Disclosure: I received a free six-month trial of MyYogaWorks in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
One thing I’m always meaning to do is improve my yoga practice (read: start doing yoga). My only problem is how. Joining a yoga studio isn’t an option on top of my gym membership because I probably wouldn’t often enough to justify the cost. Those places don’t exactly come cheap so I decided to try my hand at at home yoga.
At Home Yoga
I started with Youtube yoga videos but those didn’t work out because I have a problem: once I type ‘Youtube’ into my search bar and hit ‘Enter’ all bets are off. I hardly ever watch what I actually set out to watch when I get into that endless black hole of videos. Hello cats and dancing stormtroopers 😕
So when I was given the opportunity to review MyYogaWorks I didn’t even have to think about it. One site full of videos dedicated to yoga? That’s exactly what I needed!
Even though my first attempt at home yoga didn’t workout with Youtube, I love the idea of doing yoga at home for the same reason I love working out at home.
1. It’s convenient.
No trying to fit a class in between work, school and regular gym time. No wasted hour of travel time to and from the gym or studio. I can just hop on the mat and go whenever I want to.
2. I control the pace.
I know you can go at your own pace in a class but it isn’t the same. I can’t pause or rewind the instructor if I didn’t quite get something or if I topple over during a balancing pose or decide to rest in child’s pose for an hour 😉
3. No pressure
I love energy of group fitness classes but they do NOT work for me with yoga. Yoga is so outside of my comfort zone that I need to give myself lots and lost of room to fail, literally and figuratively. It’s definitely easier for me to do that at home in my room than in a class full of people.
Since I never got a proper introduction to yoga, I went back to basics with the Yoga 101 journey series. And boy, am I glad I did. I’ve seen and attempted most of the poses highlighted in the tutorials, but this was the first time I’ve really been able to delve into each one in depth and really start to feel comfortable in them.
The videos are pretty easy to follow but that doesn’t mean they aren’t challenging. Somehow, the instructors make sure you’re following along and have enough options for your level. I have no idea how MyYogaWorks accomplished this from inside my laptop but I felt like I was having a one-on-one session with a master yogi 😆
Why I loved MyYogaWorks
1. The Options
There are over 500 videos on MyYogaWorks so there’s got to be something for everyone. You can filter the videos by time, skill level, benefit (like cardio, stretch, weightloss, stress reduction etc.), target area (like arms, back, inversions, balance poses etc) and teacher.
There’s also the option to take a ‘Journey Series’ which is a sequence of videos the instructors have put together to help you master or focus on a specific skill. I’ve shown the series I’m interested in below, but some of the other include Office Yoga, Prenatal, Postnatal, Bakasana (Pigeon Pose) and Yoga for athletes.
2. The Teaching Setup
I love that there are other people doing the poses while the instructor talks it out. Most yoga videos I’ve watched are just one person going through a sequence or talking you through how to do a pose while doing it themselves.
I actually find it easier to learn when the instructor points out key things on someone else. And there’s usually someone doing options for lower levels which is great. I can see that coming in handy as I start doing more intermediate videos and going even further out of my comfort zone.
3. The Price
Technically, I haven’t paid for my subscription yet but $15 a month is amazingly within my budget. Yoga studios around Waterloo sometimes charge more than that for just one class so I know a steal of a deal when I see one.
You can also test drive the service before you buy with some free videos that MyYogaWorks offers or the free 14 day trial they’ve got going on now.
MyYogaWorks Discount Code
The folks at MyYogaWorks were kind enough to offer a discount code for anyone who wants to try give it a try. Use the code “Blogger14“ to get your first month of MyYogaWorks for just $5.
What about you?
Are you an aspiring amateur yogi like I am?
Do you prefer to do yoga at home or take classes at your gym or a studio?
Share in the comments below!