Thoughts on Boston

I had hoped to post about our members thoughts and practices related to earth day this week. What I didn’t do was take the time to check to see if that would be a reasonable source of material.

Not. One. Single. Post.

Your blogs lend themselves to be a mirror for your most important decisions, reflections, and questions. It is on your sites that you expose who you really are, aspire to be, and the things you learn in between.

With that in mind, I thought I’d lend space to the subject that deserved the focus of this eventful first update in a few months – reactions to the tragic events from last week at the Boston Marathon.

Grace was just down Boylston street in Boston when tragedy struck. She describes her reaction in a very transparent way, showing that we are not always equipped nor conditioned to process events like this. Later in the week she shares some comforting words from friends about the tragedy.

Susie encourages us all to continue to act positively

Hari-kirtana hopes that yoga can give us some perspective on the world but can’t help but wonder “what the hell is wrong with people?”

We hope you find comfort in your practice and can use it to comfort and empower others. Here’s to what yoga can bring to the aftermath of a tragic event like this.Has yoga helped you or others process a tragedy or bring meaning in the wake of a tragic event?

– Om on.

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And We’re Back!

When we heard that YIOMsite was shutting down we reached out to see if we could help continue the great community Lorin has created with all of you talented yogis and bloggers.

We believe that there is still a space for a comprehensive blog that brings together online contributors in the yoga community and will do our best to act as good custodians for the space.

Our immediate goal is to start regular updates, grow the footprint of the blogs featured on the site, and see where that takes us. That said, it’s not “our” site, but yOUR site so please do post and email suggestions – we’re happy to have them!

Regular updates will start next week here on the blog as well as both Facebook and Twitter.

-Michael and Jenni (@elateyoga)

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This Site is No Longer Being Updated

As mentioned in a prior post, updating for the YIOM Site has discontinued as of Dec 1, 2012. As a service to members of the YIOM community, I will leave these pages up until the site is either assumed by someone else or the domain lease runs out. However, I will no longer be accepting applications to the blog list or updating that list.

For now, however, you can find links to many wonderful blog on our list page. I hope you’ll enjoy browsing them and reading about yoga.

Don’t stop OMing.


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We’ll Keep OM-ing Together

Dear YIOM friends,

I am sorry to announce that this website will be shutting down at the end of November. When we started YIOM, there were few venues to find yoga bloggers, and not many yoga blogger community pages either. Now, there are far more. I will be leaving the YIOM facebook page up for now, and any and all of our member bloggers are welcome to post links to new blogs there.

I thank you for being a part of the YIOM community over the last years and I know we’ll keep OM-ing together, whether here or not.

To OM is to be part of a community. That’s Y I OM.


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Weekly Round Up!

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and around this time of year everyone is talking about what they are grateful for.  This is a great practice to remind ourselves of the good things in our lives when we are surrounded by family for the big dinner day.  This is also time to remember that Thanksgiving isn’t the only time that we should be thinking about what we are grateful for.  I believe it’s a wonderful idea to make it a daily practice, by either meditating on the things you are grateful for or writing them down each day in a journal.  All of us experience some stress or bad days in our lives, so it would be handy to have this journal around on those days to remind us of the good we have around us.  I have kept a gratefulness journal, would you be willing to try it?

In the meantime, here are some great YIOM posts from last week that you should definitely check out:

Wendy at Scars and all Yoga shares a very honest post about the difference between her blogger self and her real self, and the negative self talk that comes along with it.  I resonated with this post and appreciate her authenticity, you might find this post enlightening as well.

Humble Yogini writes about her experience so far in Laxmi Yoga Teacher Training and details a week at the training and how much she has learned.

Keishua of The Curious World of L posts a beautiful poem about her September and welcomes October.

Om Chantress writes about Creating a Practice System for your yoga with some great tips to get started.

Yoga Betty’s most recent post is titled Yoga for Keeping Your Sh*z Sane, which has a humorous title but awesome poses to help you relax and keep that sanity!

Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian readers and bloggers and have an awesome weekend American followers!

What are you thankful for this weekend?

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Weekly Round Up

Wow, did summer ever fly by!  It was incredibly busy and before we knew it, it was fall.  Don’t get me wrong, fall is lovely, nothing like that crisp cool air and the changing of the leaves to make you fell revived.  But, I am such a summer girl, I have no idea how I get through winters.  I’m going to miss flip-flops, beaches, BBQ’s, and most of all, sitting outdoors in the radiant sunshine.

Well, it’s time to move on and get ready for the cooler season.  Bring out the stylish boots and dressy scarves… oh yeah, and the pumpkin lattes, mmmmm.

This fall we’re all getting used to our new schedules and still feeling a bit busy, but hopefully you have time to check out our five featured blogs in the weekly round up:

Capricious Yogi writes about social media and detaching herself from the outcomes and need to constantly be checking out what people are saying.  She uses a beautiful quote from the Bhagavad Gita to express her final thoughts in the post.

Finding Drishti gives you six reasons to practice yoga while travelling for business, which are also useful for leisure travel.  Good reminders to not forget your practice no matter where you are.

Lisa, of Just here. Just now., writes about being nervous, but ready, before a seminar with senior Bikram yoga teacher, Mary Jarvis.

Namaste*Heather speaks to teaching yogic philosophy to her students and focuses on Ahimsa, or non-harming, in her recent post.  She offers great points about this Yama and asks how this idea can affect your life.

And, to help you get a clearer picture, Yoga for the Long Run, discusses the Yamas and Niyamas from a runner’s point of view.  She shares yogic philosophy and how it can apply to training for a marathon.

There you have it, a great round up of YIOMers to check out this week!  Of course, you can always check out more by clicking on over to the Blogroll to see what else this community is sharing.  Just be sure to grab that warm beverage and a cozy blanket to settle on in with some good reading.

~ YogiCrystal

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Please Welcome Our New Editors!

Leigh from My Bikram Yoga Life and Crystal from Yogi Crystal are onboard as the new editors for YIOMsite. Many thanks to both Leigh and Crystal for volunteering!


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Looking for An Editor

YIOM Site is a great resource for yoga bloggers and people who love yoga. I’m so pleased to be able to offer it up to the community. But, I have to admit that right now I’m a little knuckled under, so I’m looking for editorial help. Responsibilities would include contacting potential authors, checking websites for inclusion, maintaining the blogroll, and periodic posts. If you are interested, please contact me via the contact page or at @yiomsite on Twitter.


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Recent Page Submissions Issue

If you have recently submitted your page and not heard back, it is due to a mail crash. Please resubmit using the contact form and it will be directed to our new mail account.



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Flissy from Om Chantress

It feels like years that I haven’t updated YIOM. Life does indeed get the best of us sometimes! But I am excited to announce we have a guest post today from one of our YIOMers – Flissy from Om Chantress. I asked her to write about her month of May, a difficulty she encountered and how yoga helped her. Hope you enjoy reading as much as I did!

I’ve been practicing yoga for about ten years.  I teach yoga five days a week and yoga has cemented itself as a personal lifestyle. As such, yoga is wrapped up as a normal part of my everyday life, moving and stretching, teaching, reading, meditating.  Reflecting on the past month, one instance stands where my Yoga practice served me in life off the mat.

This month I took a 32-hour intensive with Rachel Brice, a highly influential  tribal style belly dancer. It was tons of fun, a dream come true, really, to have the opportunity to study closely with a dancer I have admired since I started belly dancing six years ago.  It was also hard work, both physically demanding and mentally challenging. The intensive culminated in a test. It wasn’t required, except that it is a prerequisite for the next level of training.  I had such a fantastic experience that, of course, I want to continue with her training, and that meant passing the test.

I’ve never taken a test in belly dance before.  I have enjoyed that one of the perks of being an adult is that you don’t really have to take tests anymore. At least not the multiple choice, write a paragraph about XYZ kind that I left behind when I graduated from college.

The truth is that it seriously stressed me out. Looking back, now, it was pretty unnecessary how worked up I was about it. I was well prepared and knowledgeable about the material.  I’m an experienced dancer. But sitting in the room with 40 other dancers waiting for the tests to be handed out, I was a mess!  What saved me?  Pranayama.

It’s the first breath technique I teach my students because it is easy and effective. Inhale: 1, 2, 3, 4.  Exhale: 1, 2, 3, 4.  I had mala beads with me and moved a bead on each exhale.  Round and round I went inhaling and exhaling nice and smooth in spite of my desire to have my own internal freakout. When the test came around, I was focused and at ease, and can happily report that I have passed Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements ™ Phase 1: Initiation.

I love the subtle ways yoga weaves in and around my everyday life, and maybe for that reason, it’s easy to forget that I have many, and sometimes even very simple tools to help deal with everyday problems. How has your yoga practice served you?

Thanks Flissy for sharing with us! Hope you all have a wonderful week and Happy May!


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