Kickstarters, Friends, and Fans!
After a year in the making (and 8 months of non-stop production), the moment you’ve so patiently been waiting for is here! We are so happy to be able to finally utter these words: The Yoga Resource Practice Manual ebook is officially complete and available for your download. Please check the email you provided to Kickstarter for directions on how to retrieve your eBook (and check your spam or junk mail folder if you don’t see it in your inbox).
If you weren’t a Kickstarter supporter and wish you could cash in on this release, there’s still a chance to offer your support. We’re selling the Advance Copy release to early bird supporters before the eBook hits the major eRetailers. Visit www.yogaresourceebook.com to purchase and download your copy today.
We are ecstatic, grateful, and very tired! So from here on it, we’ll let the book speak for itself.
Thank you again for your support! If you find the book useful, love it, or think it could help others, please tell others about it!
To Kickstarter Supporters and the World,
Thank you for your patience! Our silence the last few months does not mean we have forgotten about you. Just the opposite in fact. Our production team is working in high gear to deliver the Yoga Resource Practice Manual eBook. Darren has finished all the written instructions, our two editors (Gretel and me) have completed 3 rounds of edits, and Milo has processed the Sanskrit audio pronunciation for nearly 400 poses; shot and edited all video content; and created and edited 10 illustrated alignment diagrams. We also reshot over 70 photos and are re-recording or adding over 40 Sanskrit audio clips.
When we began this project in May, we were hoping to release the eBook before the Thanksgiving holiday in November. Since then, including deciding to go with all 400 poses of the Yoga Resource print book instead of the 200 poses in the yogahour syllabus, our schedule has been delayed. Our tentative release date is now January 2013 assuming everything goes smoothly for the next two months, and we don’t hit any major obstacles or delays due to holidays, hurricanes, or other unforeseen happenings. As we approach the final stages, we will send all of you Kickstarter Supporters who pledged at the $25 level or higher, a survey requesting information on what type of device (i.e. iPad, Kindle, laptop, etc) you will use to view the eBook. This will allow us to provide you with a downloadable file optimized for your device.
In the meantime, please enjoy the sample illustrated diagram above.
Thank You again for your support, patience, and love,
Editor and Project Manager for Yoga Resource Practice Manual eBook
Yo Productions Manager
It’s been one month since our Kickstarter deadline and we want to thank you so much for your patience! We have been (happily) working SO. HARD. Darren has been diligently writing and writing and writing in addition to being a full-time dharma dad to his new baby boy Dagda, while MiLo shot 70 photos to replace or add variations to our library of 400 poses for the Yoga Resource Practice Manual ebook (which means lots of photo processing for MiLo!). Our editors (me and the amazing Gretel) are trying to keep up by editing D’s written practice instructions, and are having a blast testing them out with a talented crew of YogaOasis teachers, as well as other holy helpers such as Darren’s two teenage nieces.
So it’s about time we say “Thank You!” for helping us raise over $37K. We exceeded our minimum budget and will be able to complete and deliver this epic project!
Until our next update, please know we think of you often as we work (and play) to create a beautiful, inspiring, and informative yoga eBook.
If you want to follow us on Instagram to keep up to date with our progress, find us @yoproductions, or on our Yo Productions Facebook page.
Here is a visual diary of what we’ve been up to the last several weeks:
With gratitude and more gratitude,
When we launched our Kickstarter campaign 41 days ago, July 8 seemed like a long way away! Now we have only 4 days left before pledging for the Yoga Resource Practice Manual eBook officially ends, and we can start making arrangements to get all of our supporters their awesome rewards. If you haven’t pledged yet, now is the time! It is safe to say that these kinds of rare rewards don’t come around often.
Please watch Darren’s 4th of July-4 Days To Go video! Share and spread, and help us reach any last supporters before this Sunday, July 8!
Blessings and gratitude,
The Yoga Resource eBook team
Thank you to all of our supporters for helping us reach our $33,000 goal with more than 2 weeks to spare!
If you love what we’re doing please continue to share it with the world on Facebook, Twitter and the rest! We have until July 8 until our Kickstarter project officially ends. Your enthusiasm is how we were able to get this far, and how we will be able to reach yoga students and practitioners everywhere!
Please watch this personal “Thank you” video from Darren.
The Yoga Resource eBook team
A Word from MiLo
We’re almost there! Here’s a closer look at two of the pledge rewards I’m offering to help fund our project. Please watch the update video and share with anyone that you think might be interested in these cool rewards.
If you’ve ever wanted to own one of my paintings, now you can acquire one AND help us fund the creation of the Yoga Resource Practice Manual eBook! Choose your painting at www.milofineart.com and make your pledge at the $2500 level.
Does your business need a fresh look and a new website design? Pledge at the $5400 level to get my awesome brand identity package.
Thank you so much for your pledge, Facebook shares, and kind words of support.
Thank you Kickstarter supporters! We are 10 days in and 70% of the way to reaching our goal of $33K! We need less than $10K to ensure funding for our project. If you have been considering making a pledge and haven’t done so already, we hope our unique and awesome rewards—yoga privates with Darren, photo shoot with Milo, lifetime yoga pass, and much more!—will inspire you to make your pledge today. All we need is just one more supporter at the $10,000 pledge level (you?!), four at the $2,500 pledge level (you and three of your friends?!), or another 150 at the $60 pledge level (you, and you, and you…?).
Whatever level you select, your pledge will enable us to create an amazing yoga eBook!
To get everyone amped, we have released a sample page to share with all of you (see photo above) as well as two exciting news items:
We have decided to expand the coverage of the book from 200 to 400 poses. While it is twice the writing, editing, and design, it also means that this yoga eBook will be able to serve more students and teachers of various levels.
This eBook is not just the digital version of our already existing print book, Yoga Resource. The Yoga Resource Practice Manual eBook will have photos, practice instructions, and Sanskrit audio pronunciation for 400 yoga poses. It will also include a bonus library of video tutorials, animated diagrams, and interactive content. This eBook will offer features that would have been unimaginable and impossible with a traditional print book.
We invite you to send us any feedback you may have regarding layout, design, our Kickstarter campaign or anything else; we are eager to hear from you.
Thanks again for your hero-help! The outpouring of support for Darren, MiLo, and the project is heart-warming and inspiring. Please do not underestimate what each pledge, note, share, comment, or “like” on Facebook means to us!
D + MiLo
Please look for us on Kickstarter to make a pledge and support our new Yoga Resource Practice Manual eBook project! We have lots of unique rewards at all levels of support, from a free copy of the completed Yoga Resource Practice Manual eBook to a free Kickstarter-only 2-hour workshop with Darren Rhodes, private yoga lessons, or photoshoot and paintings by MiLo!
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…