ONE MORE WEEK TO ENTER: Win a Free Year of Yoga (in Your Own Home)!

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
3/4/2011 6:00 PM   :  63 comments   :  30,986 Views

And the winners are… MOONLITCHELLE and KITKAT2010!

UPDATE: This contest is SO popular that Yoga Download has generously agreed to extend it for another week--and offer another lucky reader a yearlong subscription to this fabulous website. WooHoo! What a great way to start the weekend!

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A couple of months ago, I was offered a monthlong subscription to YogaDownload.com. As most of you know, I'm a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher, and along with teaching weekly, I practice at a studio two to three times a week (usually Ashtanga primary and part of second series) and at home. I rarely have the time to take other classes, and truth be told, I don't like most yoga DVDs. I only review them for the blog; I don't do them for pleasure because I find most have too much talking/instruction for my liking.

That said, I do like yoga podcasts. I'm a fan of Dave Farmar's power yoga podcasts, but again, I don't seem to have time to do them each week. Yoga Download, in addition to several other styles and teachers, has some Dave Farmar classes. My other favorites? Any of the hip-opening classes (always great for runners) and the abs-centric classes.

The site offers classes that range from 20-90 minutes, with audio and video available (I only reviewed audio); most 20-minute classes are FREE! Listen once for $1.49; download for $1.99-$6.99, depending on class length. There are prenatal yoga, meditation, and sculpting classes; power and hatha practices; and even specialty classes like Jivamukti and Forrest yoga.

I liked it! I would recommend Yoga Download to anyone who regularly practices yoga. The great part is, you can do short 20-minute classes to see if you like a particular teacher or style without shelling out any money. (Can't really do that at a yoga studio!)

(I recommend that anyone who is brand-new to yoga take a class. There is no substitute for a great teacher, who can explain poses, answer questions, and offer modifications to suit your unique needs.)

They say: Was om’ing your way to better health in 2011 a resolution but is your schedule, location or finances keeping you from the studio? The newly refreshed www.yogadownload.com makes it easier than ever to say yes to your daily down dog in the comfort of your home, on the road or evenoutdoors (so what if it’s the middle of winter) with the simple click of a button.

Serving as your personal online yoga studio, open 24 hours/day, Yoga Download provides yoga classes of all levels and lengths that are accessible, affordable and portable—from 20 minute flows to 60 minute intensives that are catered to your personal needs (yoga for buns, anyone?). With options to download audio-only, video, and slide shows of top quality yoga classes, meditations, music and other fitness workouts directly to your iPod, mp3 player, computer or mobile device—Yoga Download allows you to focus on your practice as often as you like, where you like and with who you like. It’s the closest thing to being in a live yoga class, without all the sweaty savasaners.



Yoga Download is giving a yearlong subscription to one TWO lucky readers.

To enter, click here! Be sure to read the rules. This contest will end next Friday at noon!

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  • MAELOUISE
    63
    I have gone to many yoga classes. I want to buy tapes but I'm not sure which is the best. I use books but it's not the same. - 6/2/2012   8:06:32 PM
  • 62
    I've tried some tapes and always feel great afterwards. i would like to try a class. - 4/17/2011   1:37:14 PM
  • 61
    I love yoga... - 4/5/2011   3:26:51 AM
  • DANCINGDAME25
    60
    Have only just started yoga, but with arthritis in lots of places, I absolutely love the resulting feel. Thank you so much. - 3/24/2011   11:29:38 AM
  • 59
    i love yoga! i haven't been successful in starting a home practice. i'm lucky that i can take 3-4 yoga classes a week. i like vinyasa classes. i really like hot yoga, but can only do that once/week or so. i am calmer & nicer to myself thanks to lessons learned on the mat. - 3/22/2011   8:50:34 PM
  • 58
    I have arthritis in my neck and back (and now possibly in my hip). I was told that some gentle, low- to no-impact exercise would be best for me and yoga was actually suggested. I've never taken an actual class, but I would love to give it a try! - 3/21/2011   11:03:36 AM
  • 57
    I so want to win this. I have done some yoga at home but never have taken any classes. It is great for your posture and well being. Sooo relaxing. I feel so much better when I am finished with a session. Will keep my fingers crossed :0) - 3/8/2011   9:56:36 PM
  • 56
    I would love to take yoga! - 3/8/2011   10:04:49 AM
  • 55
    I am so glad that I read this...I love yoga! - 3/7/2011   5:28:36 PM
  • MANDALORE
    54
    I would love to try Yoga! - 3/7/2011   11:40:53 AM
  • 53
    Need open captioned yoga. I am deaf and lipread but difficult to do when hanging upside down on my head or twisting away from instructor... - 3/7/2011   11:36:59 AM
  • 52
    I would love to go - 3/7/2011   12:26:12 AM
  • 51
    Hatha yoga is my favorite, though I live in a small town so options are limited. - 3/6/2011   11:40:15 AM
  • 50
    Wow--we could all use some yoga - 3/5/2011   6:48:04 PM
  • SOLSTICE_L
    49
    Count me in! - 3/5/2011   6:35:02 PM
  • 48
    I'm not trying to enter a 2nd time, but I'd just like to say that I use a dvd or instructional CD for yoga occasionally, don't have much in the way of good streaming speed for video. So, audio is good :-)
    The Baptiste yoga bootcamp box is a very good CD ...
    I hope I win. I won a Rodney Yee dvd once off of an internet giveaway ... - 3/5/2011   6:17:03 PM
  • 47
    I've never tried yoga but would like to! - 3/5/2011   1:43:58 PM
  • 46
    That's great ! I'm in !! As for what types of yoga I do. I usually do Hatha, but occasionally I've taken classes for Astanga and Vinyasa. - 3/5/2011   1:30:28 PM
  • 45
    I think the best thing about yoga is that ANYONE can do it! I took a course at the park district and had an AWESOME instructor who was very attentive. I was standing about 8-10 hours per day at my previous job and had quite a bit of back pain during some of the poses. She would always go around the room and check your posture and make sure you were comfortable. I was amazed at how she would tell me to tilt my hips forward and the pain would disappear! It was amazing how a small movement made so much difference. I talked my friend into going after his knee surgery and now he's hooked too! - 3/5/2011   12:46:59 PM
  • MSLIZINCA
    44
    Ready for yoga. Knee surgery went well and need to get back to exercising...slowly - 3/5/2011   12:07:27 PM
  • 43
    I'd love to know how it's possible to do yoga with a chatterbox mind. I can't seem to concentrate! - 3/5/2011   11:26:04 AM
  • 42
    I didn't know about this before--THANKS FOR EXTENDING THE DEADLINE! - 3/5/2011   8:31:00 AM
  • 41
    I practice Ashtanga. I enjoy the faster pace. I haven't considered using an online service to lead my sessions.

    I have questions about the Hot Yoga. If working out in the heat and high humidity is bad; how can this type of yoga be considered good? - 3/5/2011   12:54:38 AM
  • 40
    OMG, I'd LOVE to win this giveaway! Pick me! :) - 3/4/2011   11:59:23 PM
  • OXFORDLASS
    39
    Never tried yoga yet but would like to. - 3/4/2011   7:05:26 PM
  • 38
    I love hatha yoga. My favourite is Priscilla Patrick. - 3/1/2011   4:13:13 PM
  • 37
    This is a great give-away! Thanks. I practice Iyengar yoga and would love to win! - 2/28/2011   7:28:13 PM
  • ESLTEACHER1
    36
    Ashtanga rocks! I didn't try yoga until this year, and I'm 54! But I love it and it has done wonders for me physically and mentally. - 2/28/2011   5:30:49 PM
  • PICKANYNAME
    35
    I have fibromyalgia and used to perform a VERY stressful job. I've made multiple lifestyle changes since being diagnosed and yoga was one of them. NOW I'M HOOKED!!!! It has literally changed my life. I live in a rural area, but luckily can drive into a nearby town to partake in a class 3x/week. I highly recommend that everyone give it a chance ..... several chances, in fact, as there are varying styles - with which I am still experimenting after a year of committed practice. There are many intensity levels along with appropriate modifications to suit all abilities and body types. If I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

    P. S. (added in Edit) If you've given it a try ONCE and it didn't seem fitting for you, try a different instructor. A good one will know how to modify everything to suit your ability and comfort level! - 2/28/2011   1:46:19 PM
  • TEAGUEMOM
    34
    I never even considered yoga until this past November when I read about "hot yoga" in a magazine and decided to try it. I went to a Core Power studio and had my first hot yoga class and LOVED it. I had no idea that an overweight, middle aged woman could love exercise so much! I've since tried power yoga, something called "hot fusion", and Bikram and love them! The only style I've tried that I don't care to do again is "Yin" - I was bored, and didn't like the unheated room. The Bikram classes are 90 min. and that can be a bit much, but I still like doing it. I'm just wrung out when its over.
    It would be nice if the cost weren't so high. I'm definitely going to check out the download site! I've turned on the heat in my bathroom and done a few poses on my own, so I know that would work if I downloaded a session on my ipod. - 2/28/2011   5:06:55 AM
  • MEGTHEKIWI
    33
    I tried a "beginner yoga" class at my local gym and even that was too advanced for me. I can get into the poses but I just can't hold them for as long as we are expected to. I start shaking and my muscles are super sore when I leave! I wonder if I chose the wrong type of class or yoga style? - 2/28/2011   12:10:44 AM
  • 32
    I would try it because anything that helps me relax and get healthy is worth it. - 2/27/2011   6:03:27 PM
  • 31
    I never thought yoga was for me and now that I have learned just how it strengthens the core (and only benefits), I really am going to try it. - 2/27/2011   5:21:36 PM
  • 30
    I have done Iyengar and Kundalini. My husband is a certified yoga instructor but I really prefer the Kundalini style the best. - 2/27/2011   2:01:50 PM
  • MARSHA48
    29
    This would truelly be a Godsend If I could win. I think it would help with healing my hip and leg. My Doctor says I have trochanteric Bursitis in my hip, but I think it is also and/or another underlying problem. I go in July if not before to have it checked out. The Docotor is sending me to a Podiatrist. So who knows. I think we should know our own bodies. :) The pain, I really can't explain it well enough to make people understand what I want to get across. & I am a home body anyway, with having to be My Mother's ONLY caretaker. She lives with us for those of you who didn't know. - 2/27/2011   11:38:05 AM
  • 28
    I've only tried Iyengar, which I liked - 2/27/2011   9:10:32 AM
  • 27
    I have my own home practice sequence, mostly. I call it Soft 2 Be Strong Vinyasa Yoga, and a good chunk of it is actually Pilates (a shout-out to Coach Nicole here!). On occasion, I use Jonathan Urla's Yogilates dvds, and also Feel Good Yoga Core Power ...

    I am currently taking a Baptiste Power Vinyasa-Inspired Yoga class, here and there ... I am one of the most unlikely power yoga students there is ... but synchronicity has its way of working its magic, and somehow a couple of classes that were supposed to be OM Yoga at its namesake flagship center in New York City, turned out to actually be power yoga in disguise ... the rest is history! - 2/26/2011   9:19:58 PM
  • 26
    I've always followed B.K.S. Iyengar, since he is a true Yoga Master. The videos by Rodney Yee or by Patricia Walden are great. They are two of his instructors.
    I first learned Yoga in the early '60's from Richard Hittleman, who had a TV show on Saturday afternoon. Growing up, he was in a wealthy family, who had a servant from India who taught him Yoga. - 2/26/2011   8:34:45 PM
  • MADDY_1
    25
    i m 28. i dont ever try yoga. i m new 1. but i want to try. plz help me - 2/26/2011   4:21:11 PM
  • 24
    I enjoyed yoga when I took it years ago. Would really like to get back to it! - 2/26/2011   3:14:11 PM
  • 23
    When i was in my 30's, (70 now)children hanging off my legs, i went to a Hatha Yoga class at a YMCA in Law., Mass......the teacher,(can't recall her name) was probably in her 60' or 70's, with a German accent. She was the best teacher i have had, and her accent really helped with the relaxation at the end of class.
    If i recall her name, i will put it in a blog because i would love to know if she had any family that carried on her teaching............don't understand downloads, and there's no room in the computer room i have to exersize, so will continue with the 2 "videos" (yes videos) i have until the break, and then come to the 21st century!
    Thanks Spark People..........this is an amazing site! - 2/26/2011   2:35:54 PM
  • 22
    I've done many of the free yogadownload podcasts, and enjoyed them all. I like these because I can do them outside on a nice summer day (remember those?).

    I'll have to check out the site, since I subscribed to the free ones a few years back, and didn't know they had other offerings. - 2/26/2011   2:32:31 PM
  • MEGANHALLINAN
    21
    Yogadownload is awesome, especially since I'm military and they give us service members free podcasts. Such a great thank you and escape from my daily grind. Great podcasts! - 2/26/2011   1:44:53 PM
  • 20
    yoga down load thanks love the blogs - 2/26/2011   12:45:58 PM
  • 19
    I have a desktop and a tiny office, so working out to anything online doesn't work for me. But my favorite yoga is any that I have to do in public. Which sounds weird, but I just can't quiet my mind and it's so much easier to quit if I'm just in my living room. Forcing myself to sit through a class is about the only way I can stick with it! - 2/26/2011   12:45:37 PM
  • 18
    What kind of yoga do I do ? Usually Hatha, but I've done Iyengar and some Ashtanga. So, I will definitely check this out. I've been looking for a good yoga podcast.

    - 2/26/2011   12:26:22 PM
  • 17
    Wow! Subscribed to Yoga Download podcasts, which led me to podcasted interval tracks for the Couch to 5K I'm starting---fabulous morning!! - 2/26/2011   11:58:38 AM
  • TELLITFORWARD
    16
    I'm glad there is an audio only option. I'm hoping that there are some teachers who are very descriptive. It's been many years since my Hatha yoga, and as I am totally blind, I need descriptive teachers. - 2/26/2011   11:12:27 AM
  • 15
    I will check into the site today! I am especially interested in yoga for meditation. Thanks muchly! - 2/26/2011   10:16:04 AM
  • 14
    I do kundalini yoga, but I have been wanting to try Ashtanga. This sounds like a great way to check it out. - 2/26/2011   9:01:30 AM

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