During the last 3 years of my life, up until now, I haven’t been able to practice consistently at a yoga studio because I am always moving around. So whenever I am in a city, I cherish my class to practice with other yogis so much. What do I do for my home practice? I either practice on my own, or I practice online. There are quite a few online platform to practice at home that doesn’t require you to drive or travel to the studio. The world has became tremendously local, you can practice with other yogis around the globe…online!
I know, I know. It sounds crazy. Isn’t yoga about connecting? I mean, yoga literally means “yoking” together and “reuniting,” the whole point of yoga is to bring people and have a collective experience together. I agree. It is very powerful to practice with others. Nonetheless, there are many ways to tailor to our busy lives. So if you somehow need to practice at home, here are some online platform you might find helpful.
If you are really into fitness, movement and workout but have limited amount of time each day or, if you want fast result in a short period of time, I recommend CodyApp. It comes in bundles and packages that you can purchase – basically online DVDs. Once you purchased a bundle, you’ll have it forever. Therefore you can always go back to these series and redo them again.
Pretty much the first online yoga classes, started in 2008. A Santa Monica based studio offering yoga classes on-site while filming the classes. I joined in early 2012. I’ve been a member since then! There are many great teachers, different styles, for all kinds of focus with different length. You can even search a tutorial class for a particular pose, for example. It’s really feels like you are doing yoga in real time. Here you get to practice yoga with teachers such as Kathryn Budig, Dice Iida-Klein, Tiffany Cruishank and Tara Judelle. The first month trail month for free, then it is 18 US Dollars per month for each month. There are plenty of guided meditation videos as well. It’s brought my practice to the next level.
I found out about this online yoga community through BryceYoga on Instagram. You can joined any of the classes for free. I suggest this one to beginners, because the classes are short and they come in 2 weeks challenges – which is great for any person starting out yoga without feeling overwhelmed and provide a sense of motivation. Here you will learn lots of body awareness, feel better and connect with other subscribers.
Started in 2006, This community offers various yoga from Kundalini to Pilates, they have a smaller yoga teacher base with teachers filming in different locations. Many of their classes can be viewed as HD videos in their entirety without any payment. The entire site is supported by subscription, by sales of DVDs, programs and advertisement. They do offer people the options to “pay what they can” for those who aren’t struggling financially. It’s a beautiful business model. So if you are up for free yoga, this is your perfect landing page!
So as you see, there are so many resources we have nowadays. It might even be very overwhelming. I still recommend going to a local class because nothing gets better better than being in a class with other yogis breathing and having fun together, but if you are really finding it difficult to practice at studios or what to practice with a particular teacher whom doesn’t teach at your local studio, definitely use these resources. Once you get a grip, you can switch platforms or find other ways to maintain your practice!
Happy practicing everyone!