“How Can I Get Into Yoga Online?”

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One of the top questions I get when I talk about teaching yoga is about getting into the practice with online classes. There are so many benefits to going to a yoga class at a studio, but taking a few classes online is a great way to get to know the poses and get used to different types of yoga. (Plus, most of the below recommendations are free.)  The flows and teachers below have helped me through my yoga journey, and I would love to share them with you!

Enjoy! Namaste!

This One Specific 15-Minute Flow 

For years, this was the only yoga flow I knew. This is a 15-minute practice that allows you to salute the sun and get a little flow in when you wake up. This flow actually helped me figure out I wanted to teach yoga; I was doing the flow in Poland with friends and the wifi gave out so I took over, taught the flow that I had memorized at that point, and realized that I wanted to do that for the rest of my life.

Jason Crandell also has a great set of poses for the evening, which you can find below.

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via jasonyoga.com

Do Yoga With Me

via doyogawithme.com

This is actually a recommendation that comes from my college therapist. (Shout out to Kate, the real MVP.) DoYogaWithMe has a lot of free classes that range from restorative to Kundalini to butt-kicking vinyasa. My favorite teachers are Fiji McAlpine, Tracey Noseworthy, and David Procyshyn.

Black Swan Yoga TV

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via BSY.tv

Of course, I’ve got to give a shout out to the studio that sealed the deal for me in Austin. Black Swan Yoga has the kindest teachers I’ve ever met, but they can also kick your ass and get you into shape. All of the teachers are beautiful souls and are wonderful teachers and before I name favorites (as if I could choose one) I’ll just tell you to try it out and enjoy the meditations, flows, and pose breakdown available on the site.

Yoga with Adriene

Austin teachers rule the world! Yoga with Adriene is one of the top yoga teachers on YouTube. She has tons of challenges, explains poses, and is really approachable for new yogis.

Bad Yogi

Bad Yogi is a similar teacher, but a bit sassier. If you are very new to yoga and not into chakras or ‘om’-ing and all the spiritual stuff, Erin Motz is a good teacher to introduce you to yoga without any spiritual stuff. You can also find yoga challenges on her channel as well!

Okay, I Have a YouTube Channel Too

Also me. I have a blog and work in social media but cringe at promoting myself or my practice. I began filming yoga classes to document my trip, and I have one flow left to record in New Zealand. The classes are lighthearted vinyasa flows, recorded in Austin before my trip. My absolute favorite is my headstand prep one, recorded in Austin with a good friend who recorded an absolutely beautiful soundtrack to go with the flow. The one above was filmed in the first week of my backpacking trip in Thailand, after the infamous Full Moon Parties.

I am still new at this, and if you want to watch, I would love love love some feedback. You are wonderful!

What Yoga Teachers and Online Videos Have Helped You Through Your Journey? Let me know in the comments!

Restorative Yoga Poses for Anxiety (Free PDF)

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My mom likes to remind me of a story from when I was five and I was very passionate about animals. (Took me until I was 20 to become a vegetarian, though.) One day, I decided I was going to start a club to save the animals. Which ones? I don’t know. Just all of them. My tiny self made business cards on Microsoft something-or-other advertising a Save the Animals club meeting, at recess, on the playground.

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Four Playlists For Yogis Who Prefer Hip-Hop Over Nature Sounds

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I’ve seen hip-hop yoga studios, hip-hop classes, Namasdrake, Yoncé Yoga, etc. And you know what? I love it. Sure, if you’re going to a yoga class to clear your mind and you want peace and quiet, by all means, hip hop yoga doesn’t sound appealing. But if a little Drake puts you in a good mood and keeps you in your Warrior 2 a little longer, go for it.

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NEW ONLINE YOGA: Yoga Flow for After Work!

Yoga After Work! | Beat, Broke, Backpacking

Hey friends!

I’ve finally got a new yoga flow for you! I recorded the audio for this flow in Austin, and filmed the video in Australia! I originally called this flow the Uber Driver flow (it starts out by gently stretching legs that have been sitting all day), but hey, anyone who’s sitting or standing around at work could use these gentle stretches and backbends. So it’s now the Yoga Flow for After Work!

All you need is your mat and your lovely soul…so enjoy!

FREE YOGA / NOMAD MEET UPS IN BRISBANE:

I will be hanging out in Brisbane for the next two months or so, and I want to teach a few donation-based classes at my new flat! I was thinking it would be a great opportunity for fellow yogis, Couchsurfers, and nomads to meet up, have a free fitness class, and hang out with like-minded people. If you would like more information, respond to this Couchsurfing event or head on over to my Facebook page!

That’s all for now! Cheers!

Positive Affirmations for Travelers

Hello hello! I thought I’d do a fun post with some affirmations that I’ve been using throughout my travel. I post sometimes about anxiety and fear while traveling, so let’s bring some positivity to the blog, hey? This is a blog about yoga, travel, and sustainable happiness. I enjoyed making these posts and I hope they will bring a smile or a sigh of relief to your day, whether you’re traveling or not!

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Travel Does Not Cure Anxiety.

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Backpacking is booking a flight to Bali on a whim, dreaming of The Yoga Barn and walking through the Monkey Forest. Everyone at the yoga retreat in Cambodia encouraged a trip to Bali. Your mom wants you to go. You haven’t read Eat, Pray, Love, but you know a thing about heartbreak and could use a chat with a monk and a juice cleanse. Your Instagram following could use a boost and what’s $3 a night for accommodation? Sigh. Shrug. Pleasant ‘mmm.’

Backpacking is uncontrollable sobbing in your hostel dorm, sending a flurry of contradictory messages to people who are on the other side of the world, who are ready to go to bed or go out for the night. Something, which you’ve been sure was ‘hormones’ the past two days, has a grip on each of your lungs and each of your eyes, relentless. You’re out of balance and out of control and wondering at what point you’re going to have to accept your personal definition of “failure” and book the flight back home.

Backpacking is both of these events happening at the same time.

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Koh Phangan: The Full Moon Party (and What To Do Afterward) feat. Hangover Yoga!

Koh Phangan: The Full Moon Party (and what to do afterward feat. Hangover Yoga!)

Okay. Back to chronological posts that don’t talk about American politics. I won’t mention T**** ever again. 

So let’s chat about the Full Moon Party, yeah?

Koh Phangan was at the top of our bucket list. Why? Three words: Full Moon Party. We didn’t know much about it, but we heard it was a big ol’ party on the beach and we weren’t going to turn that down. The overnight bus and ferry from Bangkok to Koh Phangan was an exhausting journey, so we gave ourselves four days on the island before heading back and continuing to Siem Reap. We went to the Full Moon Party. But then we had the question: what else is there to do on Koh Phangan?

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Just a Shout Out to All My Friends Who Sell Cool Stuff

Getting down to the wire! Soon you’ll be bombarded with gorgeous photos of Thailand, Cambodia, and Australia.

But for this post, I’m gonna switch the spotlight over to some amazing people in my life who are making some cool stuff. Y’all, it’s so important to support your friends who are making some cool stuff. Coming from someone who briefly had an Etsy shop, the support of friends and friends-of-friends is more touching and beautiful than I can accurately describe. This support creates a connection and a validation that is hard to find as a small business owner or artist, especially when we are constantly being bombarded with products and brands and ads and algorithms fueled by corporations who have more money, reach, and resources than small business owners have when they start out.

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