There really has never been a better time to explore online yoga classes.
We’re cooped up inside, stressed out, and likely, spending more hours hunched over our devices. Luckily, yoga is an affordable workout that requires very little equipment and not much space. It gives you the chance to stretch out, breathe, and release tension.
A study at Lund University in Sweden shared that “yoga practitioners reported significant reductions in stress,” compared to non-practitioners. They go on to conclude that it “appears to be effective for stress” and promotes psychological health among workers.
For anyone still shy or skeptical of yoga, don’t knock it until you enjoy the freedom of practicing in your own home. It’s less pressure and puts you in control. (That means of the playlist, too.) As a self-professed online yoga addict, here are my recommendations for where to take online yoga classes:
5 Great Options for Online Yoga Classes
1. With Your Local Studio or Teacher
There’s very good karma to be had for supporting your local businesses right now. With the sudden onset of social distancing mandates, many yoga studios and teachers around the country have adapted to offer online yoga classes.
I’ve been taking live classes via Zoom with Love Yoga here in Los Angeles. Teachers lead the class from their mat at home and offer verbal adjustments from the live video feed of students. Getting to say hello to my favorite teachers before class and seeing other people practicing at the same time is a huge lift in my day.
In New York, Sky Ting has ramped up production on their online platform, Sky Ting TV. Live hour-long classes are recorded so users can revisit them later. Hip-hop yoga favorite Y7 is offering live classes via Instagram. Meanwhile, other small studios like Yoga Bliss in El Segundo have taken to uploading classes directly to YouTube with links to donate to their studio.
Equally important, many teachers are following suit and offering group and private classes via Zoom or on social.
If you have a local studio or teacher you enjoy practicing with in-person, check their social media to see what remote offerings they have. And if you have the means, please consider donating to support these important studio spaces and teachers.
This option is terrific for beginners or anyone on a tight budget. Yoga teacher, Adriene Mischler, has amassed almost 6.5 million subscribers on her YouTube channel over the years. Her online yoga classes are free, accessible, and often include cameos from her canine sidekick, Benji.
Her individual class offerings include pertinent niche topics such as “Yoga For Text Neck,” “Yoga For Gut Health,” or even, “Yoga For Grief.” Alternatively, if you’re looking for a structured way to incorporate yoga into your daily routine, try her aptly named 30-Day series, Home.
One of the best things about the online yoga subscription site, Glo, is the wide variety of classes they offer. You can easily filter by type of class, length, and level. They offer vinyasa, kundalini, Ashtanga, Katonah, prenatal, or any other type of yoga you can imagine. The teacher selection is impressive with classes from world-renowned, OG teachers such as Annie Carpenter, Richard Freeman, or Seane Corn. (Think, your yoga teacher’s teachers.) Though, my personal favorites include Kathryn Budig, Claudine Lafond, and Dice Iida-Klein.
Pricing: $18 per month after the free 15-day trial
For anyone who has ever watched a yoga instructor in extra small leggings holding an effortless handstand for and thought, “Yoga just isn’t for me,” Jessamyn Stanely wants you to think again. Jessamyn is a body positivity advocate and author of Every Body Yoga. Her online subscription site, The Underbelly, dubs itself as “the yoga studio for the rest of us.”
Her classes are organized into three different series by level. Each series has ten classes. Run time varies from thirty to fifty minutes. Class titles include, “Crack open bits of your soul,” and “Make it super f*cking lush.” Count us in.
Pricing: $9.99 per month after the free 14-day trial
Once known for the summer yoga festival series, Wanderlust TV offers online yoga classes with all of their most beloved teachers. I recommend checking out classes with Eoin Finn, Chelsey Korus, Mary Beth Larue, or Wanderlust co-founder Schuyler Grant.
Wanderlust TV even manages to bring the feel of practicing in the outdoors online. Many classes are filmed on location with beautiful outdoor settings in Oahu, Whistler, Tahoe, and more. Besides yoga classes, there are also meditation courses and Speakeasy lectures to keep your mind uplifted and at ease.
Pricing: $9.99 per month after the 30-day free trial