Ever feel like you don't want to get out of bed, pull on your leggings, and head to yoga? New Yorkers have a new alternative to this struggle with Boho Yogo, an on-demand service that literally sends a yoga teacher to your home. Through the Boho Yogo app or website, you pick an instructor based on your experience level and the type of session you're after.
We tried the on-demand service and started out with some breathing exercises!
"We pride ourselves on not having a specific lineage, because everyone has different attributes," says actress and founder Tabitha Holbert. "Whether you're into Hatha or Vinyasa Yoga, there's a place for you."
"The mission is for us to provide yoga on-the-go in the 21st century," Holbert says. "People don't have time to go to classes anymore and with an on-demand model, we can provide a service for those who need and might not have access."
Getting the right form is important.
Although Boho Yogo is about the personal appointments, the company's mission goes beyond making customers happy. "Every time you book a private session on the yoga app, we give a session to one of our partner shelters," Holbert says. "We've partnered with Safe Horizons to give restorative yoga classes to women who are battered, abused, and have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder." Holbert describes a woman in one of the shelter classes remarked, "This is the first time I've ever laid down and been still and not afraid."
The powers of yoga aren't just about the body, but also about the reconstruction of your mind and surroundings.
Maintain better posture!
"Our next partnership is with the Veterans Center because restorative yoga for PTSD is important, as a lot of them struggle to integrate back into society," she says. "I started this company because I had incredible PTSD and trauma growing up and so I did restorative for years and years and it changed my life. I want to be able to show other women and men that they can get better."
When in doubt, use a block.
She sings praise for schools that give meditation and yoga sessions to kids instead of punishing them with detention and suspension. "If you're going to kick out a kid for the rest of the day, instead of letting them running amok on the street, make them go to the meditation room," she says. "It will show these kids that they're valuable, not to be thrown away."
So, if you're feeling stressed, angry, or just need a good jolt, bust out a couple of your favorite poses!