One of my goals for 2012 is to try and continue to do yoga at least 1x week. Now that I've mostly recovered from my hamstring tendonitis, it's not so much the physical benefits I crave (although I love those too!) as the mental benefits. I really enjoy it (like I find it fun and pleasurable) and I find it calming and therapeutic.
Unfortunately, I can't always make the classes I like best because the times aren't always convenient. Also, in bad weather, or when I have a lot of client appointments, it becomes more difficult for me to get to the JCC in the middle of the day and fit in a class.
I've considered buying some yoga DVDs, but I can't stand the idea of doing the same routines over and over. I love that my favorite yoga teachers vary things each week. Besides, in the past I've had a lot of difficulty finding yoga videos I like. So I am very excited about my latest discovery: http://www.doyogawithme.com/
It's a website where you can choose from a large library of yoga videos and watch them on your computer/phone/etc. for free!! There is a wide variety of styles and levels available.
Yesterday I had a working from home today and even though I had no client sessions booked, I couldn't motivate myself to go to the JCC in the rain, nor did I feel I could spend the time to get there, plus the 75 minutes for the class, and the time to get back home. So I choose a 45 minute class on www.doyogawithme.com to try. It was a great class and just what I needed midday to get me off my butt in front of the computer (my physio advised me to get up every 20 minutes, but I find this hard to do when I am busy) and feel refreshed to get back to work for the rest of the day. My tendon, which had been feeling achy from all the sitting felt much better afterwards. I chose an intermediate level flow class and not only was it the perfect level of difficulty, the instructor did a few things I had never seen before. I love that!
For me, part of the appeal of yoga classes is the energy and comradarie you get doing it with others, but when it isn't possible to make it to a class, this is the perfect option. Next time I think I might light some candles to try and make my space more cosy and relaxing, but overall I really enjoyed it.
This is a great option if you can't make classes at your local gym or studio, or cannot afford it. Yoga studios often charge $20/class or more, which ain't cheap! You could also use this site to keep up your yoga practice while travelling.
Just be careful that you choose a class appropriate to your level of experience. Yoga, like any other form of exercise can cause injury when incorrectly executed and since there is no instructor to adjust your positions and help you out, you have to be cautious.