The Workout Helping My Sanity Right Now

by tinareale on April 24, 2013

Ah, life. It’s been pretty all over the place lately. I’m hard at work with loads of new features I’m planning to bring to Best Body Bootcamp in the summer round (so cannot wait to share!). I’m busy mothering the two most precious faces I’ve been blessed to love day and night.

Then, trying to figure out everything with the direction to take in the fairly sudden decision to move and preparing for that. Here or there? When? The never ending list of things to finish before putting it on the market. And can’t forget all the decisions to make. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

Sunday morning we woke up and spontaneously decided to head up to Chattanooga. We visited the partner church of our loved local church (North Point Community Church) to see how we liked it and then look around at houses and neighborhoods in the Chattanooga area. I even packed up a bag to possibly hit up a local park while there to get in my long run while the kids played and got some quality time with daddy. Ha! Yea, that didn’t happen.

Instead I somehow motivated myself enough to get in my long run on Monday morning while the kids were in school. So not my cup of tea to do a long workout on a Monday but I got it done!

Felt good too! Although my muscles sure called for some yoga come Tuesday. Too bad the yoga class on Tuesday was in the afternoon…right when Peter & I planned to look at some houses in our current area. It all worked out, though. I knew exactly where to turn to for my yoga fix – Reflexion Yoga.

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I’ve mentioned this gem of a yoga site a few times on the blog, Instagram, etc. before, but now I want to give a full highlight. If you enjoy a good yoga workout (or just need a good stretch), then you need to know about Reflexion Yoga. I’ve been using it for the past couple of months and believe it to be the best online yoga available. Let’s put it this way…it’s the only one I’ve tried and been motivated enough to use more than one time. That’s saying something I think.

So, let’s take a closer look at Reflexion Yoga and all it offers.

  1. Certified instructors. Each video has one of Reflexion Yoga’s instructors leading another person through the class. The instructors are all qualified and it shows in their video instruction, as they correct form and give pointers for every pose. I liked doing the videos “alongside” someone because it gave a better visual and felt nice to see the tips and feedback for proper form and modification along the way. I also like how real the instructors are and how they keep the class light and relatable instead of intimidating, as I have sometimes felt in other practices.
  2. Free content. Feel free to visit the free content on the site when looking for a quick yoga fix or to sample the other wonderful content in the site’s exercise library.
  3. 100+ hours of video. Over 100 hours of yoga means more than enough variety for whatever you may be looking for in a yoga session. The yoga library offers videos of varying lengths, difficulties, and styles. There is literally something for everyone:
      • yoga for athletes
      • yoga focused on a particular area of the body – upper body, lower body, core, hips, etc.
      • yoga focused on a particular pose or series  – sun salutations, warrior series, arm balances, standing balance postures, etc.
      • power yoga
      • gentle stretch focused yoga
  4. Beginner information and series. If you don’t think Reflexion Yoga would work for you because you’ve either never done yoga or don’t feel you have enough experience, then visit the Beginner Center. This area of the site includes tips from the instructors and some intro videos which strongly focus on learning the foundations of yoga practice. From there, you can build up to some of the beginner level videos ranging from 30 to 60 minutes in length.
  5. Affordable. That’s a biggie. What good does all the above do if it’s not something you can realistically afford, right? Well, it is. $12 per month or $99 per year (which is a $45 savings) for a Reflexion Yoga membership. Not bad, huh? After all, a single yoga class at a studio will cost you more than a monthly membership and a monthly membership to a studio would run you about the cost of Reflexion Yoga’s year long membership.

I know the concerns you may have.

How do I know it’s worth it? You can do a free 15 day trial. And I hope you can trust my opinion. I really do think it’s better than the few other online yoga sites I have tried.

Will I actually use it because it has to be way different than a studio class? Well, it is. I won’t lie. It does take some extra motivation to stay focused on a yoga workout while in the comforts of your own home. But the price, being able to take a class on your schedule, and the ease to get to a class? Worth the exchange of a studio environment. Plus, the variety of classes and quality instructors kept me coming back for more.

Between increasing my mileage to start training for longer distances again and the mental/emotional stress of life right now, yoga means a lot to my weekly workout schedule. I can tell a difference when it’s lacking.

I’m very grateful for Reflexion Yoga and the accessibility it has provided for me to keep it in my training. It gets my seal of approval 100%. Think you’ll give it a try? What have you got to lose?

Do you regularly practice yoga? If not, what makes it hard to do so regularly? Would you be interested in an at-home option?

Disclosure: I received my membership to Reflexion Yoga free for review as well as compensation for my time. My opinions are, as always, 100% honest and I plan to continue using Reflexion Yoga in the months (or longer) to come. I stand by my opinion that it is a great resource. For more information, you can visit my Disclosure Policy or email with any questions.

{ 24 comments }

1 Dana @momrunshalf April 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

I am going to check this out, I have been wanting to do more yoga and ordered a DVD but I don’t like the DVD. It’s more of an instructional how to then a yoga workout so she talks too much.

2 tinareale April 25, 2013 at 7:17 am

I think you would definitely like it!

3 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast April 24, 2013 at 7:49 am

I hear you with the stress of a move and all the decisions, it can be emotionally exhausting! We’re actually wrapping up a trip right now hoping today to finalize a house. We also started our trip with a church visit on Sunday and loved it, which was great confirmation that we could find an instant community here and we’re excited about the town. In negotiations on a house today… hopefully things all work out! Thanks for sharing about the yoga- I have the worst time fitting yoga into my week and know that my body would really benefit from it.

4 tinareale April 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

Hope the house stuff went okay for you yesterday!!!

5 Alicia at Poise in Parma April 24, 2013 at 7:56 am

As much as I’m at the yoga studio, it’s great to have at-home yoga options. I had no clue about this service – thanks for sharing this info!

6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 24, 2013 at 8:01 am

I’ve been a diehard YogaDownload fan but it doesn’t hurt to branch out and maybe find a new love. I’ll have to give it a try! :)

7 tinareale April 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

I find Reflexion has a lot more VIDEO options which is huge to me.

8 Lee April 24, 2013 at 8:08 am

Honestly, the reason that I don’t really practice yoga is that there isn’t a yoga studio that’s convenient to my house that works with my schedule. And also I’m lazy!

I hope you figure out the move stuff. It can be so stressful. Although, selfishly, I want you to stay in Atlanta!

9 Kierston @candyfit April 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

Honestly, I wish Yoga wasn’t so expensive. I think I need to look into DVDs to practice more often but, nothing beats being in a class!

10 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige April 24, 2013 at 9:14 am

Yoga is the primary form of exercise in my life right now! I’m paying for a membership, so I try to get my money’s worth by going to 4-5 classes a week. I’m feeling pretty good, but I also haven’t gone on a run in well over a month or two. We’ll see how my lungs feel then ;)

11 tinareale April 25, 2013 at 7:23 am

I have so been loving yoga. I wish there was a more convenient studio for me. At least my gym has really good hot yoga classes (not like standard gym stuff) and I have this website for other times.

12 Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life April 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

After a lot of thought about my current workout plan and my health, all strenuous exercises are being put on hold for awhile… This was a tough decision and made me sad, but I am trying to include a lot of walking, Pilates and yoga! I really needed this post today and I can’t wait to check out the website and find some good yoga practices to incorporate into my new routine! :)

13 Caroline April 24, 2013 at 10:29 am

I do pilates regularly (once or twice a week) and really like doing that. I think it really helps strengthen other muscles while keeping me flexible and stretched out from running and biking. I love at home options because it saves a lot of time and I can squeeze it in between other activities.

14 Katie @ KatieEnPursuit April 24, 2013 at 10:35 am

This post could not come in a more timely manner Tina! I went to my 1st yoga class in awhile the other day & I thought “Gosh, I REALLY need more yoga in my life!” It’s so amazing for my brain & body. Love it & glad you’re enjoying your practice!

15 tinareale April 25, 2013 at 7:26 am

Glad you are too! Hope you like the site if you give it a try.

16 Janice - Fitness Cheerleader April 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Great review – do you know if the site/membership is available to Canadians? I should do Yoga on a more regular basis, particularly one designed for runners to stretch out the muscles that are often tight amongst us crazy running folk. I don’t do it as often as I should due to my work/training schedule, which is basically an excuse saying I haven’t built it into my plan (though again, I should because it likely would prevent many of the injuries I usually get). Thanks for the Yoga reminder!

17 tinareale April 25, 2013 at 7:27 am

I don’t see why it wouldn’t be available in Canada. And they have some great hip opener and hamstring series that I’ve done quite a few times after runs to loosen up.

18 Elle April 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I love yoga and am a newbie. I would definitely like an at home option.

Nice review, Tina.

19 Melissa April 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I’ve done a number of doyogawithme.com videos, but I want to try this! I think it will definitely help me stay injury free as I try to build up mileage again.

20 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Ohhh I can’t WAIT for the summer BBBC!! I’ll definitely be participating!

21 Meghan @ After the Ivy League April 24, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I really, really need some yoga in my life. My gym offers classes so I feel silly paying for online availability in addition, but I run into similar problems trying to make it work with my schedule. It can be so hard to fit everything in sometimes!

22 tinareale April 25, 2013 at 7:28 am

My gym has yoga too but I think its worth it to have the option of at home or an extra class. I would say if you did at least 1-2 times over the month would be worth it. That’s me though.

23 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables April 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I have been needing to do some yoga! Thanks girl!
I swear I’m going to email you soon. I can’t wait to meet up in Chattanooga!! :)

24 Anna April 26, 2013 at 6:29 am

I cannot wait for the summer bootcamp! It will be great timing since my university’s gym will be on summer schedule. So excited!

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