6 Great Online Yoga Studios That Will Help You Unwind And Move Better
In a recent study conducted by Future Fit Training, yoga was found to be the most popular fitness class across the globe. People in 78 countries voted for the fitness routine as their favourite workout, with CrossFit, Zumba and Pilates also making an appearance.
With its myriad health and fitness benefits we can see why it’s become increasingly popular. And given our current global health crisis, there’s never been a more fitting time to start adding it to your workout routine. Need to relax after a stressful day? Have stiff joints? Need to work through something? Yoga is the answer to all these questions.
Many of the studios have turned to online training. One of the perks of practising at home is that you can truly own your space. No worrying about the fact that your downward dog looks more like a plank than a upturned triangle. The great thing about online yoga is that you’re not restricted to classes from your own city. You can find your perfect fit and choose any studio.
These are some of our picks:
Allow both your body and mind to slow down and relax into a deep state of stillness with the classes on offer at Yo Yoga. This contemporary studio is situated in the Southern suburbs of Cape Town, and has a tranquil and welcoming atmosphere. They offer yoga classes in the styles of bikram, yo bikram, ashtanga, and vinyasa flow.
With up to three classes a day from Monday to Friday, you’re sure to find a time and style that suits you best.
Price: R50 for a drop in session or R450 for one month of unlimited sessions.
The OM Revolution
Prior to lockdown, The OM Revolution was a mobile yoga studio that brought the practice to you. You could gather up some friends, decide on a spot and they’d find you where you were most comfortable. Although we’re all stuck at home, they’re still bringing their practice to us. They’re also still fully committed to helping people find joy and peace by practicing Yoga.
Price: R80 for a drop in session or R400 for one month of unlimited sessions.
Whether you need a burst of energy or a flow to help you unwind, Yoga Warrior has you covered. The Rosebank based studio’s offerings include Yin Yoga, Yoga Flow, Power Hour Flow and Desk Yoga. The Desk Yoga is great for those who spend all day seated. Take a quick break between zoom calls to stretch out your muscles, without leaving your chair. Check out their extensive online offering here.
Price: Yoga Warrior has various pricing structures, including one specifically targeted towards beginners. Check out their website for more details.
Yogi Sally Flanagan-Gutjahr is a firm believer in creating a space where the unity of all forms of yoga is honoured, respected and reflected. By joining these classes you’ll find yourself joining an enlightened community that practices conscious breathing, physical exertion and stillness. Whether you’re new to yoga or an expert, there is a class available for you. Looking to become a yoga instructor yourself? Yoga Experience offers a teacher training programme that can take you there. Check out their full offering here.
Price: For the month of July a drop in class costs R120, while one month unlimited classes costs R750. However if you can’t afford the fees you’re able to contact them to work out a pricing structure suitable to you.
The instructors at The Toolbox believe that our approach to health should be holistic. They teach Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini and Low-Impact classes. Their passionate instructors work hard to make sure each session is accessible to everyone, while teaching students lessons that will help them both on and off the mat. Each class is themed allowing you to connect deeper with yourself and be fully present in the moment. The Toolbox is currently offering classes via zoom. These are then uploaded to their Youtube channel.
Price: Check out their Instagram page for their weekly schedule and contact them for their latest prices.
Looking for a practice that will help you foster health and happiness? Yoga Rocks is your studio. Formerly based in Glenashley the studio provides affordable high calibre yoga. The classes on offer include Yin Yoga, Power Yoga and Vinyasa. Through their practice they choose to celebrate life, cultivate beauty in the world and uplift others. While they’ve closed their brick and mortar studio, they still have offer classes online and can do private sessions.
Price: R300 for the month of August. This gives you access to two videos per week.
Now that you have studios to choose from, it’s time to get some gear. These tools will help make the routines and flows more comfortable for you.
Asoka Eco Yoga Mat
Aside from literally being a green mat, this eco-friendly mat by Billy The Bee is both biodegradable and recyclable. The reversible mat is tough and durable, with the texture of the material offering extra grip. Both sides can by used without you worry about slipping. Plus the cushioning layer makes it extremely comfortable to hold poses without you worry about hurting your joints.
Maxed Full Length Tights
You should always be comfortable when doing yoga. That’s why tights are the best for this fitness routine. This pair by Mr Price Sport is constructed with moisture wicking fabric that will keep you dry and comfortable, allowing you a full range of movement. They’re also incredibly affordable.
Maxed Seamless Knit Training Top
If you’re doing yoga with a top on it’s always important that it has a tight fit. Loose clothing tend to get into the way when you’re moving from position to the next. This material in this training top is featherlight, providing you with an ultralight fit and feel. The seamless construction allows you to have a full range of movement.
Simply Shweshwe Practice Set 2 Blocks and Strap
Ready to take your practice to the next level? You need this set. Made from solid sustainable pine, the blocks will help you deepen your stretches, while you perfect your yoga poses. They also reduce your risk of injury, while adding extra resistance to make your poses more challenging.The strap will improve your alignment while preventing injury.