The beauty of social media for all you yogis is that you can learn and follow some of the most dedicated and talented yoga teachers and/or students in the world. You get to learn from their insights, their experiences, while invigorating your sense of sight with visually breathtaking yoga photos, as is the case with Instagram, which many popular yogis use as their primary platform of self-expression.
Are you looking to explore this visually appealing yoga world? If so, here are some of the most influential yogis that you can have fun following on Instagram:
Kino @kinoyoga is the goddess of Ashtanga yoga. With a yoga school based in Miami, her photos are full of beaches and blissful shots of her amazingly strong and flexible body. Kino is one of the few yogis in the entire world to have received a certification from the late Pattabhi Jois himself – not an easy feat. This dedicated teacher can be found at her Ashtanga yoga school in South Florida where she’ll teach you how to enhance your life with the disciplined Ashtanga style of yoga. (Read more about The Founder of Ashtanga Yoga.)
This Swedish-born @yoga_girl has made a life of teaching yoga around the world whilst telling her tales via writing. Not only is she a blissful teacher and practitioner, she’s also a "NY Times" bestselling author and motivational speaker. Her Instagram followers love her for her easy-going, happy-go-lucky attitude. Plus, she’s not afraid to get up close and personal, feeling more like a friend than a celebrity. You can find her perfecting her art form on ElephantJournal.com and pretty much all over the web. She’s now a married momma with a precious little family to support and guide her on her path. As you browse her Caribbean yoga photos, you might start dreaming of a new life on a tropical beach with your yoga mat in tow.
Honza and Claudine Lafond
If you’re into Acro yoga, then this awesome husband and wife team will keep you inspired for years. They display their trust, love and deep commitment to each other and the yogic path through their Instagram feed, which captures the attention of travel and yoga lovers the world over. If you dream of finding a soul mate who will take your yoga to the next level and support you on the spiritual path, @yogabeyond can help you visualize exactly what that looks like.
This rockstar yoga gal, @kathrynbudig, teaches on YogaGlo.com and beyond. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who also knows how to have fun. Her playful spirit teaches us all not to take ourselves too seriously. She’s also active in the puppy rescue community and many of her photos include her precious pup, who adoringly and adorably displays his own live-in-the-moment spiritual teachings. Kathryn travels the globe, so if you need a dose of wanderlust along with some of the cutest yoga photos on Instagram, give this puppy-lovin’ yogini a follow. She’s also a writer, and you can find her articles on "Elephant Journal" and in "Women’s Health" magazine.
Otherwise known as @beachyogagirl, this yogini has more than 800,000 followers! If you’re a mom, Kerri might be your yogi to follow. She’s a mom to two boys – no wonder she balances her life with a blissful beach yoga practice. Her actual beach yoga classes take place in West Palm Beach, Fla., where she teaches her wildly popular beach yoga class. Follow Kerri on Instagram this winter to escape the cold and dreary winter blues!
This high-spirited teacher, @diceyoga, is our first guy to make the list. He offers up some truly challenging classes on YogaGlo and has an impressive Instagram feed as well. His feed is family-oriented, too, given that his wife is the gorgeous yoga teacher, Briohny Smith, and they have darling little yogi children to round it all off. The adorable shots of their children, as well as impressive partner postures make Dice’s Instagram feed fun for everyone. And if you find yourself in L.A., take one of his classes at YogaGlo. You won’t be disappointed! (Learn about the 5 Qualities of a Good Yoga Teacher.)
The second and last male yogi to make our list is Vancouver-based Jared Fu. His style embraces a kind of Asian hip-hop feel and his yoga moves are simply awe-inspiring. Jared teaches yoga classes in Vancouver and he’s beloved for his clear and concise teachings. He’s also an adept fashionista, and you’ll see @jared.fu sporting some rather cool threads in his Instagram feed.
While Instagram is fun and inspiring, it can also be addictive. Like anything, use moderation when it comes to perusing the Web. (If in doubt, read The Joys of Unplugging.) Keep in mind that these are yoga practitioners who’ve been at it for decades – there’s no need to compare yourself to them. They do this for a living and have dedicated hours and hours to perfecting their skills. Have fun with these Instagram feeds and follow only those who resonate with you!