Things that distract me while practicing yoga with Tiffany Cruikshank on Yogaglo.

Via Rachel Brathen
on Aug 19, 2011
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Computer Yoga.

Ever heard of Yogaglo?

For the yoga-interested people out there living on the moon (or people that don’t spend six hours a day on their MacBook Pro), Yogaglo is a website that allows us to stream yoga classes online. It’s computer yoga.

If the thought “Oh dear, what is this world coming too?” is going through your head right now—congratulations. It probably means you have a real life where you go for walks and spend time outside and stuff. Hats off to ya. Here’s a piece of advice: If you don’t know what Yogaglo is, don’t get it. Also, never google “funniest squirrel videos on YouTube” (three hours of your life you’ll never get back). Where was I? I’m losing track here—Computer yoga. Riiiight.

I first heard about Yogaglo from teacher friends of mine, all raving about how awesome it was. “Just imagine! 1000+ classes with great teachers to choose from—all in the comfort of your own home!” one of them said. But I was reluctant. I do spend six hours a day on my MacBook, and my computer is the sole origin of whatever stress I might have in my life. I love to write. So I write a lot. I love to connect. So I connect a lot. I love my work. So I work a lot. All of these a lot’s can get overwhelming; writing, connecting, working (and then all of them put together in social media, of course).

But so it happened, I finally got a Yogaglo membership. It was kind of accidental; out of curiosity I signed up for that “15-DAY FREE TRIAL!!!” that they advertise so well, and then I forgot to cancel it. Am I the only one that thinks that’s a sneaky way to get customers, by the way? I don’t like the fact that I had to make an effort to not have $18 drawn from my account each month. Also, I forget things (as with this), and it wasn’t until I checked my bank statement that I realized I was now paying for this computer yoga, whether I liked it or not. I am lazy, and it felt like such an annoyance to go online and get it cancelled, so I decided to really try it out. I started computer practicing. And, it turns out my friends were right: I liked it! At first.

I realized it is indeed awesome to have a wide range of classes available on your computer, day or night. I started using Yogaglo about once a week, mainly to go deeper into advanced poses. There are no teachers on the island where I live that can challenge me, and sometimes I feel stuck in my home practice. So Yogaglo turned out to be great, I can practice arm balances with Kathryn Budig, get my Anusara on with Elena Brower… I roll my mat out, press “Play”, and go. Thanks to Yogaglo (and the advanced classes) I am now pretty comfortable in my handstand. I’ve ventured into poses that I normally never even go for; flying pigeon, firefly, grasshopper (yes, that’s me rocking it in the picture below!). My asana practice is definitely moving forward. Yogaglo has become a nice addition to my home practice, and I am happy to give them my $18 a month. 

The bad thing is this: I so easily get distracted. There is something a bit strange in practicing in front of a computer, especially with the stress that the computer can represent, and I never actually get the same focus that I do in a “real” class. I need to be having a very calm, balanced, grounded day to stay focused in Yogaglo class, otherwise, it’s just not going to happen. I can still practice, but it doesn’t feel like real yoga. It feels like what it is: yoga online! It’s like, as soon as I take my computer into my yoga space my brain goes bananas. No room for contemplation. No relaxation. Meditation? Ha! So far from it it’d be easier in LA traffic. I get so distracted when trying to practice in front of the computer I spend the whole hour thinking about random things, then taking out the parts of the class I enjoyed and trying them on my own—with the computer out of the room. I’m wondering if I’m alone in this.

Yesterday I decided to go for one of Tiffany Cruikshank’s classes, a core flow. I like Tiffany a lot. Actually I more than like her, I adore her style of teaching, and I like to think that if I was in a room with her I would be able to focus very well. But yesterday in front of the computer, it was… Just. Not. Happening. My brain went haywire! To amuse myself, I took the liberty of writing down some of my thoughts. I’m giving you the uncensored version here, so please don’t judge. Just laugh.


Random things going through my head while practicing with Tiffany Cruikshank on Yogaglo:

…let’s see here. Mat rolled out, check. Computer plugged in, check. Comfortable seat, check. Here we go! Let’s practice. Aaaaand… Tuning into my breath. No thoughts, just breath. Space. Aah. I love to practice. It’s so nice to not think for a while. 

…but, look at that. I can’t believe she is wearing that top! That’s a pretty bold move – it’s all cut open in the back. It’s cute though. I wonder where she got it. Hmm. I wonder what I would wear if I ever got to teach for Yogaglo. Maybe my black lulu top. Or one of my purple tanks. Something dark. Did I wash that lululemon one? I totally want to wear it in class tomorrow. I wonder if I put it in the laundry bag. Did I put it in the laundry bag? I really need to remember to do that. Oh, wait, Tiffany is showing something. Half Moon. Focus, Rachel, focus.

…she is sweating now! Of course, I mean, we all sweat. But I would have totally chosen a different fabric to wear for this. And, that gray color is not good, it shows every drop! She should’ve gone with black.

…do they have a clock in there? On the wall, behind the camera? They always time it exactly at 60 or 90 minutes. There’s gotta be a clock somewhere.

… what if someone sits down in front of the camera in the middle of class? That must have happened at least once. I bet they’re super anal about that. I bet there’s a whole team of staff screaming in slow motion; NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, and then CUUUUT!!! Haha. Oh, shit. I’m supposed to be practicing. FOCUS, RACHEL!

…God, how many forearm stands can you put in one single class?? We must’ve done like, 20, dammit.

…I saw a picture of her on Facebook doing a one-armed handstand. So cool. I want to do that. I wish she would trade one of these pinchas for a one-armed anything. I bet I can do it. I’ll pause the class, and do just one. It’s probably not as hard as it looks.

…okay so I can totally not do a one-armed handstand. And now we need a new lamp for the bedside table.

…did I feed the dogs already? They’re being really loud in the living room. Dog, dogs… Where was I? Down dog to plank, right.

…I’m liking this side-plank variation. I’ll remember this, I can teach it in class later. What’s the Sanskrit name? I need to write it down. Good thing I have my notebook on the bedside table.

…I really need a new lamp for this bedside table. Maybe i’ll go do that tomorrow after paddle board yoga. Or before. Or after… Ok, stop thinking about stupid things!  Back to the mat.

…ugh, my back is bothering me in Side Angle. I wish i had my blocks, but they’re all at work. Can’t believe i have like, a million blocks, but not a single one here. I like the purple blocks the best. Purple is soothing. That would be a nice color for this wall here, it would be a nice change. A purple wall! Not crazy purple, but not pastel purple either. A nice lavender. Oh, glad i remembered! I have that new lavender essential oil still in my purse. Maybe i should get it now. But, what is that noise? It’s Tiffany! She is telling me to do things but i am not listening!

…next time i go to Portland i’ll go practice with her for real. I love Portland. Whats the name of that super cool vegan café i like so much? Red and black, something… Hmm… I’ll google it later.

…mm, this is a nice flow. I like the way she teaches. She seems happy, that’s good. I like happy people. But—look at this! I need to vacuum under the bed. Why is there so much dog hair in here? Crap – I’m not focusing!! What is wrong with me?? STUPID COMPUTER YOGA!!!

…wait. I can write an article about this for elephant journal. I bet I’m not the only one that can’t focus in these classes. And my article will be super popular and it’ll get a million views and then maybe Tiffany Cruikshank will read it and invite me to teach a class at Yogaglo and I can wear my black top. And then we’ll go to that vegan café. Awesome.

…Savasana? Now? Ok… But I’ll probably spend the whole time thinking about writing this article. 

(I did).


For the record: I am so incredibly happy in knowing that this is all temporary. I am not my mind. For this, I am grateful. Thank you Tiffany, thank you Yogaglo. Namaste.


About Rachel Brathen

Rachel is a yogi on a world tour. Born and raised in Sweden, she currently resides in the beautiful island of Aruba where she is busy teaching yoga at a resort in the mornings, coordinating retreats at noon, taking her three somewhat crazy dogs to the beach to keep up with the surf in the afternoon and trying to survive as a vegan (where no vegetables grow!) in the evenings. She firmly believes that life is not black or white – it’s black and white and blue and yellow with rays of pink and sparkle in between. You can teach yoga and still be a party animal. Meditate and ignore your spending problems. Be vegan and eat too much chocolate. Have a Swedish passport and live in the Caribbean. You can do anything, as long as it’s you! You can find Rachel on the beach, probably practicing her Astavakrasana, or on


28 Responses to “Things that distract me while practicing yoga with Tiffany Cruikshank on Yogaglo.”

  1. Stephanie S says:

    Ack! Rachel! You nailed this one. I have a tough time focusing in those classes as well. I find myself hitting pause a lot, doing laundry, stopping to answer my phone, etc. There's gotta be a better way! Thanks for writing this!

  2. Yogini5 says:

    There is a better way. Don't follow the one armed handstanders. Do what you can do. Do it without much technology. Write your own sequences. Write them again. Change the music. Change it again, when it gets boring. Use yogaglo only for reference. Do the flow or practice that you were meant to do, not the one that Tiffany Cruikshank was meant to do.

  3. Tiffany says:

    Hilarious!! Loved the article Rachel, my mind does the same thing. Sometimes I think it’s a good challenge and others I just laugh at my crazy head. And for the record, I will never wear anything but tanks on yogaglo again, the pit marks drive me nuts, who’d of guessed it would be so hot in LA in the July. Hope to meet you around the yoga world someday Rachel. Xoxo. 😉

  4. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Rachel, this is so fun! Loved reading it!

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  5. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  6. Vixen says:

    Made me laugh out loud. Great piece!

  7. veronica says:

    purple blocks ARE the best!

  8. Andy says:

    I find myself stuffing my breathing a bit because I'm trying to listen to the teacher. I guess I could just turn it up more.

    Great, good-natured article.

  9. tracy betts says:

    Thanks so much, you are really funny, I can't stop laughing…

  10. Rachel says:

    I know – there's gotta be a better way! I guess sometimes it's good to have a challenge… 🙂

  11. Rachel says:

    I'm glad you liked it!! Hope to meet you one day too, maybe in Portland at that vegan café…!


  12. tierney says:

    I live in an area where the little bit of yoga that there is doesn’t work for my schedule. THe classes that do are at least 1hr away. My practice was pretty non existent by the time I found the glo. It was basically if I was out of town visiting somewhere and could find a good studio in the area.

    I now, thanks to yogaglo practice 4-5 days a week. Yogaglo brought yoga and some amazing teachers right to my house. It is the best money I spend every month. There is no pressure to have to do a 90 min class,,,I can do a 20,30 or 45 min instead if that is all the time I have. It is better than dvd’s because you have TONS of classes to choose from and new ones are constantly being added.

    I can have those same thoughts in an actual yoga classroom, hiking in the woods. NO matter what I do, some days I can focus and others my brain is all over the map. It’s all practice and it’s all GOOD!

  13. Yoga Anna says:

    Yogaglo is expensive. I switched to because they offer a ton of classes and programs as well as a diary so I can track my day to day practice and it's half the price.


  14. Andy says:

    In yogaglo's defense, they cost about what it costs for one drop in class at a studio. It's a great deal, and pays for itself even if you only take 2 classes all month.

  15. Andy says:

    Anna, thanks for introducing me to that site. It looks awesome! Uh oh yogaglo!

  16. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Just posted to "Popular Lately" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  17. Rachel says:

    I agree! It's so awesome that there is a lot to choose from.

  18. Rachel says:


  19. Vision_Quest2 says:

    I finally caved and went online to download audio podcasts from Do Yoga With Me and from

    This enabled me to augment my own sequence into a series of sequences, as well. As well as craft a philosophy of how my own practice came about. If there is justice in the world, perhaps my heirs would commercialize it after my soul departs.

    Doing my own sequence (which, for the most part, does NOT arise in the moment) really had gotten stale. I used to afford the fairly frequent live class – for about two years. I did not also dance, at that time. Those classes cost, too. And they keep me practicing yoga, both self-guided and virtually guided.

    Not that I really have the money to investigate virtual vinyasa a lot, but I do predict there will be more where my handful of downloads came from. Because it feels so great to do.

  20. I am really impressed with your presentation of thoughts in this article. Your ideas and information seem really valid and you have made your points very clear to the reader.

  21. shiva says:

    this is so true. Those thoughts happen whether you're in class or at home. At home, you don't have a teacher and other students as your conscience to keep you on the mat.

  22. Katinka says:

    This felt very familiar…! A great article indeed, it's funny how struggling to focus sometimes ends up getting us even more unfocused. Very interesting observations of the thoughtwaves of the mind during yogaglo session…hihi…

  23. Kelsey says:

    Great article. I read this before i got te free trial. It’s funny what you said about the lamp bc during a Kathryn Budig class I busted the screen on my laptop. Tried to do a headstand with no wall and realized it was a bad idea. Your Instagram inspired me to start practicing yoga. I live your pictures. Hope to see you in Aruba one day!

  24. Catrina says:

    Rachel-great article. I've never tried Internet yoga but feel like I would have the same issues with distractions. But I loved all the info about you after. "You can do anything as long as its You!!" Love it.

  25. Sherry says:

    Just reading this for the first time. Great article! I agree. I DO like YogaGlo when you don't have the time to get to a studio. During my lunch hour at work, I hide somewhere and get a good class in with a great teacher — there are so many of them on YogaGlo. I still definitely need that studio feel, though, for the most part.

  26. Amber says:

    Omgosh, SO TRUE! I tried yoga glow, 15 day challenege, I forgot to cancel so I went for about another 2 weeks before I was done.

    My mind would RACE! I couldn't focus.
    I loved the anusara with Elana Bower though thats for sure!

  27. katherine says:

    I can never get the classes to flow. They constantly glitch. That's really bad when you are in the middle of holding standing splits!