Top 5 Streaming Yoga Websites for Traveling Yogis
Top 5 Streaming Yoga Websites for Traveling Yogis: Gabrielle Wooden shares her favorites and how streaming yoga websites helped her stay committed to her yoga practice while traveling over the summer.
by Gabrielle Wooden
Everyone has that summer: that summer that flashes in your mind like a Kodak commercial, half black and white, half in vivid color, smiles and sunsets in high definition, running through fields of tall grass, giant plates of food being set at an outdoor barbecue before an excited group of young smiling friends. You revisit moments of tears, of fights and broken hearts, of missed trains and mistranslations. Parts of you may dread the idea of reliving some of those days or nights, or maybe you’d give anything to go back. But there is something that everyone is certain of when it comes to that summer – they would never trade it for the world.
Well, I am happy to say that the summer of 2013, the summer that at twenty-three, I ventured through sixteen European cities in thirty-three days and ended with a week in the desert at Burning Man festival, was that summer.
Now with all those emotions, all that fun, and all that traveling, I found it overwhelmingly vital to take time to center myself, breathe and listen to my body.
Sitting on a plane, train, or car for extended hours, drinking wine late into the evening, and touring in the height of summer heat can all be very exhausting for any wander-lusting body trying to keep up. That’s why this summer I needed to find a way to stay faithful to my yoga practice but also find a portable approach. I found that many websites offer yoga classes that stream from the internet and can be played directly on your favorite mobile devices.
This realization saved my life and also my tin-woman body after extended amounts of traveling. Check out these five streaming yoga video sites (in no particular order) that I utilized this summer and who knows, with all that portability and self-centering, maybe we can make this next season that Fall.
Do Yoga With Me is great, and while it does not yet feature quite an extensive filtered search, it does allow you to choose desired difficulty, class length, and style. The website also features teachers instructing yoga classes in different scenes outside of the standard yoga studio: a tranquil beach, a calming sunrise, or a silent forest. Light a candle, close the door and for a moment, you forget you’re not right there with them. It is also communally rated, so you can get an idea of which classes other folks love most and why. Best part about Do Yoga With Me? It’s completely free.
YogaGlo is one of the more well-known online yoga streaming websites, largely because of its extensive search engine. You can choose the duration of your class from anywhere between five minutes to two hours, which was great for when I woke up late and only had fifteen minutes to spare on yoga before I had to catch my next bus.
Additionally, you can choose by yoga style: Anusara, Ashtanga, hatha, Kundalini, restorative, vinyasa flow, yin, and meditation – making it easy to find the perfect class for your daily practice. My favorite filter feature is the “specific use” filter. So many times, in my studio practice or personal practice, I wished I could find a yoga class that would focus strictly on my hamstrings or help open my hips. The “specific use” filter does exactly that, as you can choose between classes ranging in options such as focusing on back pain, detox, evening yoga, hormone balance, immune system, insomnia, yoga at work, yoga for travelers and so much more. You can also check specific body parts that you would like to work on.
By the time you have customized your search, you will have found anywhere between one and twenty-five classes to choose from; you’re off to a perfect and balanced yoga session. You can also track your practice progress with a calendar and receive recommendations based upon your schedule and preferences.
YogaGlo charges $18 a month and also offers an introductory trial period.
3. Yoga Vibes
Another great choice is Yoga Vibes, which streams yoga classes from other popular yoga studios such as Yoga Works and Exhale Center for Sacred Movement. With videos taught in high definition and compatible with Apple TV and Roku, yogis have the option to set up their yoga practice on the television, instead of on their phone, iPad, or computer.
A popular feature of this website is their “core fusion classes,” in which yogis tone and tighten with the original barre class right from their home, and streamers only need a chair and a pair of socks to participate.
First time customers get a free trial for fifteen days, and for a monthly membership YogaVibes charges $20 per month. They also feature an awesome daily updated blog highlighting all things yoga and inspiration.
4. Yoga Today
Yoga meets cinematography on Yoga Today. There is a higher level of film quality and artistry with Yoga Today’s hour-long videos, and they update their offerings daily. One gets the sense that it’s not just the yoga teachers who appreciate their role on the website but also the editors who shoot the aesthetically calming practices.
Yoga Today’s videos are all shot in the incredible scenery of the Teton Range in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with snow-capped mountain skylines and gentle summer lakes serving as your class’s backdrop. This site features an artistic approach to streaming yoga and brings both a newfound appreciation for independent practice and a gratitude for the positive benefits of technology.
Yoga Today offers a free one month trail and charges $9 a month for members thereafter.
Yoga Merge is unique in that its website feature videos that yogis download at $4.95 per class and additionally features previews of the downloads on their YouTube channel. Various yoga instructors teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced yoga in simple settings with a simple straight forward atmosphere. This medium is great for those who don’t like the distraction of scenery and want to experience clear yoga videos without the complication of search engines and memberships. Easy to maneuver and free, Yoga Merge offers quick yoga sessions on YouTube and three minute previews so that yogis can decide which package of videos they wish to download.
Gabrielle Wooden is a writer currently residing in Los Feliz, California. In 2010, she was signed as a published songwriter to UK’S EMI Music Publishing, submitting a catalogue of more than fifty songs. Wooden has contributed to various online publications including PAPER Mag, Brassring Mag, OhDang! Mag, and Platinumcheese and has provided copy-written content for various brands including Woodtone Entertainment and the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. She studied at the University of Barcelona, New York University, Marymount Manhattan College and obtained her Bachelors degree in English from Thomas Edison State College in 2013. She is currently working on her first novel entitled The Age of Deceit that she expects to self-publish in the spring of 2014.
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