Required skimming: yoga blogs

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This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of your must-read destinations, please tell us in the comments.

YogaDork: This is the go-to blog for coverage of yoga-world scandals (the John Friend incidents; Lululemon’s prejudice against full figures). But YogaDork, an anonymous New York City yogi, also writes posts about celebrities who practice, yoga humor, and yoga-related pop culture, all in entertaining prose. The site also has a vibrant commenter community, sometimes including yoga-world celebrities.

The Confluence Countdown: This is an ashtanga-specific blog, run by Californian practitioners Steve Cahn and Bobbie Allen. A lot of the content is pretty esoteric, but Cahn and Allen, both lovely writers, have done comprehensive work covering broader issues like the yoga-in-schools lawsuit in Encinitas.

Elephant Journal: Like the rest of the wellness and spirituality site, Elephant Journal’s yoga vertical has a messy page layout and often features poorly edited, amateur-sounding posts on the more woo-woo aspects of yoga. But the site also features the occasional gem, like contributions from senior teachers or lovely musings on the practice.

Well+Good: This site makes readers feel “in the know” about the latest New York City fitness, nutrition, and athletic fashion fads. The site is part amusing and part aspirational reading, with its coverage of the hippest juice stores, boutique sports bras, and the fitness routines of the well-heeled. With its emphasis on guides and slideshows, Well+Good tends to be a quick read.

Yoga Journal’s Yoga Buzz: This is yoga-world gossip for the public—the blog covers trends and news in the yoga world without jargon or heavy-handed opinion. The posts are upbeat, straightforward, and informational.

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Kira Goldenberg was an associate editor at CJR from 2012-2015. Follow her on Twitter at @kiragoldenberg. Tags: