Web in Review, Exploring Avenues for Enhancing Yoga Practice
Yoga International is already a website link on our Resources and Links page. If you haven’t taken advantage of it, here are a few reasons to do so.
The magazine Yoga International began in 1991 and was a welcome addition when yogic publications were few and far between. It really did what it professed: became a source of information for teachers and students of authentic yogic traditions, bridging the gap between spirituality and science, ancient wisdom and modern life.
When publication ceased, readers were bereft. We lost a magazine with no glitzy ads, no plethora of air-brushed models, just articles that allowed subscribers to delve deeper into their own practice. So when it rose from the printing room floor onto the internet into 2013, even bumbling digital subscribers like me rejoiced. And there are lots of reasons for that.
The website offers so much more than a magazine ever could and perusing the site, YogaInternational.com, will help you find out just how it can enhance your practice.
But first let me add, you can join for free with a basic membership, or you can join for $14.99 a month. I know, seems a bit steep. But the offerings are many and good quality by nationally known teachers and some not so well known. They vary given the membership status.
Classes and Tutorials
There are yoga classes, including 5 minute tutorials to 90 minute full programs. They cover practices, meditation, yoga therapy, lifestyle, teacher specifics, and even classes in Espanol. Besides yoga, there are classes and tips about Ayurveda; with seasonal tips, natural remedies, food articles, and recipes.
Workshops and Conferences
The site also offers full workshops that have a price tag commensurate with workshops you might attend. The downside is the camaraderie while doing the workshop may be only with your dog or cat, the upside is you may get to do a workshop with your dog or cat in the privacy of your own home.
Another thing is that at the large fall and spring digital conferences, with each having a long list of nationally known teachers, members are offered discounts for attending.
Then, or actually in place of, and this is really great, they offer a deal for purchasing a thumb drive with the entire conference on it. That way you have great information at your fingertips and in your living room forever without having to do the workshop at a prescribed time.
There are also sections offering information on Yoga Sutras, Chakras, Tantric studies, and philosophy. Because Yoga International is one of the affiliates of Himalayan Institute, and because Pandit Rajmani Tiquanait, PhD is the spiritual head of the institute, many of the classes are from his perspective. This means you can find information about the humanitarian projects they are involved in around the world and that your money helps fund these projects. I did not check out the percentage.
Yoga International also has a boutique section…everything from yoga and meditation props, clothing, jewelry, gifts and books. They seem a bit pricey, but we can’t forget, some of the money does go to things like creating clean water sources in Cameroon.
There is even a Career Opportunities section! Want to put you Yoga Teacher Certificate to use? You just might find work in a fascinating place.
I give this site full palms open.
There is something to learn
and opportunity for everyone
whether you are a
free basic member
(Please note: I am not affiliated with this organization in any way and my review does not reflect that of NCYTA’s policies.)