Barefoot Yoga’s Inspiring Teacher of the Month:
Doug Swenson

Doug SwensonOur teacher of the month for September is Doug Swenson. Doug has been a student of yoga since 1969. He is a master yoga practitioner, philosopher, poet, and dedicated health advocate. He has incorporated influences from several different yoga systems along with his passion for nutrition and the environment to develop his unique approach. He has written several books: Yoga Helps, The Diet that Loves You Most, Power Yoga for Dummies, and Mastering the Secrets of Yoga Flow.

Of the many great yoga teachers I have been so fortunate to study with over the last 25 years, Doug stands out as one of the most lighthearted. His knowledge and experience is extensive, and he delivers it with such humor and passion, that his students are inspired to float and fly through a rigorous yoga practice like children at a playground.

When he is not in South Lake Tahoe, Doug can be found in many corners of the world, teaching and training students in one of most all inclusive, creative yoga forms available.

Visit Doug at his website, and plan a trip to see him for a happy, and potentially life-changing yoga experience you will carry with you forever.

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 25, 2013

Books for Yoga Teacher Training

For some of you, school may have already started. For others, the autumn brings another semester. If you are planning on taking a teacher training course, or just for self-improvement, here is some recommended reading:

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The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminof

Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow
Yoga, The Spirit And Practice Of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schiffman

Ayurveda – The Science of Self-Healing by Vasant Lad

Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater
Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens

Bhagavad Gita
The Yoga Tradition by Georg Feuerstein

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 24, 2013

AIReal Yoga

Our honored friend and customer AIReal Yoga in Ventura, California offers a high-flying spin on traditional yoga classes, using Barefoot Yoga Mats. AIReal Yoga is a form of yoga using a swiveling hammock as a tool to help balance, assist in correcting alignment, deepening stretches and inverting without compressing the spine. It can be beneficial for beginners and advanced yogis alike, and people love it for relieving tension and stress as well as building core strength.

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For more information about this unique style of yoga, visit their website at, and for more information about Barefoot Yoga’s eco-friendly mats, visit!

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This post was written by Barefoot Yoga on September 20, 2013