This sabbatical has been amazing, but it has also required a lot of financial planning and sticking to a budget. When I returned from Bali, I had the yoga bug. I wanted to do yoga multiple times per day. I also wanted to discover new meditations. The biggest problem was that I had not budgeted for a yoga studio membership during my sabbatical, and here in Santa Monica, memberships are NOT cheap.
During the retreat, Mastin Kipp recommended YogaGlo as an alternative to a studio membership. YogaGlo has classes available on-demand, and you can play them through your computer, phone or tablet. I recently connected my account to my Roku as well. In January, I signed up for a free trial. They give you 15 days to try the site. In the beginning, I ran into some technical problems because they were upgrading the site at that time. A customer service representative reached out to me and helped me through them. I really appreciated this outreach, because I was on the fence about joining past the trial, due to the technical problems.
Now, as a member, I’m paying $18 monthly to have access to all of this:
- Classes that range from 5 to 120 minutes. (You read that correctly. They have 5-minute classes, though I haven’t taken one of those yet.)
- A choice of levels 1, 2 or 3. I don’t consider myself a yogi by any means, but I can honestly say that I can get through each level and get a great workout from it.
- A plethora of yoga styles to choose from. Eight styles to be exact. I mostly take Kundalini, Vinyasa Flow, and Hatha right now.
- Guided meditation sessions.
- Philosophical classes. This category is called “Beyond the Mat.” I haven’t taken one of these yet, but I’ll probably write about it on this blog when I do.
- 35 teachers to choose from.
- The ability to choose which body part I want to focus on for my workout.
Here are a few of my favorites on the site so far:
- Favorite meditation: Neti-Neti. It’s a powerful meditation focused on letting go. (Thank you to my friend Robyn for telling me about this one!)
- Favorite teacher: Kia Miller. I take her Kundalini classes, and I’ve come to love her style of teaching and her bright smile!
- Kia Miller’s Kundalini series on The 10 Bodies. Click here, and then scroll down to the middle of the page to learn more. I’m currently in the middle of this series.
YogaGlo has not paid me or provided me with any discount or freebies for writing this. There’s no referral bonus in this for me. When I find a brand I really like, I’m happy to share my experience and recommend it to friends. YogaGlo has made it possible for me to stick to my budget, practice yoga regularly, and stay on track with my sabbatical. That leaves time and money to focus on my new business!
If you are a YogaGlo member, what are your favorite classes? If you are not a YogaGlo member, do you have any tips for practicing yoga while on a budget? Please share in the comments below.
*This post is part of a 30-day series called “Getting Unstuck” in which I’m trying to figure out my next professional step by getting out of my comfort zone and taking on various challenges. Follow along by subscribing to my weekly email list here.