During the pandemic I was forced to start teaching and practicing online. It was quite awkward at first, and now I love it!
Taking classes online has great advantages that everyone can benefit from. And if you’re pregnant or postpartum, you’ll get way more out of them.
1. You save time
No need to commute to your nearest yoga studio and back home. That saves you at least 30 minutes you can spend with loved ones.
You can practice from the comfort of your home, or from anywhere in the world!
Being able to practice in your living room and still get to connect with other yogis is priceless. You don't even need a yoga mat. Your living room carpet, a couple of cushions and blankets are more than enough.
If you’re traveling or visiting your in-laws, no worries! You can log in from anywhere and still stay committed to your practice.
2. You save money
Online classes tend to be a couple of bucks less than studio classes. While the quality, time, energy and dedication your yoga teacher invests in every class is the same as in a studio, there are no additional costs of renting and running a studio.
3. You save energy
Making a baby takes a ton of your energy. Being a new mom, well, even more! Being able to practice in your comfiest clothes, without having to worry about your hair or make up or the temperature outside saves your brain and body so much energy. I always encourage my students to practice yoga in their pajamas if they want to, especially if we’re practicing in the evenings. And although I recommend cameras to be on so I can better queue pose corrections and adjustments, you can always practice with the camera off if you choose to.
Yes, putting on your yoga pants might give you the kick you need to get on your mat, but if sometimes you just want to show up without worrying about anything else, online classes are for you.
4. You connect with yogi moms from all over the world
In my classes there’s always space to get to know each other. We chat a bit before class starts, sometimes also afterwards. Practicing online means you're not tied to your local yoga studio. I have students from different cities and countries connecting in my classes. A couple of yogis who are friends and live in different towns used my postnatal classes to practice together. I don't know about you but I think that’s wonderful! I just love, love, love the Internet!
5. You get all the benefits of an online class with everything you love about a live studio class
You have a teacher right there practicing alongside you and you experience the energy and dynamic nature that comes with a live class.
Baby woke up and had to leave early? Lost your internet connection for a moment? No problem! Some teachers (like me) offer replays of the livestreams, meaning you can try the class again later.
6. You can use the holy mute button
Last but not least, my friends. My favorite benefit, using the mute button. Because, full disclosure- in pregnancy and postpartum, everything is a bit looser. Muting yourself means you can release as much air as you need to without worrying about your yogi neighbor. You get to practice yoga and fully let go! ;-)
Whatever way you look at it, online classes offer you freedom and flexibility, with the added benefit of not needing to rush out the door, find a parking spot, catch the train or bus, call up a babysitter, or worry about your yoga outfit! With yoga literally at your fingertips, there is every reason to embrace yoga in your daily life and stay healthy inside and out.
Would you like to feel empowered, centered and fit for birth and your motherhood journey?
Check out my online classes or book a free private session to explore working one-on-one virtually or in person.