Home yoga practice overwhelmingly rules.
It started out being born of necessity. I can ill afford many live yoga classes, nor do any live teacher trainings, live workshops or live retreats
it had started out as a resentful, angry, unbalanced and inelegant highly-structured practice
I'd needed more, better influences on it by live classes
Even in my limited, low-value-customer way
Ive gone to a tiny handful of studios (in the New York City metropolitan area 6 is a VERY tiny mumber) for 5 of the six years Ive been practicing yoga regularly
(save for a period of 18 months when I regrouped PSYCHOLOGICALLY -bank account isnt everything, you know!- practicing only at home
) and will continue
However, I do not have my pick of studios. Only a tiny handful have generous expiry dates (by that I mean ONE CALENDAR YEAR or LONGER) on a discounted 10-class pack. I chose the one that just started offering such classes. So sue me if you think this studio shouldn't be a pilates studio ...well, it SURE IS...
By successive approximations, I now have the yoga practice that works for me
all the time at home ...
So, on to the dilemma ....
Id taken over 100 studio yoga classes(the first BIG, big batch of classes deeply discounted) over the five year period, by the way, and maybe 2 asana workshops and a kirtan workshop. The one thing I miss about the classes ironically, the woo-woo (possibly to others) -sounding patter (except Id mostly hated ANY talk during savasana). Yes, the spirituality is important to me. As far as online, download and DVD sessions--been there done that for well over a year. I have to record a timed voice-over for my very own (and it's challenging!) yoga practice, soon. My sequence changes slightly each time, and semi-majorly over a very lengthy period of time.
So, I just bopped into a Radio Shack - I, who have never so much as owned an iPod need the handholding, not looking for cheapo bargains online; and -You know, I couldn't even stick to having a Smartphone ... I'm a latter Baby Boomer who's never had a bourgeois bohemian/academic/super high tech job so I've never needed mobile technology (nor had I ever been reimbursed by my employer one red cent for it!) ... but I've got a dedicated little mp3 recorder NOW!
Someone else's healthy plaything could be their Fitbit. Mine engages my creative side too (not everything I put, motivational wise HAS to be original [some can be quotes} but some would be), and will be used for healthy pastimes, too.
This is a memory tool. So at the end of an 11 hour day (including commute) I WOULDN'T HAVE TO THINK.