Yoga on the Cheap

Aaaaaaah…

I just got done with a short yoga class without leaving my home – and without dealing with creepy fitness videos (is it just me, or can they get strange really quickly?)

You guessed it – there’s an app for that

Last year, I stumbled across one of those free “Apps of the Week” at Starbucks called Yoga Studio. Now, I’m not one to pay for apps (although I will admit to the occasional, yet deadly, in-app purchase of Jewel Mania. Those days are over, though.) But, I would gladly fork over the whole $2.99 for this beauty of an application.

There is an awesome selection of classes available for free after you download the app

There is an awesome selection of classes available for free after you download the app

Yoga Studio is easy for yoga beginners (like me), and the interface is simple and beautiful. Not only can you download 15, 30 and 60 minute classes, but you can choose between beginner, intermediate and advanced versions of various “classes.” My session today was on relaxation, which I desperately needed.

One of the neatest features is that you can schedule and create your own classes – pick out your favorite poses, and the app will even link them together with other poses in order for a fluid, well-balanced session. How great is that? Tree pose, gate pose and half shoulder stand here I come!

    There's a large, and rather intimidating, pose library that includes instructions, benefits and best practices for each pose. You can create your own yoga class using any combination of these poses!

There’s a large, and rather intimidating, pose library that includes instructions, benefits and best practices for each pose. You can create your own yoga class using any combination of these poses!

But why yoga?

I’m not saying this app is the only option, of course. I’m just saying – if you’re on a budget and you want to try out some yoga, this is an excellent alternative to taking classes. The benefits of yoga are in line with the tenets of minimalism and simple, healthy living and I just can’t wait to delve further into it.

I’ve read over and over again the physical and mental affects of practicing yoga (like improved flexibility, fitness, and stress reduction), and boy, do I believe them. I’m especially bad at managing stress – I kick into overdrive when I’m stressed, and fail to take general care of myself and my surroundings, only focusing all of my time and effort on working and worrying about something that sometimes doesn’t even deserve the time of day. I notice my mood shift when I get around to a nice yoga session, and it’s something I want to incorporate into my daily routine.

Real studios are (probably) nice, too

Admittedly, I have not been to a real yoga class in years, but the perks of going to a studio are not to be ignored. There’s a community around practicing yoga with others, and with a live instructor, you’re able to get feedback on your poses. As one who’s always been a bit overzealous when it comes to stretching muscles, I don’t think it would be a bad idea for me to get some instruction on my form.

Do you practice yoga? Where?

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One thought on “Yoga on the Cheap

  1. I’ve been considering a class but haven’t yet done it. There is a studio near me that offers many different types of classes including those that cater to people with pain issues which I have. On the other hand, they seem to be into some things that I wouldn’t appreciate, so I haven’t made a decision quite yet.

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