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Mat to benefit Bent on Learning – bringing yoga to children in underserved communities

LOS ANGELES (December 1, 2015) – Manduka, creators of high-performance yoga gear designed for and by yogis, revealed its first-ever artist collaboration bringing Ryan McGinness’ renowned figure drawings to its legendary PRO Mat series. The limited edition mat will be sold online only at For every Ryan McGinness PRO Mat purchased, Manduka will gift two yoga classes for children in the nonprofit organization Bent on Learning, bringing yoga into underserved public schools to support a healthier, more compassionate learning environment.


“Yoga and art are natural partners,” said Sky Meltzer, CEO Manduka. “We are honored to provide our mat as a canvas for Ryan McGinness’ work, bringing beautiful imagery to the place so many people go to for inspiration. Together, we are sharing mindful purpose and creative expression, while supporting kids and inspiring them to practice.”

Ryan’s artwork derives from figure drawings, beginning with sketches and closing with rigid refinement to showcase his models‘ essential forms. His iconic Women Series, presented on the PRO mat, embraces an expressive representation of universal womanhood. With a classic deep blue background playing host to an abstract woman’s silhouette, the Ryan McGinness PRO Mat is equal parts beauty and function. Without compromising the signature PRO performance, this is the first printed PRO mat featuring the unparalleled density, performance grip and a Lifetime Guarantee the line has offered for nearly 20 years.

“Teaching yoga in schools gives kids the opportunity to connect to their inner lives where their imaginations and creativity can expand beyond the constraints of the classroom,” proclaimed Anne Desmond, Co-Founder and Executive Director for Bent on Learning.” Ryan McGinness’ art on the Manduka PRO is a gorgeous testament to the power of yoga on a child’s creative development, and this partnership will allow more children to receive Bent On Learning yoga classes and have a lasting impact on their education.”

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