When you can’t make it to a class mat or personal trainer session every day (so, most of us) it can be hard to keep up yoga and targeted exercises as a regular practice. Firstly, the solution was to bring the trainer to you, all neatly packaged up in a promotional DVD. Exercise DVD’s are starting to get a bit outdated now; with a laptop or television being required and a limited amount of content that can actually be put on the disk. Step forward the internet era. Theoretically, you can just type in a few key words into YouTube and be watching a yoga class from where you are sat. But quality can vary an awful lot, and it was this issue that inspired Lorna Borenstein to found Grokker, a website that brings you yoga, cooking and workout videos by expert yogis, instructors and chefs.
The name Grokker came from the book, A Stranger in a Strange Land in which to Grok means “means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed,” and so to be Grokker, you have been transformed.
All the videos are categorised really clearly, making finding a perfect video a breeze. As well as by category, you can search by video time length or expert leading the session, so the service is highly tailored to your needs. New, popular and featured videos are shown to provide further inspiration. I love delving through to find a new Vinyasa Flow video, and have learnt that Ashleigh Sargent‘s teaching style for yoga really suits me. She also runs yoga for athlete classes, which are perfect after a tough workout! I have been looking at the cooking videos for inspiration as well, although I have yet to try a workout class.
The fitness videos seem to be highly diverse, featuring weight training to ballet and barre sessions. There really is something for everyone. Videos are marked as to their difficulty level, letting you know if you are trying a class suited for all or one to challenge you.
The best thing is that you can access this for free. The basic membership allows access to three of the premium videos per day, as well as all non-premium videos. You can also make use of the wellness and community advice pages. For $9.99 per month, you can watch unlimited premium videos, and “attend” online classes. I am using the free version, which is working really well for me.
Do you use online videos to practice at home?