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Darren Rhodes's Yoga Resource eBook features over 400 yoga poses with photos, practice instructions, and interactive videos.

Over the past 7 years we have developed numerous products to inform and inspire students' yoga practices. We created a poster of 350 yoga poses, a reference book featuring photographs of 400 yoga poses, audio CD yoga classes, and yogahour, an accessible yoga class style that offers effective and succinct alignment instructions.

Since then, yoga students around the world have been asking us to create a product that combines Darren Rhodes’ clear practice instructions and MiLo’s extensive library of stunning yoga photographs.  We thought that instead of a traditional paper book, why not take advantage of exciting, new technology to allow users a comprehensive multimedia experience–


The eBook format will have an easy-to-use search function: type the word “lotus” and browse a hyperlinked list of results.  Teachers can use this for creative sequencing ideas; students can use this to explore and expand their repertoire of poses.  The poses in the book are divided into chapters by category: standing poses, backbends, forward bends, etc.  Each chapter contains an innovative visual index of photographs to allow you to quickly identify poses even when you don’t know the name. 


Listen to audio clips of a Sanskrit scholar correctly pronouncing each pose name.  Watch video clips of Darren Rhodes offering alignment instructions for each category of poses (when the device and eBook format allows).  Learn key alignment actions, tips, and safety cues with diagrams and illustrated content.  

Our goal is to provide a complete yoga practice guide for beginners, seasoned practitioners, and yoga teachers all over the world, and we’re asking for your help!

Where we are now and what we still need:

After nearly a decade of collecting photographs and perfecting alignment instructions, the Yoga Resource Practice Manual eBook is in its final stages of development.

To complete the project, we still need to generate video content, edit and proofread written instructions, and design and program the eBook for each of the various industry standard formats.

Of course to do all this, we are asking all of our Kickstarter friends, family, and fans to help us reach our required minimum project budget of $33,000.  And we think we can do this with our fantastic set of rewards!

How you can help:

Help us by making a pledge! Share our Kickstarter story with your family, friends, colleagues, and fellow yoga nerds! Facebook, Twitter, blogs, emails, phone calls, and coffee dates – help get the word out!  Ask for a pledge as a birthday present! Don't live in Tucson? Make a pledge as a gift to a friend and offer them the reward! 

What we're offering:  

To express our sincere thanks, we came up with what we think are unbeatable, unique, once-in-a-lifetime rewards! We wanted to come up with kickass Kickstarter rewards that grant you, our supporters and dedicated fans, exclusive access to the passion and creativity behind this extraordinary project:

  • Kickstarter party and talk with Darren and MiLo
  • Admission to 2.5-hour Kickstarter-only yoga workshop
  • Limited-edition and signed yoga photographs
  • Admission to Yoga Resource Summer Camp
  • Admission to Parts 1, 2, and 3 of Darren's exclusive yogahour Intensive
  • Private yoga instruction with Darren Rhodes
  • Photoshoot and photo edits with MiLo
  • Your choice of one of MiLo's original paintings, and of course... 
  • Yoga Resource Practice Manual eBook!

We also came up with some priceless, premium gems that we're especially excited to offer to our big-time supporters:

  • YogaOasis Perennial Practice Pass, the lifetime membership to YO Studios
  • Darren comes to you to teach an all-day workshop to your studio or community
  • Darren's one-of-a-kind, unreleased, DailyDharma book
  • MiLo's epic Golden Mean Spiral painting


Who are we?

We are Darren Rhodes and MiLo (Michael Longstaff), and we have been working together on creative projects for over 20 years. Darren is a lifelong yogi who is dedicated to finding ways to make yoga accessible, safe, and effective for a wide range of yoga students. Through his YogaOasis studios in Tucson, AZ, Darren has been providing affordable, high quality yoga classes ($4 a class!) and refining the ultra-accessible teaching and practice method yogahour.  MiLo is an award-winning artist, graphic designer, and videographer who, as Art Director, has managed the brand identity of YogaOasis studios for over 10 years.  He shot all the photos for the yoga poster and book and designed the yogahour iPhone app.  Together MiLo and Darren want to combine their dedication, passion, and skills to bring you the ultimate Yoga Resource Practice Manual!

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