I'm a creature of habit with my workouts—when I discover a fitness studio or running route I like, I stick with it. Probably for too long. I chalk it up to my performance anxiety in new and unfamiliar places. Yet after spending the past few years regularly attending classes at one yoga studio (except for that one time I did yoga on water, I was burnt out from the same few Vinyasa flow classes from the same few instructors on repeat. When I discovered YogaGlo, the at-home yoga app I use and recommend to literally anyone who will listen, it was just the change I needed to get excited about my practice again.
I can't take credit for finding YogaGlo through a late-night endless app store search or testing for a fitness story. Rather, I first learned about YogaGlo while reading Material Girl, Mystical World by Ruby Warrington. In the book, Warrington devotes a chapter to explaining her past and current relationship with yoga, plus how it has evolved throughout, name-checking YogaGlo as her "studio" of choice. Since I identified so much with Warrington throughout—our thoughts on healing crystals are very aligned—I downloaded YogaGlo onto my iPhone and started the two-week free trial.
The sheer amount—and variety—of classes available is staggering.
Like I said, I had been wanting to break out of my Vinyasa rut, but was definitely nervous to check out any other kind of class. When I downloaded YogaGlo, I had access to classes from every style of yoga you can think of—currently, the app has over 3,500 classes, ranging from five minutes long to two full hours. Styles offered not only include my beloved Vinyasa, but also Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Iyengar, and Yin, all of which I'd wanted to try but didn't have the courage to in public just yet.
The app is really user-friendly and has simple filters that make it incredibly easy to find exactly what you're looking for.
Not only can you sort by class duration and style as mentioned, but the filters also allow you to search by yoga teacher, whether you'd like to work props into your workout or not (and if so, which ones), your level of experience, and perhaps most interestingly, the focus of the class. Examples of focus include breath, core strength, sleep, and post-travel yoga, the latter of which was excellent after cross-country flights over Labor Day Weekend.
If you're not quite sure what you're looking for, YogaGlo has a "discover" option that gives smart suggestions.
The idea of knowing exactly what you want from over 3,500 classes can be super overwhelming, and rightfully so. Or maybe you've never even practiced before, let alone know the difference between Ashtanga and Vinyasa. That's where the "discover" option comes in. Although I'm pretty knowledgable about fitness and yoga, I'm not always sure what kind of workout I'm looking for. When you toggle over to "discover," there are a slew of other options available. Want to elevate your mood? Meditate? Maybe get in a good sweat? The curators behind YogaGlo are constantly editing and adjusting the discovery page to offer a variety of videos that you maybe wouldn't have known to search for. For example, I was drawn to the discover tab's "Wind Down" section because I'm always moving and need to be better at slowing down. That's where I stumbled on the 15-minute "Balance Your Overactive Mind for Restful Sleep" Hatha offering. Perfect for beginners and experienced yogis alike, the short flow helps lull my brain to sleep—after those 15 minutes, I'm good for about 10 more minutes before promptly passing out.
I like the consistency of the instruction, which is a lot more thorough than some instructors can be.
I've only had two private yoga lessons in my life, but each time I walked away wishing I had a recording of it. Because while my practice may get better or worse over time, I consistently run up against similar issues like my weak arms in Chaturanga, for example. Consistent reminders on how to adjust my arms, elbows, and wrists helps me hold the position (and similar ones, like Crow) far more effectively—and those cues are what each YogaGlo classes offers time and time again. One of my favorite quickies, unsurprisingly, is the intermediate level, 10-minute Iyengar class dubbed "The Core of Chatarunga." Throughout the class, instructor Marla Apt gives helpful reminders about opening up my shoulders and back and strengthening my core.
During every class I've taken on the app, Apt and the other instructors give detailed direction on how to come into each position, hold it, and flow seamlessly while syncing body and breath. The teachers also offer modifications with or without props (depending on the difficulty and discipline) and regularly call out reminders for common posture adjustments—the ones that yes, I often need.
And since I can add any class to my own roster, it's like I've saved every yoga class and private lesson I've had in one neat digital roll—and can definitively say my Chaturanga has improved immensely since enlisting Apt and her lesson.
A month of the app costs less than one yoga class in New York City.
The whole thing costs $ 18 per month. As someone who lives in New York City, where the average boutique fitness class probably hovers around $ 35 a pop, this is a steal. I live in Queens—as opposed to Manhattan—where things are a tiny bit more affordable, and my studio still charges $ 22 per class (it drops to $ 19 24 hours before if there are still any spots open). Versus $ 18 for an entire months' worth of yoga classes, private inversion workshops, and chill meditations. YogaGlo offers everything I need for a complete workout at a fraction of the cost, with just a few swipes.