Practicing yoga consistently is a great way to not only take care of your mental health, but also become more flexible, build strength and boost your overall well-being.
Going to physical yoga classes isn’t always the most practical though. They can be expensive (between the cost of gas and the cost of the class) and, depending on how far away the studio is from where you live, can be a time-consuming activity that doesn’t always fit into your family, work or school schedule.
Despite the incentives for enrolling in virtual yoga classes, you might find yourself reluctant to do so for a variety of reasons — that’s why we wrote this article.
We’re going to share with you 10 unique benefits of virtual yoga classes.
Benefits of virtual yoga
There are many benefits of yoga, but when it comes to virtual yoga classes, there are more benefits than you might think; we’re going to share 10 of them here with you now.
1. Practice anytime, anywhere
One of the top benefits of online yoga is its flexibility. You can literally practice anytime, anywhere because you can access virtual yoga classes from any corner of the world. If you’re in your own home or in a hotel while on vacation; in the morning before the kids wake up or in the middle of the night if you can’t sleep. The options are endless.
2. Hit the pause button
Sometimes you sink into a pose that feels so good (or maybe it doesn’t, but it’s that good kind of pain) you want to hold it for an extra few seconds, or even a few extra minutes. With in-person classes, you have to follow the teacher when they move onto the next pose, but with virtual yoga classes, you can hit pause and stay there as long as you’d like.
3. A personalized practice space
You don’t need a lot of room (truly just enough to roll out a yoga mat), so anyone can do this, and we highly encourage you to. You can add a plant or two, an essential oil diffuser, some candles, maybe a small stack of your most inspiring books, and bask in some self-care.
5. Invite friends and family to join you
If you’ve experienced the benefits of a consistent yoga practice and want to share it with one or several of your loved ones, inviting them to join you for a virtual yoga class can be a great low-pressure, gentle way to introduce them to yoga.
6. Save money and time
Online classes are much more budget-friendly that in-person classes, especially if you buy a subscription or course. You don’t have the extra costs of gas and an in-person instructor, and you also save a significant amount of time because you don’t have to worry about trying to find several hours in your day (or longer if you want to attend multiple sessions per week).
7. Practice like no one is watching
Let’s be honest, our ego often kicks in when we attend in-person classes. You see people who are stronger or more flexible than you; maybe they’re wearing a matching outfit that coordinates perfectly with their mat and other yoga accessories. As you work on strengthening your confidence, virtual yoga classes can be a great way to remove those stressors and enable you to practice more comfortably.
8. Take it at your own pace
Sometimes it can be difficult to find a class that’s in the middle. Often, you find beginner classes (which might be too easy) and advanced classes (which you might not be ready for yet). Online yoga allows you to pick and choose poses within your range, as well as more easily find adaptive poses for ones you want to work your way up to.
9. Fully customizable practice
When you go to an in-person yoga class, you might be able to generally choose a “theme” (such as flexibility, strength, abs, etc.) but you still are subjected to the teacher’s routine. With virtual yoga classes, you have the ability to fully customize a yoga practice for yourself, drawing upon a multitude of poses for whatever reasons you have.
10. Extend your closing meditation
Savasana is a resting yoga pose you go into at the end of a session to release the mental and physical exercise you just performed. It’s usually only held for a minute or two before the class is truly over and everyone packs up to go home, but sometimes you want to rest there longer. When a virtual yoga session ends, you have the ability to stay in savasana as long as you’d like.
Contact us to get started
Here at Pyramid Online Counseling, we offer a variety of online holistic services, including online yoga classes.
Our yoga classes are designed to regulate your nervous system so that you develop better physical and mental awareness, as well as learn how to release and relax both in and out of the sessions (which can be group or private).