Imagine a time when 14% of adults in the U.S used the Internet. A lucky few had cell phones. Everyone else relied on land lines. The major Internet browsers were Microsoft and Netscape.
Google, Facebook and YouTube didn’t exist. If you wanted to rent a movie, it was on VHS.
One of the first viral videos was born. It was a 3D animation dubbed “The Dancing Baby”.
This was a simple time. Couples parted ways in person rather than via text. That’s right. This was the mid 1990’s. At that time, taking a free yoga class online wasn’t an option.
Today, yoga classes seem to be on every corner. The amount of yoga studios and yoga online keeps growing. Online classes are free or a fraction of what it costs to go to a studio.
The Yoga Virus
The Internet is chop full of yoga info. Most yoga studios have websites. You can buy yoga clothing and props online from the comfort of home. Yoga blogs abound – like this one! New names for yoga classes appear every day. Yoga studios offer workshops on a regular basis. Studios certify crops of new teachers every year.
It’s clear that yoga has gone mainstream. This is a good thing! Every year the number of people practicing increases. The yoga market keeps getting bigger. The number of certified teachers to learn from grows. Creative and new yoga classes take form.
You’ve Been Bitten!
You’ve been bitten by the yoga virus and want to try a class. My post, “How to Find a Yoga Class for People Over 40” tells you how to find a class at a studio.
The steps for finding a studio are like finding free yoga online. This post will help you find an online class that fits your needs at home.
Online Class Benefits
In an ideal world you practice at a studio close to your home. Your yoga teacher knows how to give you hands-on help for your body type.
With the aid of your teacher and the support from the class, your practice progresses. Your health improves. You feel akin to your fellow yogis.
Taking a class at a studio may not be an option. You may be busy. You may live far from a studio or travel for work. You may be practicing yoga in hotel gyms.
Taking an online class is a great way to:
- Fit yoga into a busy day
- Try many types of classes and teachers
- Try yoga classes not offered in your area
- Take specialized beginner and advanced level classes
- Go at your own pace
- Save money!
If you have any medical issues, make sure you check with your doctor.
The cost of yoga classes varies by city and the cost to rent space. An unlimited pass at a studio can cost $100+ per month. This means $1,200 a year!
This doesn’t include weekend workshops which can cost $300+. Online yoga classes are a life saver for the budget.
Virtual Yoga Schools
These online schools have many teachers and classes to choose from. Most of them offer a free trial period. After the trial period, they charge an amount per month or per year. The annual rate is cheaper if you can afford paying ahead of time.
Below are schools and pricing as of May 4, 2018. It’s sorted by longest trial period and price per month.
- Do Yoga With Me: This website has a ton of free yoga classes. You don’t need to join to take classes. If you want perks, for $10 per month or $99 per year you can become a “sustaining member”.
- Yoga International: 30-day free trial, $14.95 per month
- Gaia: Trial period for 99 cents the first month, $9.95 per month, $20 for 3 months, $95.40 per year.
- The Yoga Collective: 15-day free trial, $12 per month and $130 per year
- Yoga Glo: 15-day free trial. $18 per month, $54 for 3 months, $108 or 6 months, and $216 per year
- Yoga Vibes: 15-day free trial, $19.95 per month and $199.95 per year
- My Yoga Works: 14-day free trial, $15 per month
- Yoga Download: 14-day trial for $1, $18 per month and $120 per year
- oneOeight: 10-day free trial, $14 per month, $42 for 3 months, $84 for 6 months, and $168 for year
- Cody: 7-day free trial, $20 per month
You could join one school, cancel and then join another. It is critical that you cancel before the free trial period ends. If you don’t cancel, the school will charge you.
You could go down the entire list. This would give you free yoga classes for 5 months. It’s a great way to try many types of classes and teachers. The first school, “Do Yoga With Me”, has free classes all the time.
Please bear in mind that yoga teachers and schools need to make a living. Hopefully you find a school you like and can pay to join.
YouTube is Your Yoga Friend!
Some of the schools above have YouTube channels. Many yoga teachers post free classes. They post them on YouTube and on their own websites.
Go to youtube.com. In the search area type “yoga channels”. Many channels and teachers will appear.
If you are new to yoga, follow channels that have high numbers of subscribers. Make sure you take beginner level classes. Please check out other channels. New teachers need support and have a gifts to offer too.
I prefer the two channels below since Ashtanga is my main practice. Yes, I am biased!
- KinoYoga: I have taken classes with Kino MacGregor. She is a great teacher. If you are new to yoga, search for beginner classes.
- Purple Valley Ashtanga Yoga: This is a lesser known Ashtanga channel. It’s filmed in Goa, India. Goa is home to some great yoga ashrams. It is a popular place for yogis and travelers.
Yoga is 5,000 years old. Yoga clothing, teachers and studios change but the practice is the same. In the mid-1990s I practiced Power Yoga at home by VHS. Below are the videos I used. They are timeless and free on YouTube.
If you have a Mysore practice, try the below video at home. I like it because it uses the traditional count. It keeps me focused and on track.
Free Yoga Online is Calling You
The Internet has created social change for the better. This includes change in the world of yoga. Enjoy the wealth of online teaching. Try some of the virtual yoga schools. Check out YouTube. Free yoga is at your fingertips!
Hope this is useful! Please let me know if this helps and leave a comment below.
Happy practicing! Thank you for reading this.