About four years ago Yogaglo saved my yoga practice.
No I am not exaggerating. At that time I was experiencing some serious Halifax yoga disenfranchise/disillusionment. I was out of patience for the (at the time very broken) yoga community and my studio practice took a standstill. Add a new budget and I couldn't find ways to justify spending 10-16$ per yoga class.
Then a friend mentioned that I should try Yogaglo... and after the two week free trial I was sold. Oh, I continued (although it has been months now) to go to yoga classes in studios- I am a firm believer of kinaesthetic learning in a safe environment with a knowledgeable teacher. But I gladly turned to Yogaglo as my main yoga squeeze.
I had been searching for an online yoga compliment for my home practice for years at that point. Unfortunately, nothing fit. I hated the "Yogi practicing near the beach on the sand, hair flowing in the wind with strange voice-over". I equally despised the "Three yoga teachers all practicing together in a weirdly intimate room and zooming cameras". I just wanted to feel like I was in a yoga studio, have ridiculous amounts of choice when it came to length and style of practice with an easy to use interface.
Enter Yogaglo: it fits all the above. I chose Yogaglo over other online yoga streaming sites for all the reasons they have put forth in their (wildly contested) video patent.
When I first read about the video patent at Yoga International I was disappointed. How uncool is that? (Honestly, "How American" was my first reaction). That said, I was a bit uncomfortable with the "We are so yogic and you are not" very public reaction of Yoga International. I decided to wait and see how Yogaglo would respond.
Yogaglo's (albeit late) response on December 19th 2013 made me glad I waited. Go on over and read it then come back. Ok? Ready?
Beyond the "they said, they said" aspect of Yoga International crying "wronged" and Yogaglo responding with "we've been open and communicative with you" AND whether or not Yogaglo was the first to spearhead their online class "look"- let's just take a step back for a minute and be real.
Both Yoga International and Yogaglo are businesses. They are in the business to make money and protect their merchandise. Which is yoga videos. I pay them money and they give me yoga videos. Yes being connected to yoga kinda lends itself to their clientele holding them to this weird moral-business higher standard. That said, unlike other yoga business, I don't hold online streaming in the same category as a highly polluting, questionable factory practices, non sustainable fabric, hurtful comments to women company like Lululemon.
Yogaglo films videos of yoga classes in a very specific way (arguably THE reason why I chose them in the first place) and streams them for a price. The end.
Do I think that they needed to file (and be approved, although supposedly Yoga Alliance is contesting it's enforceability) a patent? Meh. I wish they hadn't. But... I did choose them for the exact reasons they are filing for a patent. so...
Maybe this makes me selfish, or cynical, but truly I only have so much fire left in my belly and I decide to spend it wisely. I really can't get all worked up about a yoga business acting like a, well, business.
Why haven't we had the same outcry, petitions and rise in arms about other, more shocking yoga news? Like the Bikram (alleged) sexual assault and rape charges? (covered more by regular media than the yoga blogosphere). It is shameful that a yoga business patent case, not even closely approaching patenting actual yoga (which let me say, Bikram has basically done), gets more ire and yoga media attention than the news that (yet another) founding leader in American yoga is being charged with sexual assault and rape.
So. I have made my decision to stick with Yogaglo and reserve the right to change my mind. I also respect and understand why others may have chosen to leave Yogaglo behind. I get it- I just have other things (like the oil sands) to focus my inner "take a stand" self.