As I prepared to dive into a month's Yoga teacher training at Blue Osa in Costa Rica, I found myself looking for "all things yoga".
I picked up yoga magazines. I have tried new yoga videos online.
Attended various classes in town.
And I started reading various yoga blogs online.
I realized that the personal testimonials I found on yoga blogs matched my own journey. Reading the words of other yoga enthusiasts fueled my inspiration and motivated me to continue to deepen my practice.
I sympathized with their frustrations.
The online yoga blogging community is large. These days, it can be difficult to find blogs that share honest and interesting articles. However, there are a few gems that stand out.
The 10 Best Yoga Blogs You Must Follow
OK seriously, I'm in love with his blog. Yogi Aaron delivers uplifting and supportive messages of hope in a voice that is not only practical, but speaks directly to you.
His words remind us to reconnect with this really matters.
It's a must read for anyone within the yoga community because it calls us to make the changes we want to see in our lives.
So when I got into yoga, I found out very quickly that I wanted to make some lifestyle changes.
And one of them was to go vegan. Vegan Boyfriend is a great blog with lots of very easy vegan recipes.
“We created this site because we care about the future of our planet and want more people to be aware of the health benefits associated with veganism. In addition, we want to share with people some of our lessons and the delicious recipes we have prepared.
This blog is not only informative, its content is well thought out, verified and edited. It is the perfect place for new yogis, as well as for growing yogi enthusiasts looking to expand their practice.
Whenever I need inspiration I go to Yoga International.
4. Manifest station:
Blog creator Jen Pastiloff travels the world with her unique “On Being Human” workshop, a hybrid of yoga-related movement, writing, sharing out loud, snot-flying and the occasional dance party. Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, calls Jen "an arousal conduit."
Jen's passion and purpose is to awaken the archetype of the wild woman… call out the goddess in all her creative glory. If you ever plan to take a workshop with her, bring your journal, and an open heart and the will to become open and stronger for her workshops.
When not traveling and teaching, she is based in Los Angeles with her husband and son and a cup of coffee.
5. Mint Yoga:
This very short and sweet 1-2 paragraph blog provides simple information on health, body, beauty and yoga.
The Yoga Mint is ideal for people who only have a few moments at a time to connect to their online “zen community”. It's perfect for checking out the mint in the morning while you wait for your coffee, take the elevator to work, or wait at a red light.
This site offers frequent updates and personal testimonials about a life steeped in yoga. Supplied with cool yoga music playlists, beautiful destination yoga retreats, and basic information, this site offers something for anyone interested in yoga.
seven. Yoga Dork:
This site writes about current events in yoga culture. He casts a blast of humor with his humility and is a great place to find articles ranging from "Yoga Poses That Look Like Thanksgiving Staple Foods (... and Coma)," to articles on gratitude, fashion and meditation etc. .
8. My yoga blog:
On this blog, author Ursula Preiss invites us to read her personal yoga journal. Her blog is a place where she shares her experience with her evolving Ashtanga Yoga practice. She talks about her daily routine, talks about what is happening in the Ashtanga community and reveals things that are happening in her personal life.
9. Elephant journal:
These guys are dedicated to sharing the good life beyond the choir, and to anyone who didn't yet know that they care about living a fun and enjoyable life that is good for others and our planet.
“Conscious living is about yoga, organic, sustainability, conscious consumption, enlightened education, contemplative arts, adventure, biking, family… everything. But it's mostly about this present moment, here, right now, and the best way we can be beneficial, and have a good time doing it.
Elephant has been around since 2002. They started out as a magazine.
But after moving nationwide to Whole Foods et al., They wanted to "green" our habits more (we were already printed on cutting edge green paper).
So they went online. They are very independent! And as such, produce provocative content.
ten. The Yoga Trail blog:
This blog lets you know what is going on in the yoga community in general. You will find yoga tips and tricks that will help yoga teachers as well as students. Their blog follows teachers around the world and connects people with fellow yogis who are on the “yoga trail”.
I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do and that they inspire you throughout your personal yoga journey.
Do you have a favorite yoga blog that you think you missed? Share it in the comments below!
Everyone seems to be a yogi these days, from your BFF to your co-worker to your aunt—heck, even dogs and goats are getting their zen on. But if you have yet to attempt Warrior II or Mountain Pose, taking your first yoga chic can be a little intimidating. What if your hands sweat and you fall off the mat ? What if you hate it ? What if you can’t do a solo. damn. pose ?
Okay, rewind a second—there’s a reason so many people have hopped on a mat over the past few years. ' Yoga is a non-judgmental practice, ' says Claire Ewing, certified yoga instructor and studio marketing manager for CorePower Yoga. It’s is a totally accessible way to unwind and break a sweat, so there’s nothing to worry about before checking out a class.
But to help you feel a little more comfortable before you say your first ' om ' or ' namaste, ' Ewing has some yoga tips to answer all those questions floating around your head.
When in doubt, Ewing says opt for a vinyasa flow class, ' where you have the opportunity to explore the postures and fundamental principles of yoga. ' These are the types of classes most of your friends probably do, and it’s a great form of yoga for beginners. But oui, it never hurts to check out a couple different types of classes to see what feels best to you.
' Definitely go for something breathable and easy to move in, ' says Ewing. ' You will work up a sweat, so consider wearing something with moisture-wicking abilities. ' Oh and FYI : Yoga is a no-shoes kind of workout, so don’t worry about sporting your best sneakers to chic.
Like with any workout, it’s totally a personal preference how much you fuel pre-yoga. But Ewing points out that yoga is a pretty soutenu workout, and fueling your body properly will help you get the most out of your practice. Keep it light, though, ' I usually start with a protein shake or bar knowing that the classes can physically take you in dynamic directions, ' says Ewing. ( A. k. a. don’t down that massive avo toast right before chic. ) If you’re just having a small pre-workout snack, you can probably do that about 30 minutes beforehand; but wait a full one to two hours before working out after a meal.
She adds that hydrating beforehand is also key, especially if you ever do attempt a heated flow. ' Drink a full glass of water about two hours before class—that way you have something to sweat out and you will feel better during class. '
' Absolutely ! ' says Ewing. ' A regular yoga practice increases flexibility and strength in your groupes musculaires. It has you work your full range of motion in every joint of your body and build strong and long zones musculaires. ' ( In fact, vinyasa yoga even made this list of the top calorie-burning workouts. )
This depends on the type of yoga chic you take—for example, a slow flow or hatha class may require you to hold a pose for an extended period of time. But in vinyasa, ' it comes down to the intention of how the posture was designed, ' says Ewing. ' For example, balancing poses are held longer to benefit concentration and focus, while transition postures build strength while teaching fluidity in movement. '
For the most part, though, poses are held for three to five breaths during the first round to help them sink into your memory. Then they’re held for a single breath when you repeat the pose, to help amp up the cardio component of yoga.
Don’t stress ! No one expects you to master every pose your first go-round ( or really, ever—it’s a constant learning process ). Your yoga instructor should offer possibilités for pose modifications, especially for the more challenging ones. ' Your breath is key in yoga, if you are losing sight of this, you may want to consider modifying or completely backing off, ' says Ewing. And don’t be afraid to ask your instructor for assistance.
Also, try to avoid comparing yourself to the other yogis in the room—all bodies are unique, and have varied strengths and défis. Plus, every time you step on the mat, it’s going to feel a little different, ' for both your body and your mind, ' says Ewing. ' If there is one thing you can take away from the classroom, it is learning how to modify and create a practice that is fit for you. '