International Yoga Day 2017: The coolest yoga practitioners to follow on social media

If you ever happen to follow any fitness experts on Instagram, you will come across numerous pages recommending that you try yoga, which combines physical and mental fitness together.

For people across the world, yoga has become the 'cool thing' to do. Whether it is going to a yoga retreat in a forest or indulging in new fads of yoga (last we heard, beer yoga was a thing) yoga has become the one-stop fitness solution for a better body, healthier mind.

That is one of the reasons the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as International Day of Yoga in 2014. In tune with that, here are a few yoga practitioners on Instagram that you can follow and learn a few basic tips from (or just take inspiration to join a class):

Yoga Gurus

Ajay Tokas

One of the most popular yoga gurus on Instagram, Ajay Tokas is a Level-2 authorised Ashtanga Yoga teacher. Tokas first started teaching yoga in 2010, from which time he has been religiously documenting his yogic practice on Instagram.

Ajay's teaching is inspired by the integration of strength in Ashtanga Yoga with the inner experience of spiritual discipline.

Tokas has more than 11,500 followers on his Instagram handle @ajaytokas.

My all time favourite Karandavasana from intermediate series. doing it once a week when i practice the second series on Mondays reminds me the rustiness which has set in , I feel I used to be good at this one and still happy that I can manage to do. it's always a humbling experience getting in touch with series of asanas which aren't a part of daily practice. Practicing the arm balances from third (specially the bent arm) Ones helps to retain the asanas like this one and many other from second in its own way. Just couple of days left and I'll be traveling to China to teach at 2 international yoga festivals. Also , to share We have only " last spot " left for our summer intensive at our shala in Delhi. July - Sep. 2017. Reach to me at ashtangajay@gmail.com for info about it.

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Natasha Noel

Natasha Noel's journey to to becoming a social media celebrity has been well documented by the media.
Noel combated a knee injury, childhood trauma to find her peace by practising yoga and encouraging people to be more healthy through her blog.

With more than 80,000 followers on Instagram, Noel's Insta feed (@natashanoel001) is often populated with amazing yoga poses.

#ProjectMovementIndia From a young age we've always been conditioned to colour within the lines. Because otherwise our creation will be look "ugly". Because it will be different. But why is different ugly? Maybe, colouring outside the lines is what makes us original. Maybe, then we are breaking boxes that have been created for us or that we created for ourselves Maybe, then we can create with freedom. 💙 Photography @carlspies7 Place: Bhayander, Mumbai, India. Practise daily. Stay safe. Stay humble.🙏❤ Much love😊🙏 #ashtanga #Dancer #ashtangaYoga #Backbend #yogaeverywhere #yoga #Muscles #yogaeverydamnday #yogalove #Abs #yogadaily #yogajunkie #igyogafamily #yogaanywhere #yogajourney #fit #fitness #FitWomen #fitfam #fitspo #fitnessaddict #fitnessfreak #HealthyLiving #HealthyLifestyle #passion #dreams #NeverGiveUp

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Radhika Bose

Bose was a video editor, who after 10 years of practising yoga, realised she wanted to leave the rat race behind and do it professionally. Since then, her blog, Yogasini and Instagram handle @yogasini (with  37,000 followers) have become an international hit.

You create art hoping that someone somewhere will appreciate it. Meanwhile you get your mat stollen , egg thrown at you , bruised and battered, almost falling of a terrace; in the hopes that you are creating something good and not just posing around in pretty clothes.. But no one sees the literal blood , sweat and tears. We just see the likes, impressions and reach !! Coz that's what matters now. Your art means nothing if it's not followed by a million likes . It pains me to write this, but that's what we have become #yogasini • • • • • #creativeimagemagazine #mypixeldiary #ig_india #ig_kolkata #igramming_india #vscoindia #indianblogger #natgeotravelindia #natgeoindia #_soi #_oye #_soidelhi #desi_diaries #portboxindia #india_gram #india_undiscovered #delhiblogger #storiesofindia #india_clicks

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Deepika Mehta

After a near fatal rock climbing accident in 1997, doctors told Deepika Mehta that she would never walk again.

Not one to allow obstacles to deter her spirit and enthusiasm for life, she sought alternative approaches and found yoga.

Since then, she has toured the world with yoga masters like Richard Freeman, Dena Kingsberg, Prem Carlisi, Lino Miele, and Rolf Naujokat.

Other than that, this yoga guru also has her own TV show called Yoga City, has given a TED Talk, and also imparted yoga lessons to celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra.

Here's her Instagram handle @deepikamehtayoga, with gravity defying stunts:

Eddie Stern

Eddie Stern is best known as a yogi to the stars, working with A-list celebrities including Deepak Chopra, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Moby, Willem Dafoe, Chris Martin, Kenny Scharf and Russell Brand among others.

Stern is the director of Ashtanga Yoga New York, so tune into his Instagram account @eddiestern to get a glimpse of yoga asanas and his famous life.

Dana Trixie Flynn

Dana Trixie Flynn has been called the 'Janis Joplin' of the yoga world.

Flynn travels the world teaching yoga and leading teacher trainings with an approach that blends ecstatic movement practice with her love of poetry, dance, music, and philosophy. Here's a look at her Instagram @danatrixieflynn, which has 11,600 followers.

Just Ferd

Ferd combines athletics with moody yoga postures for brilliant, logic and gravity defying shots on his Instagram @justferd.

Sadie Nardini

The globe trotter specialises in weight-loss yoga and is the host of Rock Your Yoga, a daily yoga and lifestyle national television show along with writing the book The 21-Day Yoga Body.

Take a look at her Instagram account to see her practise yoga asanas and jam to rock music.

Pat Bailey

This cyclist combines inspirational poetry with yoga poses on mountaintops. With more than 99,300 followers on Instagram, Bailey is your to-go girl for yoga inspiration.

| 5th Vortex . I sat here in this exact same spot almost this exact same day last year, maybe you remember my post? . From this spot in Sedona you can access the energy from all four vortexes at once. A guide told me last year that you can pull the energies in, and create little bubbles to send off or keep. That day I had one of my most powerful meditations, and along with other bubbles I sent away, I sent a bubble of love to my future self with a request to help guide me. . I'm here, in this exact spot again because she brought me here. Some things needed to be left here, and some things needed to be remembered. . She and I met face to face in the creek a few days ago, and I sent her another bubble today. I even named my blend from the spa yesterday "Future Self Blend" to bring me back to this spot when I need another reminder. . I'm ready. So ready. And today, there were five vortexes in this spot, five. I'm swimming in mine and so grateful for my experience, so grateful. . Thank you @laubergesedona for hosting me this week, thank you. ______________________ 📍Sedona, Arizona | @thehellyeslife #thehellyeslife #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #femmetravel #babeswhowander #traveldeeper #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #sedona #WHPgetaway #NationalTrailsDay . A post shared by Patricia Bailey (@patbailey) on

Mandy Martini

After being diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Martini turned to yoga to find peace.
Martini writes about fitness, promotes healthy eating on her blog along with touring the world to teach yoga. Follow her on @mandymartini on Instagram:

It is a key to our very sanity and capacity to live fully and spontaneously. ✨

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Published Date: Jun 21, 2017 07:45 am | Updated Date: Jun 21, 2017 07:45 am



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