The health and wellness landscape is transforming swiftly into a digital world. For yoga, some platforms have seen a 300+% increase in engagement online. In the midst of an online fitness boom, several yoga studios and instructors are transitioning from in-person classes to live streaming, or a hybrid of the two.

Live stream yoga classes offer a unique way to deepen your practice in an expanding online community. Traditional practitioners might cringe at the idea of a screen over a studio, but it’s important to learn the benefits that live streaming provides. To start here’s 5 advantages to consider...

It’s Affordable
Costs for a gym or yoga studio membership can add up. Many people face the tough choice between maintaining their fitness memberships or staying in the lines of their budget. Live streaming yoga classes can be as cheap as $10-$20 a month. This is a substantial decrease from mainstream yoga studios charging $215 or more for a package of 10 classes. Virtual classes can help to eliminate the financial obstacle and keep you doing what you love.

Practice in Your Own Sacred Space
If you’re just starting out on your yoga journey, you may feel intimidated by the idea of attending an in-person class filled with other practitioners. This is completely normal. A survey in 2019 indicates that as many as 50% of Americans are uncomfortable working out in front of others. With the option to stream classes in the comfort of your own home, you can avoid the feelings of ‘gymtimidation’.

Attend at Your Own Convenience
Have you ever wanted to attend a specific type of yoga class, like vinyasa or Bikram, but your local studio only offers it on a day or time that just doesn’t work for your schedule? With live online yoga sessions, you roll out your mat whenever you choose. The convenience of practicing at your home allows you to squeeze in a workout without the mundane task of driving to the studio and back.

Options...options..options
As many yoga instructors will tell you, yoga is about the exploration of the body, mind, and spirit. How will you know if you would thrive more in yin yoga or hatha yoga? Power yoga or kundalini? Maybe a hybrid class? The only way to be sure is to try them all. With live streaming comes the beauty of the search bar where you can seek out the class that interests you the most. Trying out different options will broaden your horizons and elevate your practice.

Be a Part of a Large Online Community
As virtual meetings, concerts, and exercise grow in the wake of COVID-19, there is also a sense of community and inclusivity flourishing on the internet like never before. One study shows 83% of community members believe it’s easier to find other people that share their passions online.

In Conclusion…
Live streaming yoga classes may not provide hands-on instruction like a traditional studio, but before casting away the idea it’s important to acknowledge the benefits. As society gravitates more to virtual events it’s recommended to adapt to the digital world to avoid falling behind. Luckily many live stream software, like PromoStream, YouTube, Facebook, and more made it accessible for people to try out virtual fitness classes commitment-free. Taking a live online yoga class is valuable for anyone facing difficulties in their budget, confidence, and time.

Author's Bio: 

Amanda is a music festival fanatic with an entrepreneurial spirit. She’s a digital marketing professional specializing in events. Amanda is the Marketing Director for PromoTix and owns a marketing and sponsorship agency called Festivate, working with well-known brands and creating activations for EDC, Envision Festival, Backwoods Music Festival, and many more.