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Manduka: “There really isn’t anything like it on the market!”

If you’re serious about yoga, look no further than Manduka. While there are many options on the market for yoga mats, if you want one that will last, you need the one that is tried, tested and determined to be the best mat available.

According to Mindith Rahmat, who tested the mat for two months, of breakingmuscle.com, “The Manduka Black Mat Pro is simply the best yoga mat we have tested. The Manduka mat is designed to endure hours of yoga practice. Many yoga teachers and professionals swear by the quality and durability of the Manduka Mat Pro.”

617_zoom_1439496201Yoga is a great choice for many, considering that a mat is all you need to get started. However, if you regularly practice yoga, investing in a Manduka Pro Mat is worth it. Plus, the mat comes with a lifetime guarantee, making this the only mat you’ll ever need!

“Manduka makes high quality yoga mats that provide excellent grip, which is important for postures like downward facing dog, and they back their flagship Black Mat Pro and Pro Lite with a lifetime guarantee! As a regular practitioner, that is a huge selling point,” said Allison Korycki, director of operations and yoga instructor at Charm City Yoga. “Sure, you make an investment purchasing one of their mats, but it’s worth every penny.”

PlayBetter offers Manduka Pro Mats in both regular and extra long sizes. Because of its lifelong durability, the mat reduces landfill waste, and there were no toxic emissions released when the mat was produced.

Beyond being environmentally friendly, the mat also has many features that make it the best on the market. It is 1/4” thick for unparalleled cushion and comfort. Forget an aching spine or sore joins after a yoga session! The top of the mat has a fabric-like surface that will present slipping even when it gets wet or sweaty. The bottom has a dot-patterned bottom so it will stay in place. No slipping with Manduka!

In addition to a fantastic mat, many people who practice yoga swear by yoga towels. Well, like its mats, Manduka offers the best towels on the market: yogitoes.

yogitoes_green__56101.1440449857.1280.1280Made from eight recycled water bottles, yogitoes are also environmentally friendly. The towels also have patented dot technology, which prevents slipping on your mat. Also, the towels are super absorbent and include a hygienic layer.

“Our signature style at Charm City Yoga is Hot Vinyasa, in which the studio is heated to around 90 degrees. This vigorous, flowing style of yoga will leave you sweaty so it’s helpful to have a towel on your mat to sop up the sweat,” Korycki said. “Manduka’s yogitoes towels are one of our best sellers due to the silicon bumps on the bottom, which hold the towel in place on your yoga mat. There really isn’t anything like it on the market!”

So, what are you waiting for? You’ve invested in your physical and mental health by taking up yoga. Don’t you also deserve to invest in the products that will give you the best possible yoga session?

For more information on Manduka’s line of products offered at PlayBetter, check out the links below:

Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Mat
Manduka PRO Yoga Mat (Regular)
Manduka PRO Yoga Mat (Extra Long)
Manduka yogitoes

If you have any questions about PlayBetter’s line of Manduka yoga products offered, give us a call at (888)-738-5527 or shoot us an email at help@playbetter.com.

Take strokes off your game: Expert explains value of yoga for golfers of all levels

Namaste, golfers! While you may be more used to talking tee times, your best shot and the newest club you can’t wait to get your hands on, it’s time we brought yoga into the conversation.

Maybe this is the first time anyone’s suggested yoga to you. While you may see it as “not for you” or something out of your comfort zone, here’s the thing: It could shave strokes off your golf game!

Recently, we talked with Charm City Yoga’s Allison Korycki, 28, about how yoga can benefit golfers. Korycki is the director of operations and a yoga instructor at Charm City Yoga. If you want more information on her, visit charmcityyoga.com.

“At Charm City Yoga, we see a ton of athletes, including current and former Ravens like Hall of Famer Jon Ogden, Orioles players, runners, basketball players, cyclists and golfers. In fact, our upcoming workshops like Yoga for Athletes and Yoga for Golfers are in high demand,” Korycki said. “We have even added a Yoga for Athletes program where we send yoga teachers to public and private high schools and universities in the greater Baltimore area to help teams engage in holistic conditioning and improve performance. We teach swim teams, soccer teams and lacrosse players alike.”

yoga poseWhile yoga can benefit golfers looking to increase flexibility and strength, it can also help ailing golfers. If you constantly find yourself battling a sore shoulder or stiff legs after a round of golf, yoga can help heal you and get you back on the course sooner.

“Yoga not only builds strength, stamina and flexibility, but it also decreases injuries and promotes healing. Athletes will greatly benefit from the increased reaction time, mental focus and clarity yoga brings,” Korycki said.

While physical performance is a huge part of both golf and yoga, as anyone knows, both sports take mental strength, concentration and determination. Arnold Palmer said it best when he said:

“The whole secret to mastering the game of golf – and this applies to the beginner as well as the pro – is to cultivate a mental approach to the game that will enable you to shrug off the bad days, keep patient and know in your heart that sooner or later you will be back on top.”

Korycki noted that yoga will help golfers mentally on the course. What they learn on a mat can translate to the green, from breathing techniques to clearing their minds.

“When you have control of your mind, you can remove mental blockages and unlock your greatest potential to show up fully for yourself and your teammates,” she said.

While yoga can be intimidating, check out this article in which Korycki offers practical advice on how beginners can get started practicing yoga. For more on Charm City Yoga, click here. To see PlayBetter’s full line of top-line yoga products, click here.

If you have any questions about PlayBetter’s line of Manduka yoga products offered, give us a call at (888)-738-5527 or shoot us an email at help@playbetter.com.

Looking to take up yoga? Here’s how to get started

September is National Yoga Month, which means there’s no better time to get started practicing yoga! Although seeing experienced instructors or everyday yogis in headstands and complex poses can be very inspiring, for many interested in getting into yoga, it can be extremely intimidating.

However, yoga offers so many benefits for participants of all levels, from the physical effects – weight loss, more muscle tone and more – to the mental benefits. While it may seem intimidating, Allison Korycki, 28, director of operations and a yoga instructor at Charm City Yoga recommends jumping in and getting started in a beginner class. Korycki first began practicing in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since.

She was kind enough to answer a few questions and offer a few pieces of advice for those looking to break into yoga. If you’re interested in her Baltimore-based classes, visit charmcityyoga.com.

PlayBetter: Why and how should first-timers, maybe those who are a little skeptical, try yoga? How can they get started without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated?

Allison: It’s best to start a practice by taking beginner yoga. These classes are slower paced, more descriptive and introduce you to basic breathing techniques and key concepts of yogic philosophy. The best way to experience transformation through yoga is by committing to a regular practice. Make space to practice 2-3 times per week and you will be amazed by how much better you feel!

Yoga sunsetPB: What are the overall benefits of yoga – physically and beyond?

Allison: Physically, yoga helps (you) tone muscle, lose weight, improve circulation and respiration, decrease pain and muscular tension, improve joint mobility and create greater body awareness. Mentally, yoga teaches mindfulness, that is, freedom from the constant chatter of the mind so one can find presence and clarity and decrease stress. Practitioners find that they are less reactionary and better equipped to handle stress and find inner peace and calm.

PB: Do you have a good success story of someone who has come to Charm City Yoga?

Allison: There are too many to tell! Countless students’ lives have been improved through a regular yoga practice. Every day, students tell us how their yoga practice helps them be a more understanding partner, a more patient parent, a more compassionate boss and a happier person in general.

PB: How important is good equipment for people of all levels?

Allison: To practice yoga, you just need a yoga mat and an open mind.

While it’s probably best to jump into a beginner class with a certified instructor and peers, if you really want to make sure you’re prepared, there are a lot of online resources for you to try. Check out the YouTube video below to get started and be sure to follow PlayBetter’s Pinterest board.


Follow PlayBetter’s board Yoga on Pinterest.

If you have any questions about PlayBetter’s line of Manduka yoga products offered, give us a call at (888)-738-5527 or shoot us an email at help@playbetter.com.