By Emma Grace Fairchild:
I recently began a home yoga practice, thanks to an online yoga website. Based in Venice Beach, California, The Yoga Collective is a studio that has created “your ‘om’ for online yoga” through their online yoga class library. They have hundreds of different classes ranging in duration, type of yoga, and a dozen teachers to choose from, all filmed beautifully and professionally in HD at the studio.
When I first signed up for The Yoga Collective’s online yoga classes, I was immediately impressed by the clarity and aesthetic beauty of their website and videos. There is a clearly marked search bar that lets you search for the length of time you have to practice, level of difficulty, teacher, and the focus and the type of yoga. Ultimately, members are able to find exactly what they want in their practice, whenever they want it, for a yearly price that easily could be the cost of a one-month pass at a studio. While you obviously can’t ask questions or get adjustments, I found the convenience and overall skill of each teacher to more than make up for this. While I still love going to classes in person and experiencing teachers’ unique styles and recommendations, I never realized how great it is to choose exactly what I want to do as a yoga student! I believe The Yoga Collective’s online classes will become a standard part of my yoga practice.
Aside from the wide variety of classes, there also are short videos on the correct form of specific poses. This is an incredibly helpful tool if you are at home practicing and wonder if you’re actually doing a pose, such as Chair Pose (Utkatasana), correctly. Each video focusing on a pose is 2-3 minutes long and is described in depth with a teacher demonstrating with a student. There are also videos on different breathing exercises, or pranayama, that can be incorporated into your practice or used in meditation.
The Yoga Collective practices true community devotion by donating half of all proceeds to 5 different charities, two of them based in their local community — one providing yoga therapy to at risk youth in the Los Angeles area, and a nonprofit environmental organization focused on keeping the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Bay clean and safe.
As a practicing yogini for the last 6 years, I am happy to have found The Yoga Collective and that I can incorporate their online classes into my practice. As a busy student, my favorite part is being able to search for a shorter class geared towards my body’s needs on a given day. If you’re interested in joining, here are some options:
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Additionally, you can try The Yoga Collective for a free 15-day period, and then — if you choose— pay a monthly membership of $12 or a yearly membership of $130. As a member, you get exclusive discounts on yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings, as well!
Whether you are a longtime yoga practitioner, an absolutely beginner, or anywhere in-between, The Yoga Collective might be a good choice for you. Check out the website, try a free class or two, and let us know what you think!