Peloton Yoga Basics and Review

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When we first got our Peloton bike in 2016, I couldn’t have written a Peloton yoga review. That’s because at that time, there was such a thing as Peloton yoga but it wasn’t very robust. One teacher had yoga classes available on demand and, frankly, she wasn’t my cup of tea.

Fast forward to 2018 when Peloton introduced us to three new yoga instructors: Aditi Shah, Kristin McGee and Anna Greenberg. These three yoga experts were, in my opinion, what finally made Peloton yoga worth practicing. They knew their way around the mat and, like the Peloton bike and Peloton Tread instructors, each brought their own personality to class. So you could mix things up a bit.

Speaking of mixing things up, not long after Peloton yoga came online the company introduced two additional teachers. They were Denis Morton–one of my favorite bike instructors (love his “dad” jokes and his musical tastes)–and Ross Rayburn. In 2020 they added Chelsea Jackson Roberts to the mix.

Now you finally had a full complement of yoga practitioners, which made this long-time yoga enthusiast and Peloton OG bike owner super happy. And I can finally write this Peloton yoga review.

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Some common questions about Peloton yoga

The first and most obvious question about Peloton yoga is this: does Peloton have yoga? Yes, it does. As I mentioned earlier, Peloton has always offered yoga classes in one form or another. But it wasn’t until 2018 that the company ramped up Peloton yoga from a few On Demand classes to a whole series. This includes beginner yoga classes, intermediate classes and advanced yoga classes. Classes are as short as five minutes or as long as 75 minutes aka one hour and 15 minutes.

Peloton yoga basics library

There is also something called Peloton yoga basics. It is, basically, a library of poses that you can expect to do in a Peloton yoga class–or really any yoga class.

As someone who has been practicing yoga for years, the yoga basics library is a great refresher on the proper way to do certain poses, salutations or flows. If you’ve never been able to hire a private yoga teacher–I’ve never had that kind of money–the yoga basics library is a great way to get that one-on-one instruction.

How to find the Peloton basics library

A dear reader recently posted a comment about how to find the Peloton basics library. I took it for granted that people knew how to do that. Clearly, I was wrong. 

So, I made a video that explains how you can find the yoga basics library on the Peloton app on your phone (or other tablet device). The video also includes tips on how to find the Peloton yoga basics library on the Peloton website. 

Basically, you open the yoga classes on the app or website, and then select the filter. Choose “Class Type” and then scroll down to “Yoga Basics.” And voila, the Yoga Basics Library. Then, you can choose the yoga basics class you want to take. 

Peloton chair yoga

Finally, Peloton yoga includes something called desk yoga as well as chair yoga. It’s exactly what it sounds like–yoga you can practice at your desk (at home, at work) or in a chair (in your kitchen, a hotel room, etc.).

Peloton Yoga Clothing

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The company recently sent me some clothing to try out in my yoga practice and I love it. I got two great shirts plus two pairs of leggings.

Unfortunately, the racerback shirt, which I'm wearing to nearly every yoga class, is now sold out in most sizes. But I've included the other shirts plus additional ones you may want to add to your yoga wardrobe.

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Bundle three pieces for 15% off.

HINT: The sales code works with non-yoga clothing, too!

Peloton family and prenatal and postnatal yoga

Recently, Peloton added a suite of family-oriented classes to the yoga library. This includes kids’ and tweens’ yoga classes, as well as yoga classes for prenatal and postnatal moms. Instructor Kristin McGee teaches all of these. As the mother of three children, that makes sense.

Are Peloton yoga classes good?

I think they are. Mostly, because as a bike owner, they come with my subscription. There is no reason for me to go to a yoga studio and pay another fee to take a class. I get them all for free at home.

Now, I realize there is something really special about taking a yoga class at a studio where the outside world is shut out. When I lived in New Jersey, I had yoga teachers that used essential oils during class to help us breath and relax or they might give a quick scalp massage during savasana/shavasana. Obviously, the Peloton yoga classes cannot reach through the TV and provide this kind of hands-on work. But that doesn’t mean I can’t bring lavender oil with me when I start a yoga class.

Some Peloton yoga classes move fast

My only complaint about the classes is that they tend to move really quickly. I’m used to taking a slower flow class and holding my poses for longer. I’ve talked to other Peloton owners with experience practicing yoga. They’ve said the same–they move too quickly.

So for that reason I’ve tended to stick with beginner classes. I was so happy when Denis Morton, one of my favorite bike instructors, started offering yoga classes, too–and then added beginner yoga classes to the mix.

Who is the best Peloton yoga teacher?

The person you think is the best teacher really depends on your personality and how you like to practice yoga. Here are my thoughts on the best Peloton yoga teachers or which kinds of classes I think these instructors do the best teaching.

Zen in Ten

In addition to offering yoga, there is also something called Peloton meditation. It’s a series of meditation classes that you can do throughout the day. Some of the meditation classes are offered live, like “regular” yoga classes or any other class Peloton offers. They’re even doing some “Live from Home.”

Last year Peloton introduced a series called “Zen in Ten.” It is a series of 10-minute meditation classes. The idea is that in just 10 minutes you can achieve a feeling of Zen, even if it’s in the middle of the day.

Kristin McGee and Zen in Ten

I love doing Zen in Ten with Kristin McGee. I’ve found that when taking Kristin’s meditation classes, she focuses heavily on mantras.

In one class that mantra was “Sky above. Earth below. Peace within.” I took that class and heard her use that mantra once but have gone back to it repeatedly in the months since on my own. It just works for me as do most of the mantras she offers.

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I love taking Peloton yoga instructor Kristin McGee’s “Zen in Ten” classes.

Desk yoga/chair yoga

These kinds of yoga classes sound exactly like their title. They are ways to practice yoga, albeit modified, while you’re at your desk or sitting in a chair. This was my husband’s “gateway” into Peloton yoga. He started doing desk yoga whenever he had to travel for business. This is someone who never liked to stretch. Now he loves these desk and yoga classes.

I do, too. And prefer taking desk yoga or chair yoga with instructor Anna Greenberg. She just has this way about her of explaining the poses that you’ll be doing in a non-traditional way while standing at your desk or sitting in a chair. I realize that Anna has plenty of other kinds of yoga classes that she teaches. But when I want to do a five- or 10-minute desk yoga, I’ll filter in the app for Anna’s name.

Here is my review of the Peloton digital app. That’s how I take my Peloton yoga classes–through the app and broadcast on my TV.

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Peloton yoga instructor Anna Greenberg leads a series of terrific desk yoga classes.

Peloton yoga for beginners

As I mentioned the traditional yoga classes on the Peloton app are often categorized as beginner, intermediate and advanced. Since I like the slower flow in my yoga class, I tend to stick with the beginner yoga classes.

My favorite teacher for beginner yoga is Denis Morton. Denis also happens to be one of my favorite bike instructors. I really connect with his musical taste and love his dad jokes. I’m married to someone who loves telling dad jokes so riding with Denis and practicing yoga with him really make me feel at home.

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Whether on the bike or the mat, Peloton instructor Denis Morton is one of my favorites.

Yoga basics

With the yoga basics classes, I think instructor Ross Rayburn has a really special way of explaining things. There is one yoga basics class that Ross teachers on the pigeon pose. Or as he says it’s really a pigeon pose prep class. It’s only 10 minutes long but I’ve bookmarked it in the app–did you know you could do that? Bookmarking?–and go back to it repeatedly. Why?

One, because I like Ross’s teaching style so much. Two, he continues to educate me on good yoga form. And three, pigeon is a great hip opener and stretch for your glutes. As someone who rides at least five days a week, I need this kind of stretching on a regular basis.

By the way, I’ve yet to do Ross’s “Hamilton” Peloton yoga class. It’s on my to-do list, though!

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Peloton yoga instructor Ross Rayburn does an exceptional job teaching yoga basics.

Sleep meditations

One of the newest series of classes on the Peloton app is called The Power of Sleep. It is a two-week program that includes 14 sleep meditation classes. Each Peloton yoga instructor does at least one class. However, Ross Rayburn and Aditi Shah lead most of these sleep meditations.

Here is my review of Peloton meditation classes. Before I started doing sleep meditations, I enjoyed doing Aditi’s yoga classes. She was one of the first instructors whose classes I took when Peloton yoga came online in 2018. However, once I finished The Power of Sleep, I knew Aditi would be my favorite sleep meditation instructor.

Aditi and sleep meditations

Her method of having you review your day, putting your thoughts in a virtual box and then putting the box away for the night because “you don’t need that anymore” really resonates with me. Even if I haven’t had a particularly stressful day, I’ll usually wind down at bedtime with an Aditi sleep meditation. It has changed the quality of my sleep, for the better.

You can think of the Peloton sleep meditation classes as your bedtime yoga class.

Peloton yoga instructor Aditi Shah
My overall favorite Peloton instructor for yoga and meditation is Aditi Shah.

Family meditation classes

There are also family meditation classes that you can take with your kids. I talk about them briefly in my post Peloton for kids.

When looking through the Peloton digital app, I see at least one family meditation class with each of the Peloton yoga instructors, minus Denis. So that would be Kristin, Anna, Ross and Aditi offering family meditations.

peloton yoga and family meditation

How do you get Peloton yoga on TV

If you wanted to, you could stream all of the Peloton yoga classes from your bike. But you would have to keep popping up to look at the bike screen to see what the instructors were doing, if you weren’t sure. Good thing you can stream the Peloton yoga classes on TV. There are two ways you can do that.

Cast your screen to a Smart TV

First, you can “cast” your bike’s screen onto a nearby TV. I know plenty of Peloton bike riders who do this casting so they can be looking up while riding and not down at the Peloton screen. This has a lot to do with the inflexibility of the Peloton handlebars and the fact that the screen doesn’t swivel. But that’s fodder for another blog post that I’m currently finishing. Anyway, you “cast” by using a smart TV like a Roku or a smart device like a FireStick

Connect your laptop to a TV

Second, you can use your laptop to stream the classes on TV. In our house we use our laptop to watch TV anyway. We watch network TV using Hulu Live, and then have Netflix as well as HBO subscriptions as add-ons. So we already have a setup of a laptop connected to our TV using an HDMI cable.

Use a Smart TV

Third, invest in a Smart TV. This past Black Friday, we treated outselves to a Roku SmartTV. We can watch shows on all of our favorite streaming services, and we can get the Peloton app on the TV. So no more fiddling with an HDMI and my laptop to take classes.

Stream on a handheld tablet or device

The other option you have is to stream the classes on your phone or a tablet or your laptop, which you’ll put at the top of your mat. Having done this when traveling, it works, to be sure. But streaming to a TV makes for a much better experience.

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This is my setup in the living room where I can do Peloton yoga broadcast from my laptop to my TV.

Peloton yoga free trial

You can try Peloton yoga free for 30 days when you sign up for a Peloton digital app subscription. With the app subscription, you’ll also get the other classes that Peloton offers–strength, running, stretching, etc. After 30 days the app-only subscription is $12.99 per month.

If you happen to already own a Peloton bike or the Peloton Tread, you do not need a yoga free trial. The yoga is part of your subscription package that is a part of owning Peloton equipment.

Peloton-Inspired Workout Planner Schedule Calendar PDF Printable

I designed this Peloton-inspired workout planner calendar because I found that I was great at getting my cardio on my Peloton--through cycling classes or walking on the Peloton app, for example--but I was neglecting the rest of my fitness routine, meaning strength and stretching.

Once I created this planner, which is now available on Etsy, and could fill in which classes I was going to do each week, I got better at actually following through. This is from someone who has had the Peloton since 2016.

How it's organized

To make it easier for me--and for you--to find your class on the Peloton tablet or in the app, I created a space for the class instructor, the kind of class, the date and time, and the class length. That was if you're doing the classes On Demand, you can filter by class length and instructor so it's easier to find them and bookmark them. I've also suggested themes to make it easier for you to find classes you could do for cardio, strength and stretch.

I find that writing down my workout plans as my fitness tracker on this calendar works better for me than putting them in a digital calendar, where I can simply ignore the notification.

Page 1 of this PDF is Monday through Wednesday.

Page 2 is Thursday through Sunday.

This comes in a version that is pink and red and another that is blue. Download once and print forever.

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Accessories for Peloton yoga

If you’re going to be doing yoga at home, then you’ll need certain yoga accessories. Here’s what I have:

  • Gaiam yoga mat
  • yoga blocks
  • yoga strap

Many of the instructors also talk about using a yoga blanket, which they fold up to put under their knees. Or they sit on it like a bolster. Sometimes they’ll use this folded up blanket during a restorative yoga class.

Gaiam yoga mats

I recently splurged on a new, thicker Gaiam yoga mat and a gorgeous yoga blanket, which I bought on Gaiam.com. Here is a review about how each of these yoga accessory items works.

Read about my favorite Peloton accessories here.

Peloton yoga accessories

Keep in mind that Peloton used to not sell these items for yoga. However, if you’ve recently decided to trade in your old, original Peloton bike for the new Bike Plus, you may have gotten a Peloton yoga and toning accessories kit for free. Here’s what’s included in this kit:

  • Reversible Workout Mat
  • Resistance Bands
  • Yoga Blocks (2)
  • Yoga Strap

The company says this kit retails for $149 but I could not figure out where on the site you would buy it. That’s why I’ve included links to Gaiam yoga products on Amazon. 

Best Mat for Peloton: Gaiam on Amazon

I mention in this review of the best mat for Peloton that I use a Gaiam yoga mat for my Peloton yoga practice. You can find all kinds of Gaiam yoga mats on Amazon.

Some of the Gaiam yoga mats on Amazon are thick. There are some that are longer--up to six feet or 72 inches long. Some come with a yoga towel or a strap. One is made especially for kids doing yoga. I've rounded up some mats for you to consider.

I've also included some Gaiam yoga blocks you can buy on Amazon for your practice. There are Gaiam yoga blocks made of foam and some made from cork.

Finally, I've include some cute Gaiam yoga socks that you can buy on Amazon. You can use these for barre classes, too, which Peloton has started offering.

Peloton yoga blocks

When it comes to using yoga blocks for your Peloton yoga practice, you have two choices in materials. One, you can get a block made out solid foam. Or, two, you can get a block made from cork.

In my old yoga studio, they had yoga blocks made from both materials. I preferred the foam blocks because they were slightly bigger and lighter. That is, the cork blocks were smaller and heavier.

The same is true with the yoga blocks that Gaiam sells. Well, at least the size part. The cork blocks are slightly smaller than the foam blocks.

Foam vs cork yoga blocks

Weight doesn’t really matter when you’re using blocks, because they’re there to support you. You are not lifting them to build muscles as you might with dumbbells. Still, you may have a material preference, which is why I’ve included this explanation in their review of yoga blocks.

For example, the cork yoga blocks are made from 100% recycled cork. So, if sustainability is important to you with your yoga accessories, this is good information to have.

Yoga blocks from Gaiam

Here is a collection of yoga blocks that you can buy from Gaiam.

Peloton Yoga Basics: Blocks

Peloton yoga mat

As far as a Peloton yoga mat review, I’m not aware of Peloton making a yoga mat, per se. You can buy a Peloton mat with your Tread accessories package. It’s designed to be used for strength or stretching work done on the ground. One side is said to be sticky like a yoga mat but I don’t have any experience with that to give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

I’ve also heard good things about the Manduka brand of yoga mats. One of the reasons they intrigue me is they come with a guarantee. I’ve covered Manduka mats–and 31 others items with lifetime guarantees–in this blog post about products on Amazon with a lifetime guarantee.

For more about Peloton mats, please check out this blog post Best Mat for Peloton Review.

Manduka on Amazon

Yoga mats for Peloton

As I mentioned earlier, I used a Gaiam yoga mat for my Peloton practice. Recently, Gaiam came out with a towel yoga mat, which helps to absorb sweat. I’ve highlighted it and a few other yoga mats here.

Peloton Yoga Basics: Mats and Towels

Peloton yoga blanket

Again, Peloton does not sell the gray and white mottled blanket you’ve probably seen the yoga instructors using in class, be it a flow class or a restorative class. I don’t know about you but that blanket looks quite itchy and scratchy to me. I’m sure it isn’t but that’s my perception.

I’ve highlighted some yoga blankets below.

Peloton Yoga Basics: Blankets

Peloton yoga bolsters

Many of the Peloton instructors will use a bolster during restorative yoga classes. A bolster is basically a fancy word for a pillow.

It is designed not only for comfort but for support. Many people will sit on a bolster or pillow during a meditation class, too.

Here are a few bolster options for your Peloton yoga practice.

Peloton Yoga Basics: Bolsters

Final thoughts on Peloton yoga

If you’re looking to keep up your yoga practice–and want access to other fitness options–then investing in the Peloton yoga free trial is likely worth your time and money. I’ve loved being able to do yoga at home. Again, it doesn’t 100% replace the in studio experience but it is a very good substitution–especially for working out at home.

Finally, some people may not know how to spell Peloton.

Here are the spellings I’ve seen:

  • peleton
  • pelaton
  • peliton
  • pelton
  • pelatron
  • pentalon
  • pendleton

Just so you know it is P-E-L-O-T-O-N.

3 thoughts on “Peloton Yoga Basics and Review”

  1. This site tells me everything except where to find the Peloton basics library. WHERE DO I FIND IT? I’ve got a bike coming and am doing Peloton yoga classes, and they refer to the Peloton basics library, but no one has ever said where to find it!

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