Yoga at Home

Over the past year, my interest in yoga has really grown.  Yoga has become something that I have turned to to stretch, strengthen, relax, and destress.  It has also been a great complement to my running and I am sure has helped me avoid many injuries.  Practicing yoga has so many positive benefits that I wish I could practice it everyday.  However, it is difficult to make it to the yoga studio everyday.  Also, yoga does cost money and I am trying to save up some money as I am a graduate student.

I was so happy to discover http://www.yogadownload.com.  The other day my sister and I tried out a yoga download.  Neither of us had ever used this site before, so we were excited to give it a try.

On this site, there are a lot of free yoga downloads plus a TON of yoga downloads that you must purchase.  From what I saw, I believe that the free downloads tended to be shorter classes…about 20 minutes.  Before downloading a yoga class, I thought that there would be a video aspect to the class as well, but as it turned out there was audio only with a pose guide to go along with it.  This actually worked perfectly.  We are familiar with many of the different yoga poses so we were able to flow through the class without disruption or confusion.

We decided to try out the Yoga For Runners 60 minute class.  I paid for this class for $5.99 and I will always have access to it.  Here is the online description for this class:

Yoga for Runners was designed with the runner in mind, but is a flow for everyone to enjoy. This Power Yoga class helps you to enjoy life to the fullest, and will enhance your experience in any activity you choose: hiking, cycling, climbing, running, walking, or simply going about your busy day. Use this class after any athletic activity to stretch and lengthen your muscles, or any time you are looking to slow down, become focused and create space in your body and mind. Ahhh, you we feel amazing, refreshed, and renewed!

I truly loved this yoga class.  It was almost as good as going to a yoga studio and for the price and convenience I sort of prefer it.  I have used some yoga DVD’s in the past and I have always found them to be just okay.  I would use them because I had no better option.  However, I believe that these yoga downloads (or at least the Yoga for Runners 60 minute class) were just as good as going to a yoga studio.  Okay, so the environment may be a bit better at an actual studio, but overall I was impressed.

Yogadownload has yoga classes from beginners to advanced.  The pose guides that accompany each class are very helpful.  If you are new to yoga, I recommend that you familiarize yourself with the different poses on the guide before beginning the class.

I am so excited to try out some of the other classes on the site.  Let me know if you give any of them a try! :)

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5 responses to “Yoga at Home

  1. Running > yoga ;)

  2. so glad that you had such a positive experience with these downloads. i keep telling myself that i’m going to do yoga but i never do. maybe i’ll check this site out! i think yoga would be a nice complement to all the running i’ve been doing

  3. I’ve tried several of their classes, and have usually had positive experiences! Recently, I downloaded one of their hot yoga classes….loved it!

    My only complaint is that it can be difficult with new moves to have only audio guides– I always download the visual pose guides, but it sucks having to get up and check that when I don’t know what pose I’m supposed to be in.

  4. I love this post!!! I love the website!! I have only tried the 20 and 30 minute classes because I don’t have much time …:(…but yeah so agree with you!! And it does work well just to show the poses too – if someone is a true beginner they should probably take a look at the poses first or start basic, but these are great. I did try the 20 min runners one.
    I really like the Solar Flow, Detox Flow and the Weight-loss #2 (i’m NOT trying to lose – gosh hate those titles – but it has a good flow and variety of poses)…
    Love your posts :)
    Oh and I’m doing a yogurt giveaway if you or your readers are interested girl :) Cheers.

  5. Hello! I grew up, live, work, and go to grad school in Philly as well (bioethics at penn). Have you ever tried http://www.yogaglo.com?? It is a GREAT site and only $18 a month def check it out if you are looking for something inexpensive and convenient!

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