YogaDownload is a subscription-based online platform where you get to practice yoga from anywhere and anytime by streaming or downloading video and audio classes to your device. Though, I suspect that most of you will be practicing at home.
So why would you want to do online yoga classes?
Setting up an online home yoga practice has many benefits, including:
- You save time and gas on commute
- Convenience and freedom – you practice nearly wherever and whatever time you want
- Practice when you’re away on a business or recreational trip in your hotel room
- No distractions from crowded group classes (tight personal space, people talking, worries about hitting someone accidentally are begone ﹘yes!)
- A much more affordable alternative compared to expensive yoga studio classes
- Feels like having a yoga teacher right in your home
- Better than DVDs because the site gets updated with new classes on a regular basis
So, what would you find inside, if for the price of 3 Starbucks lattes, you got yourself a standard subscription?
A Variety of Classes – Something for Everyone and for All Levels
YogaDownload.com is user-friendly and easy to navigate. You can filter yoga classes by style, teacher, length, level, intensity, channel, focus, and media. As you browse YogaDownload.com, you won’t believe the amount of classes they have. It’s almost overwhelming. Because you have this much choice, you’ll be sure to find classes that work for you. Though you probably will want to try several to find your favourite treasures!
After you have compiled a list of favourite classes to try out, depending on your membership, you can download them to your phone or tablet so that you have access to them during times you don’t have access to Wi-Fi.
More than just yoga
Now get this. Besides yoga, within your subscription, you can also find:
- YogaFit, and
- charity classes, where a portion of Yoga Download’s revenue goes to a designated charity.
And for all you lovely Latina Yogis, there are even some yoga classes taught in Spanish!
Oh, and for the ballerina in you (and me): YogaDownload.com offers Barre classes! (I was so thrilled and excited to see this and so I had to mention this as I loooove ballet workouts!). Barre workouts combine strength training and cardio and are a great way to get in shape, stay fit, feel sexy, and have fun! Like in yoga, barre workouts also focus on balance. Combining yoga with an exercise program such as Barre will only enhance your practice and make you feel happier and healthier.
Customize Your Classes - Your Private Trainer
Are there certain sequences that you love and others not so much? With YogaDownload.com, you can customize your yoga experience depending on your mood, schedule, and physical needs.
Concerns About Proper Alignment
One concern that I had about online yoga classes was about proper alignment and doing the poses properly.
YogaDownload.com addresed this concern by providing a separate set of videos showing and explaining how to do asanas (poses) properly.
You can also print a pose guide which you use with the corresponding audio class if you don’t feel like following along to the video classes.
Own Your Yoga Music
Ever wondered where you can get yoga music for your home practice or for the classes that you teach? Look no further as you have a comprehensive library over here. You can download playlists, browse by artist or simply curate your own playlist by downloading individual tracks from various albums.
Online Teacher Training? Yes, it’s Possible!
Do you want to take things to the next level but you can’t commit to your local yoga teacher training courses? YogaDownload.com offers an alternative: an online 200-hour teacher training course taught by Alanna Kaivalya who has been featured in Yoga Journal’s Top 21 Yoga Teachers Under 40. Yes that's right, you can train to become a yoga instructor right from your living room!
I have to say I was blown away by the amount of goodies inside. The variety of classes, yoga poses video tutorials and print outs, selection of yoga music, even meditation and barre classes. Wow! Much more than I expected.
Another unique thing I really like about this online platform is that some classes have themes and the message is woven throughout the asanas. I find those classes to be quite effective in staying in the present moment and to check with myself and my intentions. The drawback of in-person yoga classes is that they often lack the teacher guiding you with your specific set of intentions. And it’s understandable because people have different intentions when they come to yoga class so it’s impossible to cater to everyone. But here ﹘it is!
Personally, at this point in my life, I especially like classes which focus on empowerment like “Become the CEO of Your Mind” class. And just because the class is titled as such, it doesn’t mean that you have be a CEO to take this class. The purpose of this class is to find the inner voice in our heads that puts us in charge, like a CEO. And to help us keep balanced and mindful of our behaviour when stressful situations come up in the workplace, so that we can handle them effectively and make better decisions.
I also like how “Office Yoga” classes are simply effective tools to help you prep before a meeting, re-energize after a mid-workday slump, and manage overwhelm when the day gets crazy. With YogaDownload.com, you can literally live the yogi lifestyle everywhere.
It’s so hard to summarize such a rich site with so many faucets and experiences. Definitely, I recommend you try it out, for the flexibility, variety and curiosity’s sake.
Ah, almost forgot to mention ﹘ they also offer a selection of free yoga classes you can start with.
Full disclosure: I received a 30-day complimentary subscription in exchange for an honest review. I believe that honesty is the best policy. Opinions expressed here are my own.
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Have you ever tried online yoga classes? What was your experience?
Why would you try online classes? Why not? What’s stopping you?
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