When you don’t have 2 hours and $22 to take a yoga class…

Restorative Yoga

Like many of you reading, I quite enjoy yoga but find it really difficult to actually make it to classes.  There are two reasons for this and the primary is that it’s a huge time committment.  Classes are usually at least one hour and when you factor in the time getting there and home you’re looking at 2 hours of you day.  Secondly, I’ve been finding the prices of yoga classes exorbitant these days.  With tax it can be upwards of $25 dollars which is ridiculous!  It’s a nice treat every now and then, but it got me wondering how to get more yoga into my life without breaking the bank and my schedule.

Time and Money

Earlier this week, I paid a visit to Toronto’s best esthetician Louise T who at nearly 60 is fit as a fiddle and beautiful to boot.  While we were taking care of business she mentioned the idea of finding yoga videos FOR FREE online.  It doesn’t cost a penny and puts you in charge of the time you spend in your practice.  I’ll gladly take advice from Louise T.

yoga at home

So, here is how it works.

1.) go to YouTube

2.) search for the type of yoga you like and then the number of minutes you want to spend.  ex:  “restorative yoga, 15 minutes”

3.) save the clips that interest you to your favourites and enjoy!

Here are some of the clips that I liked:

Restorative Yoga (12 minutes):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzZM-pPM0mk

Hatha Yoga @ Home (10 minutes):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAA-SZ05zSg

Hip Opening Yoga (45 minute):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lUqo5Qceh0

Morning Yoga for Flexibility (7 minutes with Tara Stiles):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRsC1YdXqOc

De-Stress Yoga (10 minutes with Tara Stiles):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqWpt1xyn8A

THE DAILY DL (Dalai Lama)

“Yoga is the study of balance, and balance is the aim of all living creatures: it is our home.”

– Rolf Gates


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5 thoughts on “When you don’t have 2 hours and $22 to take a yoga class…

  1. I love yoga, but agree about sometimes prices not being right, definately on the high end and not necessarily at convenient times. Always great to find options for practice. Definitely lots of options online, on demand programming, and DVDs. I teach on three different Air Force base fitness and at my facilities, classes are free. Not sure if you have access to a military base or not. If so, prices are right! Some studios offer free classes on your birthday. The summer is often a time when studios offer classes in parks, maybe a park near you.

  2. I really like Rodney Yee a lot. I think he goes at a nice comfortable pace and he doesn’t over talk or preach to you like some other yoga instructors out there. He is represented by Gaiam. You can find Gaiam videos in a lot of retailers such as Dicks Sporting Goods, Barnes and Nobles, Target…Gaiam’s website. I also like YogaFit which their DVDs like Flex and Flow are good but you have to buy via their website at http://www.yogafit.com

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