paid online yoga class comparison

Online yoga is hot right now! Monthly subscriptions cost less than a single drop-in class at a studio, on average. Paid online yoga offers something for everyone. With so many options, it can be hard to determine which service is right for you. Don’t worry! I did the heavy lifting for you.  Also, stay tuned for next week’s blog entry on the best free online yoga services.

Yogaglo

This Santa Monica, CA studio is the best known online yoga subscription service. They have over 3,500 yoga videos taught by some of the biggest celebrities in the L.A. yoga community. Teachers like Amy Ippoliti, Elena Brower, Kathryn Budig, Rod Stryker, Seane Corn and Tiffany Cruikshank guide you through some kick ass yoga sessions. These high-quality videos are shot at their studio. If you are in the L.A. area you can take a class for free (as long as you don’t mind being on film).

The Details

• 15 day free trial
• $18/month subscription
• Gift subscriptions available (perfect for that yogi on your gift list!)
• Famous L.A.-based teachers
• Over 3,500 videos available

Who it’s best for

Best for people who want a different class every day taught by famous yoga teachers.

Gaia

More than just an online yoga class website, Gaia offers instructional videos and documentaries in spiritual development, alternative health, expanded consciousness and more. Their aim is to “empower the evolution of consciousness.” Their yoga videos are taught by the biggest names in yoga, including: Dharma Mittra, Gurmukh, Leslie Kaminoff, Rodney Yee, Sadie Nardini, Shiva Rea, and Tommy Rosen. There is some overlap with the Yogaglo teaching staff.

The Details

• 3 month trial for $20, then $9.95/month thereafter
• Annual plan offered at $7.95/month or a once annual payment of $94.50
• The biggest names on the yoga scene
• Tons of videos on spiritual development and more

Who it’s best for

Best for people who want to practice with international celebrity yoga teachers and who have an interest in other aspects of personal and spiritual development.

Yoga International

Yoga International offers more than 2,000 online yoga classes taught by over 500 teachers. That means that while you may see some superstar names, they are not likely to offer more than one or two videos. This site offers great, non-class content that is updated daily! Think of it like Yoga Journal with plenty of instructional videos. They even offer digital workshops.

Do you love a good yoga challenge? Yoga International currently offers 17 yoga challenges ranging from working towards Padma Pincha Mayurasana (Lotus in Forearmstand) to practicing one restorative yoga pose a day.

The Details

• 30 day free trial gets you access to limited video content
• $14.99/month for a regular subscription
• Lots of yoga challenges and workshops to choose from
• Engaging content updated daily

Who it’s best for

Best for yogis who are focused on developing their practice and less swayed by celebrity teachers. Perfect for those interested in yogic scripture and philosophy.

The Yoga Collective

Filmed at their studio in Venice Beach, California, The Yoga Collective offers a variety of online yoga classes. Members get access to premium channels featuring special content. Think healthy food prep, meditation instruction and kundalini yoga. The teachers are some of the best in Los Angeles, but there are only 16 to choose from. An interesting side note, 50% of their profits are donated to charity.

The Details

• 15 day free trial, then $12/month
• Annual memberships available for $130
• The best teachers in Los Angeles
• 50% of profits go to charity

Who it’s best for

Best for people who want quality yoga instruction, but aren’t worried about teacher variety. Great for those who want to see a portion of their dollars donated to charity.

 

Online Yoga: The Bottom Line

No matter who you are, there is a class for you online. Subscription services still too pricey? Check back next week for the best free online yoga classes.

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