I find myself in the position of being on too tight of a budget to other studios in the area more than once or twice a month. Luckily, technology exists and can provide cheaper and free alternatives. Here's what I've done - I take online classes once or twice a week if I am too mentally exhausted to be spontaneously creative. Once or twice a week I audio record the classes that I teach and then listen to/do my own class. That is a great way to quality check my ability to guide a person through a practice and humbling when I mess up.
Online and audio yoga is great but how do I know that my alignment is correct? I record myself. When I do my own classes I do a full-length HD video. I have three currently and when I have a few more I will post them to Vimeo where you can purchase them. Look for that option in August.
When I flow spontaneously for the pure joy of moving and yoga I do time lapses and post those to Vimeo, too. Again, I can review my poses and see where I need to make adjustments. Plus, who doesn't need accountability from time to time? There are times that I don't feel like doing yoga. Thankfully, I have just enough discipline to sit my booty on my mat and do something. As the meme goes, "I really regret going to yoga...said no one ever."
Here are three of my yogi time lapses from the last few days:
Not every day of yoga (in my life) looks the same. Sometimes all I have in me is 30 minutes and some meditation and sometimes I yoga for almost two hours. I let my body tell me what it needs and try not to force myself into anything based on preconceived notions of achievement or comparison. You may be wondering where 20140726 yogi time lapse is. Well, sometimes I do yoga on a floating dock in the middle of a lake and its just not safe to try to set up my video equipment. Pics or it didn't happen ;-)