Yoga may be blissful, but it isn't cheap! Depending on where you live, classes can run you an average of $15 to $20 a pop. Dropping $50 or more for yoga classes each week isn't an option for everyone, but we can all benefit from a regular practice. The Internet is bursting with free full-length classes or shortened yoga routines. If you're willing to pay a little, then you'll be able to view a greater variety of videos. Here are some sites to check out.
- Yoga Today: This site offers one free class each week, and if you're itching for more, download other classes for $4 each. You can choose ones geared toward your ability level, or choose by instructors you like. If you're really into it, pay $90 for a yearly membership, which includes unlimited classes. Store them on your computer, and follow along anywhere you happen to be.
- Yoga Journal: For beginners and advanced yogis, these videos, ranging in length from five to 35 minutes, are the high quality you'd expect from Yoga Journal. Some of my faves include the hip-opening sequence Bird by Bird and Heart Wide Open, full of chest openers.
- My Yoga Online: These videos may not be free, but they're dirt cheap. Pay $10 per month or $90 for a year for unlimited access to the entire library of videos for yoga, Pilates, dance, martial arts fusion, meditation, and workplace wellness. The site also offers samples of popular yoga DVDs such as Shiva Rea's Surf Yoga Soul and David Life's Transform Yourself With Jivamukti. Another plus: you can sample a clip before you buy.
Keep reading for more websites that offer inexpensive yoga classes.
- My Free Yoga: Site members upload yoga videos, so the classes may not be the most cutting-edge, but they won't cost you a dime.
- Gaiam TV: Sign up for a free 10-day trial to stream actual yoga DVDs like Seane Corn's Vinyasa Flow Yoga or Rodney Yee's Advanced Arms directly to your computer, phone (there's a free Gaiam TV app), or iPad. If you like the service, it costs $10 a month.
- Yoga Yak: This site offers 12 hours of free full-length classes, or you can choose from the list including titles such as Morning Heart Expanding Yoga Class or Lunch Time Yoga Class and pay $20 for two classes. Watch videos directly from your computer or download them for later viewing.
- Yoga Download: A few short audio and video classes are free on this site, and the rest are super cheap. Pay $3 to download one class a week (to do whenever you like), plus unlimited streaming videos, which you play straight from the website. Or choose one of the subscription options and pay a range from $10 a month for four downloads to $90 a year for unlimited videos. The site offers a wide variety of yoga styles including Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Vinyasa.