By Lauren Ladoceour

Of the millions of weblogs out there, hundreds are written by yogis. Easy to find and quick to read, yoga blogs can be informative as well as fun. In them, fellow practitioners share their insights, favorite classes, personal practice tips, notices of upcoming events, pictures, videos, and more.

Subjects range from the philosophical (brookshall.blogspot.com) to the economic (yogabiz.blogspot.com). The tones vary from blog to blog. Some are light and entertaining entries about working on new poses (see reluctantashtangi .blogspot.com); others are serious, snarky, or satirical (seeyogaforcynics.blogspot .com andyogadawg.blogspot.com). OM Yoga founder Cyndi Lee hosts Cyndi-sphere (cyndilee.tumblr.com), which chronicles Lee's workshops, shares travel pics, and reveals behind-the-scenes moment like Ashtanga instructor Richard Freeman goofing off during a yoga conference. Lee posts every few days. Many other yoga blogs have daily or even hourly posts.

Yes, the blogs are diverse and at times seem to have little—besides a love for yoga—in common. Yet many link to each other.Just like the yoga community, the blogosphere is about connection. Start reading the latest gossip from

Baron Baptiste is known for testing yogis' endurance with his Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, a fast-paced and physically intense style of asana practice. His playlist starts off primed for Sun Salutations, builds energy for a series of standing poses, and then chills out for seated and supine poses.

Practicing yoga to music can, he says, "spark our spirit and call forth something deep in us that is both ancient and fully present. Music creates an opening to action and stillness, which takes practice into new realms of mystery and expansive reality." l.l.

Namah Shivaya by Krishna Das Release by Afro Celt Sound System Mangalam by Prem Joshua Waking the Spirits by Bob Holroyd

Crazy Crazy Crazy by Michael Franti

Om Narayana by Wade Imre Morissette

Riders on the Storm by Yonderboi Little Star by Madonna

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Hari Om by Jai Uttal

MORE ONLINE To download Baptiste's playlist, go to yogajournal.com/multimedia.

YogaDork (yogadork.com), who in March reported that a Los Angeles teacher was selling her home for millions, and you'll soon see a mention of budget-friendly classes from Yoga Deals (yogadeals.blogspot .com), which links to a fun story from Elephantbeans (elephantbeans.wordpress .com) about yogis behaving badly

"Blogs ultimately provide a forum for connecting people, and people take connections a number of directions," says Eric Case, an Anusara and Iyengar yogi and a former product manager at Blogger, which offers free online blogging tools. "They're niche places for dedicated folks to find each other." YogaJournal has joined the game with Yoga Diary (yogajournal .com/diary), where readers can blog about their personal tales oftransformation, and Yoga Buzz (yogajournal.com/yogabuzz), with news, event listings, and the latest yoga research.

Some blogs are simply fun reads, but if you want to dive deep, check out bloggers like YogaLila (yogalila.net), who posts meditations on verses from Patanjali's Yoga

Sutra. And Kiss My Asana (kissmyasana .blogspot.com) often offers step-by-step pose instruction with video and pictures. "It's helpful to be able to see the pose and try to internalize the description outside of doing it in class," says Jason Goldman, an Iyengar Yoga student and director of product management for the microblog-ging tool Twitter. It's definitely not the same as being in a room with a teacher you trust, but these blogs are voices in a growing conversation that reveals how connected we really are.

AUTUMN, WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER, by Sandra Sabatini and Silvia Mori. Pinter & Martin; pinterandmartin.com This enchanting book invites readers to view yoga as a dialogue between the body and nature, while observing the unique qualities of each season.

First published in Italian in 2004, the book is a collaboration between Italian yoga teachers Silvia Mori and Sandra Sabatini, who studied with the late Vanda Scaravelli—a student of B.K.S. Iyengar known for cultivating a wavelike movement in the breath through asana.

Beginning with the withdrawal of energy in the fall, the authors reflect on the changing cycles of nature, offering seasonal asana sequences and breathing techniques. Whimsical illustrations by Chloe Fremantle lend a playful tone, as the authors suggest that a change of seasons can be an impetus to dust off habits and introduce new insights. For spring, they suggest a slow, rhythmic walking practice, so your "steps fall like rain drops." In the summer, you're advised to take short steps as you exhale through the feet into the ground and inhale through the feet up from the ground.

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The approach is an expansion of Scar-avelli's emphasis on grounding down to extend through the spine, but the teachers add their own romantic flair: "As you stand, accept the request from the ground to let the feet drop and entrust them to the Earth below." With such poetic instructions and asana names like "the resting Buddha" (a side-lying pose with the neck resting in the hand), the practices are joyous invitations to self-exploration. carol krucoff

MARMA POINTS OF AYURVEDA, by Vasant D. Lad and Anisha Durve. Ayurvedic Press; ayurveda.com Vasant Lad, one of the best-known Ayurvedic authorities in the United States, has teamed up with protégée Anisha Durve, an acupuncturist and yoga therapist, to write a book comparing Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. As a yoga primer, textbook, practice manual, and encyclopedia for one specialized area of Ayurveda, this isn't a volume to absorb in a few hours—or a dozen sittings.

Before introducing marma points (or Ayurvedic energy nodes), the authors review Ayurvedic theory and the philosophic roots that it shares with yoga. After making a comparison of Ayurveda to Chinese medicine, the book lists 117 marma points (including their medical uses), shows their relationship to acupuncture points, discusses marma massages for each area of the body, and outlines marma first aid for conditions that range from headaches to heart palpitations. The final chapter incorporates marma-point knowledge into asana practice, presenting 28 classic asanas and the primary marma points they affect. The book's integration of marma points and yoga asana is less a how-to guide than a general map for your own investigation. There is a lot of information here, enough to keep you learning for years. todd jones *

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