Could your yoga practice be enhanced by social media?
Yoga is great for clearing the mind, so it’s a bit strange that many forms of what some call “distraction” can be used to enhance your practice. If used with this defined purpose, social media tools like facebook, twitter, and pinterest can greatly increase your appreciation, frequency, and knowledge of yoga.
Here’s how we recommend jump starting your social media with the goal of enhancing your practice:
- Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest – find and like/follow pages and people who’s message, content, and ‘likes’ or ‘follows’ resonate with you.
And here are the 4 reason’s WHY you should do the above and start socializing to expand your yoga reach!
#1 connecting with like minded people
Both twitter and facebook are great for this. You can pursue not only your friends’ feeds, but friends of friends and also just complete strangers who share a common outlook on life.
Taking a trip to a new city and want to attend a yoga class? Getting away for a weekend and want to connect to healthy, wholesome-minded people like you? There are many places and services that can help you do this, and through social media you can keep up with them and discover opportunities that are right for you. Through facebook I found OMStays, a great way to travel and meet people with a yogi spirit.
With social media, you can tap into social circles that fit your personality. Almost like a dating site, you can shop around and find content and people that like similar things and share common values. Connecting with people on the internet was creepy 5-10 years ago, today it’s a great way to make friends that can fulfill and support you along your journey.
#2 inspire with videos, images, and quotes
This is definitely the easiest and fastest advantage of using social media to keep your yoga practice going strong.
There are so many awe inspiring images out there of yogis and yoginis doing perfect poses, this is where Pinterest shines bright. There are also lots of inspirational little quirps and quotes that are nice to read. Like this one:
or, this one, it’s one of my favorites:
Keeping up with your social media feeds can keep these gems streaming through your consciousness. It is important to “curate” your feeds though. Make sure you’ve spent some time finding people that post content that you enjoy.
#3 Expand knowledge and perspective
There are sooo many types of yoga, styles of practice and instruction out there that it can be down right discouraging for a while to find the one that fits you. I think many beginners quit because of this, and many students get stuck in a “yoga rut” when they aren’t inspired to continue their journey. Social media can help.
Here are a few examples where social media can expand your knowledge and lead to new perspectives:
- If you’re a new and upcoming teacher looking to expand your student base, you can find great articles and resources through yoga community groups and your social network. Last week I found this wonderful article shared by a friend on Twitter, “Tips for building your private client base” by @OmUnlimited.
- Maybe you’re stuck in the “yoga rut” and aren’t inspired any more by your routine? Try perusing different local yoga studio’s facebook pages until you find one that jives with you and inspires you. Then take the leap and try a new class in a new studio. That’s always shaken things up for me!
- Need to just ask questions or vent? Twitter and Facebook offer great outlets and resource forums for this! You aren’t alone!
#4 reminders to get on your mat!
Here’s my suggestion: Have a specific social feed, twitter for example, highly curated so you only are following limited number of people that you really enjoy and really inspire you. Then make sure to get a daily reminder for yourself to spend merely five minutes absorbed by the feed. Inspiration and a kick in the spandex will follow. Routine, routine, routine……it helps to hear it. It helps to say it. It helps to spell it out! The more yoga you do, the more yoga you’ll do!
There are many obvious ways that social media help out small yoga businesses such as studios or aspiring retreat websites such as this one, but it’s not so obvious for the everyday student. I hope this will help inspire you to leverage your social network to continue and propel your yoga journey!