Contest Closed: Win a Manduka Yoga Mat and More!


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This week's dailySpark Holiday Giveaway is perfect for the yoga lovers out there--like me! As a gift to myself for completing yoga teacher training, I purchased a new mat. It was just any mat. It was, as my teacher calls it, the Cadillac of mats: a Manduka.

Any longtime yoga practitioner knows how frustrating it is to have your mat fall apart. I went through a couple of mats a year before discovering Manduka mats, which are thicker than the average yoga mat and have a lifetime guarantee. I've had one of their extra long Black Mat PROs and an eQua Mat Towel since June 2009, and they're both in great shape even though I wash the towel several times a week. (Maybe I should buy a second one?)

The folks at Manduka reached out a couple of months ago, and they're kindly giving away a PROlite mat, a mat sleeve, and an eQua Mat Towel to one lucky winner--and MeSheeky is giving away a yoga cover-up to another lucky winner!

PROlite mat: (pictured above) The PROlite yoga mat (formerly known as the PurpleLite Travel Mat) is a fresh alternative for people who need a lighter, zero-waste mat with superior quality and comfort. Like its big brother the Black Mat PRO, the PROlite is all about performance, both in the studio and on the go. Available in five passion-inspiring colors, the PROlite gives you more choices and the same stellar Manduka results. It will enhance your practice and protect our planet. The PROlite has something that no other lighter-weight yoga mat can offer, a Lifetime Guarantee. The Manduka PROlite is built to go everywhere and do everything, just like the people who use it. (A $68 value)

Mat Sleeve: Sleek and surprisingly spacious, the MatWare Mat Sleeve is made of water-resistant recycled fabric. It features a U-shaped zippered flap for quick, easy access to a structured interior that protects the mat and provides proper ventilation. The Mat Sleeve is versatile for overnight and air travel with an external storage pocket for essential yoga accessories and an inside ‘safe’ compartment for your valuables. With custom clips and rings to secure your keys, water bottle and towel, the Mat Sleeve looks great and functions brilliantly. (A $75 value)

eQua Mat Towel: Manduka eQua – a towel for life – is the 'next generation' in multi-purpose towels. Extremely lightweight, yet plush, durable, super-absorbent and quick drying, the eQua microfiber towel outperforms ordinary cotton or polyester towels - on the mat, at the gym, on a mountain, or on the road.

Now thicker and plusher for better absorbency and slip-resistance, the new & improved eQua towel is the perfect companion to all Manduka high performance yoga mats. The eQua Mat Towel spreads over any yoga mat to add traction to sweaty palms and feet. The versatile eQua doubles as a germ-free gym towel to absorb perspiration, as a meditation shawl so you can stay warm during cool sitting sessions, or as a highly absorbent travel or hiking towel which takes up a minimum amount of packing space. Slip-resistant, when moist, this super-soft microfiber towel provides extra grip for sweaty hands and feet. (A $40 value)

In addition, we're giving away a MeSheeky coverup of your choice. They sent me a Stevie skirt in Berry to try, and I wore it after yoga classes. It was nice to have something to put on over my yoga clothes after class. You'll get to choose the variety, size, and color of your choice. (They run true to size; I bought the same size I buy in yoga clothes.)

To enter, click here. The usual rules apply. You have been now and 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, to enter.

Keep coming back to the dailySpark each Monday evening in December to enter to win great prizes!

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    i love doing yoga, my body feels relaxed and rested afterwords and i feel content and energetic. i use a yoga mat and ball - 12/30/2010   12:23:04 PM
  • ROSEBUD1954
    Yoga is great for everybody! You can join and go at your own pace and still get the benefits. It helped my arthritic knee become more flexible! - 12/28/2010   2:09:50 PM
  • 51
    This one sort of rolls when you use it. - 12/25/2010   9:58:59 PM
    I love yoga and am amazed at what it's done for my strength, coordination, balance, peace of mind and definition. - 12/25/2010   6:22:28 AM
  • NEWME2B2
    Have never tried yoga- I have read alot of positive. I have been researching the yoga centers here to see what would be best fit. HArdest thing is to find a class that does not occur when I am working. Not alot of flexability . - 12/22/2010   9:20:14 PM
  • 48
    I practice fairly regularly, and one of my New Year's resolutions is to increase my practice now that I'll have more free time. These would be great motivators! - 12/22/2010   5:36:20 PM
    I need to learn how to do this . become a petezel of the human kind . . - 12/22/2010   2:57:14 PM
  • OHRUNR15
    I have been practicing yoga now for roughly 5 years. I used to refer to pigeon as the roadkill pose, as you had to be dead and/or crushed in order to get into that pose. Now it is one of my favorites, and I can fully extend into the pose.

    The ProLite mat would be great as it is longer than my current mat which is 68" long. I am 5'9" and so 68" seemed as though it should have been adequate. Great thing about yoga, I am now flexible enough, that I reach the edges of my mat in my Warrior poses. Want a longer mat, so I continue to stretch. Plus, my current one is fairly worn.

    In addition to yoga, I run road races including marathons, compete on both a men's and coed club soccer teams, cycle, weight train, etc. I used to have all kinds of back and knee issues. Due in large part to yoga, I no longer have those issues, and the yoga allows me to participate in all these additional activities.

    The eQua towel would be great too as an alternative to the cotton towels that dry and scratch my face.

    I used to be one of 2 -3 guys in the yoga classes. Because of my fitness succcesses, and all my encouraging the classes are nearly half guys. - 12/22/2010   2:13:39 PM
  • 45
    I went to yoga last week for the first time, while I didnt burn a lot of calories it was nice and I like that I felt it in my abs. I will continue to try it - 12/22/2010   8:08:17 AM
  • 44
    I dont know how to yoga but i would sure like to learn... - 12/22/2010   4:29:57 AM
  • BLIMS613
    Oh my this is exactly what I need. I don't have the$$$ for it and now I see its a giveaway. Please please me:)) - 12/22/2010   3:53:37 AM
  • LOSING107
    Never tried yoge, would like to go to a yoga class. - 12/22/2010   12:40:34 AM
  • 41
    OH.MY.GOODNESS. I am drooling in my brain reading these descriptions didn't know that this even existed, I hate when my hand slips on the mat my focus is lost and all of a sudden I don't feel safe. I am def. writing these down to add to a dream wish "one day" list for sure!!!! I would love this so much! - 12/21/2010   11:47:55 PM
  • 40
    I first took yoga classes back in my college days. After that, I included yoga as part of my fitness routine.
    Nine years ago I started working at my current job, and it became increasingly difficult to make time for exercise. Thankfully, through SparkPeople, I have rediscovered the joys of exercise.
    Unfortunately, I injured myself on the job last year. Soon afterward, I ended up aggravating the herniated disks in my neck by doing the plow.
    It is difficult for me to 'take it easy,' but I am learning. I need to start yoga again, but this time I'll be more careful and avoid poses that my body is no longer capable of doing. - 12/21/2010   11:21:19 PM
  • 39
    Had a session or two of yoga in college phys ed class. Would like to learn more and do yoga more. A good mat would be a nice start! - 12/21/2010   10:09:13 PM
  • 38
    I love yoga but do not practice enough. I got caught up in walking and running. - 12/21/2010   8:05:50 PM
    I have some cranky hips from the posture I slip into at work. I HAVE to do yoga a few times a week even if it's just for a few minutes, to make sure I can move and have a pain free day. I would love any of these items! - 12/21/2010   6:54:20 PM
  • 36
    Just started some yoga exercises using my Wii. It actually helps me sleep better at night. - 12/21/2010   4:42:59 PM
    love doing yoga and helps keeps the limbs limber. - 12/21/2010   4:06:10 PM
  • 34
    Put my name in the mix. I sure could use a new mat. - 12/21/2010   3:51:47 PM
  • 33
    wow, think this is wonderful - these giveaways. I've had back surgery 12 years ago and still having problems - just got a yoga video to try and learn video - so the timing would be amazing. Thanks spark for the chance to win! - 12/21/2010   1:30:22 PM
  • 32
    I love yoga and have been using patience, persistance and practice for two years now! I can even skip blocks sometimes. So a fancy new matt would be a lot of fun. I love the color too! - 12/21/2010   1:29:01 PM
  • 31
    ld love a mat i have hard wood and that is hard on the back.. - 12/21/2010   1:21:11 PM
  • 30
    This is great, I can really use a new mat. I also like the skirt. - 12/21/2010   11:58:46 AM
  • 29
    I don't practice yoga as often as I'd like to, but I do enjoy it. It has helped with my anxiety, which means a LOT to me! - 12/21/2010   11:47:21 AM
  • 28
    Really want to start to practice yoga. Don't have any equipment, so this would be a nice win!! - 12/21/2010   11:32:29 AM
  • 27
    I don't "get" the skirt...? You wear it over your yoga pants? Why? - 12/21/2010   11:00:51 AM
  • 26
    Now, that's a sweet mat !! The one I have I bought on sale at TJ Maxx. So, I wouldn't mind a shiney new one to replace it. A good yogi can never have enough mats. LOL !!! - 12/21/2010   9:50:07 AM
  • 25
    I've been doing yoga at home about 3 times a week since June. It's really helped with alleviating stress, and giving me more focus and energy. I use a cheap mat from Target, and just wear comfortable clothes (occasionally even my pajamas!). It would be great to have some nice stuff that might motivate me to join a class. - 12/21/2010   9:36:05 AM
  • 24
    I have just started practicing yoga again after a many year hiatus. I am loving it and love learning about the latest gear. The eQua Mat Towel looks really lush. - 12/21/2010   9:35:48 AM
    I want one so badly !!! - 12/21/2010   9:23:18 AM
  • 22
    This is an awesome giveaway! Very cool for the winner. :) - 12/21/2010   9:11:02 AM
    I've been considering doing yoga at my gym. They are starting classes in January. I would love to have a mat for home use. - 12/21/2010   8:50:33 AM
  • 20
    Have heard a lot about Yoga and its benefits. Would love to have this mat to begin my new experience. - 12/21/2010   8:49:26 AM
  • 19
    My sticky mat is becoming less sticky I would love a new mat. - 12/21/2010   8:47:09 AM
  • 18
    I've recently started yoga and am rapidly falling in love... I'd love to have some real gear! - 12/21/2010   8:05:14 AM
  • 17
    I think Yoga has done as much for my mental health as it has for my physical health! I am ceratinly a calmer and more peaceful person since Yoga.......and all I wanted to do was improve my balance! Yup, did that also! - 12/21/2010   7:11:40 AM
  • 16
    I am very arthritic and I have been considering Yoga, just the physical part, as an alternative to other exercises, the proper equipment would definitely make me more apt to use it, I rely on prayer to Jehovah, Jesus Christ, so He speaks in many small voices. - 12/21/2010   6:58:29 AM
  • 15
    Thanks so much for this post... I am relatively new to yoga and didn't know where to look for a good mat - I'll wait to see if I win... if not, I'm going to their site to purchase - my knees are asking for a thicker mat :0 - 12/21/2010   5:05:32 AM
    Keeping fingers crossed I need a good mat. - 12/21/2010   1:07:06 AM
  • 13
    OMG!! I have to win this! I am taking hot yoga classes at least 7-10 times per week and while I have multiple pants and tops, I still only have one mat and it is definitely showing wear. Also I need some tips on keeping it sanitary as I drip sweat over it (can not avoid this with hot yoga) and I'm sure it can't go in the washing machine! I LOVE Yoga - it is time for the Cadillac (but not something I want to indulge myself with this Christmas season while in giving mode). Please, please, please, let me be lucky!!! - 12/21/2010   12:39:25 AM
  • 12
    I sure wish some of the Giveaways could include us folk in Canada. I figure that if Ellen can do it, others should be able to as well. How difficult is it really? - 12/20/2010   11:01:36 PM
  • 11
    What a great giveaway! I've been wanting a Manduka mat for a while, they are suppose to be fantastic! - 12/20/2010   10:56:15 PM
  • 10
    I have never done Yoga but know that Santa is bringing me a DVD so I can start. I never thought about any kind of equipment. Will see about it later. - 12/20/2010   9:58:58 PM
  • 9
    I've been doing yoga for about a year, once a week. There is also a class at the YMCA with a different instructor which I would love to try. Manducka products look great, but I just can't get anything at this time. Boy would I love to win one! - 12/20/2010   9:45:50 PM
  • FOX2566
    I have a towel, and love it. Would love to win some new stuff for the new year. Yoga and Pilates have helped me greatly. Thanks for the chance to win! - 12/20/2010   9:24:20 PM
  • FOX2566
    I have a towel, and love it. Would love to win some new stuff for the new year. Yoga and Pilates have helped me greatly. Thanks for the opportunity. - 12/20/2010   9:23:30 PM
  • 6
    I've done YOGA since I was about 11 and saw RICHARD HITTLEMAN on Saturday afternoon TV. That was about 1960 or so. I was limber then and it was fun to me. I love videos now by RODNEY YEE as he is an Iyengar instructor. - 12/20/2010   9:01:06 PM
  • 5
    I would like to start using the videos I have on hand and having the proper equipment/clothing would be a wonderful way to make the experience more enjoyable! (My workout clothes are still the ones I started with nine months ago...THANK GOODNESS for drawstrings! LOL!) - 12/20/2010   8:13:33 PM
  • 4
    I've been doing yoga since May and have a LOT to learn about the subject! I've never used the product mentioned, but would love to give it a try. Thanks for the opportunities to win great items :) - 12/20/2010   8:08:53 PM

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