3 Reasons Why Yogis Should Utilize Technology
Forget about the yogi in the cave. Spiritual practitioners often have a reputation for being tech-illiterate. It is crucial to make yoga easily accessible and we can do this with technology. There are lots of outlets where yogis can practice, share and learn information. So we might as well take advantage of what the digital age has to offer.
Here’s a short list of my favorite resources and ways that technology can actually help connect us more fully to the amazing wonders of yoga and spiritual practice.
1. Meet teachers you’ve never practiced with and try out different yoga styles
This is probably my favorite of the list. For a few years, I practiced almost exclusively to yoga podcasts and downloads. It was a fantastic way to tap into the resources of phenomenal yoga teachers from across the country (and across the globe). Yoga downloads, podcasts and streaming video give us the opportunity not only to take class with teachers that we’ve heard about, or that others have recommended, but it also gives us a chance to practice new styles of yoga right in our living room.
Downloading great classes onto our laptop, iPad and other devices makes our yoga mobile and puts the power of our practice back into our hands. If we’re tied up at work and miss yoga class, no problem, because class starts anytime we want. Also, we can find classes that are the perfect length and level. It’s all at our fingertips. I offer my students premium yoga video downloads so there’s never an excuse to miss our practice. It’s virtually there, 24/7.
2. Interact with yogis you’ve never met
It’s a digital world out there, and for the 20th century yogis there are a plethora of places you can interact with each other and share some dialogue. Yoga news spreads quickly via yogi-specific outlets for interaction like YogaTrail or the beloved YogaDork or one of my favorites -Instagram. These are places where the yoga community comes together to discuss teachers, causes and news, and share insights and support.
3. Get advice on yoga you never thought to ask
Turns out yogis are awesome helpers too. And the other great thing about that is we enjoy sharing tips on what has helped us grow in our practice. Seek out your favorite yogis cause you can learn things about poses or sequences that you may never normally discover in a studio class. It’s a free world full of free information just waiting to change your consciousness. Some of my favorites are: YogaJournal, Huffington Post - Yoga, or Reddit/r/yoga.
It is crucial to make yoga accessible to sustain a lifelong steady practice. We can do this with technology. There are lots of outlets where yogis can practice, share and learn information.
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