Review of Yogis Anonymous

So if I don’t do the 50 navasanas, will anyone know???  I guess I would…

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So to accommodate my wallet and my schedule, I actually signed up for a membership with an online yoga studio company a few months ago.  My previous tactic of signing up with different emails to take advantage of the trial offers was getting complicated and frankly, I can afford to pay $15-20 per MONTH to access yoga so I should.  So I did a trial of Yogis Anonymous and then ended up just paying for the membership.

Yogis Anonymous is $15 per month.  You can get a free 2-week trial to start.  Other options include a $5 24-hour access pass or $10 7-day pass.

The site is fairly easy to use.  After you log in, you are directed to the video library on the home page where the latest videos are posted.  And just a note, everytime I log on, there are always new videos lining this page.  So on this page, there are three main tabs.  Under the video library tab, where you can search for classes by teacher, duration of class, and difficulty level. You can also search using key words.  On the second tab, you can search by category, which includes everything from beginner, prenatal, therapeutic, to yoga for seniors.  There are no additional filters from here so you just browse the videos within the categories.  The third tab is favorites, classes that you like and mark to be saved there.

They have a TON of teachers and a ridiculous amount of videos – for someone who has difficulty being decisive, I found a few teachers that I like and have just stuck with them.  And I haven’t really needed to branch out because there have been so many classes to choose from, at least the ones I went with.  And yes, one of them has the class do A LOT of navasanas, 100 in a row during one class!  I definitely crapped out about half way through – I would have been less inclined to give up had I been in an actual class.  When you hover your cursor over the video image, it gives you a more detailed description of the class, if you have viewed it, and an option to add the video to your favorites tab to watch later.

The class is shot from a few different angles.  With the way the room is set up, it has been difficult at times to see the instructor when they are up against the wall and demonstrating a pose – the camera angle doesn’t always change.  The sound and quality of the video is fine.  There have been instances where I’ve had issues watching a video and it just gets stuck or wouldn’t even start.  At first I thought it was my computer or internet connection but I would click on another video and it would work just fine, so who knows.

Yogis Anonymous also offers live classes in Santa Monica.  Unlike Yogaglo, they charge for their classes.

Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with it but I’m ready to test out another long term online membership with another company.  Just haven’t decided which one yet…

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Online Yoga Membership Giveaway!

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I was contacted by MyVirtualYoga.com recently and was offered a gift membership to their online yoga community.  Here was the blurb they sent me:

We are the first bilingual online yoga community offering high-definition streaming videos in English and French.   MyVirtualYoga has a growing library of practices that explore various yoga traditions: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Kundalini, Pranayama, Meditation, and more.  On top of the videos, we also feature a wide range of wellness information related to natural health surrounding yoga (nutrition, internal retreats, Ayurveda, meditation, Pranayama, herbalism, aromatherapy, etc.).

The thing that caught my eye first was that they had videos in French!  I studied French for a long time and it’s also been a long time since I’ve used it but I can still speak/understand a few things here and there.  I may try to take a class in French and see how I do!  I just signed up for my membership and am excited to try it out.

MyVirtualYoga.com has also generously offered you broke-ass readers a free gift membership as well!  I am able to give away two 3-month online memberships to the site!  This is valued at $57 each and is not redeemable for cash.

It’s easy to enter.  Just list three words that describe your yoga practice in the comments section below and I’ll pick two winners at random next Thursday morning (January 30).  So if you are looking to try yoga, start a home practice, expand on your yoga related health and wellness knowledge, supplement your gym membership, or whatever your reason, enter now!

In the meantime, if you wish to follow MyVirtualYoga.com via their social media outlets:

Facebook: My Virtual Yoga
Twitter: @myvirtualyoga
Pinterest: My Virtual Yoga

Good luck!

Review of YogaGlo

So this post is about a couple weeks late from when I promised I would have it.  It’s a weird thing about umemployment.  When I’m busy and have a lot going on, I’m super motivated and don’t mind adding on to my plate.  And now here I am not working and have all the time in the world, yet I don’t feel like doing anything.

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I tried out YogaGlo using their free 15-day trial period.  When signing up, you have to give them your credit card number so if you are looking just to get the free yoga, make sure to cancel prior to the end of 15 days or they will automatically start charging your card $18 per month, which is the cost of membership.  Under your YogaGlo account, they also let you know how many days you have left on your trial.

The site is fairly easy to use and you can start by choosing classes based on various options.  There are over 20 teachers to pick from and some are pretty well known instructors that teach internationally.  There are also 10 different styles of yoga such as ashtanga, meditation, flow, kundalini, etc. so it gives you the option of mixing things up or trying out a new style that you might not have tried before if you had to pay.  Other options include choosing your class based on duration (ranges from 5 minutes to 2 hours) or skill level.

One of the main reasons I wanted to sign up for YogaGlo was because I wanted to take classes from certain instructors whose name I had come across or instructors I had heard so much about.  I took classes from Elena Brower, Kathryn Budig, Jason Crandell, Stephanie Snyder, and Dice Iida-Klein.  This was a great way to experience/preview a class from a well-known instructor without having to drop $20+ per class.  It’s also a great way to see whether or not those instructors are worth $20+ if you had the chance to take their class in person.  There was one instructor that was doing some sort of speed breathing during the flow and it just didn’t jive well with me at all.  I felt like I was in a lamaze class instead of a yoga class and mind you, this was not meant to be a pranayama workshop.

I did many of the intermediate/advanced classes and I would recommend yogis be comfortable with a variety of poses and alignment.  The instructors gave few cues if at all, probably on the assumption you are familiar with the pose.  Some are doing the poses with the students so you can see what’s going on if you are confused.  But many of the classes, they are walking around the room checking on the students or giving adjustments.  Though I didn’t check it out, there is a whole section for beginners.  I will say that if this is your first time ever doing yoga, I would really suggest seeking out a free beginner’s class in your neighborhood under the watchful eye of an instructor in the event you are doing something where you could potentially injure yourself.  Just let the instructor know and set yourself up in the back so you can see what everyone is doing because you will be looking around.  Everyone is looking around when they take their first class.

So with a home practice, there were some challenges that came up for me.

  • Specific with Yogaglo, there were so many options that I ended up spending way too much time picking out a class on my first day and had to cut my yoga class short.  Okay, this isn’t a Yogaglo issue, it’s my issue.  If you are like me and get overwhelmed with choices, you can spend one day doing this and add all the classes that interest you to a queue.
  • Also if you are like me, you probably don’t have a lot of extra space to dedicate to a home practice unless you are living with your parents or someone with a larger space.  The space where I decided to set up my yoga mat left me seeing the toilet everytime I was in downward facing dog – gross.  Midway through, I had to get up and shut the bathroom and bedroom doors to prevent future distractions.  There were some things that were off to the side that needed to be cleared each time to prevent them from getting in the way during the class.
  • Other interruptions were the other websites and applications that were open on my laptop.  For my first class, I had Facebook open and had the “ding” to notify me that there was some activity going on.  My phone was nearby and I responded to a text message while in a forward fold.
  • Knowing you can stop the class at anytime was a bit distracting, especially when I kept thinking about doing it, and then wanting to do it, and then trying to talk myself out of it, etc.  There were a couple of classes that I wasn’t really feeling or was just tired and came so close to just stopping the class…because I could.  I have only walked out of yoga class once and it was more of stumble – I hadn’t eaten much all day and did a seriously hot power yoga class and almost passed out.  But I digress.
  • My boyfriend being home in the space where I practice was weird.  For a hot second, I thought about just doing my class anyway but ended up finding a space just big enough for my mat in the bedroom, closed the door, and did my thing.
  • Sometimes, I just preferred going to the studio.  I’m home most of the day so it’s nice to be able to get out and practice in a space solely dedicated to yoga.
  • A minor annoyance for me is that I have carpet instead of hardwood floors but that’s not something I can change.  I just wanted to complain.

After the first two classes, I had figured out what worked best for me to keep me focused.  So be sure to set yourself up for success with your home practice and make the space and classes work for you.  I really enjoyed many of the classes and worked up a pretty decent sweat with most of them.  If I didn’t have my yoga for trade, I am pretty sure I would get a membership.  I sort of looked at YogaVibes, another membership site with some big name yogis as well, but only did one class and started going back to the studio so I wasted my free trial.  With either one, if you can figure out a space in your home and can truly carve out the time for yourself, this is definitely not a bad option for the price.

More Free or Inexpensive Online Yoga Classes

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I’m still in the process of going through my trial period of online yoga classes just to see what a home practice would be like if I needed to resort to one.  My review will be posted the last week of May.  In the meantime, I came across this link that has more resources for free or cheap yoga sessions online in the event you wanted to explore some options on your own.  Happy Friday!

Possibly Prepping for a Home Practice…And Discounts on YJ DVDs

So my front desk trade at CorePower Yoga is being discontinued and I’m working to find another trade opportunity before my current trade deal expires.  As I mentioned in a previous post, these trade opportunities can be hard to come by so I’m hoping I’ll be able to find something soon since I certainly can’t afford $130/month for membership.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do if something can’t be worked out so I’ve been playing around with a couple of ideas.

1. Put it on the credit card.  This is definitely the very last option and not likely to happen but I’m listing it first since it’s the easiest way to continue with my current yoga practice.  Doing the breakdown if I went to classes 6 days/week (I pretty much take class everyday), this option would cost me less than $5 per class.  A sub-option of putting a yoga membership on the credit is to shop around for a studio with a less expensive rate.

2. Checking out the daily deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial.  I’ve already seen some decent deals ranging from $30 to $40/month to studios I’ve wanted to check out anyway.

3. Taking advantage of the freebies.  There are enough studios out there that offer some sort of free deal for new students, whether it be one free class or a free week.  I’ve been compiling a list (very short list) of studios that offer these free deals in the area.  I think this will get me a total of a few weeks to a month of yoga at various studios.

4. Starting a home practice.  There are various approaches to this option.  I could create classes for my students and actually “take” them myself, not just testing them out through my body, but this is unlikely to last long.  There’s a reason why yoga teachers still take classes or people get coaches for their training.  I will get a yoga practice in but it won’t be nearly as challenging as if someone else was guiding me.

Another part of creating a home practice could include subscribing to online yoga classes through sites such as Yogaglo, My Yoga Online, YogaVibes, or Yogis Anonymous which I’m more inclined to do.  All these sites offer various styles of yoga and classes from some well-known teachers.  All you need is a computer and an account and you can stream hundreds of classes from anywhere.  Here’s a breakdown of what I found in terms of cost for each of these sites:

  • Yogaglo – offers a 15 day free trial and then it costs $18/month
  • MyYogaOnline – starts at $10 per month or you can get two months for $16 with an online coupon code.  Another coupon code exists for a free one week trial period as well.  I haven’t tested out the validity of the codes so if you are interested, check them out here.
  • YogaVibes – offers a 15 day free trial and then it costs $20/month
  • YogisAnonymous – this is an actual studio in Santa Monica and they stream free classes during the week and as long as you catch it during the scheduled time, you have free access to it.  Otherwise, it costs $15/month to stream the classes.

And finally DVDs are an option.  But the purchase of a DVD only gets you so much and after that, it’s the same class over and over again.  This can be valuable depending on the type of DVD you get.  I purchased a stress reduction yoga DVD by Hala Khouri for a couple of reasons.  I rarely take gentle/restorative yoga classes and I am unlikely to pay money for it unless it is included in my membership so for me, I wanted to have it so I can come back to it whenever I needed it.  Additionally, I’m interested in providing yoga to underserved communities that don’t have access to yoga and this DVD would be beneficial in trauma reduction for those communities.

So if you want to consider a few DVDs for a home practice to save some money, Yoga Journal is offering an Earth Day sale with popular yoga DVDs going for $5-10.

Crossing my fingers that another trade opportunity comes through!

YJ DVD Sale

YJ DVD Sale