Find a New B.F.F. with Gaiam TV: A Fitness Buddy at your Fingertips

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It’s now been just over a week since I quit smoking so this week’s sponsor couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed something to fill the void and keep my mind preoccupied when all I wanted was to reach for another ciggy. Also I’m determined to work on a full mind/body transformation for 2012. It’s my unofficial resolution.

I have had a blast getting acquainted with a handful of the more than 2,000 video clips at GaiamTV.com. Considered the Netflix for the health- and wellness-minded consumer, this collection of videos brings a virtual yoga studio right into your living room. I have been an avid Bikram yoga girl for many moons, but due to overcrowding at my studio this time of year, I try to avoid it like the plague. With Gaiam TV I was able to search from a wide assortment of yoga, Pilates, and cardio classes with some of the top professionals in the industry, including Rodney Yee, Seane Corn, Jillian Michaels, Mari Winsor, and Kathryn Budig.

Gaiam TV = 1. Hot, sweaty, overcrowded Bikram class = 0.

The site is also extremely user-friendly and fun to navigate. I kept stumbling upon one video after another that I wanted to try, and the nice thing is that I was able to add them to a playlist to view later. Programming is fully customizable for anyone interested in weight loss, total body sculpture, and increased energy, and users can further narrow down their options based on level, style, instructor, and workout time. Reviews are available for many of the videos, which helped me select PM DeStressor in the Yoga Now series with Rodney Yee after a hectic day in the office. This 12-minute light yoga practice hit the spot and was easy enough to fit in before pouring myself a tall glass of wine and preparing my dinner.

With Gaiam TV, users receive instant access 24/7, and they have the option of streaming to their computers, iPads, and smartphones.

This streaming video subscription also offers hard-to-find independent films, family-friendly movies, interesting documentaries (I’ve already bookmarked a few which I intend to watch later), and numerous meditation videos from Deepak Chopra and the Dalai Lama. Can you tell I’m slightly excited about this service?

Gaiam TV is now offering a Free 10-day Trial! Gaiam TV’s $9.95 per month subscription fee allows subscribers to stream unlimited content. The subscription to Gaiam TV is no strings attached; there is no commitment and members can cancel at anytime.

I received a complimentary trial to GaiamTV.com in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed herein are entirely my own. This post was sponsored by Gaiam.

5 Comments… add one

Gia January 11, 2012, 11:25 AM

Anything that distracts you and keeps you on track, girl!

Still endlessly supporting you! But you know that….! :)

shari January 11, 2012, 12:47 PM

What a brilliant concept – I am so glad to have stumbled upon this post. I have been trying to get more yoga/pilates into my routine but have not been able to find a studio near my home or office that works for me. Going to give Gaiam a try tonight – I hope it’s easy to figure out, I am a tech challenged!

(FL) Girl with a New Life January 11, 2012, 2:51 PM

Sounds like fun. Since I write from home, getting out to a crowded studio/gym equals sanity for me, but back in the day I worked out almost strictly from home. This is a great idea.

Blond Duck January 12, 2012, 7:40 AM

I’ll have to check it out!

keishua January 13, 2012, 2:21 PM

I’ve been eyeing this. I am really bad about remembering that I am a member of online things. That’s why I am still thinking about it. I love their videos and it does seem like a good value.

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