Looking for (unfathomable) variety of yoga classes to never ever be bored of doing yoga at home?
Or want yoga practices to focus on your ever-changing pain or growth areas; whether physical, mental or spiritual?
Then Yoga International online classes would be your best bet to a fulfilling and engaging yoga home practice.
Before we deep dive into the review of Yoga International online yoga classes, which are quite possibly the best online streaming yoga classes, let’s explore the why of online yoga classes.
Why do yoga with online classes?
Doing yoga online can be great for
- Saving money, an online yoga monthly membership often being cheaper than a single yoga studio class
- Saving time, by fitting your practice into your schedule (for instance, before the kids wake up or after a loooonnng day at work)
- If you have no good yoga studios in easy reach
- Focusing on specific needs such as ever-expanding hips, lower back strength or correcting that text neck or Hunchback of Notre Dame look
- Variety and access to teachers worldwide
- Comfort and privacy of practice in your own space and time
- When you can’t leave home – At the time of this post, the globe is in the middle of a pandemic, so hell yeah, this is a very valid reason
Why did I move to online yoga classes?
It was living the perfect yoga dream. I found the most amazing yoga teacher for my needs. Her classes which she holds in an idyllic studio in her backyard were the perfect combination of Yoga Asanas, positive Affirmations and Meditation. So, what do I need from a yoga class? I don’t want to do yoga for getting Insta worthy handstand pics but for the overall health of my mind, body, and soul.
My teacher has been a yoga teacher for over three decades and her anatomy know-how is unlike I’d seen in a yoga teacher or fitness trainer. She knows how to not put extra pressure or compress your lower back and spine in a Warrior pose by simply changing the position of your foot. She was so aware and in tune with the anatomy and energetic aspect of yoga.
All was hunky-dory till COVID 19 struck. The world went into shutdown mode and so did my much-loved yoga classes. Sniff sniff.
Yoga apps are good but not like an in-person yoga class. At least not good enough to replace my unicorn of a yoga teacher’s classes. How and when would I get to experience such a wonderful yoga class again?
The answer came in the form of the Yoga International online streaming classes.
The good about Yoga International
The yoga teachers on Yoga International are trained yoga experts with years (and some with decades) of teaching experience. Often I bumped into yoga teachers on there who have Ph.D.’s, are University lecturers or even Yoga Teacher Trainers.
Yoga International gives you access to these wonderful teachers that you probably aren’t going to find at every local yoga studio.
Complete classes with interesting themes
The recorded classes are thorough and have such interesting and often uncommon themes like Heart Opening practices, Sleeping Standing postures, Qi Gong forms, Sponging and more.
One of the classes I tried called ‘Your Heart-Centered Superpower’ had a beautiful yoga practice to care for your heart and feel its strength reverberate in your life by simply holding the Namaste pose close to your chest. Oh, the bliss!
Variety of classes is unmatched
With over 1,000 on-demand classes, drop-in to the perfect (virtual) class for you. Filter by duration, style, intensity, anatomy focus and teacher. They release new releases weekly. Styles that Yoga International offers are:
- Diverse Movement
- Forrest Yoga
- Hatha Yoga
- Iyengar Yoga
- Prayanama Practice
- Prenatal and Postpartum
- Rocket Yoga
- Yoga Therapy
It won’t be easy to get bored of practicing yoga with Yoga International with so many different styles and classes. You are covered whether you want to do a strong flow, a restorative practice, ease into your morning with yoga or focus on a particular ache or body part. Or if fancy a 15-minute practice or a thorough 75-minute session.
Includes Meditations, Yoga Nidra and Articles
Yoga International doesn’t just focus on the Asanas (poses) and Prayanama (breathing exercises). It also brings to you several meditations, expert articles and the blissful Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep).
Available Online and On-The-Go
You can stream Yoga International classes on the web, iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon FireTV, Apple TV, and Amazon Alexa devices.
Depending on the teacher the poses itself and the organs and muscles the pose is working on are thoroughly explained. I think it helps to focus your energy and be engaged in what you are doing, rather than letting your mind wander around to things like your to-do list or what bill is due next.
And having things explained well makes it ideal for beginners and those new to yoga.
Great For Yoga teachers
Yoga International has over 100s of Accredited Programs & Training courses included in their membership. A fantastic option for Yoga teachers to receive certifications and CEUs from industry accreditation bodies such as Yoga Alliance, AFAA, NAMA, IAYT, NASW, and NASM.
Add to your good karma with a Yoga International membership that will help support Yoga International in:
- Providing over 500 yoga teachers with a reliable source of income
- Support yoga-based organizations that are driving change in their communities
- Yoga for Good initiative, a portion of every membership purchase supports humanitarian efforts across the globe
The Cons of Yoga International
Some things could be improved on:
App is Glitchy
The yoga app is glitchy and fiddly at times. They could improve the interface and loading speed to make it more user friendly.
Slow Video loading
I found the videos take a few seconds to load both on the laptop and android app. So you’ll need to practice some patience before you can practice some yoga. But the class videos are well worth the few extra seconds of waiting.
A bit expensive
Yoga International is more expensive than other apps and online streaming Yoga classes if paid monthly at Australian $30 per month. But an annual membership comes at a 50% discount at Australian $15 per month, which is cheaper than the cost of a single yoga class in a studio. And it is well worth the expertise and the extensive collection of yoga classes.
No Free Version
The Yoga International subscription is not free after the trial period. Our partnership with them gives you a free 30-day trial. But after the 30 day period expires, you don’t have access to the classes and meditation anymore(can year hear us bawling?). Yoga apps like the Down Dog give you a lot of value in their free version(and they are also completely free till 1st May 2020).
Yay or Nay?
Overall, the Yoga international online yoga classes are worth the slight premium they come at. The yoga variety and expertise it brings right to your living room is well worth every penny.