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
- 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.
– Your Charmed Yogi
(Photo: Sorta Crunchy)
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