Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Free Yoga Classes

I took my first yoga class about 15 years ago. At the time, I went every Saturday at the gym I belonged to as I felt it was “good for me” and something I “should do.” However, I didn’t love it. When I wasn’t able to go to the class anymore, I didn’t really miss it. A few years later, I bought some yoga DVDs and practiced once in a while to “mix up my workouts.” I also took classes here and there at studios in the area when there were specials or Groupons, but I never really found a studio that felt “right.” That changed in April when a friend introduced me to a wonderful studio.

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I got a 14 day pass for $20 and then purchased a six-month membership when they had a great sale. Every class I have gone to was good and most were amazing. Yoga has become a big part of my life. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get another membership once my current one ends, but I plan on still taking some classes there. I think getting feedback and adjustments is critical when you learn new poses or advance in your practice, so I definitely want to go to some classes at the studio. But it won’t be as often as I ideally would like to go.

While I know enough to put together my own practice, I enjoy being led through poses. Fortunately, there are some free (or cheap) yoga classes. Here is what I found:

Lululemon: Lululemon stores typically offer at least one free yoga class per week. Classes are usually led by local yoga teachers from various studios in the area. I have taken several classes at my local Lululemon store, and I liked most of them a lot. To find a class near you, go to the website and find your local store. From there, check the calendar for their current schedule. Sometimes Lululemon stores also partner up with local studios and offer free classes at studios. You usually have to pick up a pass at the Lululemon store to attend the class for free.

Athleta: Athleta stores also offer yoga classes in their stores. Again, go to the website, find your local store and check out the calendar. I have never taken a class at an Athleta store, but the classes are also led by local yoga teachers and sound good, and I plan to check one out soon.

YogaGlo video classes via the Athleta website: There are currently three free classes.

Yogadownload.com: Yogadownload offers a number of free classes. There are some video classes as well as audio classes with downloadable pose guides. A paid membership offers you a large number of classes, ranging widely in style, difficulty level, and duration. I previously purchased a Living Social deal for a three-month membership with 15 free downloads and unlimited videos to stream, and I really enjoyed it. It’s an affordable way to do yoga at home.

Hulu.com: Hulu offers numerous yoga videos, including several beginners videos. Hulu Plus has an even larger variety.

I also looked into apps for my Kindle and phone, but, unfortunately, the yoga apps for Android phones that I found weren’t that great.

Questions: Do you like yoga? Do you practice at a studio or at home? Any tips for free or cheap yoga classes/apps/etc.? Did you have a nice weekend? What was the highlight?

Be well,
Andrea

22 comments:

  1. Maybe I need to find a studio. I've done DVDs, but I've never really loved it.

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    1. Classes at a studio with great teachers made a huge difference for me.

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  2. Hi Andrea! I've never really liked my yoga classes until this year! And this is my 4th summer of outdoor yoga class. So I do understand what you're saying. I agree that yoga class is important in getting intelligent instruction. However, I really love doing yoga by myself the best. But it was fun with my oldest daughter this summer--and we always went Saturday shopping together afterward. :D

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    1. Your summer yoga classes with your daughter sound perfect! :)

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  3. I have a Great Fitness Plan for when we move, and yoga classes are a part of it ) I think I even have childcare figured out!

    I seem to remember taking a Lulu yoga class with you a time or two...they were always so crowded! I also seem to remember that is how we first discovered TDM!

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    1. Yes, Lulu is how we discovered TDM! :) And, yes, some of the Lulu yoga classes are very crowded. It's definitely good to get there early to get a good spot.

      Your Great Fitness Plan sounds exciting!

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  4. I love yoga... it is so relaxing and rejuvenating and gives me a great workout too.

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    1. You summarized the benefits of yoga! :)

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  5. Yes, I did some yoga class at the local community center...initially I could not stand the "slow" pace since I am always on the go, I had to force myself to slow down, and now I often find myself making some of the yoga poses that I learned.
    Have a great week Andrea :D

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    1. Learning and practicing slowing down is definitely a benefit of yoga. Glad you are still doing some of the poses.

      Have a great week, too, Juliana!

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  6. This is a great resource list, Andrea! I used to take yoga classes regularly in college and for several years afterward, but it's been quite a while since I've done any classes. I remember how awesome it made me feel - kind of warm and relaxed, if that makes any sense? Like you, I'd want to take some classes "live" to get feedback, but your list is a great way to get back into it!

    Hope you're having a super week! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jessie! And, yes, "warm and relaxed" makes total sense!

      Have a fantastic week, too!

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  7. I don't like yoga but I do it from time to time at home, using a DVD because the stretching is good for my body and it completes my workout schedule of running and strength training.

    I followed Pilates classes a couple of years ago and I did like that. But I don't want to go to a gym anymore and I don't want to have to go on a certain date/time.

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    1. I think it's really important to do what you like and what fits your schedule.

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  8. Ive heard such GREAT things about YOGAGLO.
    Im a little tired of my Rodney Yee dvds....it is TIME for a big CHANGE.

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  9. I bought a DVD some years ago and tried yoga on my own but I wasn't very successful at it. I might have to give it another try. I am just not a group exercise type person - I prefer to do things on my own so taking a class doesn't sound appealing to me.

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    1. I think going to a few yoga classes at first is really helpful. Maybe you could go with a friend? During the summer, I went with hubby, and it was really fun.

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  10. I have not done yoga but so want to - I want to go to a private class to learn it well but no $$ right now.. no room at home to do it. :)

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    1. I think a private class to learn it well is a good idea. My husband got a Living Social deal at a studio (12 classes for $20) several months ago and took beginners classes, and they were fabulous. He got great instructions and adjustments. In terms of space, you really need very, very little. Basically, anywhere your mat fits, you can practice. :)

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  11. Oh, how I wish I could get in to yoga more! I have some DVDs at home, but rarely use them. The most I ever "got into it" was when a friend and I signed up for 6 private classes at the gym I used to go to. I really liked the instructor a lot, and she was great about tailoring the instruction to my VERY unflexible body. Alas, my friend moved, and I quit my gym membership to save money, and yoga and I have never hit it off. Hopefully that will change one day, but for now I prefer my hikes, stairs, occasional running, and weights at home. Great resources though....maybe I'll check out lululemon class one day :-)

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    1. Yes, you should check out a Lululemon class. They can get crowded, so I would suggest getting there early. Plus, you can get to know some instructors and maybe take some of their classes elsewhere.

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