Online classes make practicing yoga more convenient, accessible, and affordable. You can practice wherever you'd like, whenever you'd like, and choose the length, type, and level of the class. The best part, other than not having to change out of your pajamas? Most streaming yoga services such as YogaGlo, OMStars, and more cost $20 or less per month.
The downside is that unless there's a two-way camera involved (Ompractice offers this service), there’s no live teacher to offer suggestions and corrections. So we asked popular online teachers what mistakes home practitioners are making the most—and how to correct them.
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6 'Mistakes' Home Yoga Practitioners Make (and How to Fix Them)
Amy Ippoliti, YogaGlo
Bad at-home habit: You find yourself in Downward-Facing Dog pose a lot in online yoga classes, so you’ll want to have impeccable form in order to help preserve your shoulders and lower back over time. Down Dog is often described as an upside-down V with the heels touching the floor. This description is helpful to quickly get into a basic form of the pose; however, it can result in a very short stance that’s too choked up to get any freedom or extension in the spine.
The fix: Consider walking your feet back and taking a longer stance, so you get more mobility in your lower back and can open your chest freely in the pose. Don’t worry if your heels no longer touch the floor. You have a predetermined length to your Achilles tendon, which can be overstretched permanently from continually pushing your heels down.
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