Yoga Course at Home – Is it Better Than in the Studio? – I Need to Check it Out

I looked for an online yoga course that I can use to practice yoga when I am at home, I wanted to check if it is easier and more fun to bring the yoga class home rather than go to the yoga studio. On the one hand I don’t need to drive anywhere or set a specific time for my practice and on the other hand, it practicing at home means I won’t be getting live corrections from the teacher on my postures and not meeting with other classmates. I searched online for Ashtanga yoga for beginners because I want to start out with the basics, I found many different sites that offer a variety of classes and courses for all levels.

The Course I Chose

After reading reviews and articles about many options for Ashtanga yoga for beginners I decided to try out Live Yoga Life, mainly because of the good testimonials they have on their site. The prices gave me a bit of a setback at first because this is the first time I will be buying an online yoga course so I don’t really know if I’ll get my money’s worth. For example, an individual class costs 9.25 AUD but they usually have discounts if you buy the whole course (7 classes). The classes are only audio that come with a PDF that has photos of the relevant class, I was skeptical about how efficient the practice would be if I can’t see the instructor but only hear him (spoiler – it’s surprisingly good).

At last, I decided to buy the “Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Complete Set” for 58.65 AUD (8.3 AUD per class), because the bundle is cheaper than buying each class separately and I also want to get a better understanding of the basics of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

 

The purchasing process was very easy and within minutes I got an E-mail with a link to download all the 7 audios and PDF files that contain the photos for each class. It is so convenient that I didn’t need to wait weeks for delivery, for a hard copy such as a DVD or CD, I just waited about 10 minutes until my computer finished downloading all the material.

Lesson 1 of 7

I wanted to try it out right away so I downloaded the audios to my iPhone (through iTunes) and opened the PDF files on my computer, took my mat to my usual yoga spot at home and turned up the volume on my iPhone. For each lesson, there is an introduction audio that prepares you for the upcoming lesson, for the first lesson I only needed to use my yoga mat.

I pressed PLAY and the teacher’s name was Yuki Nakazawa, with his pleasant voice he started to explain what I will be experiencing in the course and what I will be doing in lesson number one. I had my computer next to me with the photos opened to follow his instruction, at the beginning for about 10 minutes I kept looking at the photos to make sure I understood what I was supposed to do (that was a bit annoying at first), then when I started to get the feeling of the poses (they weren’t so complicated to remember) the lesson continued to flow in a wonderful manner. When Yuki speaks, it feels like he is speaking directly to me and his corrections and tips are exactly what I needed in order to fix my postures.

I Loved It!

The first lesson was all about the Sun Salutation A (Surya Namaskar A), learning how to breathe with every pose and doing the Sun Salutation in a flow. I felt like I learned a lot after this lesson about how to do the yoga poses correctly and according to MY body, without feeling any pain or stress, listening to what my body is signaling me and feel comfortable in every pose.

After the lesson was over I felt calm and happy 🙂 , this lesson exceeded my expectations. I didn’t think that practicing yoga while only listening to the instructor could be so powerful, usually, I want to look at the teacher or the other students to see if I am doing it ‘right‘ or to compare myself to others.

After I stopped looking at the photos and started using only my hearing sense to follow the instructions it was an amazing experience because it gave me the opportunity to focus more on my body than on the ‘perfect pose‘.

I hope I will enjoy tomorrow’s lesson as much as I enjoyed today, can’t wait for tomorrow for lesson number 2!

Let me know if you have any questions or comments bellow.

Paulina

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16 thoughts on “Ashtanga Yoga for Beginners – Day 1 of 7”

  1. Really learned alot about yoga here and im really looking forward to the other lessons. Hopefully ill be alot fitter by summer!

    1. You can check out my full review and summary of this experiance here. You can also try to do yoga before the summer arrives 😉 , there are many easy poses like the Tadasana pose that really anyone can do.
      Paulina

  2. This sounds perfect for mom’s who don’t wanna get a sitter and just wanna sneak it in at nap time.
    I don’t think I would be able to at first though my flexibility and my balance is still pretty sucky so I need the interaction with my trainer..
    Thank you for the possible future option!

    1. You’re welcome! I hope you get a chance to try and do yoga, you don’t need to be flexible to do yoga (I know I am not flexible… yet 😉 ). Maybe you can try easy poses to begin with like the Tadasana or the Child’s Pose.
      Paulina

  3. Hey Paulina,
    I’m so looking for a beginners Yoga class but I’m a bit apprehensive as my body is so rigid and I wont be able to do any of the poses.

    Do you think this course will still work as I’m such a novice and un-flexible?

    It seems good value compared to other on the market.

    1. Hey Vince, I am also a beginner and not so flexible myself. I think this course is a good starting point for people who are completely new to yoga and want to try it out. The explanations are very simple to follow even for someone who hasn’t tried yoga ever. As I went through the lessons I became more aware of the true purpose of yoga, which is to listen to my body. It’s really amazing actually, that at the beginning of the course I tried to perfect-out the poses and as I get to the last lessons I’m really enjoying each stretch and having a good time 🙂
      Paulina

  4. I have heard of liveyogalife before, never tried it but I know it is good and now after reading your post I am quite convinced that the program is worth trying. I am also familiar with benefits of Ashthanga yoga as well as Surya Namaskar. Though I am not a big fan of Yoga like you, I have explored it a lot due to my spiritual quest, I remember doing Surya namaskar 20 times on one go, my teacher asked me to do that one day, I did it and when he asked me to go into Yog Nidra, I actually slept for an hour, lol, who could have maintained awareness while in Yoga Nidra after 20 Surya Namaskar.

    1. WOW 20 time of Surya Namaskar is pretty intense maybe I’ll try it…
      I have never tried Yoga Nidra before but I imagine how it could be difficult to stay awake 😉
      Paulina

  5. Wow, it’s really wonderful you are learning Ashtanga yoga at home. I remember I did that with Iyengar yoga a long time ago using a DVD. I remember feeling annoyed at the start too, but once you get the poses down you can begin to just listen and rely on the voice guiding you through the poses. Hope you a wonderful 2nd class!

  6. This is a really interesting post.

    I didn’t know you can have yoga lesson in this way. I was quite skeptical when you first introduce this because of the lack of direct help from professional teacher and the joy of doing it with other friends.

    So I was quite surprised you had such a great experience.

    Thanks for sharing this:)

    1. Hey Jerry,
      Yes this was only the first lesson so at the beginning I had some difficulties following the instructions and getting the poses right, but I guess that as I go through the next lessons it will get easier to follow the instruction. But the overall expiereance was surprisingly good 🙂
      Paulina

  7. Hey Paulina!

    Great review. I learned Hatha Yoga from a book when I was only ten years old.

    I think the book is out of print now, it was one of those books from India.

    I remember the Surya Namaskara postures. Your review is making me feel like taking back up yoga practice.

    I am Hindu and the Surya Namaskara postures are considered very sacred in as Surya is the Sun God in Hinduism.

    The flexibility I gained from it was valuable.

    Now I lift weights but I am thinking of reintroducing some yoga into my routine!

    Regards,

    Ravi

    1. I bet learning yoga at such a young age can provide many benefits 🙂 I wish I had learned it when I was little.
      Currently I am not so flexible but everywhere I read and people I talk to, all say that the flexibility will arrive and I shouldn’t focus on it, I should focus on my body’s capabilities and staying within my limits.
      Paulina

    1. At first I was a bit skeptic about how efficient it would be, but to my surprise it was easy to follow the audio instructions.
      Although at the beginning it was difficult to follow the photos and the audio at the same time, but after a few repetitions I got the hang of it and it was pretty cool that I didn’t need to look at a teacher or a video to follow the poses.
      Paulina

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