Yoga is an essential part of my fitness and well-being. Over the past few years, I’ve eased into a practice that helps me maintain balance and whole body wellbeing. When I first began practicing, it took a lot of discipline to do yoga. I started with 20 minute (online) classes a few days a week in hopes to strengthen some muscles (side-butt and core especially) and reduce injury from running and training. For nearly 2 years, my yoga practice was something I did out of duty, a means to an end. But, somewhere along the way, I started to enjoy myself – to appreciate the slow progress of my practice and look forward to the time I spent on my yoga mat.
My body loves yoga for cross-training and active recovery. And my mind and spirit love it for the space it gives me to link breath, movement and focus. As a result, most days of the week I find time to practice yoga for at least 30 minutes. This is an investment for me – it’s hard to carve out 30 minutes a day for something. Right? My commitment is sustainable because I practice at home. Sure, I occasionally make it to a studio class, but my yoga bread and butter is an online studio called YogaGlo. If you follow me on Instagram you know this by now.
I have written about YogaGlo before, but it has been a while. So, I’m revisiting it here with an updated list of classes I enjoy and some details on how to get started.
To be clear, this is not an add. I am a paying Yogi who loves YogaGlo’s platform and classes.
What is YogaGlo?
YogaGlo is an online yoga studio. It offers thousands of classes (seriously) by a host of talented yoga instructors. All of the classes are conducted online in video. So, you have both the audio and visual queues. This is a huge advantage over some yoga apps that are only audio based. The YogaGlo classes are filmed at their studio in Santa Monica, California.
What does it cost?
Try YogaGlo for free for 15 days. The membership price is $18 per month for unlimited access. There is no contract, so you can cancel your membership at any time.
If you are in the LA area, you can drop into the YogaGlo studio and take a class for free! I did back when I lived in California. Check their calendar for classes.
How does it work?
Set up an account at YogaGlo.com, select a class you want to do and press play. It is very simple. I mostly use the YogaGlo app to access classes and play them on my phone, but you can use a computer or iPad too.
Do you have to be connected to an internet connection?
No. On the YogaGlo app you can choose to download specific classes so that you can access them without a wifi connection. I have 10 classes downloaded so that I am good to flow anywhere, anytime.
What styles of yoga are offered?
Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Restorative, Yin, Kundalini, Parter, Pre/Post Natal and Meditation.
How long are the classes?
There are over 3,500 classes to choose from. They range from 5 – 120 minutes in length.
What equipment do I need?
A yoga mat and a smart phone/computer/iPad. It’s useful to have a yoga block, especially if you’re a new practitioner. And if you’re fancy, buy a strap too. I am not fancy, so I just use a hand towel in place of a strap.
With over 3,500 classes to choose from, how do I know where to start?
You can let YogaGlo help guide you in your class selection as you explore the app. Based on what your looking for – how you want to feel (i.e. calm or energized), the intensity you’re interested in – they will queue up a few options for you. Additionally there are class collections available – for instance, the Yoga for Beginners Collection of 15 classes to get you started. Or you can explore on your own by sorting through the class library. I highly recommend using the filter to narrow down a class that suits you. I usually start by establishing the length of class, the type of yoga (I’m a vinyasa girl myself), the level (1 if you’re a beginner) and focus.
A few of my favorite things about YogaGlo:
- YogaGlo makes a daily yoga practice realistic. Practicing at home, either solo or with my husband, allows me to fit it in with my kids around – mainly early mornings and evenings before bed.
- The ability to download classes locally (great if I’m somewhere without Wifi). I can practice anywhere, literally. Last month I did a 45 minute flow in an airport during a layover. Other random places I’ve used YogaGlo: beach in Mexico, city parks, various campgrounds, numerous hotel rooms and many a balcony/deck.
- The instructors are awesome… my bar is set quite high now, thanks to them. I have a particular fondness for Tiffany and Dice.
- I don’t tire of doing the same classes over and over. OR I can do the same class over and over if I love it. If I find a class that works super well with my body and areas of focus, I can repeat it for as long as I like.
- They are good people. I’ve interacted with them in person (at the YogaGlo studio), on social media and for customer service questions. They are always friendly and helpful – they’re committed to making your YogaGlo experience a positive and enriching one.
I’ve rounded up my favorite classes. These are the classes I love and do often.
30 Minute Classes
- Short and To The Point Ladder Flow with Dice – makes me feel like I’m doing a beautifully choreographed dance.
- Quick Go-To Flow with Jason Crandell – great all around flow
- Strong Lower Body Flow with Tiffany – no upper body weight bearing. Perfect for focussing on strengthening the hips and opening up the chest and shoulders.
- Non-Stop Flow (Really) with Kathryn – when I want to increase my heart rate and feel almost breathless at points
- Steady Flow with Dice – constant movement and well rounded focus
- Athletic Recovery with Tiffany – great for a post-workout stretch. I use it to compliment high intensity workouts.
- Evening Sleep Prep Flow with Tiffany – lots of movement followed by chill stretches.
45 Minute Classes
- Straight Up Flow With No Airtime with Dice – begins with Sun salutations A and B and then builds from there. Great, balanced flow.
- Less Talking and More Doing with Tiffany – fun sequencing with constant movement
- Morning Wake Up Flow with Dice – this one always leaves me feeling sore the next day.
- Cross Training For Runners with Tiffany – exactly what it sounds like
- Get Your Body Moving and Salute the Sun with Dice – constant movement based on sun salutations
- Monkey Around with Kathryn – honestly, I have yet to do this one. I have only previewed it, but can tell I’m going to like the style.
60 Minute Classes
- Long Athlete Flow with Tiffany – cross training flow.
- Straight-Forward Flow with Dice – fun, well rounded flow that starts with some meditation.
- Stoke Your Metabolic Fire with Tiffany – interesting flow to get your metabolism going.
Any YogaGlo Yogi’s out there? If so, tell me some of the classes you love! I’d love to give a few new one’s a go.