Internet Connections

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Of the millions of weblogs out there, hundreds are written by yogis. Easy to find and quick to read, yoga blogs can be

informative as well as fun. In them, fellow practitioners share their insights, favorite classes, personal practice tips,

notices of upcoming events, pictures, videos, and more.

Subjects range from the philosophical (brookshall.blogspot.com) to the economic (yogabiz.blogspot.com). The tones vary from

blog to blog. Some are light and entertaining entries about working on new poses (see reluctantashtangi.blogspot.com);

others are serious, snarky, or satirical (see yogaforcynics.blogspot.com and yogadawg.blogspot.com). OM Yoga founder Cyndi

Lee hosts Cyndisphere (cyndilee.tumblr.com), which chronicles Lee's workshops, shares travel pics, and reveals

behind-the-scenes moments like Ashtanga instructor Richard Freeman goofing off during a yoga conference. Lee posts every

few days. Many other yoga blogs have daily or even hourly posts.

Yes, the blogs are diverse and at times seem to have little—besides a love for yoga—in common. Yet many link to each other.

Just like the yoga community, the blogosphere is about connection. Start reading the latest gossip from

YogaDork, who in March reported that a Los Angeles teacher was selling her home for millions, and you'll soon see a

mention of budget-friendly classes from Yoga Deals, which links to a fun story from Elephantbeans about yogis behaving badly.

"Blogs ultimately provide a forum for connecting people, and people take connections a number of directions," says Eric

Case, an Anusara and Iyengar yogi and a former product manager at Blogger, which offers free online blogging tools.

"They're niche places for dedicated folks to find each other." Yoga Journal has joined the game with Yoga Diary, where readers can blog about their personal tales of transformation, and Yoga Buzz, with news, event listings, and the latest yoga research.

Some blogs are simply fun reads, but if you want to dive deep, check out bloggers like YogaLila, who posts

meditations on verses from Patanjali's Yoga Sutra. And Kiss My Asana often offers step-by-step pose instruction with video and pictures. "It's helpful to be able to see the pose and try to internalize the description outside of doing it in class," says Jason Goldman, an Iyengar Yoga student and director of product management for the microblogging tool Twitter. It's definitely not the same as being in a room with a teacher you trust, but these blogs are voices in a growing conversation that reveals how connected we really are.


yogabiz.blogspot.com




yogadork.com




cyndilee.tumblr.com




yogajournal.com/diary




yogadeals.blogspot.com