Health & Fitness

By Diane Bacher

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“No more 5Ks,” my doctor said. “Do yoga and save your spine”. Although I love the endorphin rush of running fast, I took the prescription and set out to find the best YouTube yoga class to suit a busy lifestyle. The winner is Five Parks Yoga, whose instructor, Erin, offers a variety of free YouTube classes that are transcendent.

Most classes are filmed in Colorado or Costa Rica but don’t be fooled by the serene landscape. Five Parks yoga is a vigorous workout suitable for a New Yorker’s pace. Even if you resist yoga because the thought of slowing down is unbearable, Erin’s Vinyasa-style produces effortless, rhythmic breathing in tune with flowing postures.

The results are a flexible spine, leaner legs, and a strong attitude without the nasty edge. While the YouTube classes are free, suggested donations help cover production costs. I received a personal thank you email after making a contribution, which is a nice touch. It makes you feel like Erin knows you’re there when you take the YouTube class. Five Parks Yoga also offers yoga retreats in Costa Rica with spa packages.

Originally published November 2017

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