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Fitness
Published Wednesday Mar 04, 2020 by Manduka

Are You Practicing on the Right Yoga Mat?

Fitness
Yoga

There’s no denying that practicing yoga has some amazing benefits, from increased flexibility and physical strength to facilitating the detox process and perks like mental clarity. But, have you ever experienced a class where your mat just wasn’t cooperating? Maybe you were slipping and sliding or weren’t getting the proper joint support to nail that pose. Whatever it may have been, there’s nothing worse than being distracted during your YOU time. 

For yogis who want to take their practice to the next level and avoid distractions, it’s important to invest in the right equipment. Simple enough, right? Wrong. Whether you’re new to yoga or a seasoned pro, navigating your way through yoga mat shopping can be as challenging as a level 3 power vinyasa class. Luckily, Manduka has over 20 years of experience when it comes to making mats that benefit all practice styles. 
 

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Before nailing down the perfect mat for you, there are several things to consider. First, what’s your main reason for practicing? Is yoga your primary fitness type, or are you looking for some restorative sessions to help you relax and unwind after a busy day? 

Secondly, type of practice—if you’re already committed to one style—can also help narrow down the right mat for you. For yogis who want to give hot yoga a go (or those that tend to get sweaty in regular classes), you’ll limit distractions during class if you equip yourself with a grippy, slip-free mat. Or, if you find that yoga can be hard on your joints, you’ll want a mat that has good density. 
 

Man Calf Stretch Yoga Pose

The third factor worth considering is your lifestyle. Planning to practice at home, in a studio, or outdoors? Whether you live in a walkable city or prefer to arrive at your favorite studio by car, portability is an important factor. After all, you won’t want to lug around a 9-pound mat on the subway! 

To make the whole process a bit easier, we at Manduka have created a tool to guide you through finding a yoga mat that’s a perfect fit for you and your practice. Take our quiz, and start tackling those poses like a PRO. 

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Written by
Manduka
High-Performance Yoga Gear
About the author
Designed by yogis and trusted by teachers worldwide, Manduka’s products and apparel are used—and fiercely loved—by 900+ yoga ambassadors, over two million customers, and 4,000+ yoga studios worldwide.
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Beauty
Published Wednesday Sep 09, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Do We Expect from Beauty Salons Reopening Now?

Beauty
Salon
COVID-19

Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID. 
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.  

Here’s what you had to say... 


1.    You’re about 50/50 when it comes to heading back 
 


53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.  

2.    But if you are going back, you want the "normal" experience

While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.

3.    You aren’t quite comfortable with others in your home 


58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.

4.    You really appreciate your stylists

69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.

5.    Some of you are willing to take risks... 


But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”  


6.    Nail salons are a lot less trafficked 


Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).  


7.   We’ve all noticed (and embraced) the changes

Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...


chat bubbles with salon differences


It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them. 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).