If your local yoga studio or gym is closed due to the recent coronavirus pandemic and you want to continue your yoga practice at home, try these virtual class options.
As I was saying goodbye to my yoga students after class on March 17, 2020, my students talked about how much they were going to miss yoga. That class was my last class for the time being as I’m no longer teaching yoga classes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
I know how important a regular yoga practice is, and I felt bad that my students were worried about what they would do without yoga.
Especially right now, yoga is such a powerful way to stay grounded and practice staying in the present moment. I know I definitely need my yoga practice right now. I’ve been struggling with anxiety about the unknown, my own job/financial security, the economic security of others, the health of people I care about, etc. I’ve been trying to manage my anxiety by practicing meditation daily, limiting social media and news, reaching out to friends, and getting enough sleep. Getting on my yoga mat is my next priority.
Luckily, so many great teachers have started offering their classes for free online to support people as they’re quarantined at home .
I plan to be hopping on to Facebook Live on my Sweet Success Health Coaching page to offer some free meditations and maybe even a yoga practice. Make sure you like my page to get access to those offerings!
While there are many free options, I do want you to consider paying for virtual classes to help support yoga teachers during this time. Most teachers rely on in-person classes for the majority of their income, and not teaching means they’re taking a big hit financially. If it feels comfortable to you, you may even consider sending your local yoga teacher a Venmo or PayPal payment to help them out during this challenging time.
To help you continue your yoga practice while you’re spending more time at home, I’m sharing some options for virtual classes with different styles of yoga, different teaching styles, and shared on different platforms. I hope you find something that you connect with.
Classes with Carole – Carole Westerman is my yoga teacher from Evolve to Harmony Yoga in Omaha, NE. She offers online classes where you can get one week of free classes, then subscribe for $18.88 a month. Carole’s class offerings include yin, restorative, slow flow, kundalini, beginner, yoga nidra, and meditation. She also has free offerings such as a guided meditation and yin yoga practice on the wall on her YouTube channel.
Suzanne Wright Yoga – Suzanne Wright is another one of my yoga teachers from Omaha. She has a YouTube channel where she shares free yoga classes such as a yin yoga for runners and a guided meditation for rooting and grounding.
Sarah Sutton Yoga – My friend Sarah shares breathing exercises, meditations, and simple yoga poses you can do at home on her YouTube channel.
Lighthouse Yoga – This yoga studio, based in Omaha, is offering virtual classes while their studio is shut down for social distancing. You can sign up for their virtual classes on their website, and they’re working on organizing a collection of classes for you to access.
Megan Arrington-Williams – Megan and I went through yoga teacher training together, and she’s currently offering virtual classes at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. You can join her private FB group to take these classes. She’s asking for $5 a class, which can be paid via Venmo.
Yoga Girl – Yoga Girl is starting a free 30 Days of Space virtual challenge for self-care and peace of mind on March 19, 2020. Go to yogagirl.com to get access. You can also sign up for a free 10-Day trial on yogagirl.com and take classes from teachers like Rachel Brathen, Jen Pastiloff, Dianne Bondy, and Susanna Barkataki. I love this virtual platform because it’s a small business that’s supporting many incredible yoga teachers.
YogaGlo – YogaGlo shared a collection of free classes including a vinyasa flow for feeling good with Kathryn Budig, a vinyasa flow for managing stress with Jason Crandell, three mat Pilates practices, and a meditation for finding calm in crisis.
The UnderBelly Yoga – This company was founded by Jessamyn Stanley, the author of Yoga is for Every Body. Her online yoga classes are all about appreciating your body and develop a loving relationship with your body through the practice of yoga. You can get a 14-day free trial.
Strala Yoga – Strala Yoga, which is run by Tara Stiles, has created a free practice library of yoga, meditation, tai chi and shiatsu practices you can do from the comfort of your home.
Sadie Nardini – Sadie Nardini created a form of HIIT yoga, which is meant to help strengthen your muscles and improve your cardiovascular health (along with all the other benefits of yoga). She offered a free Yoga Immunity Boost Yoga Flow.
CorePower Yoga – These yoga classes focuses on building strength and endurance. You can access many on demand yoga classes for free during the coronavirus pandemic.
I hope this helps you continue your yoga practice while your yoga studio or gym is closed. Stay well!
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