The Ashtanga Yoga + Social Media Grid features English-language yoga instructors, practitioners, bloggers, authors and photographers who use social media to spread the love when it comes to the beautiful and challenging practice of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. It is a very subjective and necessarily incomplete grid of people and organizations who, in my view, make an effort to use social media to connect to a community.
I designed the grid for anyone who, like me, feels social media can spur more exploration of the practice and help establish lasting connections between practitioners. That said, when encountering anything promising to be “Ashtanga instruction” or “advice,” it’s my humble opinion that you should use your discernment (“viveka” in the Sanskrit along these lines, not to be confused with “viveka” used this way, OK? ) to determine whether that content is truly nourishment for your personal practice. To me, the cybershala is a cool place to hang out, but a physical shala, with deeply experienced and grounded instructors, will give you energy and understanding like no other space can.
–Rose (Sept. 3, 2012)
|Name (links to the yogi's or organization's main website)||Brief context||More info|
|K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute||The Mysore, India-based institute is the mecca for ashtangis.||-----||-----||-----||KPJAYI videos|
|Ashtanga.com||Information hub with excellent online bookstore.||-----||Ashtanga.com's Facebook page||@ashtangayoga||-----|
|Ashtanga.info||International project of Dr. Ronald Steiner. Insides extensive postural photos and a Sanskrit translator.||-----||AshtangaYoga.info on Facebook||-----||-----|
|Albuquerque Ashtanga Yoga Shala ||Shala founded and owned by Elise Espat.||Ashtanga Yoga Library: Ashtanga Yoga Albuquerque Blog||Albuquerque Ashtanga Yoga Shala Facebook page||@abqmysore||-----|
|Ashtanga Yoga: Ann Arbor||Shala founded and owned by Angela Jamison. (This is YogaRose.net's home base shala).||The AY: A2 blog||Ashtanga Yoga: Ann Arbor on Facebook||-----||-----|
|Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto||Shala headed by David Robson.||David Robson's blog at Toronto Body Mind||AYCT on Facebook||@ayct||AYCT's YouTube channel|
|Ashtanga Yoga Shala NYC||Shala founded and owned by Guy Donahaye.||Mind Medicine -- new blog established 2012||-----||-----||-----||-----|
|Bandha Yoga||"Combining modern western science with the ancient art of hatha yoga." Bandha Yoga is founded by Ray Long, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He works with with 3D graphic designer and illustrator Chris Macivor.||Daily Bandha||Bandha Yoga on Facebook||@dailybandha||-----|
|Claudia Yoga (Claudia Azula Altucher)||New York City-based blogger.||Facebook profile||@claudiayoga||-----|
|The Confluence Countdown||Began as a countdown to the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence, but has since become a firehose for yoga news. (Don't know how this husband-and-wife blogging team can be this prolific when they have day jobs!)||The Confluence Countdown||The Confluence Countdown on Facebook||@ConfluCntdwn||-----|
|Michael Gannon||Based in Mexico and travels the world. Relies heavily on social media and implements new technologies (e.g., see his iPhone app in last column).||-----||Gannon Yoga Facebook page||@gannonyoga||Michael Gannon Yoga YouTube channel|
|Grimmly||Grimmly enjoys his status an "Ashtanga student without a teacher."||Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama Yoga at Home||Grimmly on Facebook||@grimmly2007||-----|
|David Garrigues||Director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia who produces quite a bit of video content and blogs frequently.||Ashtanga Yoga ki Jai!||David Garrigues Yoga on Facebook||@davidgarrigues|
|Insideowl||About as spare and lean as blogs and tweets go.||Insideowl||-----||@insideowl||-----||-----|
|Michelle Haymoz||Graphic designer and photographer who has a "yogascape" specialty.||-----||Michelle Haymoz Photography Facebook page||@swissyogini||-----|
|Jois Yoga||The Jois family shalas and boutiques.||-----||The various shalas on Facebook||The various shalas on Twiitter||Jois Yoga YouTube channel|
|Sat Inder Singh Khalsa||Teacher based in St. Louis, traveling to Mysore in February 2013.||Yoga in the Sun||Yoga with Sat Inder||-----||-----||-----|
|Kino MacGregor||Cofounder of Miami Life Center. Totally prolific (I know it's redundant to qualify prolific, but hey, it's accurate :-) ) social media content producer.||Kino MacGregor's blog||Kino MacGregor Facebook page||@kinomacgregor||Kino Yoga YouTube Channel|
|Mysore SF||Shala in the SOMA district of San Francisco owned by Magnolia Zuniga||Blog||Mysore SF on Facebook||@magnoliazuniga||-----||-----|
|Tim Miller||The first American certified by Pattabhi Jois. Owns the Ashtanga Yoga Center in SoCal and travels internationally to teach. The inspiration behind many YogaRose.net posts.||I've come to think of Tuesdays with Timji as Vedic Astrology 101. Timji, as his students call him, blogs extensively about planetary phases; a little about what's happening in his life; and never about asana instruction. Want to know how to deepen into a certain pose? You won't see it here -- instead, you have to attend a workshop ("Asana Doctor" is a good one) or visit his studio.||Tim Miller's Facebook page||@TimMillerAYC Tim tweets every Tuesday -- look out for it.||Video snippets on YouTube|
|Richard Freeman||Mythical and fantastical images of cobra hoodies and flying kidney wings come to mind when I think of philosophy-rich Richard Freeman. I feel his teachings help you to reimagine . . . everything.||The Yoga Workshop blog||This is a Facebook page about Richard, not by, it seems||-----||-----||Not so much social media, but Richard has produced a lot of multimedia learning materials. Find them here.|
|Eddie Stern||Director of Ashtanga Yoga New York (AYNY). Copublishes Namarupa -- a great publication -- and has published four books on Pattabhi Jois and Ashtanga Yoga, including the translation of Pattabhi Jois’ Yoga Mala. I'll report this and say that the buzz at the first-ever Ashtanga Yoga Confluence held in March 2012 was about what a rock star Eddie Stern is. His depth of knowledge is tremendous, he's funny -- and he's humble, despite hanging out with celebrities in NYC. :-)||-----||@eddiestern||The Broome Street Temple (home of Ashtanga Yoga New Yoga)|
|David Swenson||The man who brought Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual to the world. One of the funniest storytellers you'll find.||At long last, David started up a blog in 2012.||David Swenson on Facebook||-----||Videos of David are all over YouTube, thanks to recording-happy students.|
|Yoganatomy||Yoga anatomy with authorized teacher David Keil.||Yoganatomy's blog||Yoga Anatomy -- Ashtanga Yoga on Facebook||-----||David Keil's YouTube channel|
|YogaRose.net||Yours truly.||The blog and website||YogaRose.net on Facebook||@rose101||YogaRose.net YouTube channel|
The Ashtanga Yoga + Social Media Grid [Curated by YogaRose.net]
Last updated 9/3/2012
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