Wait, there’s such thing as a yoga podcast? Yep! These free, easy-to-access audio files are just sitting there waiting for you any time you have a free moment to practice.
So – first, I have to be honest. I’m really bad about doing yoga at home. My absolute favorite way to practice is to be lead by a vinyasa teacher, in a hot room, surrounded by other students. But, with work, travel and the kids’ activities, it can be difficult to make it to scheduled classes on a regular basis. So, to keep up with my practice, I’ve tried a million different things to try to practice yoga at home.
I’ve hated them all. I can’t seem to muster enough attention to lead myself through yoga poses in my own home. My mind wanders to laundry, and email and did I just hear someone at the door…?
I don’t like the perfectly polished yoga flows you can get on DVDs, CDs, YouTube and iTunes. Yoga isn’t perfect. The practice isn’t perfect. In these scripted flows, they spend as much time on instruction as they do the actual flow. Instruction is great the first time, but you don’t need it every. single. time.
This summer, I knew I wasn’t going to make it to the yoga studio very often, so I tried one last option: a yoga podcast. It was exactly what I needed!
Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Podcast with Kinndli
Kinndli McCollum has recorded 17 live classes and has made them all available for free via podcasts: Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga with Kinndli. The flows follow the principles of Baron Baptiste’s Power Yoga.
You’ll see that she has created the podcasts in a variety of lengths and combinations of yoga and meditation. My favorite episode is called Hour of Power Live 60 min Class.
Here’s what I like most about these yoga podcasts:
- Close your eyes when you listen and you’ll feel like you’re in a vinyasa class – you hear the teacher walking around, the students breathing and giggling when something silly happens.
- Her voice is soothing and authentic.
- The flows are challenging. I usually have to stop and hang out in child’s pose a few times to catch my breath.
- She uses common names and transitions. She rattles off the sanskrit name for a pose followed by the common, English translation so I always feel like I know what she’s talking about.
- She makes mistakes, you hear people leaving half way through class and the students groan from time to time. Really, it’s like being in a live class at a studio.
Note: If you’re a yoga beginner, this is probably not a great choice for you. These podcasts are for experienced yogis who don’t need visual aids.
Tips for Practicing Yoga at Home with Podcasts
- Switch it up. I have Kinndli’s yoga podcasts with 17 episodes to choose from. Plus, I have a few other favorite yoga podcasters (I’ll share with you in the future!). Find a podcast you like and be sure it has a lot of episodes.
- Use the right space. When I used to do yoga at home, I would just sprawl out in the family room on the carpet. But, it didn’t feel like a real yoga class, which is probably why I didn’t practice like I was in a real yoga class. Lately, I’ve been locking myself in the bathroom where there’s a hard floor, a smaller area that I can heat up with an infrared lamp, shades that can be pulled tight to block out light and much fewer distractions.
- Use the right gear. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean that you should neglect the gear. Roll out your mat, grab your blocks and straps, pull your hair back and slap on your Lululemons.
- Put your phone on DND. Podcasts live on your phone where your email, text messages, Snapchats, tweets and even phone calls appear. So, before you fire up your yoga podcast, switch your phone over to Do Not Disturb mode. This will keep all of those notifications from interrupting you.
What Yoga Podcast Do You Love?
If you have a favorite yoga podcast, share it with us and other readers in the comments section below. We can never have too many options!