Many studios have had to close their doors for the second time, but they are all adapting quickly to the new normal and working hard to continue to hold yoga classes every day. With Zoom, Youtube and social media, we're never too far from a yoga class with our favorite studios and teachers.
Attending online classes is not only a good way for you to maintain your practice, but also supports the studios and helps ensure that they can get through this time and open their doors to us again when all this is over. finished. Other ways to support studios and teachers include investing in gift cards, workshops, and class passes; Even if you know you won't be using them for a little while. Or just share their lessons on social media and with friends and family to help spread the word.
We've put together a list of some of the studios that now offer courses and content online here:
Breathe Yoga and Pilates offer tailor-made and private online classes. Each class is designed to meet your needs, whether you are a beginner, a seasoned practitioner, a pregnant mom, or working with an injury or medical condition. There is no limit to the size of the classes, so you can invite your friends and family, even if they are in different places.
TriYoga classes are held online seven days a week. Over 50 therapies are also available, with one-on-one appointments seven days a week and a growing schedule of online workshops with triyoga teachers and visiting professors from all over the world.
Light Center now has a full online program of yoga and Pilates classes and talk therapy. They keep the costs of these streaming sessions as low as possible to allow easy access for as many people as possible at this time. Right now you can get their introductory 7 course, 7 day offer for £ 7 and the courses are free for the NHS and key workers.
While The Lifecentre cannot offer physical space to practice at this time, they are using their new online classes to bring yoga and other mindfulness practices to you right at home. Their weekly schedule of daily classes broadcast live is now live and growing every week.
The Unity Center has a clear mission to provide a space for inspiration and healing for the community. To ensure that there is something for everyone and that we find ourselves in an ever-changing landscape, they now offer a varied, diverse and inclusive program of ONLINE classes including various sessions ranging from yoga to dance in going through pilates, massage and
partner yoga etc, plus chair yoga for less mobility. Classes are free for anyone over 65
and NHS workers.
Fierce Grace Muswell Hill has moved her classes online and has a busy schedule of classes you can join through Zoom. They have also automatically suspended all memberships and will reactivate them when the studio reopens.
Yoga Therapies in Newcastle has moved online with a loaded program of live online classes. In addition, they have a pre-existing online platform that is a library of short, pre-recorded practices for viewing at any time.
With the current global situation, The Secret Space and their role as a registered charity supporting the local community with yoga and holistic therapies is more important than ever. That's why they offer a range of online courses that you can do from the comfort of your own home. If you want to help the Secret Space Charity stay afloat during this unpredictable time, they welcome donations to cover overhead costs and keep them open after this wave has passed.
Flo Yoga is a beautiful little studio in West Hampstead. They have moved their courses online and you can now practice with their teachers from your living room to theirs. Flo Studio is also home to many Sunday School Yoga Teacher Trainings, which have also moved online for the time being.
All of Pause Studio's lessons are now streamed live, so you can always access your favorite lessons and teachers from the comfort of your own home. Classes can be booked through the timetables page or through the Mindbody app.
At Leyton Yoga, they strongly believe in Yoga to support our health in these difficult times, which is why most of their classes have been replaced by online classes that are broadcast live and accessible through Zoom.
Pila Yoga has moved most of its classes online. You can practice yoga and Pilates with them from the comfort of your own home.
Despite the studio closures, Yoga House is committed to providing you with a variety of classes, which will be available online, including live streaming and recording options.
Oyogo moved his studio online and went digital. They have the same terrific classes and the same epic team behind them, but now you can join them from the comfort of your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or backyard.
Yonder Studio is now online. You can book as usual and participate in all of their classes from the comfort of your room.
East of Eden live streams most yoga, mat pilates and barbell fitting classes online. The studio launched the online courses in the wake of this crisis, but plans to continue doing them when they reopen.
There are many more studios with online schedules and as the situation evolves more and more teachers are finding their feet in this new normal. Check your local studio's website for updates on their current status and offerings.
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Everyone seems to be a yogi these days, from your BFF to your co-worker to your aunt—heck, even dogs and goats are getting their zen on. But if you have yet to attempt Warrior II or Mountain Pose, taking your first yoga chic can be a little intimidating. What if your hands sweat and you fall off the mat ? What if you hate it ? What if you can’t do a solo. damn. pose ?
Okay, rewind a second—there’s a reason so many people have hopped on a mat over the past few years. ' Yoga is a non-judgmental practice, ' says Claire Ewing, certified yoga instructor and studio digital manager for CorePower Yoga. It’s is a totally accessible way to unwind and break a sweat, so there’s nothing to worry about before checking out a class.
But to help you feel a little more comfortable before you say your first ' om ' or ' namaste, ' Ewing has some yoga tips to answer all those questions floating around your head.
When in doubt, Ewing says opt for a vinyasa flow class, ' where you have the opportunity to explore the postures and fundamental principles of yoga. ' These are the genres of classes most of your friends probably do, and it’s a great form of yoga for beginners. But oui, it never hurts to check out a couple different genres of classes to see what feels best to you.
' Definitely go for something breathable and easy to move in, ' says Ewing. ' You will work up a sweat, so consider wearing something with moisture-wicking abilities. ' Oh and FYI : Yoga is a no-shoes kind of workout, so don’t worry about sporting your best sneakers to chic.
Like with any workout, it’s totally a personal preference how much you fuel pre-yoga. But Ewing points out that yoga is a pretty intense workout, and fueling your body properly will help you get the most out of your practice. Keep it light, though, ' I usually start with a protein shake or bar knowing that the classes can physically take you in dynamic directions, ' says Ewing. ( A. k. a. don’t down that massive avo toast right before chic. ) If you’re just having a small pre-workout snack, you can probably do that about 30 minutes beforehand; but wait a full one to two hours before working out after a meal.
She adds that hydrating beforehand is also key, especially if you ever do attempt a heated flow. ' Drink a full glass of water about two hours before class—that way you have something to sweat out and you will feel better during chic. '
' Absolutely ! ' says Ewing. ' A regular yoga practice increases flexibility and strength in your muscles. It has you work your full range of motion in every joint of your body and build strong and long zones musculaires. ' ( In fact, vinyasa yoga even made this list of the top calorie-burning workouts. )
This depends on the type of yoga class you take—for example, a slow flow or hatha chic may require you to hold a pose for an extended period of time. But in vinyasa, ' it comes down to the intention of how the forme was designed, ' says Ewing. ' For example, balancing poses are held longer to benefit concentration and focus, while transition postures build strength while teaching fluidity in movement. '
For the most part, though, poses are held for three to five breaths during the first round to help them sink into your memory. Then they’re held for a solo breath when you repeat the pose, to help amp up the cardio component of yoga.
Don’t stress ! No one expects you to master every pose your first go-round ( or really, ever—it’s a constant learning process ). Your yoga instructor should offer alternatives for pose modifications, especially for the more challenging ones. ' Your breath is key in yoga, if you are losing sight of this, you may want to consider modifying or completely backing off, ' says Ewing. And don’t be afraid to ask your instructor for assistance.
Also, try to avoid comparing yourself to the other yogis in the room—all bodies are unique, and have varied strengths and challenges. Plus, every time you step on the mat, it’s going to feel a little different, ' for both your body and your mind, ' says Ewing. ' If there is one thing you can take away from the classroom, it is learning how to modify and create a practice that is fit for you. '