When it comes to yoga, I’m lucky enough to have a local teacher who is brilliant and teaches a class very close to me – but if you don’t live near a teacher or you want to take multiple classes in a week and the cost is starting to mount up, how can you practice at home? I’ve got a few resources I want to share with you!
First up is this gorgeous yoga fan from Sweaty Betty (£15). I adore this – it’s so funky and small – very easy to pop in your bag and take with you. It’s organised intuitively so poses are grouped into sections: sun salutation, standing poses, forward bends, etc, and each pose has a photo, text description, and then modifiers and tips. This is a great addition to classes because you can bone up on your poses in depth, and make sure you’re doing them correctly when you’re not under the eagle eye of your instructor!
Next is the Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga (£9.49-£18.94) – a mammoth, glossy guide to some of the most popular poses. It’s not exhaustive (because, let’s face it, there are literally thousands of poses!) but it’s a great visual guide, well designed, and, like the Sweaty Betty yoga fan, it provides text that helps you ensure you’re positioned correctly. It also gives plenty of space to the mind and body aspects of yoga, and even provides you with some basic diet info (including recipes!). As well as this, there are some great targeted workouts – everything from routines for athletes (including running, golf, climbing and loads more!) and routines for mental states like anxiety or mild depression. There are even sections for expectant mothers, and a whole range of moves for boosting intimacy with your partner. Ahem!
Finally – and this I’ve saved for last, because it’s my favourite – is yoogaia. This is an online repository for live and recorded yoga classes, so you can fire up a class and join in any time of the day or night. But wait – that’s not all! You can also join in with other classes like taichi, pilates, meditations, and barre tone! There are even classes like Glute MAX or Core and Arms which use body strength to tone targeted areas of your body.
If you join in with a live class and turn on the camera on your computer, the instructor can even help correct your form (or tell you how awesome you’re looking), making this a great compromise between the convenience of a home class and the benefits of an eagle-eyed instructor to stop you twisting yourself up the wrong way.
With up to six new classes a day, yoogaia always has something new for you to try – I for one am grateful for the pilates classes, as I’ve not tried one of those out before and have really enjoyed the ones I’ve joined in with!
You can try yoogaia free with my referral link for seven days (and I get a free day too if you register!). Currently, classes are £15 a month, or £55 for six months, or £140 for a year. If you spend £7 on each yoga class like I do, your savings will soon mount up!
What do you think of these at-home resources? Do you have any you’d like to share? Comment below!