NomadYOGI September Newsletter!

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~Ernest Hemingway

Dear NomadYOGIs…

It’s been just a few months since we released our Q&A feature, giving you an opportunity to talk about ANY questions related to yoga. We’re excited to see yogis sharing personal transformations from their yoga paths, as well as discussing the historical and theoretical backgrounds of this practice.

This month, Anita Rafidi explores how our yoga practices can help us transform our own unique perspectives, and help us “drop the judgment.” We invite you to join Anita’s thoughtful reflection on how yoga brought humility to her life, and the conversation it has sparked.

Similarly, we invite you to “drop in” with your thoughts on the question posed by Naren Herrero regarding the relationship between Ahimsa and Dharma. #MoreYogaLessFluff

As usual, we are also featuring some amazing opportunities for yoga retreats this Fall — in Bali, Mexico, and New Hampshire. There’s a lot to choose from this month, so take a look and see what’s waiting for you on

NomadYOGIs Share Wisdom:

How has your yoga practice brought humility to your life?

“I used to ‘know it all.’ How people should live, what decisions or directions they should take, how to accumulate wealth, gain happiness, be successful. Since I have learned yoga, I have learned that everyone is on their own paths—and life is giving them their lessons.”  Read More+

What is Ahimsa and how does it relate to Dharma?

“The Sanskrit word ahimsa has been popularly translated as ‘non-violence’, particularly in relation to Mahatma Gandhi and his political-spiritual methods for the independence of India. Anyway, I think the translation, though not inaccurate, doesn’t fully express the meaning of a very important concept in Hinduism as well as Buddhism and Jainism.”  Read More+


Haven’t used our new Q&A platform and don’t know how it works?  It’s super easy! Learn more here.


Mandala Yoga Bali with Desiree Kleemann

Live Free & Shine Yoga Retreat in New Hampshire with Carrie Lehtonen

Affordable Yoga Retreat in Tulum, Mexico with Lauren Donelson & Brittany Kraft


#NomadYOGIreads  We love to read, and are looking for recommendations. What have you been reading? Any interesting books or new yoga blogs? Let us know what should be in our library on Twitter @NomadYOGI.

Reduce your workload

One of our goals is to provide an alternative to payment processors as well as reduce the need for newsletter services that don’t integrate with your social and transactional services.

Post your retreat or workshop and use all our features! We have simplified all the scheduling, marketing, transacting, search-engine-optimizing, promoting, and blogging. NomadYOGI helps you save your time at the computer, so that you can sit at your meditation cushion longer.

Our goal is to create a social network where our pursuit of yoga can thrive physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and academically. Please share this email with your friends. To learn more about us and our goals, click here.

Let Your Self Go,


P.S. Our freemium model means we only make money when processing transactions for you. We’re not “selling yoga” as a fitness industry. Yoga is a tool for self-inquiry! We haven’t taken any money from Silicon Valley venture capitalists. So, unlike other social networks, we’re not under any pressure to sell user data, advertising, clicks, impressions or eyeballs.

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How Billionaires Do Burning Man

Like all people who hate Burning Man, I enjoy nothing more than reading articles about Burning Man. In February, Felix Gillette chronicled the semi-clad class warfare at last year’s Burning Man for Bloomberg Businessweek. Despite being a festival based on radical self-reliance, Black Rock City is seemingly overrun with tech billionaires setting up their own exclusive festivals-within-a-festival; ultra-luxe camps that […]

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‘Ashtanga Yoga can be taught to anyone by an experienced and sensitive teacher’

New interview with Danny Paradise has popped up out of Italy. Complete transcription is here, and a brief excerpt: I aim to spend as much time as possible in Nature. When I can be immersed in Nature for long periods of time my life force increases and that makes it easier for me to travel, […]

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What’s Third Series Done for Me Lately?

Years ago when I took Tim Miller’s First and Second Series teacher trainings here in Encinitas, my favorite part of the discussion of the poses was the moment when we focused on the specific benefits of each asana. In First Series, Tim would also read from Pattabhi Jois’s Yoga Mala, where Guruji carefully describes benefits, […]

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What’s your choice between Fear and Love?

This Is Just a Ride by the late, great Bill Hicks.

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How do I market yoga retreats online?

Let’s face it, most yoga teachers (in fact many of the best) are not web savvy and don’t have time/skills/interest in creating a social media presence. Chances are, you don’t have a lot of experience maximizing search engine visibility or running social media campaigns and you’re hiring other people to do this. 

We understand that you would rather be practicing yoga, not marketing it. That’s why we designed NomadYOGI the way we did. It’s a single point of focus to schedule, promote, communicate, and transact. A place where teachers can connect with students and venues (i.e. studios and retreat centers) all inside the system.  (We’re ironing out all our bugs and coming out of our public beta in late 2015. Follow us on Twitter @ NomadYOGI and you’ll see when we launch.)

Our goal is to help you bring your yoga to more people, so we simply unified your work of scheduling, marketing, blogging, and attracting new students. Here’s our new web brochure.  

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Another yoga studio set to go in after Ashtanga Yoga New York vacates

The Confluence Countdown

There’s a lot of interesting information in this story by DNAinfo on the move of Ashtanga Yoga New York and the Broome St. Temple, but it is hard not to focus on this piece: another yoga studio is going to go into the space.

Sort of hard to believe, looking at it from afar, for a few reasons. The first is, as the story notes, there is a listing for the space as a condo. That seems like the obvious gentrification move. The second is: What yogi would be up to filling the shoes, so to speak, of Eddie Stern, his wife, Jocelyne — and the spirit of Pattabhi Jois?

So far we don’t know.

Here’s some of the other info from the piece; the “that” in the first quote refers to the news of the other yoga studio:

“I don’t know how we all feel about that,” Stern said. “I…

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