Here in the rural midwest there aren't exactly a lot of yoga options. I've taken a couple classes, but was never impressed enough to enroll for a second time around. It's kind of frustrating, really.
But luckily there are some fantastic (free) online resources out there!
www.elephantjournal.com - 2 free articles a day. $12 a year membership is totally worth it. Articles ranging from the controversial to the philosophical. I love the glimpse it offers of the larger yoga community. Shakti Sunfire is a contributer as well.
www.yogajournal.com - I love that they offer short sequences in both video and audio. I usually watch the videos once so I get a grasp of the sequence and then switch to the audio.
http://faithhunteryoga.wordpress.com/ - Faith Hunter's podcasts are so challenging and upbeat. Sometimes they're a little hard to follow, because I don't recognize the sanskrit names of all the poses. Nonetheless, I really encourage you to check these out. Ranging from 1/2 hour to 1-1/2, they're sure to challenge and inspire.
What are you favorites?
They have a free class every week that you can stream. Their monthly unlimited streaming membership is really affordable too. =D
Neesha's so cute! In warrior II she suggested, "Remember to sparkle." It was perfect.
You know, I would LOVE to find the right yoga class, but it just hasn't worked out. Most recently I bought a 4 week series through the community college and it was sooooooo sloooooow. And the teacher didn't offer any feedback, so I felt like I wasn't getting anything more than I do watching a video. O' well! One day...
I've never heard of Faith Hunter -- thanks!! As for me, I LOVE podcast/online classes. These are my favorites:
Dave Farmar (http://www.davefarmar.com/podcasts.php) -- Power Baptiste Vinyasa -- and he's FUNNY. He calls ujayi breath "breathe like Darth Vader." :)
Elsie Escobar (http://elsiesyogakula.com/) -- Anusara -- She's also funny, and I love how each class has a theme. I think Elsie is one of the first people to bring yoga and technology together. Yay!
YogaDownload (http://www.yogadownload.com/) There are tons of different classes available, and the 20 minute version of each one is free. And even if you want to subscribe, I think the fee is very reasonable.
Eoin Finn (http://www.blissology.com/) -- vinyasa type yoga that he calls Blissology -- I love Eoin's laidback attitude, and his classes are always refreshing and challenging in just the right way.
Sadie Nardini (http://www.sadienardini.com/free-yoga.html) -- Core Strength Vinyasa -- Sadie is a rockstar, in my opinion. She has tons of free classes available on YouTube, and writes for Ele and HuffPo.
I think podcasts are the way to go! Listening frees me to focus more on my practice, rather than watching, which shifts me back into spectator/television consciousness despite my best efforts.
Thanks for all the great links. Can't wait to try a few!
I second Dave Farmar. He has a real laid back style of teaching yoga, though his practice is pretty hard core. He definately makes me laugh which is particularly useful when in a difficult pose. The "Darth Vader" comment had me cheesing for sure.
I also LOVE yoga podcasts. If you have iTunes and search for yoga, go to podcasts. There are a ton of free ones. The ones I recommend: Sofi Dilof (Jivamukti yoga complete with pranayama, philosophy, chanting, and asana), Power to the People, Yoga Peeps, Yoga Download, Yoga Journal, Power Yoga, and Grace Yoga.
Thanks for suggesting Faith Hunter; he blog looks amazing!!
I also read a bunch of really excellent yoga blogs. These are my favorites:
Whew that's probably enough to keep you reading for a while! :)