elephant journal’s Top Ten to Follow on Instagram.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Sep 30, 2012
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Was in such a good mood when I came home I just had to do a one armed handstand in the garden. Yes! That’s what I do. http://instagr.am/p/Nb7R66Rd60/



Who’d I miss, who I should follow? Say below in comments and I’ll do so.

For my defense of and love letter to Instagram, click here.

Three complaints about Instagram: you can’t put a clickable link in your comments. You can’t highlight folks, such as the below Instagrammers, who you always want to keep track of. And I have zero idea how to link to someone’s profile, beyond saying follow them at @joeschmoe, say. I can’t figure out what their profile link is. Advice?


10 Best-Kept-Secret Folks to Follow on Instagram.

Well, some are popular. Some, like myself, are new. Some, however, have hardly any followers and yet have the most consistently eye-and-mind-opening photographs and feeds (and lives) that they deserve many more followers.

1. Rachel Brathen. She’d written an article or two for elephant, but my following of her was automatic—when I joined, I selected to follow everyone I was pals with on Facebook, I guess. Her photos, while yoga yoga yoga (not my usual favorite thing; I find the whole “let’s go to the beach and take photos of ourselves doing yoga” boringly narcissistic) are stunning, beautiful, and simply inspiring. And, she’s stylish, warm, just a nice presence to have in one’s daily stream. @yoga_girl

2. Peggy Markel. This slow food chef and longtime pal of mine and columnist of elephant travels the world, taking simple yet diverse photos of a life that, from the outside, would make the Queen of Sheeba jelly. @peggymarkel

3. Me. My photos are awesome, simple, and if you overlook the countless photos of my dog (I’ve become one of those dog-photo-taking people, alas) rich in content, adventures and views and facts. I’m in love with this medium. @waylonlewis

4. Alex King. Always a win to follow a photographer. Our videographer for many years, he loves clean boys and beautiful cars. @apexalex

5. Stephen Smith: whatever the alcohol version of a foodie is called, this is he. A friend of mine and elephant’s, his photos from the farm where he works as well as bars across America are consistently delightful. @iamstephensmith

6. Eco Vegan Gal: she’s worked with elephant from time to time, but her stream came as a surprise to me: it’s consistent, rich in reviews and inspiration (if you’re vegan or veggie, she’s a must-must follow). @ecovegangal

7. Elinore Cohen. Another yoga feed, Elinore was my first godsister, supporting me as I jumped into Instaland. @elinorecohen

8. Liza. A neighbor of mine a few years back, her photos put me in a Vermont State of Mind (despite most of them being of Hawaii). Her life is simple, sunny, joyful, healthy, and deeply inspiring—or at least it appears to be through her Instalens. @sealoha

9. Sara Bercholz, a childhood friend and Dharma Brat, is Miss Shambhala Publications and the most lovely, tasteful mama and everyday cook I’ve ever Instafellinlovewith. Her photos are crisp, bright, inspiring and elegant. @sarabercholz

10. Corey Kohn. My favorite photographer in the world. Miksang! @coreykohn

11. This list goes to eleven, man. Obama! @obama

Due to popular demand, duh, I should’ve added the supreme adventurer and cheerful fool, Ryan Van Duzer. You can live so hard and happily through his photos, vicariously, that you’ll never have to actually do anything fun again. @Duzer


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


20 Responses to “elephant journal’s Top Ten to Follow on Instagram.”

  1. laydowninthetallgrass says:

    Waylon…love the list! I would add the following:

    @thiswildidea (Theron takes amazing photos of his dog, Maggie)
    @elenabrower (love and inspiration always)
    @mysticmamma (more love and lots of light…makes me want to dance in a field with flowers in my hair)
    @michaelfranti (he takes a lot of great pics of his musical travels)
    @emilyhoegg (foodie pics you are looking for? she's your gal)
    @goodyogi (a dear friend and inspiring yogi)
    @nineteenfiftyone (Kathryn shares her life as an aid worker for the UN, based in Yida refugee camp, in the South Sudan)
    @meghancurrie (she's been posting a lot of wisdom lately)
    @kodiakgreewood (mother nature love)

    and of course, I'd recommend following:


    ~ Bryonie

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Yay, thanks! I'm only following a few of those so will go in and follow those new ones today. Thanks, you!

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  4. swatijr says:

    Way, I love your posts. They often include a thoughtful eco-reminder. Way to go. #punintended
    Find me here ya'll: @swatijr

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Following, if I wasn't already!

  6. Andy says:

    Well, i see why you put her at #1! Shazam!

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  14. Nicole Carlin says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I love Instagram but am lacking some quality yoga, nature, travel, foodie or adventure peeps to follow. I asked my Facebook friends for suggestions yesterday and …. tumbleweed silence. You’ve helped me add more prettiness and inspiration to my day (and morning commute!)

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  17. Katie says:

    You should definitely check out Michelle Lou Lan @Meshyoga.. I felt that she should be on this list. She's amazing!!

  18. sarah says:

    check out @yogicphotos !!!!!

  19. Joey says:

    I love these on the list and follow most of them already. You should check out @_todoyoga Truly motivating and filled with positivity.