Yoga workouts for minimalists.
- Good value for the money
- Helps you to set and reach goals
- Great teachers, even though no famous ones
We didn't like
- Lack of choices for classes and yoga styles
Dirty Yoga best serves people who want a quick, physical yoga practice and nothing else. It is purely focused on a good yoga workout, and this is where it excels.
If you are looking for a holistic yoga online class, try Grokker instead.
At this time last year, exercise seemed futile.
No matter how hard I tried, getting to my yoga studio just never happened.
Both of my kids are in school, so I have to attend school parties, pageants, and festivities on top of celebrating these holidays with everyone I know.
So far, I’ve tried and reviewed YogaGlo, My Yoga Works and YogaVibes, but since I’m so short on time right now, I decided to give Dirty Yoga a shot. For just 30 minutes a day, Dirty Yoga kicks my butt so I get a full flow on the go.
If you’re pressed for time but getting your practice in is non-negotiable, I hope my Dirty Yoga review helps you decide if this is the program that gets you through the holidays.
Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Dirty Yoga Subscription
Because Dirty Yoga provides quick, intense workouts, you’re getting a very streamlined yoga program. This means you aren’t getting the typical yoga “fluff” with these classes. If mind and spirit are an integral part of your practice, Dirty Yoga won’t work for you.
Consider this a yoga boot camp: you get your butt handed to you and that’s it. You don’t start on your back or end in Savasana. You get right to it and walk away.
I wouldn’t recommend this site if your yoga practice is more than a workout to you. Personally, I try not to treat yoga as something to burn calories or lose weight.
While I get those benefits, the other aspects of yoga are equally important to me, and I found myself really missing that with Dirty Yoga and I ended up logging onto YogaGlo for a more balanced practice.
However, if you’re looking for something no-nonsense, you will really enjoy this program. You’ll definitely get stronger and in better shape!
What Is Dirty Yoga?
When you subscribe to Dirty Yoga, you get three new workouts every week, plus two “Quickies” (Upper and Downer), and two monthly classes. These workouts are available every Monday, and they disappear the following Monday when you get your fresh classes.
Dirty Yoga says they’re the only online program where the workouts complement each other but can still be used individually with results. Their team agrees doing the same workout repeatedly gets you almost no results, so they like to offer varied classes that make you stronger and fitter in just 120 minutes per week.
- Quick and fast.
- You won’t have to hold poses for two or three minutes in these classes, so I recommend liking vinyasa flow classes because you will be moving constantly.
- The Prep program is designed for beginner yogis or people who have never taken a vinyasa flow class and is a great way to get started if your yoga experience is minimal.
- These workouts are strictly for the body. I’m not sure I’d even call them a “practice” because it’s about exercise and that’s about it.
- The website is confusing to figure out at first, and it’s difficult to navigate their numerous programs and what they cost.
- There is no free trial. Most online yoga sites offer a free trial for their services, but Dirty Yoga just offers a $10 for one week plan.
Dirty Yoga Features
Dirty Yoga Overview
Number of classes: There is no library of classes on Dirty Yoga. You get three new classes (plus the two Quickies) every week, as well as the monthly offerings.
Teachers: Jess Gronholm is Dirty Yoga’s only teacher. He’s been a yoga teacher for over 12 years in both Los Angeles and New York City. He has created a variety of unique yoga workouts and completed three advanced yoga teacher trainings.
His live classes in NYC are often impossible to get into, so take advantage of one-on-one classes with him in Dirty Yoga!
Class Length: Class length ranges from five minutes to 60. Quickies are only five to eight minutes long while the majority of your workouts will be 40 minutes.
Look and Feel
The website is really well designed. It’s retro in appearance, and if you take the time to read the content on the site, you’ll have a couple of chuckles. There is a ton of information on this site.
Sometimes less is better, and I feel like a lot of people checking it out give up because there is so much information to get through. There are nine main tabs, and when you click on one tab, you’re given seven more tabs to look through.
This doesn’t seem to adhere to their “quick and dirty” philosophy. I’m pretty sure I could have taken one of their classes in the time it would take me to read through everything packed onto their site. YogaVibes has thousands of classes and they have half the amount of information on their site.
Dirty Yoga Breakdown
“Dirty Yoga” is the core portion of the program. Included in this base program are Xtra Dirty workouts, Filthy Workouts, and Quickies. Xtra Dirty classes will make you stronger and more flexible with a healthy dose of cardio.
Filthy Workouts are pretty intense, and my entire body was burning and sweating. The HardCore classes shredded my middle while HardAss made my glutes weep. The Quickies are short and work the abs or offer a great stretch when you’re feeling super tight.
You get one Heavy Yoga class per week. Your instructor will lead you through a series of familiar yoga poses with a set of hand weights. Work warrior III, side angle pose, and even eagle using weights.
Fast and Loose
I hope you like cardio because you’re really in for a heart-pounding workout with a Fast and Loose Class.
Fifty minutes in length, Filthy incorporates every aspect of fitness: cardio, strength, flexibility, and balance. Expect to walk weird after this class.
Space is your ooey-gooey workout where you get to stretch out any muscle soreness or kinks from your workouts. The class will focus on your hips, hamstrings, shoulders, and back.
This 45-minute class is the opposite of a vinyasa flow class. There won’t be a whole lot flowing; instead, you hold your poses for what seems like forever. This class was basically torture to me until I saw how strong it was making me in my flow classes.
This is just a quick breakdown of some of the different types of classes offered. There are still a few more I didn’t touch on but rest assured, they’re going to improve your cardio, firm your butt, and strengthen your core like nobody’s business.
In a society driven by instant gratification, we want to see the physical results of our labors as quickly as possible. Whether you’ve got a hot New Year’s date or you’re giving yourself the gift of fitness this year, the 28-Day Dirty Challenge is going to give you results.
Unlike a lot of other challenges, this one is realistic. “This is exercise. You’ll get out of it what you put in. And you’ll have to keep putting in to keep it. That’s the way it works”, the introduction says. It’s nice to see a program that promises results only if you’re willing to actually put the work in.
The 28-Day Challenge gives you a brand new workout every day. I hate repeating classes, so this was really enjoyable. The classes are 20 to 60 minutes in length, and all you need is your mat and a set of hand weights.
Each class has a different focus or it combines them all into one effective class. Expect to see huge gains in your strength, cardio, flexibility, and stamina.
An effective fitness program for $28 is a steal, and I highly recommend it if you are looking to meet a goal or just get out of a fitness rut.
The Prep Starter Kit
I love when yoga is accessible to everyone. Yoga is lovely, but it’s intimidating to a lot of people. If I had a dime for every time someone said they spent months considering yoga before they actually went to class, I’d have a free Dirty Yoga membership.
Anyways, the Prep Starter Kit is designed for two sets of people: people who have never taken a yoga class and students who have never tried a vinyasa flow class. While YogaGlo and YogaVibes have beginners’ classes, they’re pretty low-key and almost too slow, focusing a ton on alignment.
The Prep series realizes you probably have no clue what’s going on, but the lessons are thorough enough that you won’t be a beginner for long.
The kit provides five classes that are 40-minutes in length. Then you get two practice classes to give you an idea of what a flow class entails and five practices putting it all together. Before you dive into Dirty Yoga, you’ll want to take the 40-minute Dirty Yoga class included in your kit.
At the end of Prep, you should be able to flow like a pro because everything has been broken down into manageable portions.
The entire kit is available to you for 28 days and is only $15. If you really want to join a studio but you’re shy or anxious about learning in front of a bunch of more experienced students, then I highly recommend buying this kit.
Price and Payment
You have a few different subscription options for Dirty Yoga. What you choose depends on your fitness goals, how much time you have, and what you want out of your yoga practice.
The Habit is $20 a month and includes your weekly classes, the two Quickies, and your monthly workouts. This will get you into a habit of regular exercise when you’re on a smaller budget and a tight schedule.
The Fix is the only way to test the waters of this subscription site. This is really unfortunate when there are so many other subscription sites I can test drive free for 15 days. This entry-level program gives you one week of access for $10.
If you’re willing to pony up $10, go for it. If you know that your practice is more than just working out, though, I’d personally save the ten bucks and check out another subscription site.
The Program lets you try Dirty Yoga for one month for $25 without a commitment or recurring payment. This is a good option if you just want 28 days to get back on track with your fitness routine or you need a full month to decide if you like Dirty Yoga.
The Challenge is the previously mentioned 28 Day Challenge. This gives you a new workout every day for 28 days straight. The cost of the challenge is $28 and gives you 28 new workouts, a schedule, and the accomplishment of finishing something fairly challenging.
The Prep Starter Kit for Beginners is the one I mentioned above. For $15, you get a month of access to the kit with five lessons, two practice classes, five practices, and one Dirty Yoga class.
You definitely need high-speed internet for your classes, broadband being the best. Your internet speed should be at least 550 mbps or your video will be choppy and the sound will be off.
There aren’t any fancy apps (the creators of Dirty Yoga seem pretty hip so I assume it’s coming soon), but you can stream your videos on a PC, Mac, or iPad and still have quality streaming.
Dirty Yoga Reviews by Others
I’ll fess up: I read reviews on Dirty Yoga before I actually started my subscription. I don’t think they swayed my opinion, but it convinced me to shell out the cash to try it (because, again, there’s no free trial). Who knows?
"...Can I recommend it? So far I can. Dirty Yoga, in fact. I find I still dislike doing the poses…but the instructor is just so affable and straightforward about it, it feels ok.
He often says things like “No big deal…” about poses that have always felt like a big deal to me before (like Warrior 3)..."
"...if you're short on time and struggling to squeeze in your yoga fix, or if you're like that one friend of mine who likes the physical aspect of yoga but can't stand "all that touchy-feely stuff," Dirty Yoga could be right up your alley."
The Alternatives to Dirty Yoga
As always, let's look at some of the alternatives I could find.
Grokker [EDITORS CHOICE]
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi, Grokker has an amazing wealth of videos and supplementary content to help you grow.
At only $14.99/month Grokker is incredibly priced for the quality of content you gain access to - not to mention if you sign up for the annual membership you save an additional $5/month!
Grokker is so sure you will love their service that they offer a 14-day free trial during which you can become acquainted with the variety of workout, meditation and cooking classes they have for offer.
Grokker takes things to another level by encouraging members to get connected. You’re invited to personalize your profile and share your journey with the rest of the community.
The Q&A Cafe is dedicated to members asking questions and giving answers.
If you’d like to learn more about Grokker, check out our complete review.
YogaGlo is the most widely known online yoga subscription. They offer a low-cost subscription ($18/month) with over 2500 classes and a large assortment of well-known teachers. Unlike Dirty Yoga, you can test drive the site with a free 15-day trial.
- I like YogaGlo because the classes emphasize more than the physical aspect of yoga.
- If you like variety, YogaGlo and Dirty Yoga are about the same except YogaGlo has a large library and Dirty Yoga offers you new classes every week.
- Dirty Yoga has the 28 Day Challenge for extra motivation and more detailed training.
If you’re looking for traditional yoga classes in many yoga styles, then I highly recommend YogaGlo.
You can read my full review of Yogaglo here.
Yoga Download has a large library like YogaGlo, but it also allows you to permanently download classes every month as part of your subscription. They are one of the few subscription sites that give you a lot of choices in your subscription options.
You can pay monthly, annually, or choose an option that gives you flexibility in how many classes you download every month.
- Yoga Download is the most affordable among YogaGlo, YogaVibes, and Dirty Yoga. Ten dollars a month gets you unlimited streaming and four downloads a month.
- There are audio classes with printout guides if you don’t have internet availability for a streaming class.
- While Dirty Yoga focuses just on vinyasa classes, Yoga Download has everything from Jivamukti to Forrest yoga classes.
If you’re yearning for a healthy variety, this is going to be an excellent option.
My Yoga Works
MyYogaWorks.com is another site offering a free two-week trial. During your trial, you get access to over 700 streaming classes. Their Journey Series has hand-picked classes to help you meet a goal like learning to meditate, getting a perky butt, or mastering advanced poses like flying pigeon or Bakasana.
- Your subscription is just $15/month or save some cash and buy an $80 6-month pass.
- Practice under a variety of teachers to help you expand your practice.
- This service definitely emphasizes the non-physical benefits of yoga, such as patience, grounding, and relaxation.
I also did a review on My Yoga Works which you can find here.
They always say the hardest part of yoga is getting on the mat. If you’re busy or unmotivated, having something short and powerful to look forward to might be all that you need to kickstart your fitness.
If browsing thousands of classes with YogaVibes or YogaGlo is becoming tedious or frustrating, give Dirty Yoga a try. However, if you have to have the mindfulness aspect of yoga, I don’t recommend Dirty Yoga for you.
This website best serves people who want a quick, physical yoga practice and nothing else.
Did you try Dirty Yoga? How did you like it? Let us know in the comments.