100 Spiritual Blogs For People Who Love Meditation, Yoga, And Happiness

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Spiritual bloggers are some of the most important people on the internet. Every day they’re creating inspiring content that connects people to their deeper, spiritual selves. I know firsthand from the countless hours I’ve poured into TheDailyMeditation.com, that creating a great spiritual blog takes time and dedication. That’s why I’ve created this list: a list of the absolute best spiritual blogs. It’s a way to say thank you to my fellow bloggers.

Okay, before I get into my list of the best spiritual blogs, I have to apologise to some people.

Because of course, not everyone can make it onto my list. That would make it redundant. Some friends and colleagues are not on the list. And for that I feel pretty guilty.

But heck, when you’re asked to create a list of the absolute best spiritual blogs, inevitably a few people are going to be left out.

You guys know I still love you, right?

Phew.

Now then, in creating this list I’ve included blogs that I myself personally read, and blogs that I always share on The Daily Meditation’s Facebook Page.

As you know, I really don’t follow the regular “Trending” / “Pop” articles (I’m less Real Housewives, more Thich Naht Hanh)–I like to promote deeper stories that make you think. No, surprise, given that I have written such articles as:

The Complete Guide To Every Meditation Technique

Over 100 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Meditation 

and the Ultimate Beginners Guuide To Mindfulness.

That’s right, I prefer my articles to be deep. So with that in mind, all the spiritual blogs I’m about to tout are deep, intellectual, and take spirituality seriously.

The bloggers I’m about to share have done wonderful work. Reading them is like taking a masters degree in spiritual psychology, they are that deep. They’ve covered everything from spiritual healing to revieeing the best psychics, to offering online counselling. And along the way they have shared some amazing stories about their lives. So I really do hope you enjoy them.

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If you’ve ever wondered why people blog, four of the main reasons are: to inspire, to connect, to share, and to help others.

In the list I’ve put the blog name, link, and a little excerpt because I wanted to share how good some of these spiritual online writers are.

Let’s take a look.

And even if we somehow missed your blog in our list, you can still show the “Proud To Be A Spiritual Blogger Badge!” .

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These Are The Best Spiritual Blogs

 

The Mindful World

The first thing that caught my eye about The Mindful World is just how beautiful their site design is. And I am currently redesigning TheDailyMeditation and sites like this one truly are an inspiration.

It takes more than just good looks to be included in this list of the best spiritual blogs, though. And, indeed, The Mindful World has a lot of depth behind that pretty exterior.

The Mindful World is a group of individuals who are passionate about spreading mindfulness around the world. Their articles are very in-depth and some of the most professionally written pieces on any spiritual website.

Excerpt from CONFRONTING REALITY: The lie of Evidence-Based Treatment and how it affects psychological therapy for abused children

“The scientific process is supposed to be the golden standard for the pursuit of knowledge and truth. When asked to think of a scientist, many people will imagine a somewhat “nerdish” individual who’s often more comfortable with numbers than people.

 

We imagine these scientists as being wholly dedicated to their research and unwavering in their pursuit of the truth. The idea that many published scientists are heavily influenced by politics, that scientific journals often compromise their standards for publications, and that many universities look the other way to secure federal funding, often comes as a shock to most people.”

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Change Your Energy

Change Your Energy is a site about spiritual healing. It reads like a self improvement site, packed full of excellent advice on articles on all manner of self development topics. Every article is full of spiritual guidance and offers inspiration for developing your spiritual life. Change Your Energy is is also one of the most professionally presented spiritual blogs.

My favourite excerpt : From the article “Sing As If Speaking, Dance As If Walking”

“Do you pick up your smartphone, look for people to chat with, or go to the TV or Internet because time alone is lonely, strange, or difficult? You can be a wonderful friend to yourself, incomparably better than any person or any machine.

Here is a suggestion for enjoying spending time with yourself: Sing and dance for 30 minutes every day. Try to sing as if speaking and to dance as if walking.

Enjoy being immersed in yourself, regardless of what other people think. The time you enjoy spending with yourself is time for changing your energy and for accumulating energy. You can encounter your soul as you sing and dance.

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Mom On A Spiritual Journey:

Mom on a Spiritual Journey is the blog of Sarah Lawrence Hinson. Sarah gives spiritual coaching sessions and writes articles about both her personal life and about spiritual energy.

My favourite excerpt:

From “6 tips for driving your car as a spiritual practice”

“MAKE YOUR CAR A NO PHONE ZONE LIKE OPRAH SAYS.  I’ll be the first to admit that I am useless at using a phone and driving, in fact I’m a downright danger so don’t do it at all.  Just because you might be better than me doesn’t mean you should do it too though.  If the phone rings and I am alone, I pull over if I know I’m waiting for an important call.  If you work a lot on your phone, get hands free…it’s not the greatest idea but it could save your life.  If I have the girls in the car then they answer the phone for me.  When it’s their turn to learn to drive, texting and driving will not be acceptable because I DON’T DO IT!”

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Spiritual Awakening Process:

Spiritual Awakening Process discusses many aspects of spirituality and offers practical advice to improve your spiritual life. The best part of Spiritual Awakening Process is the one hour sessions that can be booked and which offer help for you on your spiritual journey.

 

LINK: SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Favourite Except: From “Awakening”

“Life inside the awakening is a whole other beast. Many people focus on the singular point of awakening, that amazing “Ah-ha!” moment. However, while that is a critical piece of the awakening process, so is the transition from sleep-mode to every moment awakeness. The awakening ushers in a time of transition that is unsettled, unstable, and unique. It is a time of embracing new and amazing parts of you and then trying to crawl right back into bed. It is a time of expansion and contraction as you grow and then shrink back to the core issues that are still unresolved and holding you back.”

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Not Strictly Spiritual:

Not Strictly Spiritual is a blog all about finding spirituality in everyday reality. on the site, catholic blogger and author Mary DeTorris Poust talks about how faith helps us out with everyday life. Poust talks about her own experiences in using faith to overcome self image issues and eating issues. Her articles are full of wisdom certain to enlighten readers.

 

Favourite Excerpt: From “A perfectly timed novena. St. Catherine, pray for us.”

I woke up this morning and noticed a link to a Novena to St. Catherine of Siena in my Facebook feed. I will admit that I am not one to pray novenas often. Okay, almost never. But this one caught my attention. St. Catherine of Siena has a special place in my heart. I consider her one of my patron saints since my middle name is Kathleen. To top it off, her feast day, April 29, is my wedding anniversary. So there’s that, but there’s oh so much more than the name and date connections.

 

Catherine was such a strong Catholic woman, one who was not only powerful and fearless in her love of God but powerful and fearless in her love for the Church. A mystic, a counselor to popes, a stigmatic, a Doctor of the Church. What’s not to love? Especially if you are a modern Catholic woman looking for a strong spiritual role model.

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Tiny Buddha

Tiny Buddha is an absolutely wonderful website. It matches cuteness and fun with insight and wisdom. It’s also got more Facebook followers than anyone else on this list, partly because it was a pioneer of the whole spiritual blogging movement.

Favourite Excerpt: From “Stop Trying to Blend In: The Simple Secret to Being Yourself”

Does being myself mean I do not strive to be a better me? The answer is yes. And no. Well, it’s complicated. Yet simple.

If striving to be better means you constantly focus on your flaws and judge yourself, then it’s stupid to strive to be better. Because however good you get, there will always be room for improvement.

However, if it means you are happy with who you are and think you could be even more, then yes. Striving to be better is the way to go.

It takes courage to accept who you truly are, but it’s a lot easier if you remember there’s nothing wrong with who you are—and the only way to be happy is to embrace it.

 

 

Dream Builders Australia.

Liara Covert is the author of this blog. Liara has 481 pages of inspirational blog posts dating back to 2007 that help you to live your best life and to be your best self. There is no lack of guidance, wisdom, and knowledge on this blog.

Favourite Excerpt: EXPERIENCE MORE JOY”

“Feeling your way along implies trusting what the mind does not understand or would like to talk you out of doing. It is about noticing everything is connected, choosing steps or directions on your path based on what feels right and what you intuit is the right thing now.”

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Practical Spirituality:

Practical Spirituality is the blog of author Wes Eades, who has also written the spiritual book Whirlwind. On Practical Spirituality you’ll find interesting discussions on religious subjects. Wes Eades hold a PhD in counselling and brings his experiences and wisdom to every article.

Favourite Excerpt: From “Your Spouse Doesn’t Have to Be Your Best Friend”

“Your SpouseWhen we moved to Louisville Holly began to teach at a little private school where she met a couple of other teachers who were runners. She enjoyed running with them MORE THAN ME! Thirty years later she has a few half-marathons and marathons under her belt, along with a triathalon. Very few of the many miles she has logged had me at her side. She runs with her friends, and many of them become her best friends. It took me years to realize that it was just fine for me not to be one of those friends.”

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Spiritual Travels:

Spiritual Travels refers to itself as “Practical Advice for Spiritual Journeys.” On the site you’ll find reviews of the latest spiritual books, which really go into depth about what makes the book good / bad. You’ll also find beautiful photography and articles on various spiritual and religious sites the author has visited. The depth and detail of the articles is truly impressive and the writing quality is one of the highest I have seen on a blog.

 

Favourite Excerpt: From “At Machu Picchu, Where the Veil is Thin”

“The ancient Celts of Ireland described holy sites as “thin places” where the veil between heaven and earth is transparent. In exploring spiritual destinations around the world, I’ve never come across a better description for why certain places simply feel different from other sites.”

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Top Blogs On Meditation

 

These meditation blogs are really helping people to start meditating. And I’m sure you will agree that that is a very important thing (especially give then most than 100 health benefits of meditation).

 

So, a big thank you to all my fellow spiritual bloggers who are helping to get people meditating.

However, there are some meditation blogs that are so flipping good that they’ve made it into this top ten.

These are the meditation blogs that I could not live without.

The ten best meditation blogs in the world.

What Meditation Really Is

What Meditation Really Is  is definitely one of the very best meditation blogs in the world. This is a very modern (and I want to say “cool”) blog that brings mindfulness into the modern age, matching science with practical guides to offer a complete overview of the importance of practice in today’s world.

 

Wildmind

 

Wildmind is one of the mindfulness blogs I personally ready most. Wildmind is packed full of easy to follow guides to all different kinds of techniques.  Finding the right techniques for yourself is easy on Wildmind as the staff clearly explain what the benefits of different types of meditation are. This is a great site for people new to meditation

 

SpeakingTree

Mindfulness is only one part of the subject matter covered by SpeakingTree. On the site you’ll find guides and articles on all different kings of religions and spiritualities. All articles on the site are professionally written and very informative. I must admit I’ve learnt a lot from SpeakingTree myself!

 

Positive Meditation
Positive Meditation is another of the best meditation blogs. This one’s all about using techniques to live a positive and happy life. Written by Mark Dunn, a positivity coach, this blog is packed full of inspirational articles and guides to using techniques in everyday life.

 

Beyond the Mind

Beyond the Mind is a fascinating blog that matches scientific research with a poetic / artistic styling, adding quotes and more to create an inspiring and enlightening experience. This is also one of the most unique blogs on meditation.

 

Mindful Balance

What makes this one of the best meditation blogs in the design. I love the design of Mindful Balance; it’s big, bold and green, like one great big leaf. It’s a blog all about peace and mindfulness, which advocates and inspires a love of nature and a love of self. I believe this site is relatively new but I’m excited about its future.

 

Spirit Balance

Spirit Balance has a ton of personality that makes it one of the very best meditation blogs.  You really get a sense of the writer’s personality when reading this blog, and it’s a very interesting personality at that. The blogger discusses his journeys to India and share many colourful Youtube videos too. This is probably the most unique blog in the world.
Free Meditation 

I’m going to admit to being a little bit biased in favor of Free Meditation  as it’s the only blog located near my second home (which is Hamilton), being in Halton Ontario. That’s far from the only plus point of this site though. On this blog you get to discover what’s going on in the world of spirituality, with discussions of events and of books, DVDs and more. Where many blogs focus exclusively on techniques and How Tos, Free Meditation does a brilliant job of bringing to life the modern world of meditation.

 

The Meditative Gardner

The Meditative Gardner does precisely what is says on the tin: bringing mindfulness into garden chores. You only have to read the title of their latest article “Meditating with a Squirrel” to know what this is all about: nature, loving your garden and letting your garden and gardening lead you to mindfulness. Excellent.

 

Clear Empty Mind

I’m going to be completely open and honest and say that the site design of ClearEmptyMind is not my favourite (it’s somewhat cluttered). But once you get past that you find brilliant articles and videos that teach Buddhist philosophies and techniques and also discuss modern news stories from a Buddhist point of view. This blog makes me feel more connected to Buddhism (which is difficult being stuck in a village in the middle of England with absolutely no connections to Buddhism whatsoever).

 

All these blogs are absolutely spectacular. they are the best meditation blogs in the world. We love them all! So I just want to say thanks to all my fellow meditation bloggers. You guys absolutely rock. 

 

 

Best Zen Blogs

Looking for the best Zen blogs to compliment your time on our meditation course? We’ve handpicked the world’s best Zen blogs for you to sink your teeth into. Each of these Zen blogs has its own unique style and feel, so be sure to read each of them to find the ones you like best.

And if you love reading about Zen, take a look at these Zen sayings and proverbs. They’re soooo inspiring!

The World’s Best Zen Blogs

 

Sweeping Zen: I’ve never found a blog that made me feel more connected to the Zen way of life than Sweeping Zen. What makes the site so great are the frequent articles about various Zen sites from around the world. The authors discuss their experiences at Zen events and do an excellent job of documenting everything that is happening in the world of Zen. A must read!

http://sweepingzen.com

 

Good Life Zen: The blog of Mary Jaksch. Jaksch describes herself as being a person who is passionate about helping others to live happier lives. Her blog reveals this passion admirably. Here, you’ll find the best practical advice on how Zen attitudes and exercises can contribute to a happier, healthier and more positive life.

http://goodlifezen.com/

Be More With Less: Be More With Less isn’t strictly a Zen blog though it does share much in common with the Zen mentality. This blog is all about slowing down and enjoying life. On Be More With Less you’ll find excellent practical advice on how to slow down and how to live the simple life. This is a highly relaxing read and is recommended for all.

http://bemorewithless.com

Zen-Mama: Zen-Mama makes excellent use of multimedia in order to inspire the Zen mentality in all of us. I was particularly impressed by her use of the award winning short film Validation (which I previously wrote about on a sister-site: ARoleModel.com). She also uses infographics and informative articles to reveal how you can live a happier life with Zen.

http://www.zen-mama.com/

TheZenMom.com: TheZenMom is the blog of Angela Chee, a TV host, writer, media coach and mother of 2. Angela Chee uses her blog to advocate the benefits of Zen in motherhood. She combines ancient wisdom with modern concerns to produce one of the most modern Zen blogs out there.

http://thezenmom.com/

 

Finding Zen With Cancer: Finding Zen With Cancer is the blog of Linda, who, as she states in her opening paragraph, has had an up and down kinda life. Her life experience fuels her writing, making for enlightening and inspiring stories about Zen and about life in general. The best part of Finding Zen with Cancer is the personal touch that Linda puts into all her writing. Within a few minutes of reading you’ll likely feel like she’s a long lost friend. Great stuff!

http://www.findingzenwithcancer.com/

 

 

 

Best Yoga Blogs

We are proud to present TheDailyMeditation award for the world’s top yoga blogs. Has your site found its place in our list? If so be sure to let your readers know the good news! (article shortlink: http://wp.me/p3fZC4-xZ  ) 

Without further ado; the top 100 yoga blogs in the world.

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The Top Yoga Blogs and Websites in the World

  1.  YogaMint.com –  YogaMint is full of different yoga moves, recipes based on vegan and organic ingredients, and various meditations that will help you overcome stress. This is an excellent site for discovering how yoga to transform your life.
  2. The Householder Yogini: This blog is about using yoga in family life and is absolutely perfect for kids. It contains excellent articles and tips on how to get kids into yoga. A definite must-read for families interested in yoga.
  3. My Yoga Blog: My Yoga Blog is full of reviews and tips on yoga, but my favourite part of this website is the personal flair that the writer puts into every article. Excellent.
  4. Spirit Voyage – SpiritVoyage is full of articles on how you can integrate yoga into your life. Articles cover subjects ranging from aromatherapy to herbalism. There’s also music, meditations and articles on yoga events.
  5. DailyCupofYoga.com –DailyCupofYoga is a collaborative venture, with various guests posting from around the world. This site is full of the best tips, books, wisdom and all kinds of resources that will aid your self development through yoga.  Highly recommended for everybody!
  6.  AnacostiaYogi: This is the blog of yoga instructor Sariane Leigh, who teaches yoga movements in the African-American styles. There are lots of different yoga programs to get involved with.
  7.  Starr Struck: This yoga lifestyle blog goes into great depth and detail on specific yoga exercises. The photography is also excellent and there are fascinating interviews too.
  8. Thaisg.com: Here you’ll find some of the longest blog posts on yoga, all of which are full of valuable advice. There’s a newsletter too to help you to get fully involved with the yoga-way of life.
  9.  YogaTwistOnLife: This bog is full of interesting and detailed thoughts on yoga. There’s also a ton of links to valuable resources to help you with your yoga.
  10. MyYogaOnline.com: This site is the best site for reviews and thoughts on the latest yoga products. Here you’ll find articles on yoga clothing, mats, games and more.
  11.  Ripple of One Stone: This yoga blog is all about how to avoid being injured while you practice your yoga routines. An amazing feature of Ripple of One Stone is the anatomical analyses of yoga moves, which shows why they need to be done correctly.
  12.  Semperviva: Another site with excellent advice on articles on all different subjects related to yoga and other health trends. Also contains excellent interviews.
  13. YogaCurious: Curious about Yoga? You’ll find brilliant guides to yoga sequences and moves here. This is one of the best sites for learning yoga and also contains articles on how to improve your life through yoga.
  14.  Yoga Lisa DC: Lisa’s Yoga blog combines two seemingly disparate subjects: yoga and knitting. The yoga is used to stay fit and for general wellbeing and stress relief.
  15.  ItsAllAboutYoga.com: Everything on this site is about yoga, in case that wasn’t completely obvious by the title. It’s full of excellent thoughts on yoga from a yoga practitioners. There are also inspiring and motivating notes on various yoga exercises.
  16. Cowgirl Yoga: Yeehaw and Namaste! This Montana mamma talks about everything related to motherhood, yoga and horses.
  17. Yoga Paws: Yoga Paws is about using yoga in order to promote general wellbeing and spirituality. It has some of the best yoga photography and offers in-depth articles.
  18.  Elsie’s Yoga Kula: This blog contains some of the best information and advice on alternative health, yoga and general wellbeing. There are excellent videos and a ton of different classed and podcasts.
  19. Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama Yoga at Home: This blog gets an award not only because its title is so hard to say (you have to yoga for your mouth just to pronounce it correctly) but also because of the in-depth articles that it offers on Ashtanga yoga.
  20.  Ashtanga Yoga Mother Earth: This blog is packed full of wisdom and is truly inspirational. It covers topics ranging from organic diet to modern ournalist.
  21. Christina Sell Yoga: On this blog Christina Sell talks about the yoga lifestyle and both the pros and cons of teaching yoga.
  22.  AbelaYoga.com: This blog is about the spiritual aspects of yoga and about the yogic life. It discusses oga in a deep and meaningful way.
  23. Five Points Yoga: Barrett is a yoga trainer with over 500 hours of experience. On his blog he discusses breathing, meditation, music and, of course, yoga .
  24.  Compass Yoga: This blog is all about the various health benefits of yoga, which it goes into great details to discuss.
  25.  Lululemonn Athetica: Detail really is the name of the game on Lululemon’s blog. The best part of this blog is the “Ask a Yoga” feature that allows you to ask any questions you like.
  26.  PowerYogaOttawa: This is full of easy to follow guides on specific yoga moves and is excellent for newcomers. There are also interesting articles for yoga teachers and lessons for those who want to learn yoga at home.
  27.  TrueYoga: This is one of the more philosophical yoga blogs and is all about the spiritual aspects of yoga.
  28.  RiverFlow Yoga; RiverFlow Yoga is all about hot yoga. Don’t worry, thought, the blog does an excellent job of making Hot Yoga more comfortable (perhaps LukeWarm Yoga would be a better description).
  29. Chelsea Loves Yoga: This yoga blog focusses on building a communicating and connecting individuals through the practice of yoga. It also contains an excellent section on yoga for children and teens.
  30. Yoga Journal: This yoga blog contains an excellent guide to yoga for beginners, which has helped me to use yoga myself and which I strongly recommend for all newcomers. There’s also great articles on integrating yoga into your life style. An excellent read.
  31. The Yogini from Manila: Jane is the Yogini from Manila. On this blog Jane shares her wealth of knowledge about yoga instructor in Manila.
  32.  Ishta Yoga: This yoga blog also contains excerpts from yoga classes. There’s details guides to yoga poses and an interesting section on “Office Yoga” too.
  33.   Eyogaforbeginners.com: This is a fantastic blog for newcomers and makes learning yoga simple and fun. The blog’s step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, even for beginners.
  34.  YogijBrown: This is the blog of yoga instructor J Brown. In it he shares his own insights into teaching yoga, as well as discussing the spiritual aspects of yoga.
  35.  Nadine’s Yoga: Nadine likes to set all manner of yoga challenge and her blog is a guide to meeting Buddhist and yoga challenge in your life. There are also great articles on meditation.
  36. Yoga Gypsy: This is one of the most interesting yoga blogs I have come across and is very informtative. There are tons of tips on various Yoga moves and all is written and edited excellently.
  37.  Spoiled Yogi: Spoiled Yogi is a new mother who describes herself as being a spoiled brat. The best part of her blog is her interviews, which are very informative and give a good sense of the yoga community
  38. Write on Yoga: Write on Yoga surprisingly writes on yoga. In her writings she gives all manner of insight into yoga for mothers. She also helps yoga instructors on organising classes.
  39.  Ashtanga Yoga Gainesville: This is the blog of yoga practitioner and teacher Christine. It’s packed full of informative and entertaining articles on the yoga lifestyle.
  40.  Curvy Yoga: Curvy Yoga is about yoga for people with curves and is written by Anna, who discusses the ways yoga can be used to create a healthy and positive lifestyle.
  41. Bernadette Birney: Yoga teacher Bernadette Birney has devoted her life to educating people about yoga. Her blog is full of informative and entertaining articles on the yoga lifestyle.
  42. Yoga Yak: This blog offers videos on absolutely everything to do with yoga, from breathing to moves to meditation and beyond.
  43. Yoga Download: The excellent tips on this blog will truly help you to use yoga for self development. It’s full of excellent articles on how to use yoga for stress and for relationships
  44. Five Minute Yoga: ON this blog, certified yoga teacher Iyengar speaks about psychology, yoga moves and aging.
  45.  CorPower Yoga: This blog is all about using yoga to create a flourishing lifestyle. It’s perfect for beginners and is full of inspirational quotes too.
  46. Gaiam Inc: This is a very praxctical yoga blog that shows how yoga can be used in various situations, like at the office or at school.
  47. Alignment Yoga: This is the blog of Scott Anderson who writes about his yoga lifestyle in a very entertaining and informative way. There’s also audio and video, making this one of the most multimedia-rich yoga blogs in the world.
  48. Whole Life Blog: This is full of excellent commentary and advice on ways to use yoga for specific health issues, like stress, depression and anxiety.
  49. Aura Wellness Center: Another blog that talks about how to use yoga for specific reasons. There’s articles on using blog for running and articles on using yoga for health concerns like stress and insomnia.
  50.  Yoga for Healthy Aging: This is an amazing yoga blog that talks about how to use yoga to eliminate stress and other health complications associated with aging. It’s written by medical professionals, meaning you know the advice is 100% accurate.

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  1.  Yoga Tune Up: This is a complete mind and body fitness program that shows how yoga can be used in conjunction with other practices to create a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
  2.  Yoga Wiz: This is an extremely professional site that is written and edited with precision. It discusses many techniques in yoga and also how to use yoga for health.
  3. LexiYoga: An amazing blog full of advice on how to use yoga for all different manner of health and lifestyle concerns.
  4.  AnmolMehta:This is a blog all about Kundalini Yoga, meditation and Zen. My favourite part of this blog is the section about using yoga for kids. It’s an excellent blog for families and for those looking to boost their health and wellbeing.
  5. Eco Yogini: This ecoholic yogini and feminist writes inspiring article on yoga and life.
  6. The Joy of Yoga: Poetry and Yoga are the key subjects of this blog, which is only three years old yet already is packed to the roof with entertaining, insightful and educational articles on yoga.
  7.  Young Yoga Masters; This is one of the best yoga sites for children and is packed full of highly informative and helpful article on how to get kids into yoga.
  8.  Karma Spot: This is an excellent blog about how to use yoga to succeed in various challenges in life. This is one of the most inspiring and enlightening yoga blogs out there.
  9.  Yoga Minded: This blog offers literally tons of articles on using yoga for all manner of situations, from hiking to yoga for teenagers. It also covers books.
  10. SynergybyJasmine: Jasmine writes on health, yoga and a non-judgmental attitude. Her articles are truly inspiring and the manner in which she writes is new, fresh and exciting, A masterful blog.
  11. Radiant Child Yoga: This blog talks about the importance of spiritual awakening for children. Another must-read blog for young families.
  12.  Yoga Spy: This is one of the more serious yoga blogs though it does also contain a healthy amount of humor. In the blog you’ll find articles on yoga moves, guides designed to help teachers and a whole lot more.
  13.  Yoga in the Dragon’s Den: The key subjects of this blog are philosophy and Ashtanga yoga. The articles here are some of the most unique and informative that you’ll find on yoga.
  14. YogiCrystal: This blog began life back in 2008 and is all about one woman’s journey of spiritual development through yoga. Entertaining and inspirational.
  15. Is Yoga Legal?  This site probably has the most interesting title of any yoga site in the world. It discusses the relationship between yoga and the law and in doing so offers amazing insight into the gulf of difference between the yoga mentality and lifestyle and the legal system.
  16.  YoaImmunity: The best part of this site is the high quality photography that shows how to perform various yoga techniques.
  17.  Yoga Untwisted: This is the blog of yogi Carissa who has been practicing yoga for 11 years . In the blog she discusses how yoga is beneficial to lifestyle.
  18.  Yogapossible: Adam Hocke has been a yoga practitioner for ten years. In his blog he discusses how yoga has helped him in life and how yoga can be used to significantly improve health and wellbeing.
  19. Yogalina: This is the blog of yoga teacher Meg Everingham, who also teaches Pilates, Balleticise and barre work. You’ll also find information on holistic nutrition and a wealth of knowledge and information on empowerment through yoga.
  20.  YogaG33k: This is the blog of Courtney Pearce who helps people on their journey in yoga. One of the more lighthearted and entertaining yoga blogs, this is packed full of personality.
  21.  YogaDork: You wont find stories about yoga any more unique or interesting as those on YogaDork.
  22.  Vogue Yogini: This is a wonderful site packed full ofpersonality from a self-proclaimed material girl. Social life, shoes and yoga are the subjects of the day here.
  23.  Daily Downward Yoga: This blog discusses the authors journey in meditation and yoga and is specifically written for people over 40.
  24.  Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom: This blog on ChicagoNow talks about both the ups and down of being a yoga mom. The author’s goal is to make parenting less isolated. She succeeds in this by sharing her own story.
  25.  The Vegansama: This blog is all about one woman’s story inyoga and veganism. Inspirational and enlightening, a must read.
  26. One With Life: This blog is written by Stephanie Spence and talks about her journey as a traveling yogini. This inspirational blog shares the author’s love and passion for yoga.
  27.  Movement: This is the blog of Georgie Abel. In it, Georgie discusses many different subjects, ranging from beauty to rock climbing to yoga.
  28.  Kat Saks Yoga: This is the blog of certified yoga instructor Kat, who aims to help her students and readers find and express their inner selves. You’ll find articles on every aspect of yoga, all of which are both entertaining and enlightening.
  29.  Flowtation Devices:This is the blog of Jennifer, whose goal is to share her knowledge of yoga and dance while inspiring people (and herself) to live in flow with the world.
  30.  Elephant Journal: This is one of the world’s most popular yoga blogs.
  31.  Connect to the Sky: The blog of yoga enthusiast Bram Levinson, who writes about the transformational nature of yoga.
  32. Connect to the Sky – Connect to the Sky is written by Bram Levinson, an enthusiastic yogi since 1999. His blog is his way of sharing with the world and communicating the shift that yoga provides.
  33.  Alive in the Fire: This blog is an inspiration for all of those looking to get in touch with their true selves and to find self love and inner peace.
  34. Yoga Healer: Cate Stillman’s blog is packed full of practical advice for health and spiritual awakening. Contains some of the most informative articles on yoga.
  35. YogiTimes:  Yogi Times inspires mindful, healthy and conscious living and has a rich community where people can share their own experience and knowledge.
  36. Yoga Trail: Created to help readers discover the type of yoga which is best for them, Yoga Trail is the most comprehensive director out there. It also contains reviews on retreats, teachers and more.
  37. Yoganonymous: Full of very detailed articles and guides on using yoga for a positive and balanced life.
  38. Ashley Josephine Yoga: This is one of the most modern yoga blogs in the world and is all about finding balance and harmony. Contains excellent yoga videos that teach about the mind, body and soul.
  39. Reflections Yoga Studio: This yoga studio is based in New York and offers xcellent help on how to live a conscious and positive life. Also offers teacher training for yoga.
  40.  Body Divine Yoga: This blog is written by a therapist and yoga instructor and offers philosophical insight into everday life.
  41.  Yoga Earth: The aim of this site is to share the very best yoga and nutrition advice. It’s full of excellent guest bloggers and insightful interviews.
  42.  Do Yoga With Me!: This wonderful site aims to improve the yoga community by bringing people together through yoga. There are classes, videos and guides and everything is 100% free.
  43.  Green Yoga:The Green Yoga Association is based in northern California and sets out to inspire eco-compassionate living.
  44.  Kathryn Budig:This yoga teacher trained in LA and now shares her knowledge of yoga and food on her blog as well. She’s also a Women’s Health Magazine yoga expert and co-founder of “Poses for Paws,” an animal charity.
  45.  Marianne Elliot; A storyteller, author and human right advocate, Marianne Elliot is one of the most profound teachers out there, having worked with the UN in Afghanistan. Her articles are utterly amazing and talk about yoga, mind and body.
  46.  MindBodyGreen: MindBodyGreen has become the number one destination for health articles online. Look closely and you’ll find some amazing Yoga resources tucked away in there too.
  47. Tiffany Yoga: This international yoga teacher and health and wellness expert wants to inspire people to make the most of their life. Her passion is inspirational.
  48.  Yoga Lunchbox: This is the best yoga magazine in New Zealand and is published by Kara-Leah Grant. She teaches about the transformational power of yoga.
  49. PowHow: A leading resource in webcan classes, PowHow teaches music, dance, arts and yoga.
  50.  Sadie Nardini: This yoga expert is the host of daily yoga and lifestyle hour on Veria TV. An author and yoga teacher, the professionalism and sheer breadth of knowledge that Sadie brings to her work is quite staggering.

These are our choices of the top yoga blogs in the world. But maybe we missed. one. What’s your choice of the top yoga blog. Let us know in a comment.

 

 

 

 

Best Tai Chi Blogs

A lot of readers have been asking me about Tai Chi recently. Not being a tai chi specialist, I’ve scoured the internet looking for the world’s finest tai chi blogs. Our readers who are interested in tai chi will love them. So, without further ado, here are the world’s best tai chi blogs (in no particular order).

 

Flowing Zen :

Flowing Zen isn’t a specialist tai chi blog. They do, however, write frequent articles on all different aspects of tai chi.

Their latest article is Real Experiences of Internal Strength.

Here’s an excerpt:

 

“I’ve been cultivating internal strength for nearly 2 decades. My own experiences give us plenty to talk about without needing to delve into the realm of hearsay.

As we move into the 21st century, I think it would be wise for us to stick to things that we have seen or experience personally. This doesn’t mean that you should only believe in things you’ve seen or felt. For example, I personally believe that some feats are possible even though I haven’t witnessed them (yet!).

This is the delicate balance of being a healthy skeptic. Investigate things, but remain open minded.

So let’s get started. Here are some of the things that I’ve personally experienced.

Experience #1: Vibrating Arms and Fingers

When I practice a Kung Fu form (especially Tai Chi forms), my arms and fingers start to vibrate. The same thing happens when I practice martial qigong exercises like One Finger Zen.

I’ll be the first to admit that the phenomenon is a bit odd. It looks as if I’m tensing my arms so hard that they are shaking.

But I’m not tensing. The vibration definitely doesn’t come from isometrics. My arms remain soft when this happens.”

Check out the blog here: Flowing Zen.

 

 

Energy Arts:

I think I’m right in saying that this is the best tai chi blog for actual tutorials. With a range of articles and videos you can learn virtually everything you ever wanted to know about tai chi. For more see: Energy Arts.

Here’s there video “5 Keys to Taoist Energy Arts Introduction”

5 Keys to Taoist Energy Arts Introduction

Tai Chi Notebook

Tai Chi Notebook is one of the only Tai Chi blogs on this list that delves into martial arts. Tai Chi Notebook is a very modern tai chi blog with excellent design and very well written articles. It definitely deserves it’s place in this list.

Excerpt From “Strikes – Soul Meets Body by Vladimir Vasiliev and Scott Meredith, a review.”

“First of all I feel the need to address the elephant in the room. This book (curiously?) doesn’t have the word “Systema” in its title or anywhere on the cover, except on the jumper Vladimir is wearing, but make no mistake, it is a book about the Russian martial art called systema. Systema often gets a bum rap from other martial artists, not by the practitioners, or the people who have tried a class, it should be noted, but more often by people who see the numerous videos of the art being trained on YouTube and cry foul. The videos often contain people moving in slow motion while falling head over heels backwards at the merest hint of a punch from a seemingly out of shape martial arts instructor. The BJJ community in particular is scathing of the systema groundwork videos out there.

To be fair, it’s not unreasonable to question a lot of these systema videos, but I feel the criticism is often born out of ignorance about what is actually happening. There are certainly some videos that seem like nonsense to me, but that’s often because systema uses unusual drills as a chief training method, often without explaining what the rules of the drill are before posting a video of it. Add to that the fact that there is an awful lot of nonsense in martial arts in general, from ‘no touch’ chi masters from China and Japan, to overweight, out of shape Western guys who think they’re ninjas, and you can see why it’s hard for systema to catch a break. But if you think about it, any martial art has parts that make zero sense to people outside of the art. For example, just look at a video of two high level black belts in BJJ scooting about on their butts and leg scissoring each other for 10 minutes in a competition to become ‘world champion’ and tell me that’s not as ridiculous as the wackiest of systema videos.”

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Tai Chi Central:

What I love about Tai Chi Central is the personal feeling to all of the articles.

This website makes you feel like you know the author, and that’s a wonderful thing for a website to achieve. There are tons of well written articles by tai chi masters. A must read. See: Tai Chi Central.

Excerpt from “Harmonious Combative Ecosystems”

“Each of us is a complex ecosystem consisting of countless physical, mental, and emotional components. While the solo form teaches us to recognize the integral nature of these seemingly disparate parts, practice with a partner expands our awareness so we can learn to integrate with the opponent’s ecosystem. Each part of one person becomes integral to the stability of each part of the other person. This is why it is said, “There is no enemy. I am one with the universe. Anyone who would attack me should be defeated by the nature of his or her own attack.”

Tai chi offers many stages of training between the literal technical application of the form and actual self defence. One of those stages is a type of “free-hands” incorporating the sticking and following of pushing hands (tuishou) and the various throws, joint controls, pressure point manipulation, striking and kicking. This practise aims to maintain and enhance the relaxation, flow, and control developed in the solo routine.”

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Anxiety Blogs

Today we’re offering rapturous applause to the world’s best anxiety blogs–or, at least, the best anxiety blogs that are in the English language. On these blogs you will find the most inspiring, empowering and enlightening articles on anxiety. To these blog owners we say, quite simply, “You rule.”

But first, of course, make sure you’ve read our own guide to anxiety and meditation.

And now for the blogs.

*** These blogs are not posted in any particular order. They are all equally excellent. *** 

The World’s Best Anxiety Blogs

Turn Around Anxiety.com: Turn Around Anxiety discusses how to help children who are suffering with anxiety. The blog mixes up to date news with helpful and insightful articles on helping children with anxiety. It’s written very well with a friendly but professional feel. This is THE place to be if your child is suffering from anxiety.

EXCERPT…. (from Kids And Their Siblings) 

 If you have a child with an anxiety problem it probably feels at times like your family has been taken hostage. Taking care of your other children becomes both a big concern and more difficult. Here are four areas to address that will help.

Pay Attention to Balancing Attention

The fact is that if your child has a severe anxiety problem you will have to give him or her a lot of attention. There is no way around that. But your other kids may feel that the anxious child’s needs get picked over theirs. It will mean a lot if on occasion this isn’t the case. For example, if you are out somewhere with another child you don’t take the “call,” drop everything to answer the text or run home just because your anxious child is demanding it. Remember, it is just anxiety. It feels bad but it won’t hurt anyone.

For many families there may not be a whole lot of spare time. What you will have to consider is trying to use some strategic time for your other children. You may not be able to match the amount of time but you can balance with the quality of the time spent.   CONTINUE READING

AnxietyUnraveled.com: Though this site could use a little bit of a facelift (its design is somewhat dated), once you scratch beneath that surface you find a rich resource or ways to deal with anxiety. Articles here range from meditation to natural remedies and herbs. Nearly every different type of treatment for anxiety is covered.

EXCERPT (from “The CAUSES OF PANIC ATTACKS)

Stress accumulates
For some people, the causes of panic attacks develop their roots after a particularly traumatic event or period of intense stress such as being involved in violence, looking after a very ill loved one or going through a difficult divorce. Perhaps more commonly, however, stress can be accumulated if you don’t have any strategies in place to release it.

It is common for people to respond to this by saying “but I started feeling anxious when I was relaxed – the stressful period was over”.

However, it is often when the difficult or stressful period is over that fear and anxiety problems emerge. In a similar way, many of you will be familiar with the experience of staying well whilst the pressure is on at work and immediately falling sick once you take a holiday. The pressure is taken off and the body has a reaction as it tries to re-establish balance.

Staying on ‘red alert’

Whilst under stress you are using the body’s stress chemicals to help you deal with whatever challenge it is you’re facing. When you are very busy you may not notice the body going out of balance and any feelings of anxiety you have seem quite normal and appropriate in the circumstances.

Once the challenging period is over, the body doesn’t automatically stop its ‘red alert’ status – just in case there’s another danger lurking out there somewhere. This was a very useful feature of our physiology in pre-historic times. The genes of the family who stayed alert after tackling a sabre-toothed tiger would have survived rather than those of the relaxed family in the next cave who just went back to sleep when they thought the danger was over and were consequently gobbled up by the other sabre-toothed tiger’s mate!

Unfortunately, staying on ‘red alert’ after the challenge has passed is not a very useful feature these days and of all the causes of panic attacks this is number one – so we all have some retraining to do in terms of how we respond to perceived stress so that the body doesn’t go on red alert so easily – but more of this later.

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AnxietytoZen.com: This website shows you how to go from a nervous state to the peaceful mind of Zazen / Zen. The site is written by a young woman (whose name I couldnt find on the site. . . ?) who used yoga and zen to overcome anxiety.

EXCERPT (from LESSONS LEARNED) 

You will keep facing the same situations and challenges until you learn the lessons the universe is teaching you.

As someone with anxiety, I spend a lot of time trying to control and guide things. I always like to have a sense of knowing how things will turn out, or could turn out. I have found that a lot of people with anxiety often do this. Having that control, whether real or imagined, helps ease anxiety because it offers us predictability – and that’s something an anxious mind thrives off of. But lately I am drawn to the idea that this control we seek might actually be doing more harm than good when it comes to our stress.

External situations cannot be controlled. We can play a part, we can have a role, but there is no way we can fully create the outcome. All we can do is control our individual part. We can move forward with things the way we would like to, but at some point we have to let go. I realized my desire to control things a long time ago. It used to be as simple as my always needing to drive when out with friends or me trying to force the plans for the evening so that i could make sure I was comfortable with what we were doing. I hated surprises and had to know everything. I never thought about it really being influenced by my anxiety, but it was. My need to control was always because I wanted to avoid becoming anxious.

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Anxiety Slayer: Anxiety Slayer is an amazing website that is one of the most modern and innovative approaches to blogging for anxiety that I’ve seen. It uses podcasts, music albums and tons more to create a multi-media haven for anxiety sufferers.

EXCERPT (from “ANXIETY BASICS”)

1. Use some tools for peace of mind.

Anxiety messes with your head. It’s confusing and overwhelming and it’s very hard to know what to do to feel better. We recommend starting using techniques like the Quick Anxiety Stopper or EFT Tapping to take the edge off your anxiety.

Please listen to the podcast to find out how this can help you.

If you keep at it and use these techniques every time you feel anxious, or feel an anxiety symptom, you will start to feel some real relief and space in your head to move on to the next step…

2. Notice what makes your anxiety feel worse and cut it out

Look out for:
Caffeine
Violent, scary, or fast paced entertainment: music, movies, TV, video games.
Stress, social pressure, expectations, or confrontations

Keep a journal and log what you notice adds to your anxiety and see what changes you can make to reduce it’s presence in your life.

3. Notice what helps you feel better and increase it

Look out for things that help you feel safe and relax.

Things like creative activities, yoga, walking, inspiring reading, breathing exercises, guided relaxation.

Keep a journal and log what you notice reduces your anxiety and see what changes you can make to include those things in your day.

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TheAnxietyTracker : I love the design of this website. It’s simple and easy to use yet modern, and the colours do a great job of lifting spirits. It’s a BLogspot blog yet different to most others. . . Anyway, what really matters is that the quality of articles here is exceptional.  Best of all, however, is the quality of articles. They’re packed full of wisdom and very enlightening.

Excerpt (from “Unhealthy Anxiety”)

For all the therapy I have had over the years and for all the improvements I have made with anxiety, the one thing I have found very difficult to crack in terms of solving is that of health anxiety.

Last time I did this, I was found to be alive

Granted, much of what I have learnt is how to deal with anxious symptoms, with an overarching acceptance that I will always have anxious feelings to some degree. But having the tools to deal with these feelings is hugely important and this is what I have learnt over the years. Naturally, what happens if you have the tools to deal with and react more strongly to anxious symptoms is that the cause of the symptoms becomes less too. A good example here is my experience with panic disorder, which used to prevent me from doing certain things such as presenting, socialising or eating out. Whilst, sometimes, these things can still present challenges, having the tools to deal with any anxieties that these things throw up (no pun intended) gives you more confidence to tackle the original causes and do them anyway – and even enjoy them. I cannot emphasise enough how much I revel in eating out with a friend and actually enjoying it. A positive of anxiety – you don’t take for granted small wins that perhaps other people don’t even register as significant. So, tackling the symptoms also helps to tackle the cause and eventually a hugely anxious and near-to impossible situation becomes doable or even enjoyable.

Sadly for the health compartment of my anxiety, the success of this cognitive behaviour change has not been realised in quite the same way. Yes, I am now able to deal with the symptoms of health anxiety better – i.e., when I get a physical pain or discomfort and automatically associate it with immediate death or life defining illness, I am better able to rationalise and say to myself ‘you’re being stupid,’ and come up with alternatives to the problem other than cancer, a brain hemorrhage or equivalent. But the problem is, I still automatically associate any pain with these sort of horrendous problems – in the case of health anxiety, tackling the symptoms and dealing with them better has not really changed the way I perceive a physical discomfort in the first place. This differs from other ‘types’ of anxiety, particularly panic disorder, as described above.

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TheAnxietyFreeChild; The most professional looking website of the lot (it’s a wordpress site but head and toes above the average). TheAnxietyFreeChild covers absolutely everything about anxiety in children. This is a very valuable resource for parents. It covers everything from night tremors to the effects of divorce on children. A truly exceptional online experience.

EXCERPT (from :”How a Few Simple, Colorful Tools Can Help Calm Anxious Children”)

As the parent of an anxious child, you may already know about the power of meditation, deep breathing and mindfulness as tools for quashing anxiety. And there are few more you can add to your anxious child’s toolbox: a paintbrush, paint, markers, pens – and plenty of blank white paper.

That’s right. The creative act of producing art can help with anxiety that’s ongoing and mild, acute and occasional, or any combination of the above. Using art to alleviate anxiety works because the art creation process:

Automatically calms the nervous system
Focuses attention on creating and away from worries and woes
Gives the nervous system a chance to regulate
Opens the door to other emotions, thoughts, compassion and empathy, which pave the way for processing more difficult experiences
Allows for nonverbal expression
Provides a visual representation and different perspective of a situation
Connects people with their inner sense of vitality
All this and you get some cool artwork to hang on the fridge, to boot.

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So there we are. These blogs are the absolute best. Between this lot you’re going to get help with absolutely every aspect of anxiety. We recommend reading many of their posts (we would recommend reading all of their posts but, heh, that might take some time!).

Show some love for these masterful bloggers by hitting the LIKE button on the left–they’ve earnt that Facebook love!

 

 

 

 

Confidence Blogs

Let’s be completely honest about this. Confidence is something that a huge number of people could use more of. The vast majority of people suffer from low self confidence or, at best, they are confident in some areas of their life and completely under confident in others.

Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that there are so many blogs about confidence. There are spiritual confidence blogs, self help blogs, blogs about being confident with the opposite sex. . . blogs about pretty much everything. And, of course, LifeAndSelf.com is just one of those blogs.

Hopefully you have already read our acclaimed and highly popular articles on confidence, in which we’ve revealed:

How to improve confidence through writing

Where does confidence come from?

And our complete guide to Improving Self Esteem

So, if you’ve read all of them, you may well be looking for more fantastic confidence blogs. That’s where this list comes in.

The Best Confidence Blogs in the World

Click through to the next page and we’ll share the absolute best confidence-building blogs in the world.

 

LifeandSelf.com is pleased to present the top 20 confidence building blogs for 2013. These confidence blogs have been chosen for various reasons. Some offer psychological facts and insight into confidence. Others offer words of encouragement to help boost confidence. Others still offer specifics like being confident with your image or being confident when speaking.

The one thing all these blogs have in common is that within a few minutes of reading them you will feel more confident and have valuable insight and exercises to help building confidnece.

So, here are. ..

The Top 20 Confidence Building Blogs for 2013

  1. The Confidence Blog
  2. Inner Confidence Coaching
  3. F***YeahConfidence
  4. Girls Guide To Swagger
  5. Curves and Confidence
  6. Inner Confidence
  7. Pursuit of Confidence
  8. Full Confidence
  9. Social Confidence Centre
  10. Coaching Confidence

 

  1. Build My Confidence
  2. Double Your Confidence
  3. Power The Change
  4. The Confidence Lounge
  5. Confidence Coaching
  6. Own Your Confidence 
  7. Speaking Confidence
  8. Adalia Confidence and Success Blog
  9. Centre for Confidence
  10. Building Confident Leaders

 

 

 

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