“Do you know about online yoga?” my friend asked me recently. “I just discovered it and I love it! I haven’t done yoga in so long because it’s so hard to get out of the house with young kids. Since I found online yoga I’ve been doing at least 20 minutes almost every day!”
If you can relate to that feeling of wanting to spend more time on the mat, but struggling to juggle kids and work and your other commitments, online yoga may be a good fit for you, too. It can also be a great way to try yoga for the first time, to see if it works for you. One great thing about living in an age where we’re all constantly connected is that there are lots of online resources out there when getting out of the house is a struggle. While we can debate whether all this technology is a good thing, there’s no doubt that it can be a godsend for moms of young children.
Four Online Yoga Sites to Check Out
If you’re wondering where to go for online yoga, today we’re profiling four sites to check out.
YOGO.tv is a Canadian site based in the Vancouver area. It offers members a ‘continuously updated collection of yoga videos featuring a variety of inspirational and qualified yoga instructors in beautiful yoga studios’. They offer a handful of free, full-length sample videos that you can view before joining. They also offer the first seven days free, so you can really know what you’re signing up for. You can sort their online yoga videos based on how you want to feel, your level, preferred yoga style and length, among other criteria. Once your free trial period is over membership is $18 per month, or $188 per year.
My Yoga Online
My Yoga Online is another Canadian site based in the Vancouver area. It offers its members ‘one of the largest and most diverse Mind-Body video and article libraries in the world’. In addition to yoga videos you’ll find videos and articles about food and other wellness topics. They also offer an online yoga series catering specifically to busy moms. You can sort their videos based on style, teacher, level and length. Unlike YOGO.tv there aren’t any free videos, and they don’t advertise a free trial period. However, membership is cheaper, at $9.95 per month or $89.95 per year.
MyVirtualYoga is a Canadian site based in the Montreal area. Unlike the others, it’s bilingual, offering streaming videos in English and French. You’ll find videos from various yoga traditions, as well as wellness information on topics like nutrition, internal retreats, meditation, herbalism, aromatherapy and more. You can sort their online yoga videos by teacher, style, length, level, theme and more. They offer a free one week trial membership, so that you can get a feel for what you’re signing up for. Memberships are $19 per month, or $199 per year.
Do Yoga With Me
Do Yoga With Me is yet another Canadian site, this one based in Victoria, BC. This one has the major perk of being free. While they do encourage donations to help support the site, they’re strictly voluntary. You can try out the site for as long as you want and then support it based on the value you feel you get out of it, and how much you can afford to spend. You can also pay a nominal fee if you’d like to download and own any of the videos, but you can view them online without paying or signing up for a membership. You’ll find a large collection of online yoga videos, which you can sort by difficulty, length, style and teacher.
As with any exercise routine, if you’re starting an online yoga practice listen to your body and don’t do anything that you’re not comfortable with. You may also find you benefit from the occasional in-person class as well, to help you hone your technique. For the times when you can’t make it to class, though, online yoga can be a great alternative.