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My Favorite At-Home Yoga Podcasts: Part I

Posted Sep 26 2011 9:00am

I fell in love with yoga a little over a year ago. The kicker? I’ve never been to a yoga studio.

Why? Because, well, I’m stubborn and like to teach myself. That, and, I can’t afford to keep up with a studio membership.

So I improvised. I taught myself as many poses as I could through free podcasts and eventually became the best yogi I could be. I would do at least 20 minutes in my dorm bedroom every day, usually a slow flow, and it helped me tremendously physically, mentally, and emotionally. I know people always say that, but there’s a reason for it – it’s true. I’m always happier, more at peace, and completely stretched after my yoga practice.

I know that there are people out there who want to get into yoga, or who enjoy yoga but can’t afford a membership, so I thought it’d be great to give you a list of my favorite yoga podcasts. Do yourself a favor and try one out, for me, please? I promise I have good taste.

1. Hatha yoga #1 from Yoga Download

  • This is my absolute favorite. It’s gentle, rejuvenating and includes a beautiful half pigeon and a nice stretch at the end. It’s great for those who want to reap the benefits from yoga without working up a sweat or moving through poses too quickly.

2. Detox Flow #1 from Yoga Download

  • This podcast, unlike hatha flow, does work up a sweat. There are plenty of twists throughout the practice to detoxify the body and the organs, which allow you to sweat out all of your toxins. By the end of this session, my legs are shaking, my heart rate is up, and I’m working up a good sweat. Plus, it makes me feel completely refreshed.

3. Power Yoga #4 from Yoga Download

  • This class is donation based – you can take any of the listed class durations for free. I enjoy this because it’s slower paced, but poses are held long enough to become fully immersed in them. The flow is focused on metta, or kindness, and teaches you to show love and grace to those you love, those you don’t know, and those you dislike. Overall, it’s a very beautiful practice.

4. Yoga for Weight Loss #1 from Yoga Download

  • This was the first podcast I ever did, so it holds a special place in my heart. I never did it for “weight loss”, but because the flow introduced me to a myriad of different poses. I learned how to hold warrior I & II, how to do a sun salutation, and most importantly, how to properly do a plow position, from doing this podcast. It’s great for beginners or those who want be introduced to shoulder stand poses.

5. Hip Opening Flow #2 from Yoga Download

  • I always leave this flow with completely stretched and relaxed hips and thighs. There are both pigeon poses and double pigeon poses which are fantastic for days when your legs and hips feel tight, you just finished a run, or you just need to get rid of unwanted tension. I almost always carry tension in my back and hips, so if you do as well, then this flow is perfect for you.

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