I created this resource page where you can find further information to take action on your path of teaching yoga. This includes books and DVDs about Yoga, online shops to find the stuff you need for your teaching needs and providers that help you set up your personal yoga-website or Yoga blog. All the information and products provided here has been helpful to me at some point on my path and I will add to it as I learn more. I recommend bookmarking this page for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
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Get mats, belts, bricks for your yoga classes
http://www.yogamatters.com/ : Yogamatters offers an extensive range of yoga products. I always liked their service and that they delivered to different countries without any problems. In their wholesale-section they have some good deals for Yoga teachers equipping their school or buying things like neti pots in larger quanitities, e.g. for a teacher training.
Start your own Yoga Website
To quickly and easily launch a website I recommend using WordPress. I use it because I am not an expert in website building but still want to do most of the work myself. WordPress allows you to build your website (almost) without touching any code simply by drag and drop. And adding content to your site is as easy as using MS Word saving you hours of time and thousands in webmaster bills and it is free!
http://bluehost.com/: You need a host for your website. I personally use Bluehost, simply because it is so easy. Installing WordPress is as simple as a single click, and their customer service is just great, both on the phone and via chat.
http://wordpress.org/: WordPress is a free web software you can use to create your website or blog. It is very easy to handle.
If you just want a free Yoga Blog you can set one up here: http://wordpress.com/ However, the free blog is not recommended as a website for your Yoga school as the options for adjusting the website to your needs are very limited.
List yourself as a Yoga teacher so people can find you
Places where you can be listed as a Yoga Teacher or Yoga School, or advertise events, workshops, retreats:
http://www.yogafinder.com/: List your Yoga school, workshops, retreats, trainings etc. Basic listing is free of charge.
http://www.yogatrail.com/: List your Yoga school, workshops, retreats, trainings etc. Basic listing is free of charge.
http://www.nomadyogi.com/: List your Yoga school, workshops, retreats, trainings etc.
http://www.ashtangayoga.info/: List your Yoga school, especially for Ashtanga teachers, but also related traditions accepted.
E-mail Marketing - build a list of followers
Collecting emails from students and people interested in your teachings is a great idea from the beginning because everybody has an email address nowadays and we tend to check our emails regularly. It is a personal and direct way to get into contact with your community and allows for communication that you as well as your students can benefit from.
It is best to start collecting those emails with a professional service instead of trying to manage and send your emails manually from your personal account. You don't want to handle the subcribe/unsubscribe process and worry about sending out hundreds of mails! And those professional services provide analytics and professional templates so your email looks great!
AWeber: The internet’s most powerful email opt-in service and email marketing/broadcasting tool. I use it and it works like a charm. Only downside: Unfortunately they don't have a free option to start with.
NamasteLight and MailChimp are other email-service providers, which I know many Yogis use (I don't). They have free starter-options, even though with growing numbers of subscribers to your email list the prices are pretty similar.
Keep reading and learning about anatomy in Yoga
Never stop learning about the human body. I love to regularly read about anatomy as it creates more awareness in my personal practice which I can then apply when teaching:
http://bandhayoga.com/: Free ebooks and articles about Anatomy as well as anatomy books with beautiful images to visualize the muscles engaged in each Yoga asana.
http://www.yoganatomy.com/: David Keils Website offers in dept articles about anatomy in Yoga.
http://loveyogaanatomy.com/: Resources such as interviews, articles, videos, book reviews about Yoga anatomy.
Great books on Ashtanga Yoga
Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Through the Eyes of His Students: A beautiful testimony of the great guruji Pattabhi Jois: In interviews many of his senior students talk about how he touched their lives and how and what he taught them. A must read for every Ashtanga practitioner.
Yoga Mala: Pattabhi Jois' book about the Primary Series. Contains plenty of interesting information about the benefits of the asanas.
Sweeney, Matthew: Ashtanga Yoga As It IS: A great book that is easy to read and contains all the basic information about the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga, such as its history, Vinyasa Krama, how to advance through the series, how to deal with injuries, food, Moon days etc. Plus it contains photos of all asanas from Primary to Advanced B Series including each Vinyasa and correct breathing.
Gregor Maehle: Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy: Contains a detailed description of each asana of Primary Series including anatomical details and tips and tricks how to approach the more advanced poses. In the second part of the book Patanjali's Yoga Sutras are explained.
Gregor Maehle: Ashtanga Yoga - The Intermediate Series: Anatomy and Mythology: Contains a detailed description of each asana of Intermediate/Second Series including anatomical details and tips and tricks how to approach the more advanced poses and how to approach learning Intermediate Series in general . Also covered are Yogic Mythology.
http://www.ashtangayoga.info/: The Ashtanga Yoga information website: practice sheets, yoga philosophy including word by word translation of mantras and yoga sutras in various languages
Great books on Yoga
Richard Freeman: The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind: A quite sophisticated and unique description of all the indescribable aspects of Yoga practice from one of the best Yoga teachers in the west.
Light on Life: The Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace and Ultimate Freedom: B.K.S. Iyengar offers life lessons from his personal journey while referencing all important parts of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. A great read while I was travelling through India.
Sri Swami Satchidananda: Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: One of the main Yogic texts with a easy to read and understand commentary from Swami Satchidananda.
Sri Swami Satchidananda: Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavad Gita A Commentary for Modern Readers: One of the main Yogic texts with a easy to read and understand commentary from Swami Satchidananda.
Yoga: The Art Of Adjusting - Compact Edition: Shows and describes adjustments and details of the asanas from Ashtanga Yoga's Primary Series
Functional Anatomy of Yoga: A Guide for Practitioners and Teachers: A practical book about anatomy and Yoga. Read my review here.
Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul: An easy and fun to read yet comprehensive explanation of the main concepts in Yoga, written from the founders of Jivamukti Yoga: Sharon Gannon and David Life
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