Yoga Download Review

Updated March 31, 2014
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Bottom Line

Reviewers say Yoga Download offers a bit more flexibility than the typical online yoga site. Users stream or download classes a la carte, or they can subscribe for unlimited access. The site also has a collection of yoga music, free videos and audio-only classes. Reviewers say instructors are knowledgeable, and they appreciate the variety of styles. But some say the search function is lacking, especially with the dizzying number of choices.

Instruction

Lots of instructors, but few big names. Yoga Download has almost 50 of its own instructors and another 50 outside "content partners" listed on its website. Though the site lacks some of the more famous instructors that its competitors boast, reviewers report few qualms and say the instructors produce creative, high-quality classes. While some users enjoy the wide variety of teachers, others say this makes it harder to discover which ones are best for them. Users can access all classes taught by a particular instructor via their bio pages, which may help them get to know each one better. Users can rate each class on a one- to five-star scale, but there does not appear to be a forum for instructor-student interaction.

ProsHuge number of classes, styles, special sessions, Five difficulty levels, Users can buy classes a la carte, Some classes are freeConsSite, search function can be confusing, Choices may overwhelm beginners

Production

Users can buy classes a la carte. Yoga Download produces audio-only and video classes. It also boasts a library of music ideal for yoga and relaxation. Video settings vary, especially among content-partner offerings, but most are shot using a single camera in studios with simple white or brick backgrounds. One reviewer says she struggled with the sterility of the setting and voice-overs in one of her classes, but acknowledged that others may like the simplicity. Yoga Download offers classes in every major style of yoga as well as several lesser-known ones. Access costs $10 per month for four classes or $18 per month for unlimited classes. Yoga Download also allows users to buy classes a la carte. Most videos are $3 to stream and $7 to download. Subscriptions don't allow downloads for content partners' content, only streaming. There are a few free 20-minute classes.

Ease of use

Search function could be more intuitive. Some reviewers say Yoga Download offers so many options that navigating the site can feel overwhelming, especially for beginners who aren't sure what they want. Search filters, while extensive, are somewhat complex, and one user describes finding what she wanted frustrating, especially on an iPad. Search criteria include yoga style, class focus, specific body parts and featured studios; users can further refine results by looking for specific instructors, difficulty levels and audio- or video-only classes. There are a variety of class lengths, but there does not appear to be a way to search for specific durations. The site labels each class with one of four difficulty levels. It also rates class intensity. Yoga Download has an iPhone, iPad and Android app.

Our Sources

1. ElephantJournal.com

Yoga Classes Online: What Works., Stephanie Vessely, June 25, 2013

Stephanie Vessely says Yoga Download has "a little bit of everything for everyone" but that each class has its own pros and cons. She says she struggled with straight-on camera angles and the sterility of plain backgrounds and voice-overs. The difficulty of one class seemed miscategorized, she says.

2. TheRuniverse.com

Yoga Download: Yoga on Your Schedule, Emilie Littlehales, May 15, 2013

Emilie Littlehales appreciates Yoga Download's huge variety of classes, but says the site is "a little overwhelming" if you don't have a clear idea of what you want. But the class she took was engaging, accessible and well cued, she says.

3. About.com

Review - Yogadownload.com, Ann Pizer, June 18, 2012

Ann Pizer, About.com's guide to yoga, says Yoga Download offers quality instruction, "creative" sequencing and out-of-the-box poses in its classes. She also praises the frequency of updates and variety of styles and workout durations. The review does not note any cons.

4. A Charmed Yogi

And My Favorite Online Yoga Class Site Is … , Lisa Agostoni, March 2, 2013

Lisa Agostoni picks YogaGlo over Yoga Download in this comparison of several online yoga providers, saying Yoga Download's search filters are "frustrating" and "don't translate well to iPad."

5. Alignyo.com

Online Yoga: 10 Sites for Streaming Yoga Classes, Ally Garner, Oct. 29, 2013

This roundup praises Yoga Download's a la carte pricing, variety of styles and printable pose guides. Music and specific yoga channels also earn praise, and Garner likes the ability to preview classes. No cons are noted.

6. About.com

Best Sites for Online Yoga Videos, Ann Pizer, June 12, 2013

This roundup praises Yoga Download's flexible pay-per-class or subscription fees, as well as flexible streaming and downloading options. The site also offers audio-only and music downloads, it notes. No cons are discussed.

7. PopSugar.com

Yoga Classes, Jenny Sugar, May 17, 2013

This roundup praises Yoga Download's free and "super cheap" content, range of styles and flexible payment options, which allow single downloads and unlimited streaming. The short blurb does not note any cons.