in my hotel room or the beach or wherever I feel like practicing yoga.  Just add a little water or sweat and the thing rocks!

While I also own the original eQua towel, which is also awesome, the eQua Plus towel is slightly different in that it is woven with natural fibers extracted from recycled coconut shells. The yarn is infused with activated carbon which spreads and evaporates moisture and provides improved odor management by eliminating bacteria.  Of course the Manduka website does a much better job explaining what’s so cool about the coconut fibers in the towel:

Cocona technology utilizes recycled coconut shells that would have otherwise gone to landfills. Through a patented process, the coconut shells are converted into activated carbon particles which are then infused into the microfiber. The benefits of the coconut carbon will last the lifetime of the towel. The active carbon renews itself when washed and the benefits will endure or improve over the lifetime of the towel.

Recyclable, durable and long-lasting, we consider the product to be an eco-conscious choice when the towel is used to its fullest potential. Its versatility eliminates the need for other fitness towels that wear out quickly. While the material will survive countless uses & washes, it can also be repurposed as a multifunctional cleaning cloth if its life as a fitness accessory comes to an end.

Easily packing to the size of a small t-shirt and perfect as a yoga mat replacement for those times when the mat just won’t fit, I highly recommend that you don’t leave home without the eQua Plus!

Manduka eQua Towel Provides Amazing Non-slip Yoga Surface

I ran three miles on the treadmill this morning and then jumped on the yoga mat for some oh so nice cool down poses. Usually when I run I sweat buckets, then by the time I unroll my yoga mat I’m dripping puddles on my mat and slipping around like an ice skater.   It’s kind of gross…and dangerous at times.  Not so today, though.  While I really do like my Black Mat, the truth is when I start sweating a lot it gets a bit slippery.  Maybe I just haven’t worn it in well enough yet.  Anyhow, I think I’ve finally found the perfect combination.

After reading the reviews about the Yogitoes Skidless Premium Mat and the Manduka eQua Towel, I decided to give the eQua Towel a try (I bought the long towel). Although I’m still trying to avoid making unnecessary, life-complicating purchases, I decided that investment in a new yoga towel might slip into an exception to the rule somehow, especially since I’ve been getting tired of feeling my hands and feet sliding out from underneath me while I’m bent over backwards in wheel pose.  Let me just say that in the few days I’ve practiced on it I’m extremely impressed with the new-found non-slip surface the eQua Towel provides when the sweat really gets dripping.  I practiced wheel pose the other day without a hint of slippage.  The towel doesn’t slip, your hands don’t slip, everything stays where it’s supposed to.  It’s awesome! Just that little extra reassurance that my hands felt on the towel made a huge difference in how I practiced the pose.

While the Yogitoes Skidless may be a great towel as well, I can certainly vouch for the eQua Towel as a great addition to your yoga practice.  Drop any questions you have about the towel in the comments and I’ll answer whatever I can based on my experience.

Namaste!

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How to Clean a Yoga Mat


Child’s pose is one of those poses that every time it’s entered into acts as a reminder that it’s okay to rest and accept the peace that comes from resting. At the same time, there’s also a decent likelihood that the close proximty of nose to mat in child’s pose acts as a reminder that it’s NOT okay to have a stinky yoga mat. There’s a big difference between a “sticky” mat and a “stinky” mat. The former is to be sought after, the latter is to be shunned. So, the big question is when was the last time you gave your “stinky” mat a bath. If you’re like me, it should have been done a long time ago. Perhaps you have a preferred method for cleaning your mat. I don’t. In fact, in the six years I’ve practiced yoga, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never cleaned it once. That’s just gross!

Well, after a few times in child’s pose last night, I decided I’d better get serious about cleaning my mat; otherwise, I might end up with a nasty foot fungus on my forehead. With that thought in mind, I went searching for a cure. Here’s what a little research turned up on different ways to keep a mat in tip-top shape.

Yoga Journal had the following to say on the subject:

If your mat is lightly soiled, use a spray bottle, damp sponge, or terry cloth rag to apply a solution of two cups of water and four drops of dish soap. Rub the soiled areas. Wipe the mat with clean water; then rub with a dry terry cloth towel. Hang to air dry.

If your mat is heavily soiled, submerge it in a solution of warm water and mild detergent; use very little soap as any residue may cause the mat to become slippery during future use. Thoroughly hand wash the mat and rinse in clean water. After squeezing out the excess water, lay the mat on a dry towel and roll the mat and towel together. Stepping on the rolled up mat will squeeze more moisture out of the mat and into the towel. Then unroll and hang to air dry.

A Bikram site recommended a different approach:

Just put it by itself into the washing machine, add a very small amount of a light detergent such as Woolite and run it through a gentle cycle. Then just hang it to dry it usually dries overnight but in the humid summer weather it might take a little longer. I recommend washing your mat once every couple of months, depending on how often you attend class. It’s also a good idea to hang your mat in between classes rather than leave it rolled up.

Here’s a few more words of wisdom from Yogamatters:

All of our sticky, standard, lightweight, travel and ecoYoga mats are machine washable: Use a little mild detergent and a cool wash cycle (no more than than 40 degrees). Don’t use the spin cycle. Allow lots of time to air dry (do not use a tumble drier or radiator) and avoid folding or using your mat until it is completely dry, as this may shorten its life. You can roll your mat up with a towel and squeeze excess water out to speed up the drying process. You can also use a damp cloth to wipe your mat clean. Do not wash your mat unnecessarily.

Cotton mats can also be machine washed – full details supplied with each mat.

Here’s one last link if you are still looking for ideas. I think I’m going to opt for the sponge-down solution rather than complete submersion. Hopefully my next child’s pose is a little less distracting than the last one.

Leave a comment if you have any other good ideas for mat cleanliness!

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