Thursday, June 17, 2010

Yoga for Everyone

The Topic: Take a Chill Pill

The Dish
: Sometimes (all the time), I really just need to relax. Elizabeth, our managing editor, often reminds me to take deep breaths, which is helpful since I'm most often very caffeinated. At the end of a long day in the office, I'm ready to hit the sofa and stay there for good—or until it's time to go to work again. Sure, vegging out with my dog Boo and an embarrassingly bad comedy is a good stress reliever, but not a cure-all. Naturally, I'd love to hit the spa and get a deep-tissue massage once a week, but that's most certainly not in my budget.

Instead, I turn to yoga. How vegan of me! But seriously, everyone and their mother is into it these days, and I'm not complaining. Popularity equals accessibility, and we all benefit. While San Francisco is home to some great studios, they're either too far away to attend regularly or too expensive. Why pay $20 for a class when there are more affordable ways?

First of all, it's called Google! Just kidding—sort of. There are more sources than you probably want to sort through, but if you've been trying to maintain a yoga practice on your own, countless sites exist with new routines to try. If you're like me and prefer a little more guidance, check out YogaGlo. Right now, you can sign up for a free 15-day trial and access more than 500 yoga classes online.

The sessions, which are meticulously cataloged from running time (5 to 120 minutes) to style (hatha, kundalini, Jivamukti, and more!) to experience level, are filmed at YogaGlo's Santa Monica studio, providing a live-class experience without leaving home. If you're nowhere near a yoga studio or can't swing the cost, this is pretty awesome. At the end of the trial period, you can either cancel, hassle-free, online, or sign up month-to-month for $18. If you enjoy the format and make use of your membership, $18 a month is a fraction of what you'd pay in a studio.

Practicing at-home saves me money—and excuses—but sometimes I wonder, "Am I doing this right? Should that hurt? Ow? OW!" Et cetera. Enter: awesome, affordable community classes. A nearby Bikram studio slashes its prices from $20 a 90-minute session to $5 once a week, and many studios in hipper neighborhoods do the same. Even better, the Glide Methodist downtown offers two free community yoga classes per week, providing mats and instruction to anyone interested.

The Final Word
: Community or discounted classes may be offered at limited times, but finding one that works with your schedule, even a couple times a month, will help your at-home practice. They're also a great way to try out different styles, and see if this whole yoga thing is right for you. Personally, I'm down(ward dog). Oh, I kill myself!

6 comments:

  1. Another great resource for affordable yoga is the Passport to Prana 30-days for $30 yoga pass! http://passporttoprana.com/home.php

    There are currently 6 participating cities, but 10 more are in the works. It's a great way to try out all types of yoga practices and studios without breaking the bank! :)

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  2. Great reminder to seek out the bargains for Yoga! I can't wait to check out YogaGlo!
    ps: loved the downward dog joke :)

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  3. Abby -

    Thank you so much for your kind words about YogaGlo! We'd love to know what you all think after you've tried a few classes. Our goal is exactly as you mentioned - finding a way to make yoga affordable again & to help supplement your studio practice when you can't make it there (or when those classes start to get too expensive!)

    Cheers,
    Callie Miller
    YogaGlo

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  4. Great post - thanks for the YogaGlo link! I'd also like to suggest checking out the yoga video collection at the local library. It's a great way to get new ideas for your home practice, and maybe even find a dvd you'd like to own.

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  5. Thanks for the heads-up about Yoga Glo! I currently go to a studio whenever I can fit it in, but it gets expensive! I'm going to check Yoga Glo out.

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  6. Hi Abby,
    Thanks for posting about Yoga Glo. I will definitely check it out.

    I would just like to add that I love doing yoga at home with the Ravi Singh & Ana Brett kundalini yoga DVD's. I LOVE them, and have used them for three years now. I have definitely gotten every cent out of them!
    They are available on amazon.com (I believe that one of their DVD's is the biggest yoga DVD seller on amazon)

    My favorite DVD's of theirs are:
    -Yoga Beauty Body
    -Fat Free Yoga: Lose Weight & Feel Great
    -Journey Through the Chakras

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