And my favorite online yoga class site is…[Product Review]

yogi doing yoga on computer - online yoga videos

As a teacher, it’s pretty difficult to actually go to a class to be taught yoga.  Ironic, right?  I became a yoga teacher because I loved it so much.  But, something happens when you become a teacher. You realize that it’s not about you anymore.  You realize that you became a teacher because you want to share the life changing practice with others. Unfortunately, it’s often hard to continue along the same path of taking classes that got you there in the first place.  You make sacrifices for others.  However, there are ways that I’ve found to keep ‘being taught’ in addition to taking studio classes.

I have a regular morning practice of asana (physical yoga) and meditation. And like most students, I can get stuck in a rut or find myself doing the poses that fall within my comfort zone (which is typically the opposite of what we need).  I decided to try out several websites with online yoga classes (some free, mostly paid) including:

While they’re all good, I had a few criteria that helped me determine which site I would choose as #1:

  • Ease of use
  • Load time
  • Variety
  • Navigation
  • Teachers
  • Video Clarity
  • Video Quality
  • iPad Compatibility

Since I work full time and teach yoga, I need something that’s straightforward, easy and uncomplicated, which is why my favorite so far is YogaGlo.  There are tons of videos across a variety of disciplines, so their faceted navigation makes it very easy to search and filter by any combination of teacher, type, duration, etc.

Some of the other sites don’t have this part down quite as well.  They have some filtering mechanism, but not to the degree YogaGlo does. Yogadownload.com’s filtering, for example, is a frustrating user experience that doesn’t translate well to iPad.

All of the sites have a great variety of teachers, but after dipping my toe in the proverbial pool of talent, I found that I liked the style of the teachers on YogaGlo more than others, particularly because I’m a huge anatomy geek.  Teachers like Jason Crandell and Tiffany Cruikshank speaka my language.

iPad compatibility is big, and unfortunately, MyYogaOnline doesn’t stream directly to your iPad.  You have to download the video to your computer and sync them up that way.  For $20 a month, I need seamless. So unfortunately, I never really had the opportunity to fully experience MyYogaOnline.

I do like Esther of Eckhart Yoga and David Procsyshyn a lot and often use their sites as well, but if I had to choose a fave, I’d go with YogaGlo.

The one thing that’s frustrating is that there are some teachers who seem to be contracted to one particular site, so there’s no one site with all of the big name teachers out there, but you can always ‘pay by view’ for some of those or follow sites like YogaDork for occasional treats like the free Rolf Gates Rise & Shine AM Yoga Class.

There are tons of video channels on YouTube with free classes, but I find more comfort in using a reputable, managed site (paid or not) that clearly vets out their teachers.  I hope this review helped.  I find it helpful to mix it up every once in a while and take an online class to challenge myself.

Happy searching!

Namaste.

– Your Charmed Yogi

(Photo: Sorta Crunchy)

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6 thoughts on “And my favorite online yoga class site is…[Product Review]

  1. I love Esther is the best! She was the first one I got hooked on. I love her sense of ease and obviously her accent rocks.

    Yoga Glow is also my fave – very user friendly with an unmatched variety. Since we’re studying chakras right now in teacher training, I searched for classes on the sixth chakra which I am assigned to present, to study the focus.

    I found a great meditation and a stellar class just for that. Love it!

  2. I love Yoga glo too & Yoga download and I feel your pain, Sister Teacher! I am lucky if I get to take 1 class (live) a month, I did manage to take 2 last week!! Woot Hoot!
    But I have to say my fave site is a little know place called Lulu Bandha’s in CA. Lots of free content and workshops and classes you can buy. The camera work can be tricky since its filmed in the yoga class its self. But taking those classes feels the most like actually being there, in a class, with other people.
    Check it out http://www.lulubandhas.com/yoga/
    Shanti!!

  3. Reblogged this on My Crazy Healthy Life and commented:
    I’ve decided that “getting into yoga” is difficult by design. Why? Because if it was easy to master yoga, we would never appreciate the journey.

    When I was new to yoga, I struggled with practicing at home. I was unsure of the poses, and relied on videos to guide my practice. I also found it hard to stay on my mat, without the inspiration of a teacher.

    I still struggle to stay on my mat sometimes, and appreciate the encouragement of an online class now and then. Which is why I love these recommendations by my friend, A Charmed Yogi.

    Try a few of these classes, and let me know which ones inspire you the most. The more we share our experiences with each other, the better yogis we all become.

    Namaste~

    Amber

  4. Thank you Charmed Yogi! Another resource is StudioLiveTV.com. They have different studios with a variety of teachers world wide. I love the variety and the site is updated constantly. Like bringing the studio home with me!

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