This post is sponsored, but all opinions are my own.
My first ever yoga experience was hilarious.
For some reason, I decided hot yoga was a good place to begin. I went in with my rolled up purple yoga mat, commitment that I was going to stretch, and meditate (never mind that I could barely touch my toes.)
So I rolled out my mat right next to Tony and looked up to my yoga teacher for some much needed guidance. Look you guys, I did my best here. But it was a cluster.
I didn’t understand the terminology they used. Tony was incredibly distracting (he’s the least flexible person I know and made it audibly known). And someone guy wearing the wrong shorts was giving me a peep show that I could have gone my whole life without seeing.
That was my first yoga experience.
No surprise, I decided that perhaps yoga wasn’t for me.
Fast forward a year, I started learning about a new company called, Bulldog Yoga Online. They were interested in collaborating and sponsoring The Money Nerds podcast, so of course, I had to start testing and giving you guys my honest opinion.
Side note— I will NEVER take on products or services that I don’t actually believe in, use myself, or would 100% use myself. I take recommendations very seriously and commit to being fully honest in my reviews.
But before we dive into the review, let’s discuss why yoga can be a great thing for your body and your sanity.
Benefits of Yoga
There are tons of benefits of regularly practicing yoga. One of the most notable is the cardiovascular benefits. Yoga will get your heart rate up and provide aerobic exercise. Now that it’s summer time, I need all the aerobic exercise to keep me on the hiking trails and conditioned so I don’t poop out too soon.
No surprise yoga requires some degree of balance and flexibility, which I took for granted in my early 20s and now understand how important both of these elements are in daily lives.
My workouts are mostly centered around strength training and I love throwing some heavy weight around, but I also noticed a lot of tightness in my body that led to poor posture. Flexibility and balance are key to injury prevention as well. Also, I don’t believe in exercising for the same of aesthetics, but there’s a reason people who practice yoga has rockin’ bodies— it’ a great workout!
While this all sounds pretty sweet, and most of us would like to say “sign me up,” one of the large downsides to yoga is the cost. This stuff is expensive!
Each yoga class can cost anywhere from $12-$25 per class. I see a lot of yoga monthly membership packages for $120+ per month.
Another big reason I was deterred by yoga.
What is Bulldog Yoga Online
That’s when I started learning about Bulldog Yoga Online. It all started when I interviewed the co-founder, Katy, on my podcast and started hearing her story to learning about yoga. She loves it and has such a passion for mindfulness, slowing down, and caring for your health.
While she became more passionate about yoga, she started noticing that not everywhere was sharing that same passion. Like me, people were intimidated by the Sanskrit language, the cost, and they were a bit embarrassed about how they would look.
So she went to the drawing board and created an online membership.
- 100% online, so you don’t feel like anyone is judging you
- No Sanskrit language, so you understand what to do
- Accessibility- You can workout in your living room or outside on your patio (I loved that I could pull up the app on my iPad and go through a workout in my living
- Variety of classes- you can do heart pumping classes or slow relaxing classes depending on your mood
- Cost! The monthly membership fee is around $12 (cheaper than a gym membership)
- It feels like Netflix for yoga- you can select how long you want your workout to be
- While they did a great job making the classes feel like you’re there, you aren’t. And sometimes that group accountability is what you need to power through a tough workout
- At home workout aren’t for everyone. You still have to show up and go through the workout
How it works
I highly recommend getting started with their 30 day free trial.
Basically, you create your account, login and can immediately start going through the classes to find one that speaks to you.
I downloaded the app on my iPad from the App Store and logged in directly on there. I would then position my iPad on a chair, lay out my yoga mat, and go through the workouts.
Keep in mind, after the 30 days free trial your card on file will be charged. So if you like it and want to continue no action is needed. But if you aren’t happy for whatever reason, just make sure you cancel within the first 30 days to avoid being charged.
My Two Cents
If you have been wanting to try yoga or like the idea of yoga, but haven’t gotten around to it yet, I highly recommend the classes. My personal favorite class is the booty burn one. Legitimately, my hiney was on fire!!
I intend on continuing to use Bulldog Yoga Online for when I travel and don’t want to sign up for a week pass at a gym or when I don’t have time to hit the gym and need a good workout from home. I’m even having Tony join in on the workouts for something we can do together.
If you think it’s right for you and you want to try it out, use this link to join in and start your first class today.