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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Manduka: An Inspirational Line Of Yoga Wear And Yoga Gear

Recently, I discovered an incredibly soft line of yoga wear and earth friendly yoga products from Manduka. I love doing yoga outside, especially at Runyon Canyon or the beach. Yoga seems to becoming more and more popular, especially when people are looking within themselves more for peace and contentment rather than finding satisfaction with material objects.

Om tank top (Photo credit: www.manduka.com)

Manduka’s catalogue features mats, travel mats, towels, bags, accessories, lyric cork blocks, and so much more. “Manduka is much more than the planet’s very best yoga technology.  Maduka is joyology. A study in living joyful, authentic lives. Joy takes practice. Manduka is more than stuff. It is sustainable soul. It’s living now.”

Manduka’s tank tops for women are designed to move with your lifestyle. My grey Om tank top is so soft I want to live in it. Reflections of the Yoga practice- they are breathable, sustainable, inspirational, and functional, and made from natural tencel.  Designed to fit and flatter, Manduka’s tank tops are ideal for layering over work-out clothes or under street-wear. Decidedly modern and expressive, these tanks will inspire your practice as you move from the studio to the street.

One of Manduka's eKO series mats (Photo Credit: www.manduka.com)

Their sustainable PRO series dense mats have a fabric-like texture for enhance performance and all PRO mats are backed by a lifetime guarantee. Their eKO series mats are made from natural tree rubber and have a seagrass texture for grip and cushion.

Made in LA, only by Manduka, their yoga products will add sustainable, singular style to the way you live now. Manduka is sold at boutiques around the country. Discover Manduka here.

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