Yoga Download: Your new Flexible Friend!
There are thousands of fitness classes available online and since lockdown, they have become a real lifeline when we are all stuck at home. I’ve tried-and-tested a wide selection of exercise and yoga classes over the past year but one of my favourite finds is Yoga Download. This online yoga platform offers a whopping 1600 yoga classes, all available in the comfort of your own home. From Hatha and Vinyasa to Jivamukti, there is a yoga style to suit every yogi or yogini! And for those who want to practice meditation, there are a multitude of techniques and classes to choose from.
What sets this platform apart is the high quality of both the content and instructors – some of the best yoga teachers in the world – and the easy-to-follow structure of the classes. Another plus is that you can stream and download classes from the Yoga Download website or the App through your phone, laptop, TV, or tablet, wherever you are in the world! The cost of a subscription is also incredibly affordable – and the best news? I have a 50% discount coupon for you to enjoy the best yoga studios for just $60 for a year, and when you consider that most yoga classes cost around £18 per class, the saving and accessibility is something to celebrate!
Yoga Download Review
Convenience is definitely one of the big benefits of Yoga Download. As the name suggests, you can also download classes when you know you’re going to be away from WiFi access. Plus, once you download the classes, you will have them forever! Online classes have definitely been a real positive for me during lockdown – and something that I will continue to access. I always thought that I needed to live somewhere close to all the amenities I need including a good yoga studio. But through lockdown, I’ve become extremely resourceful, looking for other ways to enjoy my beloved yoga classes.
Recently, I tried Zoom classes with my yoga teacher, but I found it difficult to do the poses and to concentrate on what my teacher was doing at the same time! And because the class was live, I couldn’t pause to ‘regroup,’ so I kept getting lost in the sequence which meant that just gave up.
Classes for every yoga style and ability
With over 1600 classes to pick from, there really is a yoga class for everyone and one to fit your timeframe, mood, time of day, and ability. You can also preview all the classes, so you can get a feel of each class, and gauge the intensity and skill levels and the instructor before you leap in! Another cool feature is that there is a rating on each class by other users to give you an idea of how popular the class is.
- Fusion yoga
- Hatha yoga
- Hot yoga
- Jivamukti yoga
- Restorative yoga
- Vinyasa yoga
- Yin yoga
- Yoga with weights
Pick an objective or a focus
Whether you want your yoga to be toning and strengthening or want to wind down, relieve back pain or improve your flexibility, you can select a class to suit your objective. There are also options to choose lunchtime yoga, yoga for cyclists, and even ‘partner’ yoga – every option is covered! An over 50s section offers gentler classes – slightly alarming, as I realise that I now fit into the ‘older’ category! Another bonus is the option to do technique workshops which teach you how to get the right technique for specific poses. These are crucial to getting the best out of your practice and the teacher doesn’t always have time to break every pose down in normal classes. So, if there’s a pose you really struggle with (I struggle with most) then this section is helpful.
Body Zone or Pose?
Similar to the way that you can target ‘bums, tums and thighs’ or ‘abs’ with a gym workout, the Yoga Download App, allows you to focus on a zone. Whether you feel like you want more of an ‘abs’ workout, or you want to focus on your legs or back, this section is a really clever way to break your practice down to work on a specific body part. In yoga, there are always parts we enjoy more or want to practice more of and this section allows you to concentrate on arm balances, backbends, or Sun Salutations. I suffer from a bad back, so I find the backbend coaching very helpful.
Under each section, there is also a subsection to allow you to select from your favourite style of yoga, whether it’s Yin, Hatha, Ashtanga, or Intensity: Pick ‘Ahhhhhh’ for the lowest intensity or ‘Bring a Towel’ for the high-intensity classes. You can even choose your teacher (if you have a favourite) and the length of time you want to practise for. And you really can fit it into your routine, as there is are classes of every length, from 5 mins to 120 mins. There is also a media section to choose from: video, audio, or audio with slides, so whatever your learning style, you can follow the classes that best suit your needs.
Pick your Programme
Yoga Download has specific programmes, challenges and workshops that allow you to work towards a goal. I love the 5-day Evening Challenge; it’s amazing how quickly you can change your routine when you follow along. During lockdown, I’ve been practicing yoga every evening and am really enjoying it. I look forward to my nighttime routine with Himalayan salt lamps, essential oils and relaxing yoga practice before bed! Also, I’ve been doing the manifesting meditation series which is so beneficial. But there are plenty of others to choose from, including beginners, strengthening, flexibility, detox and relax and restore. The sky really is the limit with Yoga Download.
- Easy to use
- You don’t have to worry about social distancing
- The videos are high-quality, and the teaching is excellent
- A large variety of options, styles to choose from.
- Practice yoga from anywhere
- It’s extremely affordable
You obviously don’t receive the on-hand corrections that you would from a normal yoga class and there is always a lovely social side to yoga which you might miss. But for me, yoga classes often make me feel bad about myself. People around me are bending themselves in half or wearing next to nothing and looking fabulous! Normally, I’m the one wishing I’d invested more on my outfit and bending like I’m 90, so I often feel self conscious.
So, for me online yoga classes are perfect. There is no one to compare myself to and I can concentrate on my own practice and notice my own small wins without comparing them to anyone else’s!
My experience of Yoga Download
I really love Yoga Download! I have tried Yoga Glo before, but I didn’t really get on with it. One of the things that sold me most on Yoga Download was the affordable price, and how easy it is to use. I have also really enjoyed being on my own yoga journey without comparing myself to other yogis. The classes are varied enough to give me options and I love the challenges and programmes. Yoga Download is also a brilliant option after lockdown, especially when you are travelling, don’t live near a yoga studio, or are too self-conscious or vulnerable to attend a class.
Why not set yourself a personal yoga challenge and give it go?
|Natalie Shirlaw is a healthy living expert with 10 years of experience in the field of holistic health, wellbeing, and fitness. If you enjoyed this article be sure to pin or share it!|