When we first got our Peloton bike in 2016, 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. Now you finally had a full complement of yoga practitioners, which made this long-time yoga enthusiast and Peloton OG bike owner super happy.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
I’ve never quite understood the need to invest in a special yoga blanket, if you’re just folding it up to use. Frankly, I just grab the throw pillows from my living room couch and use them. (If I’m missing something about a yoga blanket, please let me know.)
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 use a Gaiam yoga mat, and a set of Gaiam blocks I got on Amazon. 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.
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:
Just so you know it is P-E-L-O-T-O-N. Peloton.