I may work in a field that revolves around technology, but I am not afraid to admit that I am amazed almost daily at the new concepts that people come up with. I was born in the late 70’s, carried a pager in my early college years, and didn’t even have a computer at home until I was in college (and even then it wasn’t mine…I didn’t have my OWN computer until I graduated).
Meanwhile my two year old can log on to the iPad and navigate to any Peppa Pig episode her little heart desires on YouTube. Nothing is ever going to impress her.
Anyway, when it comes to fitness great workouts are just a click away. The Internet has become an important resource for me because as a working mom and wife to a Mr. Salt who works late hours, I can’t always get to the gym or the yoga studio. Often I rely on videos at home after Betty goes to bed or when she is napping if I want to do some strength training or get a yoga session in. There are some tried and true ones that I do all the time, but I’m always in search of interesting new ones. The same thing over and over can get so stale.
And that’s why I’m so freaking excited about Muuyu.
Muuyu is a website that offers yoga classes for significantly less than one would pay for a studio class. These aren’t your standard YouTube videos though…these classes are LIVE and hence never exactly the same. You pick a class on the site, sign up, and then you log in at the prescribed time to take your yoga class. They will even send you a reminder of your class time which is really convenient for those of us that are forgetful. Standard class size is set at 12 participants so there might be that many other people taking the class or there might be less.
There are currently 55 fully certified and insured instructors on the site from all over the world who teach a vast variety of different yoga styles for all different levels.
I was lucky enough to have a class set up for me; hot vinyasa for runners taught by an instructor named Alyson McWilliams. I created an account – which is totally free; there are no subscription fees or contracts to agree to – and booking was a breeze. There are a couple ways to do this including using a credit card, your Paypal, or paying out of your “Muuyu Wallet” which is just like a class card that you would find at any studio. You add money on to your account and then use it when you are ready.
Mr. Salt took Betty out to dinner and I quickly converted our living room into a hot yoga studio. Meaning that I moved the rug, rolled out my mat, opened the slider to let in the August air and cranked the heat up a little. It definitely worked. I’m sure my family was very pleased when they got home.
Then I got my computer ready. Muuyu requires a simple plugin that took about a minute to install. For this reason, Muuyu will work on any laptop, desktop, or TV that has a built-in or external camera (or you could connect your laptop to your television using an HDMI cable), but not on a tablet, smart phone, or iPad as none of those devices currently accept plugins.
The website ran some checks on my computer including the mics and video. It was then that I realized how legit this whole thing is. I expected that I would be watching a live instructor, but I had no idea that she would be able to see me too! So cool right!? I’m sorry if I just disappointed anyone who might have been considering taking a Muuyu class sans pants. I was taking a private class, but generally you can expect to be taking one with at least a few other people. Everyone will be able to see the instructor and vice versa, but the other participants will not be able to see each other.
Anyway, with a few seconds to spare I logged into my class and there was Alyson getting all set up in her studio! Cue me having one of my ‘OMG I’M IN THE FUTURE’ nerd attacks. Seriously what’s next!? FLYING CARS?
But I was here to do some yoga so let’s rein it in.
I really liked Alyson right away; she was so nice and obviously extremely knowledgeable. The class was 45 minutes long and featured lots of sequences that I’m very familiar with, but also ones that stretched various muscles that I sometimes don’t spend enough time on, such as my psoas. Because I was as visible to her as she was to me – mostly anyway…my slider was behind me and the room looked kind of dark to her which we joked about – she was able to adjust my poses. It was beyond cool and exactly what I needed after my race on Saturday and then pushing myself through some pretty solid runs the past couple days. I would have felt like I was in an actual yoga studio if not for my obnoxious cats walking across my mat every couple minutes. After the class I was able to chat with her for a few minutes and ask questions just like I would at one of my regular studios.
I really can’t say enough great things about the whole experience. They have even the most minor details covered such as a live chat function that allows you to instant message with a Muuyu representative if you encounter any problems. I tested it out and the response was immediate.
A few of the running bloggers that I follow and love have been expressing recently that they really want to take yoga classes, but either don’t have access to a studio or can’t find classes at times that work for them. Muuyu is such a fantastic alternative to doing the same boring DVD or YouTube video over and over again. I am so excited to share this website with all of you – and just yoga in general – and because they are so kind and generous they have set up something pretty darn amazing:
I have a special promo code that I can give away to 10 winners. This awesome promo code will get you 5 FREE CLASSES. That’s a whole lot of yoga.
Here are the ways to win this code!
- Leave a blog post comment.
- Follow Muuyu on Facebook.
- Follow Muuyu on Twitter.
- Follow Run Salt Run on Facebook.
- Follow Run Salt Run on Twitter.
And here’s the Rafflecopter:
This giveaway ends on Tuesday at the stroke of midnight. Everyone in the world is eligible.
Giving yoga to people makes me smile. ❤