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It’s not easy to find an accessible, easy-to-follow yoga class – that also happens to be free. Luckily, DoYogaWithMe.com solves many of the concerns people have about starting up a yoga practice. This free online resource offers classes based on level of difficulty, length of class, yoga style, and teacher, right in the comfort of your home.
Regular yoga practice is proven to do wonders for your body and mind, such as relieve stress and anxiety, balance hormones, and help you tap into your inner self. What we like about DoYogaWithMe.com is that it allows users to customize their classes and experiment with yoga styles to find the right fit for their lifestyle and health goals. A beginner might start with restorative or gentle yoga for a slow-paced, low-impact class, while someone looking for a physical challenge might enjoy a mix of power yoga and advanced level classes.
One of the most important aspects of yoga is proper breath and posture. The site introduces yoga breathing techniques, such as rhythmic breathing, which is excellent for relaxing the nervous system and letting go of emotions. If you are unsure about how to get into a posture, or how to activate specific muscles during the class, the website offers several videos to help walk you through each part of your practice.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a yogi, there are videos on the site that are relevant for just about anyone. For example, if you tend to get headaches, or neck and shoulder pain, a brief video on head and neck alignment might be a good place to start. Not only do the teachers on the site provide full yoga classes, but they also help explain the anatomy and health benefits of each pose. The website also offers meditations and articles to help enhance the yoga class.
All that’s left to do now is get out a mat or blanket, light a candle, and make a cup of hot tea for an in-home yoga studio to enjoy on your own time (gratis)!