Wow, the internet has exploded with offerings of online classes.  There are fitness classes, meditation classes, yoga classes, cooking classes and any other thing you might want to learn about. With so much out there, how do you choose?
Well, we now know money is powerful. Our purchases make a big impact on businesses big and small and it’s important to ask yourself who you want to support.  With so many people flocking online with their offerings, you might encounter some shoddy stuff.  So, I’ve created a few ways for you to think about looking for online yoga and Pilates classes.
  1. Do they have a brick and mortar location? These establishments definitely need your support. Hosting online classes without overhead is hugely profitable, so the expenses might be low and if you are paying for classes you may want to support a studio with an actual location. Your dollar will mean a lot more. Plus, when we can return to going into public places you will be able to meet the teacher and the people you’ve been practicing with.
  2. Do they offer your level? Does the online offering have the level that fits you? Do they have enough offerings that you won’t have to jump from website to website to find what you are looking for?
  3. Do they get to know you? If you are taking a free class or sign up for a yoga video subscription service, can the instructors really get to know you and your issues? What if there is an ongoing injury and some postures should be avoided? Only with a qualified instructor who gets to know you and interact with you, will be the most help.
  4. Do they charge? That’s not a bad thing. Studios who have online classes who charge will be invested in your experience and will want to keep you as a customer. The other thing you can look for is if they are charitable. Does your money to them support others as well?
  5. Will they let you try it for free? Since classes are online, you won’t be taking up the spot of a paying student. So see if they will allow you to take a complimentary class before you commit financially.
Use your power wisely. Consider what is really important to you in your practice or if you are just starting out. Then invest the time to investigate to find the right fit. You, your body and your mental health are worth it.