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Follow who? and why is that? The yoga of twitter

I had no idea you could do 17 things with Twitter to “use it effectively”.  I am relatively new at singing my own tune, (120 followers/following 60 or so, so far), but I have come to enjoy the experience, especially when someone I listen to directs me to something that provides value.

So, a few months back I did a search on Google to see what are the recommendations out there on the best yogis to be followed and came up with with  articles from the usual suspects, (HufftingtonElephant Dork) and it was rewarding to see that someone had ventured into this direction already.

As per their recommendations? I was a bit disoriented when I noticed that the recommendations were in list form, without reasons as of why they would be “the best”, but nevertheless I followed them for a few days and  found that some have very interesting web pages, and I have began to read their blogs and continue to do so, however, their “tweets” per say were not so rewarding. For example the suggestion to follow a big yoga company (that sells yoga props,dvds etc) showered me with links of products they are selling, with little value added.  

What would make up a good yoga Twitter then? for me it would be someone that:

  • Tweets often in an engaging manner
  • Spends time on the web and finds interesting, value adding yoga topics and shares
  • Publishes his or her own stuff and twits “sometimes” about it, for example when something is very interesting and, yes, “adds value”
  • Keeps personal messages with others to a minimum and only if relevant (or engages in those privately)
  • Posts inspiring tweets
  • Sometimes lets the guard down and we get to see the person behind the tweets.

The biggest finding for me is that good people to follow are not easy to find.

My list of recommendations is so far not that long, but I suppose it will grow in time and I will be updating it, do send me or comment with your own suggestions please.

Deepak is at the cutting edge of that magical spot where the worlds of the ordinary and extraordinary meet he.  He is a scientist (trained doctor) a mystic and a yogi, and posts by him have left me wondering as in  “Be careful what you say, the magic of words enfolds intention“. or this video of him talking to a camera at arms length in Barcelona and bringing into focus what exactly is reality, leave me wondering, considering, thinking.  
Dali Lama Quotes
This twitterer provides very inspiring quotes, for example: Others gaining happiness is more important than yourself alone, or “IT is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.

Tara Stiles
Tara is a yoga teacher that acquired famed recently due to her good cool looks, her low charging studio and her intention to bring yoga to everyone.  I find some of her quotes lead me back to the mat as in for example this morning:  “Practicing yoga dissolves the layers of stuff that holds us back. The more you practice the more stuff dissolves”.  She also offers specials for people in the NY area which do add value because they are reasonably priced and offer yoga.

Govinda Kai I started following certified ashtanga yoga teacher Govinda when I saw his tweet from Alice in the Wonderland: “Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast”.  Govinda is very much on the inspirational side of yoga.

Myself, ClaudiaYoga.  Well, I had to tell you ;-).  I usually do my “blogwatch” through twitter, and since I read so many yoga blogs I tend to publicize all the posts that really touch me, you may find yourself there, or if you haven’t then maybe you will at some point, what I look for is “value”.  I also talk about posts that I myself publish whenever I believe they will help people.

So, who do you follow?  can you help the list grow?

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5 Responses to Follow who? and why is that? The yoga of twitter

  1. Eco Yogini June 22, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    you know, I have different reasons for enjoying twitter… :)<br />I personally prefer local people, or less &quot;big&quot; people to follow- other bloggers and local yoginis.<br /><br />I do tend to follow some &quot;eco&quot; tweeps (twitter peeps), as they post interesting stuff… but not so interested in the &quot;quote of the day&quot; inspirational stuff.<br /><br />actually- I don&#39;t

  2. Arturo June 22, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    dear Claudia<br /><br />i&#39;m curious, but i don&#39;t think we&#39;d receive tweets here. well i haven&#39;t tried. the second one in your list would certainly be problematic for us. I&#39;d enjoy tweets from Yogananda. Maybe he can drop by with Babaji and speak. haha.<br /><br />hugs<br />Arturo

  3. Boodiba June 22, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I&#39;ve tried &amp; failed to get interested in Twitter. I love Facebook though.

  4. fivefootwo.com June 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    Do you find that the people that you follow and recommend have the trifecta(Twitter/FB page/Blog)?<br />Does the material they post overlap? I chit chat, rant and share info with friends on FB, but my Blog is more of an introspective journal. Is Twitter like a combo? I&#39;m curious about the variety in content for public figures, like His Holiness &amp; Depak. Is it a lot of time spent in

  5. Claudia June 23, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    @Eco Yogini, I understand, your focus being more on the ecological part you have different preferences, and I find it fascinating that you were able to start following local teachers and find classes through it, that is a great use for the tweets :-)<br /><br />@Arturo I find it odd that you would not be able to get twitter there, in HK, I guess because of all the internet barriers? it is funny