The Best (and Worst) Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats - Good review of different yoga mat options. If there is one thing I recommend putting a little money into, it would be a durable yoga mat. There's nothing affordable or environmentally-conscious about a $28 "eco-friendly" TPE yoga mat you have to replace every 6 months.

How to Make Your Own Yoga Equipment - Truth? You don't need to buy anything to do yoga.

50 Ways to Reuse Your Yoga Mat - Awesome!

Free Online Tools

Yoga Journal Sequence Builder - Neat visual tool for putting together yoga sequences

Building a Home Practice - Yoga Journal article on how to start an at-home practice

Yoga Journal 21-Day Challenge - Great collection of video classes to be viewed online or sent to your inbox daily

YogaYak - Free streaming videos of classes - Free videos of poses and sequences

Suggested Reading and Viewing

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - The most popular yoga text. Read it online for free: Online version 1, version 2, version 3, version 4. Get it from the Philadelphia Free Library.

Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar - The definitive guide to the philosophy and practice of yoga by its greatest living teacher. Light on Yoga provides complete descriptions and illustrations of all the positions and breathing exercises. Get it from the Free Library.

Light on Life by BKS Iyengar - Yoga’s popularity is soaring, but its widespread acceptance as an exercise for physical fitness and the recognition of its health benefits have not been matched by an understanding of the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development that the yogic tradition can also offer. In Light on Life, B.K.S. Iyengar brings readers this new and more complete understanding of the yogic journey. Get it from the Free Library.

Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff - See inside every yoga pose with clear, expert instruction and full-color, detailed anatomical drawings. Yoga Anatomy depicts the most common asanas to provide a deeper understanding of the structures and principles underlying each movement and of yoga itself. Get it from the Free Library.

Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson - This book contains the entire Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga with three options for every asana. It is spiral bound to easily remain open while practicing, and contains over 650 photos with clear instructions and commentary.

Yoga INC. - Interesting film about the commercialization of yoga. Follow the link to watch for free!

Enlighten Up - Filmmaker Kate Churchill is determined to prove that yoga can transform anyone. Nick Rosen is skeptical but agrees to be her guinea pig. Kate immerses Nick in the practice and follows him around the world as he examines the good, the bad and the ugly of yoga. This isn't the best documentary I've seen, but it does raise some good questions, and the interviews with big name yogis like Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar, Sharon Gannon, David Life, and Norman Allen make it worth it. Watch it for free at the link.

Stories: Yoga to the People - Yogic inspiration. YTTP is fabulous.


Yoga to the People - Donation classes in New York, Berkeley, and San Francisco.

Dirt Cheap Yoga - Low-cost classes in Dallas, TX. In Spanish, too!

Tuscon Yoga - Low-cost classes in Tuscon, AZ.

Yoga District - Low-cost and donation classes in Washington, DC.

Yoga by Donation - Donation classes in Portsmouth, NH.


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