Not every yogi has time to attend in-studio classes. Not every yogi wants to. With overcrowded rooms, poor Savasana music choices and the hassle of actually making the lesson on time, sometimes yoga classes can be more stress than zen — unless they’re done on your time. Below you’ll find the best podcasts and video subscription services that’ll have you humming om at home, at the office, or wherever else you can find the time to practice your immaculate downward-facing dog.
Yoga Journal is a publication first, updating its site with daily tips and advice columns; but its team also posts a variety of instructional videos. The videos are short, hardly ever exceeding 10 minutes, making them ideal for beginners looking to learn the fundamentals — or who are just searching for a quick Santosha or Hatha Yoga sequence. And, since it’s not subscription based, it’s free. Learn More YogaGlo
YogaGlo is a behemoth subscription service in the yoga world, and it’s no wonder. They offer over 3,000 classes in Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. Their classes are taught by yogi royalty like Jason Crandell, Kathryn Budig and Claudine Lafond, ranging from five minutes to hour and a half; all can be viewed on any device, in HD quality. With a YogaGlo subscription ($18/month), users can even watch these instructional videos when offline; their app preloads up to 10 classes in its queue. iOS | Android | Learn More Yoga Today
Like YogaGlo, this yoga video subscription service provides their subscribers with countless classes by professional instructors. But instead of a California studio, the videos are shot in beautiful, mountainous Wyoming. You have the choice of Anusara, Ashtanga, Hatha Blend, Kundalini, Prana Flow and Vinyasa Yoga classes. Each class comes in a number of difficulty levels, durations and focuses. Learn More Live-Love-Teach
As founders Philip Urso and Stacy Dockins will tell you, their podcasts are “not for beginners.” Live-Love-Teach is a yoga teacher training school, so each podcast is geared toward those already well versed in poses and fundamentals. Each is the length of a full 60-minute class or more. And they’re taught by several expert instructors (including Urso and Dockins). Most podcasts specialize in dynamic Baptiste Power Vinyasa-style yoga; if you go to iTunes, you can listen to over 60 of them, for free.
Learn More Cody
Cody was started as a fitness app in 2012. Today, this Seattle startup is a full-on fitness subscription service. Visitors choose a type of yoga class (anything from “Morning Yoga” to “Yoga Strength Basics for Beginners”) or a specific instructor and buy a plan. Once bought, subscribers have access to (roughly) seven to 12 workouts. And since each plan has a lifetime warranty, they can be re-watched and re-watched. Cody is an iPhone and Android app, so these workouts can be taken anywhere with you. iOS | Android | Learn More Yoga Studio
For iOS users, Yoga Studio is a $4 app that offers subscribers over 65 different yoga and meditation classes across beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Classes also vary from strength focused to more meditative, and from 15 to 60 minutes in duration. Unique to the app is the ability to create your own class: subscribers simply piece together different poses, which the app provides instructions to each.
iOS | Learn More Power Yoga with Dave Farmar
Dave Farmar is a certified Power Vinyasa Yoga instructor who teaches out of Denver, Colorado. His podcasts, which can be found on iTunes (for free), combine the rigors of an intense workout with the zen of a mediative yoga class, all with the aim of building muscle. If podcasts aren’t your thing, you can find his instructional videos on Yoga Download. Learn More