Daily Archives: December 5, 2015

Review of Yoga blog trends in 2015

A while back, I wrote a “wish list” of Yoga blog trends I would like to see in 2015. Much to my delight, many of them have come true: The selfie trend is taking a sharp nosedive (thank goodness), there are fewer “wild thing” and ridiculously dangerous poses out there (most likely because people are getting injured doing them). There is less profanity and playlists postings are rapidly becoming passé. And happily, Lululemon’s stock is dropping rapidly now that people see that the company is not only a huge misappropriation of Yoga, but is just a downright rip off. For the moment, it seems as though yoga in the West is finally emerging from the 5th grade mentality, but not by much.

The second part of my list is still under development: people are still scratching the surface with their posts about how yoga is transforming them. And my dear friend Irish Asthtangi/1979Darryl has deleted his blog (miss you man!)

We are still seeing some good posts coming from male practitioners. J.Brown has a fantastic blog. He discusses struggles of old school practitioners and studio owners in the age of “Big Yoga.” Although we practice different styles, I can resonate with his frustrations about how yoga is now becoming “gentrified.”

We are also starting to hear from more over 50 practitioners and Iyengar bloggers, and a surprising fresh crop of new-to-yoga bloggers who are trying to get past the superficial. Here are a list of up and coming and solidly established blogs I follow regularly:

Still in Sirsasana Iyengar blog by Detroit Junior Intermediate III instructor Hong Gwi-Seok.

Babycrowyoga Newish yoga practitioner from the UK who actually took a university level Sanskrit class to further her yogic knowledge.

Roads to Bliss Upstreams of instructions and interview with senior Iyengar teachers.

Yogaspy The blog that inspired me to create this one from Hilo native and Canadian resident at the Junior Intermediate I level Luci Yamamoto.

Yogabound Canadian Junior Intermediate II instructor Stephanie Tencer discusses her journey and gives wonderful instructions and insights on her blog.

fnyogi A French Iyengar blog. Even if you don’t understand French, Fanny produces some of the best illustrations and graphics of the practice I have seen in a blog.

anonymous sadhaka A barefoot runner who studies regularly at RIMYI offering beautiful insights to the practice that goes beyond asana.

There are many more which I may add later. It’s late and I need to get to bed.

Many blessings to you all!

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