How I Ohm at home
Mar
6th

I’ve practiced yoga on and off for over a decade, and right now it’s a huge part of my life (and I couldn’t be happier). Most people are very surprised to learn that in all that time, I have never so much as set foot in a yoga studio, let alone taken a class there. In fact, I can only think of two times that I’ve taken a true, live yoga class. Once was at a giant community fitness even when I was living in Tampa, and the other was during my bachelorette weekend when my amazing friends had an instructor come give us a private class on the beach. Side note: my friends are troopers, none of them were into yoga and all of them joined anyway. 🙂

So unlike many (most?) yogis, I practice exclusively at home. Lately, I’ve had quite a few people ask me about how that works and whether I have any recommendations, so here is how I get my Ohm on at home.

Yogaglo

One of the questions I’m asked most often is what yoga DVDs I recommend. But I actually don’t use DVDs anymore, I use yogaglo.

yogaglo home

I love yogaglo because you get so much more variety than you could ever get from DVDs, maybe even from a studio. As of the time I wrote this post, there are 2,273 classes available, in all different lengths, styles, and levels. It’s an incredible resource.

I get bored easily, so rather than constantly buy DVDs, I’d rather pay to be a yogaglo member ($18/month) and have a zillion classes to choose from. And unlike a studio, I’m not restricted by the schedule, I can take any kind of class I want.

If you are just starting out, there is a Beginner Center. I often recommend people at least do the free trial just to check this part out and try a few different styles of yoga to find what works for them before investing in a DVD, studio, or even the yogaglo membership.

Yogaglo beginner center

Once you know what you are looking for, you can search for classes based on all kinds of criteria: length, level, teacher, style, specific use (e.g. morning, stress reduction, hip opening, backbends, cross training), or body part.

yogaglo search function

If you find a class you like, you can add to favorites, or to your queue. The queue feature is my favorite, I stumble on classes that look good all the time, so I add it to my queue to schedule later and/or remind myself I wanted to try it.

Yogaglo queue

You can also create a series, which is kind of like a folder, and you can add any class to as many series as you want. That way you don’t have to go digging for them later. I have them set up based on length, style, morning, strong/continuous practice, and slow/restorative practices.

Yogaglo series

If you are interested in learning more about yogaglo, definitely send me an email (busybod at ymail dot com) or leave a comment. I don’t get anything at all for promoting them (I wish!, it’s just a service that I truly love and use almost every day. 🙂

DVDs

Before yogaglo though, I was a DVD girl, so there are a few I can recommend, but they are all old (which doesn’t really matter). I’m just not up and up on the latest and greatest DVDs. My other thing about DVDs is that since there is SO much variety in yoga, something I like might not appeal to you, or you might hate an instructor I love. You might buy a DVD, try it, and then decide you don’t like yoga, when really that specific DVD just wasn’t the right fit. Definitely do some research ahead of time if you aren’t sure what you’d like (or ask me, I’d be happy to chat with you to help you narrow it down).

That said, here are some of the DVDs I used before yogaglo.

Rodney Yee: He has a ton of videos available, and I had one, I just don’t remember which one. It was a long time ago. Like a really long time. So I don’t even remember good details about it. I know, super helpful.

Sacred Yoga Practice Vinyasa Flow (with Rainbeau Mars): I had this DVD in college and really liked it. I found it opened my hamstrings and helped me get a strong foundation in vinyasa flow (now my preferred style). This one is super old and maybe hard to find, but she has others, and I think she even has some youtube, etc.

Shiva Rea Fluid Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga: This was by far my favorite, and for me, was a great next step in my home practice. I practiced with this set daily for months and never tired of it. I only stopped when I scratched it up… whoops. It was a really unique approach to flow, very fluid and unrestricted, which I loved. I really liked Shiva Rea as an instructor, and finding an instructor you love is very important. The DVD is set up with a class “matrix,” mini segments that you select in the beginning to build your flow. It meant there was a lot of variety for being a DVD, and it also means there are lots of options regardless of your level. I’m not sure if all of her DVDs have this format, but Shiva Rea has a lot of them available, so you have lots of options with her. Check out her site for more.

This post ended up super long (oops!!!) so I’m going to stop here, but I’ll have another post soon with more on why I practice at home, along with some things to consider if you’ve never tried yoga and are considering beginning a home practice. Update 3/27/14: Here’s the link to part 2!.

Questions: Do you practice yoga at home? What resources do you use?

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14 comments on “How I Ohm at home

  1. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    So I am the opposite of a yogi (my favourite class was the one which was cancelled when I arrived there…yep ;))

    However..since lifting again, I was recommended to do light yoga once a week to ease the muscles and stretch out- I’m going to try out the free trial you recommended as its not in a a studio, So i can make a fool of myself in my room!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Do ittttt. You know you want to be a yogi too! #peerpressure But seriously, mobility work (yoga or otherwise) really is good for lifters. 🙂 Let me know if you try out the free trial!

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  2. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    Once my wrist has healed I am so starting yoga especially since it is that easy to do at home. My best friend used to swear by doing Tara Styles yoga from youtube and absolutely loved it!

    I loved hearing more about how you do your yoga. How do you make sure you are doing it right? That would be my only concern about trying to do it at home.

    One thing I never told you, my mum was a yoga teacher for like 15 years. I never properly got taught from her though so kind of missed out but thought you’d be interested to know 😉
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Yay! I hope you’re healing up ok. sinceI haven’t seen you around blogland this week. Sending healing vibes either way. <3

      Getting form right is definitely the hardest thing about home practice. It's probably made me a slower learner, but I feel like if you are someone who is good with form cues, it's definitely doable. Although a mirror and/or taking pictures is a huge help.

      So cool that your mom was a yoga instructor! I don't think I'd ever actually teach, but I'd love to do the training just to learn more.

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  3. Leah @ Running with the Hayneses

    I love this post! I really want to get into practicing yoga on a regular basis, but I’m having trouble finding the time. I’m a long-distance runner (40-50 miles per week), and I do T25 every day to build strength and prevent muscle imbalances. I do a lot of stretching, too, to prevent tightness and soreness….do you think it would be worthwhile to substitute yoga for stretching? Or should I find a way to do both?
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      You could definitely substitute yoga for stretching! Yogaglo has classes specifically for post-run, for cross training, after races, and for rest days. I’m sure other online and DVD options do too 🙂

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  4. Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    I just started getting back into yoga. I bought a Groupon for one month of unlimited classes at a nice studio in NYC. I really loved it, and when the Groupon deal ended, I asked about their membership prices. They only offer full memberships for $135 a month! Or you can go to one class per month for $30 a class! That’s crazy talk. I’m practicing at home now using YouTube videos, but Yogaglo looks amazing! I’ll definitely have to look into that. Thanks for sharing!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Ugh that’s insane! NYC prices are especially ridiculous. I’ve heard there are good resources on youtube, I haven’t tried them myself other than tutorials from Kino Yoga because she is amazing. Definitely let me know if you look into yogaglo. 🙂

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  5. Alex @ Kenzie Life

    Yes! I was so glad to see this post! Yogaglo sounds like a great resource, and for $18 a month? Well, can’t beat that! I really need to start an at-home yoga practice. It’s not even a desire for me anymore, it’s truly become a necessity considering how bad my anxiety has been lately. I really love Bethenny Frankel’s yoga dvd (her first one), which I find to be accessible (but not overwhelming) and Yogalosophy which combines yoga with toning/strengthening ones (it’s by Mandy Ingber, Jennifer Aniston’s yoga teacher). Thanks for this, Kim!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Yay! I’m so glad you found this helpful. 🙂 Definitely let me know if you try yogaglo and what you think of it. They have sooo many options, I’m sure you will find a teacher you connect with! xo

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  6. Kristen

    Oooh this sounds awesome! I might have to check this out! Right now I do Barre3 as my cross training but I’m moving soon so I won’t be able to take classes in studio anymore. As a runner every tells me to do yoga and this looks like a great way to get into it! Plus all the yoga aspects of Barre3 are the main reasons I like it so I know I’ll love yoga 🙂
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Yessss! Do it!!!! It’s become my unofficial life mission to peer pressure as many people into yoga as possible. 🙂 And it definitely is great for running. Yogaglo has lots of classes specifically designed for runners, and I’m sure other DVDs and online sources do too!

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  7. Louise@FitRadiance

    Loving the sound of Yogaglo! I’m all for all exercising at home, whatever type. I started getting into yoga last summer, but haven’t done it in a while. I’ll definitely be checking out some of those links 🙂
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