Test­ing

Yoga stream­ing ser­vices

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When you can’t make it to a yoga stu­dio, it can now come to you. There’s been a surge in health and fit­ness stream­ing ser­vices that, for a fee, bring hun­dreds or thou­sands of ex­pert-led rou­tines to your smart­phone or com­puter. So the Good House­keep­ing Well­ness Lab eval­u­ated 25 (yes, there are tons out there!), and we asked the an­a­lysts to share the top-tested pro­grams with a strong yoga com­po­nent. Dozens of at-home testers helped se­lect these two stand­outs.

GLO

This sim­ply de­signed app has over 3,700 classes, not just in yoga but in Pi­lates and med­i­ta­tion too. There are also more than 80 pro­grams—mul­ti­ple classes sched­uled over a week or more—such as “Pose Goals” and “Nav­i­gat­ing Menopause.”

Be­gin­ners and ad­vanced prac­ti­tion­ers are equally wel­come. You can search for classes with fil­ters such as level, du­ra­tion, body part, re­quired equip­ment, and more.

WHAT TESTERS SAID: They loved be­ing able to take classes at their own pace and rated the clar­ity of in­struc­tors highly. One com­mented, “Glo en­cour­aged me to ex­er­cise and gave me a tool that can guide me but let me work at my own speed.” $18 per month; 15-day free trial, glo.com

GROKKER

A sub­scrip­tion to Grokker gives you ac­cess to a wide va­ri­ety of classes in yoga, fit­ness (in­clud­ing barre, Pi­lates, and car­dio classes), cook­ing, and other ar­eas of in­ter­est such as stress re­duc­tion and bet­ter sleep. You can start by tak­ing a well­ness quiz that can help you cre­ate a per­son­al­ized pro­gram of videos cu­rated to your needs. The easy-to-use dash­board also in­cludes chal­lenges you may want to join (like a month of mind­ful­ness) and a cal­en­dar show­ing your sched­ule and ac­tiv­ity.

Grokker of­fers over 4,000 videos in all—940 in yoga—and they’re sim­ple to sort by level, sub­ject, and du­ra­tion. The plat­form also of­fers pro­grams that last a few weeks if you’d pre­fer to take classes that progress over a pe­riod of time. WHAT TESTERS SAID: They rated the plat­form highly for ease of set­ting up an

ac­count and their sat­is­fac­tion with the ex­er­cises. They ap­pre­ci­ated be­ing able to sched­ule classes ahead of time to help keep them­selves ac­count­able, and many com­mented that they liked the wide va­ri­ety of op­tions in one place. $15 per month; 15-day free trial, grokker.com/in­di­vid­u­als

Test­ing co­or­di­nated by Selina Tedesco, prod­uct test­ing an­a­lyst Both Glo and Grokker are avail­able on your com­puter or iOS or An­droid phone, or via stream­ing ser­vices such as Ap­ple TV.

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