Like most of us, you’re probably off for summer travels or trips back home that usually involve a huge hiccup in your healthy living routine. We’ve found a clever way to keep ourselves in tip top shape in between family reunions and foodie tours while on the go – yoogaia, a live online studio that brings you interactive, real-time yoga, pilates, core and barre classes whenever, wherever you want to practice.
Yoogaia works on the concept of giving personal attention to each student who “attends” a class by logging in via webcam, so it’s much better than the canned, recorded video classes that most yoga websites offer. Because of the unique way in which yoogaia’s instructors are able to interact with practitioners, students get personalized adjustments and feedback, much like if you attend a studio-led class.
Classes include dynamic cardio workouts, blissful yin, yoga nidra, vinyasa flow, core-strengthening, pilates, Ashtanga, barre, and so many more that keep getting added. Yoogaia’s studios are located in Finland, London, and Hong Kong, so you can virtually join multi-level classes night and day. Check out the teachers and schedule here.
Although the classes are interactive, participants aren’t visible to each other, so we only see and hear the instructor guiding us on our yoga journey. Thankfully for us, this means that we don’t have to endure that yoga exhibitionist who hogs the mirror in front of us, the bendy waif who leaves us feeling inadequate, and the sweaty dude who, for lack of better words, makes us not want to share his ohm space. And even better? No more long queues for the shower afterward – score!
To participate in yoogaia’s classes, all you need is a computer with webcam and an internet connection. You can choose what classes suit you and when and where you’d like to practice. It doesn’t matter if you’re sporting the new Lululemon or Lorna Jane – you can rock up to class in your sweatpants and pajamas too, in the comfort of your own h-ohm.
Yoogaia is perfect for time-strapped warriors, moms wanting to get back to their pre-pregnancy jeans, those who forgot to top up their Octopus card, holiday makers – really, anyone who wants to continue their healthy lifestyle whenever they’d like.
With a complimentary free trial and monthly membership subscriptions that run you $19.99 USD, yoogaia is arguably less than most single classes at studios. What’s more is that if you sign up for a subscription in July, yoogaia is offering a special promotion. Get your first month’s membership at the nice price of $5 USD (less than a cab across town).
Still wrapping your head around how yoogaia works? Here’s a short video that explains it:
Meet some of the yoogaia instructors below: