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There are plenty of useful, quality blogs out there helping and advising on how to start your own blog. These are some of the things I’ve learned while creating a yoga blog.
Over time I’ve learnt that building a blog can be time consuming and challenging but also inspiring, motivating and fulfilling.
However, I’ve had moments of wanting to say goodbye to blogging but after lots of effort and trial and error I’ve found the winning formula for me. Take a look at this little list of things to consider when you’re building your yoga blog.
Yoga Blogging – What I Learnt Along the Way
– Keep It Simple
For me, this is key. Start simply and in time build. Yes, there are countless great features you can incorporate in to a blog. Do you need them all? Probably not. Do you want them all? Probably not.
If you start simple then there is a good chance you will continue with your efforts and maintain a blogging habit.
If you are considering a yoga themed blog, there is a good chance you are already teaching or studying to teach. Combine that with your own practice, work, home and family commitments and you may not have too many hours to dedicate to writing.
Start simple. See what topics you enjoy sharing and blog from there. Take a look at my yoga blogger Pinterest board for some great user friendly ‘start your blog’ articles.
Then it became the blog it is today combining yoga & creativity. My two favorite things to do in one blog 🙂
It took a while to get here, but now it’s here it’s working.
– Be Time Realistic
Be realistic about the time you can dedicate to blogging. We all have busy lives and spending several hours a day blogging is unrealistic.
If you have an hour or two a week to spare then start there. Create realistic goals and deadlines. Post useful, quality content once a month if that is what your time realistically allows. Which takes me on to the next point…
There are many great yoga blogs already out there but work on content that you really enjoy researching and sharing. Be sure to find your own unique niche or focus and allow your own individual personality to shine through when creating your yoga blog.
Avoid getting caught up in being everything to everyone when you’re creating your yoga blog. Covering all the bases is far too expansive a project brief and a lot of work.
I started blogging and was way too keen to cover every facet of yoga. Yoga is a BIG subject. Focusing in on a niche you enjoy is the way move forward.
– Limit Social Media
If you are an expert in different social media then this point may not apply. I, however, am no expert!
I found that when I was trying to cover multiple platforms I was making a real hash of it. Spreading time so thinly across several platforms was no fun, time consuming and, in the end, not helpful.
You have many social media options to choose from. I decided to limit mine to the two I enjoyed and understood the most. Pinterest and Instagram were my chosen two and I focus on those alone.
I learnt a great deal over a long period of time creating my yoga blog. Looking back though, I wasted far too much of my time in the early days trying to learn about and incorporate every possible blog widget available.
The reality is, just starting and producing useful content for readers that you enjoy writing and sharing is the foundation of a great blog. You will learn about and pick up all of the other features as you go along.
Avoid getting bogged down analyzing what you think you should be incorporating into a blog and start creating the content that is important to you. The results will be true to your vision which, in turn, will ensure authenticity – an important part of maintaining a successful blog.
Evolve over time at your own pace adding to it gradually as you discover what aspects of blogging interest and inspire you.
If it becomes a chore, your blog will stall. So start simple and evolve from there.
How was your start to blogging? Smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?
Whether you use music in your yoga classes or not, there are some yoga chant music artists you need to know!
You might need energizing tracks for a flow class or a meditative background sound for savasana or restorative classes. Whatever classes you are planning, the music of these inspiring chant artists covers all the bases.
Yoga chant music consists of sanskrit phrases which are used in repetition to music. The repetition of these sacred phrases have positive health benefits particularly for the mind and, therefore, our wellbeing
Take a look and see which artists are missing from your music collection. Explore, find something new and let the music inspire your personal practice and teaching.
Deva Premal & Miten
The voice of Deva Premal is one of the warmest and most meditative you’ll find. She has the kind of voice that could be reciting my shopping list and it would still sound divine.
She works and performs with her musician and singer partner, Miten. I’ve played many of their meditative tracks for class wind down and they are perfect for savasana and home relaxation.
They tour often so take a look and see dates for their next tour. Sample her music here
The king of kirtan. Kirtan is the form of music known as ‘call and response’. The artist sings a phrase which is then repeated by the audience. A kind of spiritual karaoke!
Yoga chant music consists of sanskrit phrases which are used in repetition to music.
Krishna Das (or KD as he is often referred) is a well established and popular artist who tours regularly. It is well worth attending a concert or workshop with this iconic artist. (look here for upcoming events)
His music range includes tracks that start slowly and gradually pick up pace. This is ideal for a yoga class starting with warm ups and building up to faster flow. There are also many tracks that are slower and more meditative – perfect for savasana or home relaxation.
Another female artist with the same kind of rich sound and repertoire as Deva Premal. She has recorded a huge amount of tracks that are ideal for savasana, restorative yoga classes and background calm!
I love this husband and wife duet. I was very lucky to listen to their beautiful music first hand, by chance, on a yoga training where they performed live during savasana. They have a very special sound and are well worth a listen in.
My favorite track is Purnamadah. An enchanting, calming track ideal for savasana or relaxation. It originally featured on the Love Window album. Well worth a listen.
Explore, find something new and see how music can help inspire your yoga practice and teaching.
Wah! is an established artist who has a more ‘pop’ feel to her music. One of her classic albums is savasana whose opening track is perfect for, you guessed it, savasana. Also, check out all of her faster tracks that are useful for energizing vinyasa classes.
Spring is coming and the flowers are blooming. Time to brighten up your yoga practice with a bunch of colorful yoga props. What better way of inspiring your practice than a vibrant new accessory.
Take a look at these jewel bright goodies with useful links to creative ideas for making use of each and every one of your props.
You’ve got to have a yoga mat for a good grippy surface to support your downward dogs.
Also a rolled mat is super useful in many ways. Take a peak at this article with examples of how to use a rolled up mat as a prop.
Great for bringing the floor to your hands in a number of the standing poses.
Yoga Journal explores some creative uses for your blocks here
Why shouldn’t your strap be a fun color instead of beige? A boon to any yoga with tight shoulders and a great shoulderstand assist to stop the elbows splaying.
For a small prop, a strap has a bunch of uses. Take a look at Yoga International’s inspired uses
Support the knees, relax the spine, open the collarbones. A bolster is a great prop for relaxation and resting poses. Don’t forget about the challenging poses though. A bolster under the torso to assist the lift in chaturanga dandasana is a great help. Give it a try!
Also doubles up as a coverup in savasana or neck support if lightly rolled. Extend the edge of the towel over your eyes if you’ve forgotten your eye pillow!
Although not strictly a prop, this is still a great accessory. A funky, bright yoga tote for class that easily fits your mat, towel and water bottle. A little zipped internal pocket is perfect for keys & cards.
This soft fabric tote can roll up super flat and would make a great sightseeing bag or beach holdall too for your yoga retreat travels. Available in a bunch of great colors, too
Embrace Spring and brighten up your yoga practice!
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Favorite wrapping paper or handmade paper of your choice. You only need a small amount. I chose Nepalese Lokta paper which is available in many colors and designs.
Glue stick, double sided tape & scissors
Meditation cards. These are some I made and stamped with craft stamps. you can write on them or stick your own typed mantras, favorite quotes or phrases.
A matchbook from a restaurant or you can buy blank ones here (optional)
Small bunch of sage (you can buy sage from this great etsy store). A little goes a long way.
So……….on to the fun bit……
Cut your paper to size by drawing around the tin base and lid. Stick on to the top and bottom surface of your travel altar tin
Cut an additional two for the inside of the lids. You can simply use the same template and trim to fit.
Having an altar for our practice creates a dedicated place of focus for our yoga, meditation or mindfulness routine.
Include a few matches for your sage and miniature candle but be sure to cut off a slither of the match striking surface and adhere to the back of your tin like I have here.
Alternatively, if you’re in a creative mood you can cover a matchbook with matching paper to make a set.
Be mindful that if you are traveling by plane that you don’t pack matches or matchbooks in your hand luggage! You can always pick up some matches at your destination.
What to include in your travel yoga tin
Fill your tin with your favorite and most inspiring items. I included:
small amount of sage
tea light candle
a pendant that I love
a small shell
handmade, watercolor meditation cards. I painted a handful and stamped phrases on them and kept others blank to add my own inspirations at a later date. You can buy a blank set here from yogaskinny’s sister Etsy store, maycontainpaper.
You can include whatever inspires you. Suggestions include
photos of loved people or places
yoga or nature imagery
treasured pieces of jewelry
small aromatherapy oil
Once you are at your travel destination, pick a spot in your space to arrange your own mini altar with the contents of your travel tin.
I love a craft project and when it is yoga related I love it even more. See how your mini altar works out and then make some as gifts for friends and students.
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