There may be a solution. Online yoga classes are no longer a thing of the future but a thing of the present: You can now say "om" on demand. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Moser sampled a handful of online yoga classes and measured how they matched to the real deal. "For those of us who like yoga but don't have our own personal home practice down, you can use the technology to do a different yoga class every day or 10 times a day if you want, just by logging on to the Internet," she says in the video above.
You may be skeptical about the success of an old world in a new age setting. There are limitations to virtual instruction. As Moser points out, you're less likely to fully unplug and immerse yourself in the practice. You'll be more tempted to text and feed into distractions. Even so, with a little self-control and a switch to "airplane mode" you can recreate the tranquil atmosphere of the studio in your own home.
One of the benefits of the at-home class is the freedom to choose a lesson that caters to your individual needs. Back feels a little sore? With a quick search, you'll click up a class that will soothe your aches and pains.
As far as cost goes, online courses may save you a pretty penny. Some sites offer monthly subscriptions for as low as $15 a month -- a price comparable to many single, in-person studio classes.
What do you think? Would you take an online yoga class? Or is the real deal too sacred to mess with? Find out more in the video about, then vote in the poll below.
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