I know many of you have incredibly busy lives and simply can’t afford to take the time to hit the gym for an hour every day. Trying to fit in workouts can become an incredibly stressful practice in and of itself, and trying to force something that adds stress to your life is never a good thing. On the flip side, some of us are gym rats and work out at a high-intensity like crazy, and we need to incorporate some restorative stretching and/or core work to prevent and manage injuries. Luckily, there a bunch of new services for both kinds of people, and I’d like to present to you all one of the best options I’ve found: MyYogaWorks.com, an online virtual yoga studio created by the folks over at YogaWorks. Just so you know up front, this isn’t a sponsored post and they’re paying me nothing to promote their service, I just like it a lot.
MyYogaWorks.com solves the biggest problem I usually have with going to a studio. I’m usually locked in to a small time window, and I don’t have a lot of choices for the type of yoga practice I can do. With the online version, I can choose whatever kind I want, whether it’s a longer full-body flow, or a targeted restorative session. They make it super-easy in their search function to choose the time you want to spend, the exact purpose you want to focus on, and the body parts you want to target. There’s also a great feature called the “Journey Series” which takes you through a weeks’ worth of yoga for specific kinds of people – ie yoga for moms while their baby is napping, yoga for athletes, yoga for surfing, even yoga for when you’re at the office (I’m gonna do one of those today).
Yoga doesn’t have to be an hour-long (or more) sweat session. Fitting in 20 minutes before work, during lunch, or right before bed makes a HUGE difference if you do it consistently. I’ve become a big fan of logging on in the morning and doing a 20 minute hip-opener or core workout. I don’t quite have the patience for a full hour-long vinyasa yet, but one of these days I’ll try one.
There are only a few things that need work on the site, and I’ll bet they’ll be fixed at some point soon. There needs to be an integrated music component on the site, whether it’s Pandora or Spotify, there should be mixes that you can use along with all the specific flows. I’ve been putting my own music to it but I don’t have the time to put together a yoga playlist that works with the flow I’m doing on any particular day. The other issue is that you’re not told what items you need (one block, two blocks, a strap, a blanket, etc.) before you start, and I’ve found myself having to pause the video halfway through to go grab something else I didn’t know I needed. All in all though, MyYogaWorks is an incredibly valuable tool to have for continuing a yoga practice, starting one up, or doing some restorative stretches after a tough workout.
I contacted the wonderful people over at YogaWorks and they graciously sent me a coupon code exclusively for readers of ThePlantEater.com. Use the code below for a free month!