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Review: Yogaglo vs. My Yoga Online

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Some background: I've been a member of Yogaglo for two months now and have blogged about it a lot! Then, the folks at My Yoga Online (hereafter referred to as MYO) contacted me out of the blue and generously offered me a free one-year subscription in exchange for reviewing the site on my blog! :-O

I've been using MYO for about a month now, so I guess that gives me the ability to review it. And, for the record, MYO never told me what to write or anything like that, so what you're about to read is my 100% honest opinion.

Yogaglo and MYO are similar in that they're both sites where you pay a subscription fee every month in exchange for unlimited streaming classes. But I found them to be very different from each other. So here we go...

Lauren's Fabulous Yoga Site Deathmatch!!!
My Yoga Online vs. Yogaglo


Design: Well, I'll let you take a look for yourselves. Yogaglo is on the left and MYO is on the right.

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When I first looked at the MYO site, my first reaction was "...ew". Everyone's different, and I'm sure that some people really like MYO's information-dense site layout. But for me... I much prefer the clean simplicity of the Yogaglo site. The MYO site kinda overwhelms me, tbh. Winner: Yogaglo

Ease of finding classes: I love, love, love, love LOVE Yogaglo's search feature!! By comparison, MYO's is really weak, sadly.

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MYO lets you search by style, studio, teacher, duration, and length. At Yogaglo, you can search by duration, level, teacher, style, specific use, body part, and music. So theoretically you could narrow down your search to find a 10-minute class taught by Joe Blow in the Suchandsuch style that's good to do first thing in the morning for people with weak knees, with background music. Amazing!!

Also at Yogaglo, the Duration search is really specific (down to 5min classes) and I love that. At MYO, it's just ~15min, 16-30min, 31-60min, or 90~min. I love fitting little 10 or 20 or 30min bites of yoga in with Yogaglo, and sadly that's harder to do with MYO.

On Yogaglo I find myself using the "specific use" search function quite a bit. They have all their classes narrowed down into categories like Menstruation for classes that are good before or during your period, Arm Balances for... arm balances, Evening Yoga for nice simmer-down classes and Morning Yoga for get-up-and-go! kinds of things. A lot of the time I don't really know what I kind of class I need, and using the specific use function on Yogaglo helps a lot. On MYO I'm just stuck sifting through hundreds of things till I find something appealing.

Yet another thing I love about Yogaglo is that when you're searching for something it'll bring up maybe 25 different results, but as you scroll to the bottom of the page, it automatically fetches the next 25 results. Love this cos you can compare a bunch of different classes at once to figure out what you're in the mood for. At MYO they only show seven measly results and then you have to click to go to the next page. BOO!!!!

A real-life example of how MYO's seach function blows: I only had a few minutes and I wanted to find a quick 15 or 20min yoga class to serve as a warmup for Insanity. Already MYO is not helping me because you can either search for classes 0-15min or 16-30min. I click on "Yoga Classes" and set it to look for classes under 15 minutes... and find myself sifting through things that I absolutely do not want, like "Tips for becoming a vegetarian" or "How yoga can cure headaches." Ugh!

Frustrated, I gave up and went to Yogaglo. Set it to search for 15 and 20min, Morning Yoga classes. Found a class immediately. Thank you!

OH, and if you hover over a class, Yogaglo will tell you the last time you took the class. Helpful for me cos I'm always forgetting. >_< Winner: YOGAGLO!!!!!!

Teachers: Both sites have Big Name yoga teachers, so if you want to take classes with just your faves, you'll have to pick which site they're on. (There doesn't seem to be any overlapping-- a teacher is on one site or the other, but not both.)

MYO has 123 teachers. (I counted!) Yogaglo only has 22. So MYO wins, right??

Well... MYO has 123 teachers, but most of them only have a few classes each, as far as I can tell. In contrast, each of Yogaglo's teachers have LOTS of classes-- at least 30 for each teacher, I'd say. This way you can spend lots of time with a favorite teacher. Each teacher also has their own unique specialty and style of class. If I'm looking for something funky and fast-paced, I'll take a class with Kathryn Budig. If I'm looking for a more-laid back feel and holistic approach, I'll take a class with Felicia Tomasko. etc etc.

Because Yogaglo has so few teachers, you can really get to know each one, and when you find one you like, you can take LOTS of classes with them! Winner: Yogaglo

Quality of classes:
Well, I'm by no means a yoga expert, but the teachers on both sites seem very competent. Winner: Tie

Production quality:
Yogaglo's classes are all filmed in the same white studio. There is one cameraman and he just zooms in and out as needed. That's it.

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MYO's take place in all different kinds of settings-- different studios, places in nature, festivals and other large events, etc. They usually have more then one camera filming, so it'll show the action from two or more different angles. MYO also features clips from slickly-produced, published yoga DVDs that you can view as classes.

Again, it sounds great... but a lot of the time on MYO, the backgrounds overwhelm the teachers and make it hard to focus. What the hell is going on at her yoga studio??!!

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So I guess this one is up to you. Do you like looking at trees as well as looking at your teacher when doing yoga? If so, then go for MYO. My personal preference is the clean, uncluttered simplicity of Yogaglo. Winner: Yogaglo

Bonuses (non-yoga classes, etc.):
Gotta give it to MYO on this one. They have classes for Pilates, dance, meditation, and lots more.

They also have a social aspect to their site-- users can create their own profiles, write blog posts, comment on classes, and so on. I'm not interested in blogging on the site, but for a moment I was excited because I thought it might be cool to use the "search members" feature to seek out other members in Japan. Then I realized that there is no such feature. ;_; Too bad.

Yogaglo just has yoga and meditation classes. You can comment on classes (and sometimes the teachers will comment back!), but that's about it. Winner: MYO

Price:
Yogaglo is $18 a month. MYO is $9.95 a month, or $89.95 a year. Both sites are a steal considering I was paying $180 per month to go to my old hot yoga studio, but MYO's the cheapest! Winner: MYO

Suitable for beginners?: 
 I would still recommend that yoga virgins get at least a few live classes under their belts before venturing into the world of online yoga. That said, both sites have classes that are suitable for beginners clearly marked, so I think one could start at either site and get the hang of things.

However, I'm gonna give the edge to Yogaglo because I LOVE the teacher they have teaching the beginning classes! His name is Steven Espinosa, and he has a relaxed way of conducting the classes while also taking the time to explain each pose clearly. Love his classes. Winner: Yogaglo

tl;dr:
For me, there can be only one. I love Yogaglo, now and forever. But My Yoga Online ain't so shabby itself (and it's cheaper)! Both sites offer free trials, so I encourage you to check them out for yourselves. NAMASTE~

Comments

( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
mellymell
Oct. 19th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
This post is relevant to my interests.
thirteenrocks
Oct. 20th, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
awesome
Great review.

Do you use the video's on an smart phone, or your lap-top?

Thank you!
starkodama
Oct. 20th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Re: awesome
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

I've actually never tried My Yoga Online on anything other than my laptop, but I would imagine it would work on mobile devices as well. Yogaglo works great on my laptop, my iPad, and my iPhone. :)
girltype
Oct. 21st, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
great review, love the screencaps part of the review.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 15th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
This post was so helpful--very specific, articulate and exactly what I was looking for to help me decide between the sites. Cheers!
starkodama
Jan. 15th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
Thank you for taking the time to comment! I still do Yogaglo every day and love it. :)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 19th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
i agree
I completely agree that yogaglo is far superior to MYO, but there is another site that I recently discovered that i am falling in love with and that is www.doyogawithme.com. There are some great teachers on there and best of all it is 100% free. Would love to hear what you think about it too :)

Namaste
Jessie
starkodama
Feb. 28th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
Re: i agree
Hi Jessie!

Thanks for the comment! I've seen doyogawithme before, and it looks nice enough, but I'm so fulfilled with Yogaglo that I can't fathom "cheating" on it just yet. ;) Thanks for the tip though!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 28th, 2013 09:38 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Great review, I'll be trying Yogaglo and hope they give you a year free membership or something for this review :)
starkodama
Feb. 28th, 2013 11:16 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
Thank you for commenting! I'm glad you found it helpful. I STILL do Yogaglo every day and I still love it!!!

Actually, when I first wrote this review, I actually posted to their Facebook page the link to this review. They said thank you for the review... but never offered to give me anything in return. Maybe if enough kind folks like you say that this review inspired them to sign up.... ;)
Christina Spragg
Feb. 28th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
thanks for a great review! I was considering switching from Yogaglo to MYO when I saw the price difference but your extensive review assures me Yogaglo is the site for me. Thanks! Going to practice now =)
starkodama
Mar. 1st, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
Thank YOU! Very happy to be of service! :)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 31st, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
This review is great! I was hoping to find something exactly like this when looking at both MYO and Yogaglo. Super helpful and informative. Thanks a million for sharing!
-Chad
starkodama
Apr. 3rd, 2013 06:55 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
Thanks Chad! I'm really glad you found it useful. Have fun yoga-ing!!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:11 am (UTC)
guru
great. thanks you.
iam gonna join yogaglo.
starkodama
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:20 am (UTC)
Re: guru
Thanks, I'm so glad it was helpful for you! I still Yogaglo every day and love it. :)
(Anonymous)
May. 23rd, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
Honesty
Really appreciate the review, helped me decide to stay with YogaGlo even through MYO is cheaper. I respect the honest review so much!
starkodama
May. 23rd, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Honesty
Thank YOU! Just finished my Yogaglo for today-- a 30min practice with Felicia Tomasko. :)
Paleorina
Jun. 22nd, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Great review!
Thanks so much for this review. I was considering signing up for Yogaglo so this was really timely. Never heard of My Yoga Online before.

I agree with you about the plain white background. Tara Stiles (a yoga teacher whom I like) has lots of videos online with different backgrounds and it annoys me a little because I look at the rocks and the pool and the garden rather than look at her.
starkodama
Jun. 23rd, 2013 10:31 am (UTC)
Re: Great review!
Thank so much for the comment! I'm with you... I get distracted easily enough practicing at home, I don't need any more distractions!! >o
(Anonymous)
Jul. 22nd, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
Great review!
I am struggling with what yoga website I should try. Youe review has given me the picture of I should expect from yogaglo. Thank you so much.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 30th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Devices
Thanks for your review! I just heard about Yogaglo and then tried to get it to work with my smart TV (fail), then my Roku (double fail). Then I found out about MYO, which I know is compatible with my Samsung Smart TV and probably other devices. I don't understand why Yogaglo doesn't even have an iPhone app!! You have to just stream it on whatever mobile device you have or laptop. Maybe this isn't an issue for most people, but I feel like it should be a little more "user friendly." That said, even in my short time comparing these two sites (I still haven't even taken a class with either one, but I've seen a few snippets of both their videos), I agree 100% with what you said, especially about the design/look of Yogaglo being superior to MYO and the search features being far better with Yogaglo (I LOVE that you can pinpoint it to, say, 15 min arm stands with vinyasa flow). I think I'm going to try out Yogaglo, but I really hope they get some better technology under their belts. I'll resort to watching it on my iPad on-the-go, but at home I'd really prefer to view it on the big screen and so far I haven't been able to figure out how to do this without buying Apple TV.
starkodama
Aug. 31st, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
Re: Devices
Thanks for the detailed comment! I never even looked at it from that perspective. I'm pretty low-tech so I just watch the classes on my iPad. :)
(Anonymous)
Sep. 7th, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
how to get yogaglo or moy on your tv
buy a roku and install on your tv,. the simple one costs about $39 . download the app on the roku and voile!
starkodama
Sep. 7th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
Re: how to get yogaglo or moy on your tv
Good to know! Thanks. :)
Annalisa Amato
Jan. 22nd, 2014 05:55 am (UTC)
thanks
that review was perfect, everything that you pointed was great, thanks for the advice.
I am considering to leave my expensive studio, and start a new way.
Alex Korbeck
Mar. 12th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
Awesome review
Glad I stumbled upon your review. Yogaglo should be paying you for every person who signs up because of your informative review. Glad I'm a Yogaglo member! Thank you!

Alex
(Anonymous)
Sep. 9th, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the super-helpful review!!!
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