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!
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