The Yoga Quota guide to getting your yoga fix at home. Not to say that online classes can replace going to a good teacher or studio that suits you....but there are times that you need a yoga class at midnight, or on holiday, or on Sunday, or on an extreme essay-crisis-day. I've been there in the 'Old Job' when I was living in hotels and couldn't make it to a studio. After all the more yoga in the world the better however you get it! Please don't stop coming to Yoga Quota though so we can keep up with those charity Quotas! Here's my help for you.....
You want to do yoga at home. You're not quite ready to make your own sequences up. So you crack open your laptop, open google and type online yoga classes........
This is what you get....
A whole tonne of ads, subscriptions and some gyms. So you don't know where to start!
How about You Tube? The Yoga Quota channel on you tube only has a plea for money to help set up as a charity(!) and the others look, well, overwhelming!
Now these tips are totally personal, so if you find you don't like them, and they don't work for you then I guarantee with some more delving you'll find somewhere else to find your online yoga fix. But if you like Yoga Quota you'll like these.
Gaiam TV (previously known as My Yoga Online) brings together yoga sequences (My Yoga) and other channels which include articles and books so if you want more than just the asana try it. I pay around $5 a month I think. I believe they do free trials.
Teachers on Gaiam who I go back to:
Andrea Marcum is my absolute favourite (Teacher Tuesday blog) but she is not for the feint hearted. Her site. She combines a clear explanation of the 8 limbs of yoga with a sweaty steamy asana sequence. She brings in top students of hers, her director brother, famous american football types and drills them (kindly!) Humbly confessing to tight hips and all round brilliant.
Andrea herself recommends Ashley Turner for beginners (I imagine they know eachother in LA?) I find Ashley talks quite a lot at the beginning (all good stuff but long) and has a more beginner-intermediate practice.
I love Clara Roberts-Oss on there. Her newer classes seem not as well produced for example one of them didn't sync to the audio (which may be rectified by now) BUT her older classes are so original she does some lovely sequencing. She's fab check out her 'belly button' pronounciation! She'll make you smile.
My husband swears by Jesse Enright too. He has good advanced classes to learn how to handstand and for beginner/intermediates like my husband he explains things really well. His scientific approach comes through in his clarity and brevity.
You can never go wrong with a bit of Kino Macgregor. She's an Ashtanga teacher, which is the 'original' version of the style I do, in fixed sequences. You can get her classes on Gaiam but also on YouTube and Codyapp. I like to use the primary sequence one now and again to check my progress and to stay standing on my head. She is a teacher where you MUST remember the reason you're doing yoga and not to feel disheartened by her strength and flexibility!! Whilst she makes the most challenging asana look easy with a smile she does make it very clear she's been working on this for 11 years.
Not my favourite but could be yours...?
A colleague of mine from 'The Job' pointed me to this lady called Adrienne she does little tips and tricks for postures so I think it would be worth checking her out. It's a shame I didnt find her when I was a beginner- I think she started too late! but in any case, my colleague has been using her vlogs lots and recommends.
Two fit moms. These ladies have had 2 kids apiece (approximately) and still have abs as smooth and strong as steel. Fab. Very physically focussed but funky too. I find their website quite hard to navigate so I took you directly to a typical posture post which links you to a video on itunes.
Other online resources:
As you may not want to pay for Gaiam. Try Grokker which is free but not as extensive in my humble opinion or Cody app which is free for the app but you buy little packages from the likes of KinoYoga and Beachyogagirl.
Enjoy yoga surfing my friends... and remember to still to pop in for a face to face class at Yoga Quota so we can make lots of quotas and share yoga to disadvantaged groups UK wide!