Year in Review: Where you came from and what you were looking for

Part two of two of our look back at 2014. This time we’ll highlight the search terms that brought readers here and where they came from.

Top search terms:

10. “derek ireland.”

9. “ashtanga blog”

8. “kino macgregor criticism”

7. “ashtanga yoga blog”

6. “counfluence countdown” (lots of spelling errors!)

5. “the confluence countdown”

4. “sandy harrington/ashtanga yoga”

3. “ashtanga yoga confluence”

2. “ashtanga yoga confluence blog” (reminder — we have no official connection to the Confluence)

1. “confluence countdown”

And where you all came from:

Facebook is far out front, about six times Twitter, which in terms was about 15 times greater than the string of blogs and webpages like damngoodyoga, yogadork and kinoyoga. Facebook is still king for traffic, for those interested in such blogging/online metrics.

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Year in Review: What you read in 2014

We’re going to sail smoothly into 2015 with a couple of look backs at the year that was 2014 here at The Confluence Countdown. Up first, the top posts of the year.

10. Can you be too old to start Ashtanga? The answer, you might not be surprised to here, is “no.”

9. Ashtanga, injury and pain. Our roundup on the topic.

8. Why Ashtanga will never be popular, part 2. As you’ll find, an ongoing, popular topic.

7. Some thoughts on holding students back in Ashtanga. Everyone has their own view on this one.

6. Who has done all of the Ashtanga series? Does it matter? Just who has all six series under his or her belt?

5. Yogi diet: No hybrid wheat, being mainly raw. We all are concerned about how we fuel ourselves.

4. Why Ashtanga won’t ever be popular. Told you. Popular. Combined they would be the “most popular” post of the year, view-wise.

3. Why does drishti work? Why indeed?

2. BKS Iyengar health update: Yoga guru put on kidney dialysis. We had a lot of traffic around Iyengar’s passing.

1. Iyengar: ‘Krishnamacharya was the only person who gave Ashtanga yoga’. We found this video and it got passed around a lot.

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Year in Review: Top stories of 2013

This time around we’re using a complicated metric to determine the top Confluence Countdown stories of 2013. It goes something like this:

(number of views * number of comments) * social media shared – comments we had to delete / newsworthiness of the story

Running 2013 through that, we get the following:

10. How Derek Ireland got introduced to Ashtanga. A nice tale from first-hand sources.

9. Non-Ashtanga: The Bikram lawsuits. (Remember, we’ve always thought Ashtanga was better.)

8. The year Russell Brand seemed to get some serious clarity.

7. The Greenwich Jois shala closes. It caught some people by surprise and spawned rumors that the remaining two shalas — in Encinitas and Sydney — would follow. They haven’t.

6. Our Yatra to India. And we’re planning another for 2014.

5. The New York Times and yoga’s hurting people, the ongoing saga. A few different stories over the year, including responses.

4. Ashtanga as a woman ages. We’re heading into uncharted territory:

If you wander into any given Mysore room in the West, the vast majority of practitioners are also women. So as those Senior Western teachers age, they are discovering how to evolve and grow the practice, how to integrate it into our changing lives as we grow older. My teacher Tim Miller goes before me, and shares his wisdom about age and the practice in an open and honest way, and I feel much gratitude for that. But he is a man.

3. Injuries.

2. “The war on yoga,” aka the Encinitas yoga trial. Not just one story, by any means. And one that isn’t over yet.

1. Why Ashtanga won’t ever be popular. Our most shared story of 2013. A sample:

It is the great blessing of the practice that once the body is stronger, pain appears in the context of strength rather than weakness. This frees the mind, even in pain, to see beyond the pain—to the larger purposes of the practice, to the other seven limbs, and to gain a greater quality of life.

It  requires dedication, application, discipline, and also (and I think this is key) humor. This is a pretty rare stew of qualities, and it’s why I think Ashtanga won’t ever be a popular form of yoga, why it will always be a quirky little corner of the many forms we have today.  If it stays true to the way Guruji taught.

There even was a Part II.

Have a happy new year, all. Maybe do a 108 sun salutes tomorrow…

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Year in Review: Most comments of 2013

Here’s another in our drifting toward the new year series of looks back at 2013. This time, the posts you commented on the most. Some of these drift back to 2012 because WordPress ranks these based on the past 1,000 comments.

10. How did yoga get so soft and easy? We asked. You answered.

9. NY Times writer at it again: Now yoga hurts women. The gift that keeps on giving.

8. Some thoughts on holding students back in Ashtanga. A popular topic.

7. Is it OK that yoga’s just exercise? In reaction to the ruling in the Jois Yoga case about yoga and religion.

6. Time to try some other yogas? Thanks for talking me out of the idea.

5. The two types of Ashtanga. A little bit of fun got a lot of comments.

4. Jois Yoga in Greenwich is closing. Top news story of the year.

3. Why Ashtanga won’t ever be popular. Yeah, you responded to this one.

2. Why I hate my Ashtanga practice. And why you don’t.

1. Yoga and music. A topic that’s gotten people to stop reading us. But one you liked talking about the most.

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