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Yoga in the Living Room

admittedly not my living room, but only yoga photo i could find!

admittedly not my living room, but only yoga photo i could find!

I wasn’t able to get a workout in during the day yesterday, and even worse, I spent most of the day sitting (blech).  So I was bound and determined to get some sort of exercise before the day’s end, even if it meant after getting the kids to bed and returning some emails…which is what it indeed was.  And at 9pm, I finally started moving through a vinyassa yoga practice guided by Jason Crandall on YogaGlo.  YogaGlo is an online yoga experience, streaming hundreds of classes (some taught by famous teachers, including my favorite NYC yoga instructor, Elena Brower), into your home.  Classes range from 5 minutes to 120 minutes in duration, and easy to very challenging in difficulty.  A “membership” offers unlimited streaming for $18/month (you can do a 15-day trial first, which is what I did last night).

Before weighing in on the class, three disclosures:

#1: I’m admittedly a total snob about fitness classes

#2: The idea of a “canned” workout on TV conjures up weird images of Richard Simmons and unpleasant memories of the old Buns of Steel tape I used to do with my friends in high school

#3: If you would have told me a few years ago that I’d be streaming a yoga class on my computer with my Spotify yoga playlist in the background, I never would have believed it.  But there I was, hanging on Jason’s every move for 60 minutes

So, the final verdict?  While I didn’t love it and would have rather been in a live class with candles and drums and fire dancers and beautiful, sweaty people…I actually didn’t mind it.  It did the job.  It motivated me to finish 60 minutes of yoga at a time of day when I was highly unlikely to do it on my own.  And it was actually moderately difficult (fast pace, lots of arm balances).  I even think I’ll try another class before my trial runs out.  It’s definitely not the same as a real, live yoga class, but if you live in a place where there aren’t great teachers/studios available, or if your only option is to do a class while your kiddos slumber, it’s a pretty darn good option.

How do you feel about home workout DVDs?  Love them or loathe them?  Have you found any that work well for you?

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. I agree with you about doing exercising your own home. But sometimes, just like you, I feel like if the thing I can do. I wanted to tell you about this website called http://www.doyogawithme.com. It’s free, and it’s searchable. You can search by instructor, by length of time, or one thing I really like, you can search by movement or body part you’d like to work on. For example there’s a 20 minute hip opener I do sometimes and more people need hip openers than they know!

    November 28, 2013
  2. That’s a very interesting concept, I’ve never heard of yoga streaming before. I’m lucky to live in the center of a city, and I actually have yoga classes across the street, but what would motivate me the most to try out YogaGlow is the price. Yoga classes are very expensive, I find, especially for a student on a budget. Although I like going to a real class from time to time, I might also try this out as well!

    December 5, 2013

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