Gaia Subscription Worth It?
I’ve been on a self-improvement kick because when your self-hate is so pervasive, you eventually have to do something about it which just puts you in a constant state of anxiety because you’re always trying to be this mythical better person and…
WHEW….pause, try again. What I was TRYING to say is that I’ve been into that unlock-your-inner-power bullshit so I’ve been consuming all kinds of media to make me feel like I’m living a better life. That’s why, when I started seeing sponsored posts on Instagram for Gaia, a video streaming service that provides “conscious media” for a monthly subscription fee and boasts 8,000+ original and curated videos, I was like helllz yessss, gimme my enlightenment!
If all you took away from that is, “What the fuck is conscious media?” you’re not alone! Gaia describes itself as a combination of four primary channels: Seeking Truth, Transformation, Alternative Healing, and Yoga. I was prepared to transcend my mortal shell and reach Samadhi, so I signed up for a 90-day package and started streaming.
I’ll start with the yoga section because it’s one of the biggest and best parts of the service. It’s also a big part of Gaia’s marketing and advertising for the subscription. You likely found out about Gaia because you post about yoga and/or follow others in the yoga community. The yoga category is broken up into the following sub-categories:
- All Yoga Practices
- Yoga Philosophy
- “Living Yoga” Collection
- “Morning Ritual” Collection
- Fitness & Pilates
It’s undeniable that Gaia has a massive library of yoga videos spanning several styles and lengths. I appreciated the filter which helps narrow the options based on style, teacher, level, duration, and focus. This is convenient for the regular practitioner because it helps you find exactly what you want to get started quickly and easily. I tried a variety of different videos which provide sound instruction and, depending on what you’re trying to achieve, leave you relaxed or energized. You’re going to have a solid practice no matter what you watch.
Although the volume and value of the library are undeniable, I also couldn’t help but notice a lack of diversity in the teachers. Not to say there aren’t featured instructors that aren’t POC (People of Color)–in fact, Rodney Yee is one of their most prominent POC yogis–but you have to dig to find them.
There’s also a lack of younger, up-and-coming talent that’s popular in the contemporary yoga community. It would be amazing to see original yoga series from a diverse swath of talent like Jessamyn Stanley, Lauren Ash, Chin Twins, or countless other talented yogis. I realize that some of these people might be signed to exclusive deals with other yoga brands, but if you dedicate time and effort to the research, I guarantee you could uncover emerging talent that would be great to modernize this library.
This part of the service is focused on content to help unlock the power and potential of your mind and body. This was the shit I was expecting would open up my third eye. I thought I was gonna be levitating once I was done. The category is broken up into the following sub-categories:
- Spiritual Growth
- Alternative Health
- Personal Development
- Expanded Consciousness
There are tons of interesting and provocative topics to explore, but they’re not at all my jam. You’ll find series on everything from Ayurveda to channeling spirits from other dimensions. I’m all about having an open mind but some of this stuff was outside of the realm of what I like to watch.
The content I appreciated most in this category was the meditation videos. Meditation has been scientifically proven to help change and re-wire your brain, so I’m all about that shit. It’s also through meditative practices that I’ve been able to problem solve and experience creative breakthroughs, so I’m DOWN to meditate. My only wish for the meditation videos is that they had a filter, like the yoga videos, so that I could find exactly what I need, quickly and easily. Instead, I had to rely on the search function (more on that later) which left me sifting through a ton of videos before I could get started.