Yoga Download is an online and app-based platform featuring 1600+ yoga and pilates classes, programs, and meditations. They also have curated playlists you can play during your yoga sessions, classes you’re teaching, or just at your leisure. I have tried many yoga subscription services, so I was curious to see how this one would stand out against the others.
The desktop and app seem to seamlessly blend with each other in navigation, so if you are someone who uses one more than the other, you’ll get the same quality regardless of your preferred device. My main problem with device integrated programs is that sometimes a lot of functionality is lost in the app.
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I downloaded the app and I was able to look around without any apparent bugs or lag in the videos. Same with desktop- the only thing I like more about desktop is obviously, it is a bit easier to see the content having a bigger screen. You can navigate all of the pre-recorded content through the drop-down tabs and you can filter results from the type of class by focus, style, teacher, time, and level. They are rated for quality out of a 5-star system by members. You can download these classes directly to your device so that they can be used without wi-fi or data.
They also give you the option to drop in on live-streamed classes in the same expansive style range of their pre-recorded content.
I found another helpful thing about the setup of the videos themselves, is that in the description of the videos, there is a sidebar that lets you know if you need props.
I would rate the user accessibility, functionality, and speed of Yoga Download on the app and browser 5/5.
I decided to take a more relaxed, gentle course and then also more of an amped-up workout video to get a feel for both.
The first class I tried was “Evening Yoga For Stress Relief” by Keith Allen , an all-level class rated “ahhhh” for intensity. It listed an (optional) yoga blanket for a prop, but I didn’t end up using it. I struggle horribly with insomnia, and regardless of my nightly yoga habits I usually am still awake hours after my practice. That night I actually fell asleep about 30 minutes after I had finished my practice, so the description of “accessible, deeply relaxing poses, that open your whole body, relax your mind, and leave you feeling calmer” was very accurate for the video. It focused on mainly low to the ground poses, and synchronized breath throughout the entire class. My favorite part of the class was that yes, it was sleep-inducing relaxing, but there were a couple of peak poses included that were challenging and felt purifying to me. I commented on the video actually that it was one of my favorite flows I have ever done, and I regularly incorporate that sequencing into my practice daily now. Keith was incredibly lively and effective in his cues as well, I will be taking more of his classes on YD in the future.
The second, pilates class I took “Nothing But Core 4” rated as an intermediate, “you’ll feel it” intensity level class instructed by Claire Petretti Marti . There were no props needed for this class. It seemed like more of a yoga-pilates blend of movement, and I was definitely sweating by the end of it. By no surprise, the class consisted of mostly core-strengthening poses. I love bodyweight-only classes with high intensity, because it’s something you can incorporate and do anywhere without needing to be at a gym or buy equipment. My core isn’t currently the strongest, and this routine stood out to me because Claire gave many prompts to modify poses to your own personal ability. The only thing I could not do was some variations of traditional crunch-type poses because of an injury. I felt very challenged by the class but I did not walk out of it feeling like I had over-exerted myself. This routine again is something I have taken and modified to fit into my own core strengthening workouts. I really enjoyed Claire as a teacher and I would be excited to take the full series of “Nothing But Core”.
I would rate the content from the perspective of a long time yogi, and movement professional as a 5/5.
Membership & Pricing:
Yoga Download has many free resources, but to access unlimited downloads and unlock their full range of programs you must purchase a membership. The pricing plan starts at $10 a month for an unlimited membership (billed annually), $12 monthly for a standard membership, and $18 monthly for an unlimited membership. Yoga download does offer a 2 week free trial period.
Standard vs. Unlimited:
Standard packages give you unlimited streaming, two downloads, 50% off their class programs, and the use of the app. Unlimited membership gives you unlimited downloads and unlimited free programs, as well as the use of the app.
As far as price goes, I think it’s more than worth it if you get an annual membership. For me, $18 monthly is a bit steep, especially if you know you are going to use it, it’s worth it to save the extra $96 a year and go with the annual program. You could buy yourself some yoga gear with that, after all!
Luckily, if use my special link below you can get 50% off ALL memberships. You can get a whole year of yoga download for $60 and save over $100.
Price & Membership Rating: 4/5 (with special coupon a hard 5/5)
Overall Rating: 5/5
I think yoga download is a great way to find routine in your practice. Even for studio devotees, I love that you have the option to flow anywhere you go, and how user-accessible it is. I know I will definitely continue my membership here and I would recommend it to yogis of any skill level. Over every subscription yoga platform out there, this one totally stood out as the best for me. I love going and getting lost in the woods and then being able to pop out my class library and do a quick flow surrounded by billowy trees. Not all of us have the luxury of being able to find the perfect teacher, the perfect class in your style of choice in our home towns. Yoga download really raises the bar for me in accessing training easily.
What do you think, should I review a YD program next with before and after results? Let me know in the comments!
-Eudaimonious Blessings, Evaline
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