8 Reasons Why I Blog About Yoga

Carol Horton wrote a fascinating article for Elephant 'Why Yoga Blogging Matters' posing the question: Why do you blog? She calls yoga and blogging: "yoging" which did not go well with some commentators but is quite alright with me. I get it. We blog, we yoga. We are yoging. 

These are my 8 reasons:

1.- Community.  I have created some pretty solid friendships over the years here at the blog and I meet new people because of it, all the time.  Besides, when I practice at home I know of others who are also practicing and suddenly do not feel so lonely on the mat, least James joins me. Aaaannnddd there was that one time in which we were all together doing primary series when Sharath streamed the live led class. That was cyber yoga fun at its best.

 
Aren't we colorful?
  2.-It brings us back to the old times. I hear from yoga scholars that in the past yoga had different and very distinct schools in India (just like today), and that people from one school would debate and challenge the yogis from the other schools. I believe the Internet has done exactly the same thing for yoga, only it has not even started yet. 

We have our Iyengar blogs (OK  maybe not your Iyengar's just yet, a google search returns some blogs which are a bit scattered and not so solid).  But then we have our Ashtanga and our Vinyasa Krama blogs (see blog roll on the right).  Wonder where the other styles are at, may have to do some more googling.

And although sometimes the different schools merge due to brilliant blogs that join the techniques (see this one for example), the conversations are still ijust getting started.  At least when it comes to different schools presenting different ideas.  I believe that by talking to each other, as we learn to do it respectfully -which is key for learning- we all benefit by appreciating the subtleties of how others learn.

In the Krishnamacharya tradition we have no shortage of conversations and if well-directed we all grow from going back to the old days and discussing out in the open what we are learning, and what works for us.

3.- It keeps me real.  There was one time...I don't remember now, or maybe I don't want to remember, where I may have said something that was just not right, missing the mark.  I had comments that directed me to seeing things in a brighter light.  I learned. Thank you.

4.- It helps me work those other branches of yoga.  Let me tell you, one thing about writing a blog is that sometimes comments and/or discussions can get a bit, well, 'excited'. And learning to keep to truth, non-violence and 'to the point' without engaging with whatever may come is an exercise in yoga. Very much so.  I feel lucky to have a readership that mostly offers encouraging and value-adding comments.  Touching wood right now.



'Touching wood' is a South American expression for keeping things that are good coming our way.  We usually say it as we touch real wood, or our heads, for fun.  James tells me in North America you guys 'knock on wood'.  The head joke still holds. Right now I am touching some real wood.

5.- I get specific tips.  This is a major benefit of 'yoging'.  There are lots of advanced practitioners out there who not only read and share but are willing to give advise!, I mean, how lucky are we?  I have gotten tips for my back-bends with such detail, sincerity, heck even love, that I may or may not be writing a book about it.

Take for example the day that I asked the question about "nutation". I specifically wanted to learn what that meant in "English" if you know what I mean, as in plain English, and I had none but David Keil himself answer the question!

Or how David Garrigues or Kino Mac Gregor are all too eager to help and answer questions online by blog, sometimes with videos and all.  A blessing.

6.- Exercises the mental muscles.  Thinking about yoga and writing about it are two different things.  Putting thoughts in writing requires organizing things, which is a whole new skill.  This in turn not only exercises the mind, but, say for example, after a workshop with Ramaswami I get to organize what I learned, go deeper into the teachings, keep talking about it, and learn some more.

7.- Is what I do.  I started writing in journals when I was 9 and bloomed into it when I learned about morning pages.  Writing has always helped me find myself, get out of my own way, and find what is real for me. If there were no blogs I would still write. I just do it. On top of that, add the fact that I love talking about yoga and there you have it: yoging all around!

8.- It is a practice.  I did not think I had an eight reason and it turns out I do.  This is news even to me. I find that writting about yoga has become a 'practice'. Something I look forward to. A space for learning and growing, a quiet time for reflection, and a way to sumarize and share the scenery I see as I walk down the road all the way into the center of the rabbit hole.

Why do you blog?

Carol will be attending the Toronto Yoga Conference in August and she will be in the panel that will talk about this.  Feel free to share with her (or in the comments here) the reasons why you blog. I will put the link to this in her post so she can see. 

May we all benefit from our modern tantric times!

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13 comments:

  1. what a great list of reasons to blog - for me, i too've written since itty bitty, and it's definitely one of what i feel i must practice, along with art and dance and fitness and yoga ;-)

    my thanks to carol horton, who's idea about starting a conversation about conversation, yogging, on elephant journal, is evidenty taking wide root

    so many things you touched on on your list, getting tips and help, community, and dialog between differing schools or thoughts of yoga

    only thing i myself would like to add is, the dialog, to really succeed i think, will have to eventually include all schools of human fitness and movement - gestalt is gestalt is one is one sorta thing

    we have so much more knowledge available to us than 5000 years ago, and thus have much more we can enjoy merging and comparing for general info, and so much to choose from for our own needs

    nice post claudia, thank you ;-)

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  2. hi Claudia
    i saw her post as well and was thinking about it yesterday. i agree with you in every aspect. your blog (and some other ones) have been invaluable to me and i learned a lot in a very short period of time. also, as you said, for us novices, it is soooo great to have you more experienced people to ask advice from. aaaand, as you said, i don't have to bore non-ashtanga people with the talks about ashtanga. reading/ interacting with blogs fulfills the need to share thoughts.
    please keep it coming - there are so many people that appreciate the yoging community.
    all the best from london ~ ivana

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  3. Dear Claudia
    The other day, before this post, I started a post saying that Claudia asked why one blogs about yoga. I gave my answer, but then could not find that you had asked, so I edited myself saying I could not remember who asked. Thanks for expanding on the subject.
    Cheers,
    Arturo

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  4. Great post, Claudia! I love that idea that this new super high-tech medium allows us in a sense to start getting back to the "old days" of vigorous discussion, (respectful) debate, and exchange. We learn more and more about how to learn from each other and this is a great blessing.

    I think that it's also important to add that blog readers and commentators are just as much a part of yogging as bloggers themselves are - writers love to be read and without readers, our writing remains relatively dormant - it can still be important but it becomes really alive when it's read and, even better, discussed.

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  5. Once again, a great conversation starts. Carole had asked me how yogging has changed since I started (in 2006) and I've been pondering my answer. Most of all, I've been very intrigued about how the conversation bounces around to the different blogs. I think the debate is great for challenging our assumptions and, on a blog, it seems that the argument is more fully fleshed out.

    Thanks for the list!

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  6. Namaste, Claudia--an inspiring post. How does your "practice" mesh with James's?

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  7. Hey,

    I just saw this post. Great stuff about why someone would blog. I like how it is broken up into 8 reasons.

    The last question you list here "Why Do You Blog" is actually the impetus for a site I started called "WhyIBlog.com" would love to know what everyone things and see if we could help get some of your thoughts on the site as well

    Thanks,

    Oliver

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  8. Ahh Typo, sorry. "Would like to know what everyone THINKS" not "things" thanks

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  9. I like reason #8 :) It rings true for me as well. I blog because it's a way to process my thoughts/emotions that come up after practice, and also to keep track of my progress, noticing the ups/downs, etc.

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  10. Adan, that is a good point, perhaps adding to the conversation other schools. I know of people who enjoy martial arts and come to yoga and that there are similar elements or how for example, bioenergetics can help in yoga teraphy and so on... there is a world out there, very true. Thanks for your comment.

    Ivana, I hear you loud and clear, I have learned a lot through the sharing too, ;-)

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  11. Thank you Arturo!

    Carol, I agree, people who comment are indeed as much a part of the yogging, and by the way it is yoGGing, my bad in putting just one "g" there! Even people who do not I suppose are part of it. I find that bloging is an art form in itself, albeit a new one, and it is taking shape as we speak, finding its channels and leading us to new ways of expressing/communicating. It is fascinating, thanks for adding your views here too and for starting the conversation.

    Brenda, I have seen topics being very much explored here, perhaps there was more fire in the beginning, and it has gotten a lot more sophisticated. It is a good point you mention that topics do get more thoroughly revised...

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  12. Joe, hi, well, not sure 'mesh' would be the word, he is beginning and building up to the 6 times a week, he is also a much more committed writer so for him writting comes first then practice. In my case I am practice first, writting second, at least for now, so we meet sometimes in the middle in the home shala (read half of the bedroom), and place mats side by side. Lately he is also joining me for pranayama and pratyahara and he has been keeping a meditation practice as well, so here and there we meet, or sometimes we do our practices when is convenient... it goes day by day really

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  13. Savasanaaddict, yes right? that is how I feel too, it is a deconstruction or a recapitulation of what is learned, it has a big place in the learning process... very much so.

    Oliver, good to know about your site, will visit.

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