Digital disruptor review: Yogaglo

We heart digital disruption at Nest Legal and not just in the legal space.  In this series of blog posts, we look at other businesses using tech in fun new ways to shake up the status quo, particularly those that make life easier for young families.

Second in line is my review of Yogaglo – online yoga classes for busy people.

Before I had kids, even when I was working 60 hour weeks as a lawyer, I would always make it to at least one yoga class each week. 

But it was getting harder and harder to make the stars align so I could leave the house once a week at a specified time to attend an external class. 

And the stakes are really high when you only get to do one class per week – you want it to strike all the notes that your body needs on that particular day, not a beginner’s class focusing on hip openers when it is your tired tired shoulders that most need relief.

So when a fellow lawyer and yogi with three young boys told me about Yogaglo, I signed up for the free trial.

I was hooked.  Once I got over the mental hurdle of practicing with the toddler shouting encouragement and the baby watching from her chair, yoga could be back in my life, whenever I wanted.

And exactly the way I wanted.  My favourite part of the site is the filter function.  If you have 20 minutes and tight shoulders, there is a class for that.  An hour long yin class or some hatha moves to prevent cycling injuries.  Feel like experimenting with kundalini or pranayama.  Why not? You can bookmark classes for later or post to social media about your favourites.

The prenatal and postnatal classes are particularly good and include stronger classes for people that had an active practice prior to pregnancy as well as classes for particular ailments. My biggest frustration with prenatal classes in Melbourne is they weren’t physical enough and focused too much on eliminating poses that could harm rather than filling a class with moves that benefit and strengthen the body.  Yogaglo has prenatal and postnatal classes to suit all types of bodies, and if it doesn’t feel right, you can always press stop and swap.

The teachers are some of the best in the world – my favourites are Elena Brower, Stephanie Snyder and Tiffany Cruikshank.  The monthly subscription cost is the same as one studio class plus tram tickets (approximately $26, including international credit card fee). You can practice in your pyjamas.  The classes are filmed so you can easily see the nuances of the instructor’s movements – in fact, Yogaglo have patented their method of filming yoga.   The equipment used is simple and you can easily substitute a handbag strap, your Property Law textbooks and your baby’s blanket for props as needed.

True, the community and group energy that comes from practicing in a room full of others isn’t there.  But a different kind of mental focus comes from being able to hold dancer’s pose while little people scurry around you and you can hear your husband swearing at the whippersnipper.  You can’t ask questions but if you were struggling with a pose, I bet there is another class that focuses directly on it and would provide the guidance you were after.

That’s why I recommend Yogaglo to anyone who wants to get back to yoga but is prevented from doing so, be it by work, distance or family.   It is also great for pregnancy classes or if you run, cycle or ski and want some poses to counteract those movements.  And whilst it isn’t the same as walking into a yoga studio and smiling at the same faces each week, it does lead to a different kind of community – one where I can get class recommendations from friends on Facebook or see the appreciative comments of others around the world that have enjoyed that class. 

In that way, just as my clients tell me that Nest Legal’s evening Skype chats can feel more personal than a meeting at a traditional lawyer’s office, Yogaglo can make me feel even more connected to other yogis than its offline equivalent.  It is one of my inspirations in using technology creatively to fill an unmet need in a new way – a true digital disruptor.