I feel fantastic after an hour of yoga; which is why, following the rare occasion I actually attend a class, I promise myself I will get it together and practice regularly. With the passing of a day or two, however, I find myself dumping yoga in the same category I place horse bag riding and golf; an expensive and time consuming activity that requires a surplus of time and money. Unlike riding horses and golfing, yoga does not have to be a rich woman’s sport, and practice doesn’t need to take hours out of your day.
The emergence of quality online yoga sites, most of which charge a monthly fee for unlimited access to online videos (think, Netflix), offer the convenience of choosing the practice, level and teacher you’re most comfortable with, during a time that’s most convenient for you, all at an affordable price. In fact, the monthly rate of most online sites are comparable to the rate of a one class pass at most studios. So, spruce up your personal space, and get practicing in your own personal oasis.
“The monthly rate of most online sites are comparable to the rate of a one class pass at most studios.”
To help get you started, we’ve rounded up our top ten favourite online yoga destinations:
1) The Freebie
Site: Do Yoga With Me
Levels: With a six-week beginner guide for newbies and classes dedicated to championing advanced poses, this site is great yogis of any level.
Styles Include: Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga
Features: A library of poses allows you to sort videos by difficulty, pose position, body position, and body part.
2) Structured Practice
Site: Do You Yoga
Price: Free (premium courses offered as well)
Levels: Beginner to advanced
Styles Offered: Vinyasa and ashtanga yoga taught during bite-sized videos that are easy to incorporate into a busy routine.
Features: Their online magazine features articles and videos created by inspiring yogis, offering tips and tricks to apply to your daily practice, while their video courses offer structured instruction.
3) Nature Sessions
Site: Yoga Today
Price: $15/month or $119 annually for unlimited access.
Levels: Classes are split by new to yoga, beginner, yogi and guru.
Styles offered: Anusara, Ashtanga, Hatha Blend, Kundalini, Prana Flow, Vinyasa
Features: Each class takes place outdoors, with Wyoming’s beautiful scenery as its backdrop. To ensure your practice remains dynamic, Yoga Today posts a new one-hour class each day, adding to their collection of over 300 tutorials. Classes may be sorted by detox, energize, prenatal, restorative, strengthen & tone, weight loss, and new releases.
4) Target Areas (like your butt)
Price: $15/month or $150 annually for unlimited access.
Levels: YogaWorks offers classes for yogis at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, and even offers classes dedicated to aspiring teachers.
Styles offered: Rather than offering various yoga genres, all classes are performed according to the YogaWorks method of practice which incorporates flow with concise alignment cues.
Features: To target a specific posture (head stand), body part (core), or individual need (postnatal), check out their Journey Series.
5) Fitness Fanatics
Site: Yoga Vibes
Price: $19.95/month or $198.95 annually for unlimited access to over 5000 classes.
Levels: Yoga vibes lets you choose from three levels of difficulty
Styles offered: Vinyasa Flow, Prana Vinyasa Flow, Anusara, Ashtanga, Kundalin
Features: Yoga Vibes films classes from studios across the United States, to offer a wide range of styles and teachers. Upbeat classes like Exhale’s Core Fusion class satisfy the yogi who craves a high energy fitness class. With over five classes added each week, there are always new classes to choose from.
6) Live Sessions
Site: Yoga Glo
Levels: Five levels of challenge
Styles offered: Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini
Features: Filmed in their Santa Monica, CA studio, Yoga Glo offers the structure and atmosphere you would find at their brick-and-mortar studio. Teachers start by stating their intention for the class, allowing your mind to focus and ease into the class like you would during an in-person session.
7) Tactfully Tailored
Site: Yogis Anonymous
Price: A monthly pass costs $15 per month. If you would rather try it out before you commit, you also have the option of purchasing a 24 hour pass for $5.00 or a seven day class pass for $10.
Levels: Choose between levels 1 – 3 or somewhere in between. There are also I wide range of classes offered for mixed levels, so that you don’t have to choose a level at all.
Styles offered: Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Lotus Flow
Features: Like Yoga Glo, Yogis Anonymous is filmed in studio. If your schedule allows, you can tune into one of their live classes; if not, choose from over 1000s of archived videos and practice at your convenience. Head to their categories section to choose between courses suitable for busy moms, seniors, athletes, depression and anxiety, and more.
8) Perfect For Beginners
Site: Yoga With Adriene
Levels: Ideal for beginners who could use an easy-to-follow yoga practice to escape a hectic routine
Styles offered: Pranayama, Vinyasa
Features: You’ll find a wide selection of themed classes on Adriene’s YouTube channel, many of which are responses to requests from her over 700,000 (and counting) YouTube subscribers. Adriene’s warm, relatable nature creates an atmosphere so personal and inviting, you feel like you are in her studio, sitting right across from her. Reddit users rave about her, and one had this to add:
“I love Adrienne! Following her yoga videos is like having a yoga sleepover with your bff.”
9) Seasoned Yogis
Site: Ekhart Yoga
Price: $12.50 per month or $120 annually for unlimited access to 1359 videos and 72 specialized programs. Try it out first with one of their nine free videos.
Levels: Great for beginners who want to develop their practice through the teachings of seasoned teachers, as well as advanced yogis who are looking to expand their skills through challenging practice.
Styles offered: Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Ashtanga, Anusara
Features: Offers a great variety of classes taught by experienced teachers, including founder Esther Ekhart and yoga veterans David Lurey, Sandra Carson and Andrew Wrenn. Advanced students will benefit from step-by-step instructional videos on a variety of challenging poses.
10) Yoga as a Lifestyle
Site: My Yoga Online
Price: $9.95 per month or $95.40 annually.
Levels: My Yoga Online teaches classes at the beginner, moderate, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as all level classes.
Styles offered: Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa
Features: When you sign up for a membership with My Yoga Online, you receive more than a yoga membership. Combining films, interviews, tv shows, fitness classes, diet lessons, meditation, and yoga to explore spirituality and healthy living, My Yoga Online allows you to explore the many facets of yoga in order to truly embrace it as a lifestyle choice rather than a method of exercise.