While practising yoga in your kitchen, balancing in crow pose – your knees pressed close beneath your armpits, your feet off the ground, holding all your weight on your hands – you hear a voice coming from your iPad. “Try to straighten those arms,” it commands, and... Did he just say your name?” You wobble.
But, yes, he did just say your name. Because he's Peter Cherry, an instructor on Yogaia – the subscription-based yoga app that allows you to live stream classes on your devices. On Yogaia, not only can you see the instructor, but the instructor can see you. So, no slacking. And, if you haven't got your alignment right in your dandayamana dhanurasana (that's the Sanskrit name for standing bow pose, by the way), then expect to be corrected.
Just as you would find at your favourite yoga studio, Yogaia has a timetable of classes that will live stream throughout the day. To accommodate various time zones, they start as early as 1:20am on some days and run until nearly midnight – meaning you can always find time for a session, even if you work really unsociable shifts. If you want to ensure you get a place, then book yourself into the class (again, just as though it were a real studio).
And, if there isn't a livestream class you fancy, then just choose from one of the many pre-recorded sessions to suit your mood, your experience and how much time you have available.