Believe it or not I wrote the first Practicing Yoga Online guide before the world was plunged into a pandemic and online yoga teachers became the norm. We’re coming up to a year of being online so I’ve written an update. This includes new recommendations and things I’ve learnt from year of practicing and teaching online.
So what’s changed?
I stand by my reviews of all the platforms I reviewed last March. The online yoga world is a very different place now. There are so many more online yoga teachers online and lots of them for which teaching is their main form of income and they don’t have other revenue to fall back onto.
As much as the year has been really difficult for small businesses, it’s been no different for yoga teachers and studios. In the same way that we support small businesses on the high street and at farmers markets we need to support our independent teachers and studios so that we don’t lose them. Income has dropped for many and in a world where everyone is online it can be hard to make yourself heard. So I’m going to shine a light on some teachers I really love who are making some amazing practices available to all.
I understand that situations are different and although this piece will focus on paid offerings to support teachers, most have tiered pricing available so you should be able to find a cost that works for all.
What options are there for practicing online with teachers with a less visible platform?
There tend to be a few different ways of practicing yoga classes online at the moment, all of which will bring you a slightly different experience:
- Live online classes
- On demand memberships
- Virtual one to one’s
- Day retreats
Most of these can be found with some googling or you can have a look at teachers you’ve practiced with in person before. I’ve also got some recommendations myself.
Live Online Classes
Live online classes are the most like practicing in the studio with your favourite teacher. Usually taught on Zoom these classes give you the opportunity to connect with other classmates as you can “see” everyone in the room. You will have the option to have your camera on or you can keep it off (perfect for PJ practices). What is surprisingly lovely about practicing (and teaching) this way is that you know there is a group of people practicing with you. Everyone else is moving and breathing at the same time as you. This brings so much more of a sense of community than I ever expected it to and has been a lockdown revelation both as a teacher and student.
Who do I recommend?
Harriet McAtee (Nourish Yoga Training). Not only does Harriet run a whole schedule of accessible online yoga trainings she also runs weekly yoga classes. These include Yoga for Women, Woman-Aligned, & Pregnancy, Gentle Yoga & Embodied Movement, lockdown lunchtime classes and my personal favourite, an extended Rest, Rest, Rest practice of restorative yoga and yoga nidra. Find out more here https://nourishyogatraining.com/online-yoga-classes/ or follow on social media @nourishyogatraining
The Yoga Barn. Disclaimer you may spot a familiar face at this studio as I teach the Saturday morning Hatha Flow class. (Do come and join us, we’re a lovely group). The rest of the timetable is just as lovely with times and styles to suit all. Find out more here https://www.theyogabarnstudio.co.uk/book-now.html# or follow on social media @the_yogabarn
Yoga Society by Becky. Becky is a wonderful, fun, accessible yoga teacher. Yoga Society is the home of her online teachings alongside another teacher, Venetia Adamson. Between them they have a timetable of gentle yoga, vinyasa flow and yin. Something for everyone. Discover more here http://yogasocietybybecky.com/onlineclasses or follow on social media @beckyvarey
Leanne Coombes. Leanne is a creative and grounded teacher and has the warmest soul. In her personal online classes she has a varied mix of styles from yin to vinyasa to beginners classes. Find out more here https://www.leannecoombes.com/ or follow on social media @leannecoombesyoga
The Real Yoga Club. The Real Yoga Club does what it says on the tin. Teacher Heather focuses on all aspects of yoga, not just asana and teaches a lovely variety of hatha classes, some with more flow. She is currently on a break from teaching but keep an eye here for updates https://www.therealyogaclub.com/classes or follow on social media @therealyogaclub
Ayesha Ali. Ayesha weaves lots of different elements into classes. Classes include breathwork and meditation as well as different styles of asana practice including yin, flow and dharma yoga. There are also gorgeous classes with crystal bowl sound baths. Find out more here https://bookwhen.com/templeofyogastudio or follow on social media @ayeshaaliyoga
Of course, these are just some of my recommendations to draw attention to the range of teachers there are out there at the moment. You could give any of these teachers a go or research teachers locally to you and support them by dropping into a class every now and then.
On Demand Memberships
Memberships are a little different to live online classes. These allow you to really dive into the teachings of a particular teacher or group of teachers. They are often paid for monthly and can work out cheaper if you attend every class that is offered. Some are purely on demand (pre-recorded) classes and others are live classes with the option of recordings to catch up on in your own time.
The Collective Energies. Firstly The Collective Energies is a lot more than a yoga membership. Yes it includes movement practices from Naomi Absalom but it is so much more than that. Working with a Monthly Muse the contributors to The Collective Energies curate a full experience of movement, meditation, awareness practices and conversations to discover. It really is a fascinating journey into your body and mind, uncovering new things with each new practice. Discover more here https://www.thecollectiveenergies.com/ or follow on social media @thecollectiveenergies
Arc Productions. Run by the lead trainers at Stretch London, Calli and Carl, Arc Productions works in 10 week seasons. A one off payment includes 50 varied live classes with the option of catching up later. Community check ins, tutorials and workshops are also available. The teaching is varied, vinyasa, hatha, embodied movement, chair yoga to name a few of the styles, and fun. Discover more here https://www.arc.productions/home or follow on social media @_arc_productions
YOUR. Home Yoga Studio. Lisa Cuerden has a friendly, accessible way of teaching that makes everyone welcome. Classes are live or able to be caught up on and are a wide variety of styles. The membership also includes Facebook Q&A’s and guest teachers. Discover more here https://yourhomeyogastudio.net or follow on social media @lisacuerden
Virtual One to One’s
Have you always thought one to one classes with your favourite teacher would be a really lovely treat? Or maybe you prefer the one to one structure instead of a class setting? Well now may be the chance. Lots of teachers are teaching their one to one clients online (myself included) and have often found they actually have more availability due to not having to travel to class locations. Being online brings more timing flexibility too. If you’re working from home you could schedule a lunchtime yoga class or even replace what would have been your commute with a session?
If you’re interested in a one to one with me then contact me here or get in touch with your favourite teacher
Retreats themselves may be off the cards for the time being but that doesn’t mean you can’t invest in your rest and take yourself on retreat. A couple of friends have been running day retreats on Zoom and they’ve looked lovely.
A Couple of Yogi’s. Run by Emma and Neil they share the teaching over a day or weekend of mixed practices, workshops and relaxation. To find out when the next retreat is running follow them on social media @a_coupleofyogis
Revkah Yoga. Rebecca combines her knowledge of aromatherapy and yoga in a lot of her offerings and particularly in day retreats. The retreat days include yoga, recipes for retreat food, aromatherapy oils to use and often a self spa treat to enjoy in the evening. To find out more head to https://www.revkahyoga.co.uk/retreats or follow on social media @revkahpoyurs
I can’t make a class, how else can I support?
The way the yoga community has moved online has been so inspiring to see, there really is something for everyone. If yoga online isn’t for you though don’t worry, it’s not for us all. Other great ways of supporting are:
- recommending teachers you love to friends
- liking their social media posts
- signing up to newsletters
This all helps to get the word out there of what teachers are offering.
Please do share any recommendations in the comments below. Let’s keep supporting this community so it’s just as strong when we can all meet in person again.
If you fancy reading the original post please head here. It includes reviews of larger platforms such as Movement for Modern Life, Cat Meffan’s Soul Sanctuary and others but please also Support Small teachers.