Which Yoga Studios and Fitness Centers are offering Live Stream Workouts during the Coronavirus Pandemic?
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The best strategy to fight this virus at present is to keep a distance from people and don’t socialize. Also, maintain good hygiene.
Coronavirus impact on businesses
Coronavirus is having a direct impact on all small and local businesses. Big business also might be affected as many yoga studios are now having less class attendance. Thus many yoga businesses, gyms and fitness centers, are seeing a significant drop in revenue.
In the last few days, many studios have cut their classes in half and capped the attendance to no more than 25 people per class to maintain the social distance rule. Also many are moving to an online platform, where people can join them for classes and meditations from home as a way to keep their health and wellness intact during this challenging time.
According to Larissa Schiano-Gonzalez, owner of Be Yoga & Dance, who decided to close her Rosebank studio on Tuesday and take her classes online “as much as this pandemic has brought up fear, it has also brought up so much possibility of how I can take ‘Be’ to a whole new space and connect with so many new people from an online platform.” “Financially, I am getting hit, but I’m grounded in my practices and trust that everything is going to be OK and this space has created an opportunity for me.”
Similarly, the Elements at Stonefield VA in the US was set to celebrate its fourth anniversary in its studios. Those plans have changed in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The boutique gym has transitioned to online-only, remote yoga and HIIT classes.
Owners Kendall Selfe and Monica McGhee made the decision to move classes online for two weeks. Classes cost $4 for non-members and users will be sent a link via Zoom, an online video chatting platform, to join the class. The instructors lead the group virtually through meditation and workouts.
In a time of social distancing, the benefits of yoga go beyond just physical health. Selfe and McGhee emphasize how yoga can lighten one’s mood and bring a sense of community during an isolated period.
You can still build community online and you can see each other through the platform and we can all talk at the same time,” said Selfe.
“As they come in, we can still see their practice, we can still look at everybody in the class. The connection with other human beings, it’s one of the most important things that keep us with our spirits elevated,” said McGhee. “It’s bringing more connectedness than I thought it would,” said Selfe.
Another yoga instructor from Finland Emilia Viherkoski decided to close her Helsinki yoga studio’s doors the day before the government announced a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people and closures of cultural and sporting institutions.
Viherkoski says closing her studio and cafe, Roots Helsinki, was motivated by a sense of responsibility towards her staff and customers’ health, but the closure has come at a severe cost. “We’ve cancelled 60 classes a week, so it’s a lot of money we’re losing,” Viherkoski explains.
“The yoga teachers are self-employed, so they’re in trouble. We’re having to lay off the cafe staff.”
Roots Helsinki’s business insurance doesn’t cover an interruption in trading as a result of the current coronavirus epidemic, and Viherkoski isn’t confident that businesses like hers will get help from the government. Her statement “We’re in survival mode, doing everything we can. We have to be optimistic, otherwise we’re screwed.”
Which Yoga Studios and Fitness centers are offering Live stream workouts during the Coronavirus pandemic?
As more and more yoga studios and fitness centers are offering live stream workouts during the Coronavirus pandemic here are the few to note and join them online right from your home.
- CorePower Yoga: CorePower Yoga is offering free streaming live classes for you each day. If you are already a member, you’ll now be able to enjoy full unlimited access to all online classes through CorePower Yoga On Demand, which include 20-60 minute versions of the same CorePower class formats you’re used to in the studio. For those who are not members, CorePower is still providing free access to a limited collection of online classes available weekly.
- Lululemon: Your favorite athletic clothing brand will be hosting free Instagram Live sessions that feature yoga, do-anywhere workouts, meditation, and self-care tips.
- Skyting: This community-driven yoga brand is offering a one week free of their yoga television platform.
- Y7 Yoga: This candlelight yoga studio is offering Flow On Your Own Instagram Live sessions throughout the week.
- Don Saladino: Known for training Blake Lively, this celebrity personal trainer and owner of Drive Health Clubs is offering a free 4-week bodyweight training program that requires no equipment and can be done in the comfort of your own home.
- Fit Body: These challenging workouts by Instagram fitness guru Anna Victoria are super effective, and new members of the app will be able to take advantage of it for free for the next 30 days. Go to www.fitbodyapp.com, select the 1 month membership, and enter code DAJEITALIA at checkout.
- Transform HQ: Chris Powell and his wife Heidi Powell hosted ABC’s television series Extreme Weight Loss. They’ll be offering 30 days of free workouts and recipes in their exclusive Transform App Users Community on Facebook.
- Peloton: Peloton is known for its indoor cycling bike and tread, the company offers many other fitness classes on its streaming app. Peloton is now offering a90-day free trial of their yoga, meditation, strength, cycling, running, and other fitness classes to anyone for use, even if you don’t own the bike itself.
- Redeem Fitness: Redeem offers high-intensity interval training, strength training, core, prenatal, dance, and more targeted towards keeping women fit. In light of recent events, Redeem’s online workout platform will be free for the next 30 days. Visit redeemfit.com/sign-up and use coupon code REDEEM1.
- Daily Burn: On March 23rd, Daily Burn will be upgrading its current members to premium access for 60 days for free. If you’re new to the app, they are offering a 60-day free trial with premium access as well. Daily Burn will be curating a different workout each day from their extensive library in place of new episodes of DB365.
- Planet Fitness: Planet Fitness will be hosting “Home Work-Ins” – a series of free fitness classes for everyone – that will be streamed live on Planet Fitness’ Facebook page daily at 7 p.m. EST. For anyone who can’t participate live, each workout will also be available to view on both the Planet Fitness Facebook page and YouTube channel after the broadcast is over.
- YMCA: A new free online community program, YMCA 360, offers on-demand programs and digital coaching. The program includes some of the Y’s most popular group exercise classes like boot camp, barre, yoga, and low impact programs for seniors.
- 24 Hour Fitness: Everyone can access the 24 Hour Fitness app on-demand workouts and premium content for free during this time, which includes Les Mills classes and audio coaching.
- Gold’s Gym: There are over 600 audio and video workouts on the Gold’s Gym AMP app, which they are offering for free through the end of May. Get started at goldsamp.com/promo, and enter promo code FIT60.
- Crunch Fitness: If you are a Crunch member, you’ll be able to enjoy free access to the Crunch Live platform regardless of your membership tier. This platform offers over 100 workouts that include dancing, yoga, and kickboxing.
Australia Yoga and Pilate studios offering free online classes
Here find the list of Australian Yoga studios and Pilates studios that are going online and offering virtual classes to their students, many are offering free so that you can do yoga and stay fit even at your home in a comfort zone.
These virtual yoga studios are running good yoga classes with zero in-person contact. This list is sourced by Broadsheet Australia.
- Melbourne-based yoga teacher Annie Belcher shares downloadable audio classes for free on her website. She’s even posted a special Yoga at Home class for people who are self-isolating.
- Keep It Cleaner has launched a virtual gym. It’s free and there are classes on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7am. No equipment needed.
- Universal Practice at Home is an online platform that gives unlimited access to more than 70 classes – including Pilates, strength training, yoga and meditation – for $49 per month.
- Melbourne-based Sue Everett offers one-on-one yoga sessions via Skype for $30 per 15 minutes. Book online.
- Online yoga platform Will takes a modern approach to this ancient practice with easy-to-follow, downloadable classes. It’s $197 for lifetime access to its online library.
- Ex-Bachelor star and personal trainer Sam Wood’s 28 app has wellbeing and fitness tips, workouts, nutrition, recipes and more. Monthly membership is $58.99.
- Australian fitness instructor Damon Bell is now based in New York, but you can access his minimal-equipment workout videos for free on Instagram.
- Fluidform Pilates has an at-home program with targeted pre-recorded workouts for all levels of fitness. It’s $49 per month and the first monthly payment includes a free equipment pack.
- Couch to 5K isn’t strictly for indoors, but the nine-week, app-led running program can definitely be done solo.
- A Melbourne couple created the Callie fitness kit ($75), which is designed to help you replicate a gym workout at home. There’s also a guided online workout you can do called Quarantine With Callie.
- Sydney Yoga Collective is live-streaming its 32 yoga classes. It’s $10 for unlimited access and there’ll be five free classes available weekly, too.
- I Am That is a newly launched virtual yoga studio offering a variety of live and pre-recorded yoga and meditation classes online. It’s $9 a week to take part, or free for those who can’t afford it due to the current crisis – just email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount count.
- Recently opened personal-training studio Frame in Melbourne is now offering six virtual classes every day. It’s $10 for one or $35 for unlimited sessions. Find the timetable here.
- Power Living has an online platform, Yogaholics, offering 24-hour access to yoga and meditation classes, ranging from five to 90 minutes in length, for $12 a month.
All this shows that things are at your hands as Virtual and online live streaming classes are the need of the hour and maybe the wave of the future. If you haven’t done live streaming before, you can learn from here as how to do it.
For students, there are many yoga apps to download and take advantage of to do yoga classes at home.
Finally don’t get disheartened, stay positive, and stay healthy. Be positive about your business and remember online live streaming or virtual classes is the best way to boost your studio.
One most important thing: Help others in whatever way you can, if someone doesn’t know how to live stream teach them, if one cannot afford online classes, offer free if you can and if your country is in lockdown, help the poor, needy and animals. Stay fit and healthy, abide by the rules and keep yourself informed.