Live and Give

Here are some products I believe in that inspire, support livelihoods, and help sustain this world.


Manduka

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For me, a great investment for practicing yoga is a really good, sustainable, and durable yoga mat. You can practice in expensive yoga clothes or none at all, but you wouldn’t be able to practice comfortably without a reliable yoga mat.

I personally use the Manduka Pro Lite mat for my self-practice and two Manduka EkoLite travel mats for my private classes. I love these mats, especially the Pro and Pro Lite series, as they are great for gripping, eco-friendly made from natural rubber, and have a lifetime guarantee – which is accurate. I couldn’t even plan on buying a new yoga mat anytime soon because my current one is still in great shape, 4 years running! They are on the pricey side compared to other brands available out there, but they’re a great investment if you can foresee yourself practicing yoga for a few years to the end of your lifetime.

You can purchase Manduka mats at Certified Calm stores in Bonifacio High Street and EDSA Shangri-La Mall.


TOMS

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One of my favorite brands of all time is TOMS. When I first heard about it in 2006, I was immediately drawn to its design, concept, and advocacy. Every time you purchase a TOMS shoes, the company gives a pair to a kid in need in impoverished areas. The shoes allow them to protect their feet as they take on their responsibilities like going to school, playing with kids, helping their parents with chores. Imagine being a child walking unpaved roads to school wearing your old dilapidated shoes because your parents’ limited funds are allocated for more important things. It’s true that the shoes may not be a priority but it is a great help for these kids who are our future.

Since starting the company in 2006, TOMS has expanded its advocacy to helping people with their sight, providing clean water, and improving safe child birth for mothers in impoverished countries.

Check out their website for more information on how you can help. Giving back as you live your life. “One for one,” as TOMS motto goes.

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You can purchase TOMS shoes here in the Philippines at TOMS stores in SM Aura, SM MOA, SM Megamall, Glorietta 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Alabang Town Center, and many more.