A day started with yoga is always a good one! But I don’t always have time to hit the gym in the morning, so I reach for my laptop. There are tons of yoga videos on YouTube and many dedicated yoga channels. I’ve tried a lot of them so you don’t have to waste your time searching for a quality practice. Of course, you can get your yoga on any time of day (there are some great yoga practices to help you unwind in the evening).
Personally, I’m working on strengthening my arms to eventually do a handstand, but I also enjoy yoga that stretches the back (great for people sitting at a computer all day) and yoga that stretches the entire body (amazing natural energy booster!). See which practice fits you best and enjoy!
My favorite YouTube yoga channels:
Yoga with Adriene
Adriene Mishler is a yoga instructor based in Austin, Texas. Adriene’s cuing is excellent — it’s super easy to follow along with her yoga sessions. Being an actress, she also adds some fun and silliness into her practices. I really love this 15 minute runners warm-up sequence. Also, this 8-minute video getting into pigeon pose feels incredible after a run:
You can visit Adriene’s website where you can read about her, and sign-up to take an in-person class or private session if you live in the Austin area.
Tara is the founder of Strala, a type of yoga that is a “movement based system.” Tara has a yoga studio in NYC and she partners with Sports Club/LA and Club Med Gym, so you can probably take her yoga classes if you have a membership at either of these gyms. Since I go to Crunch, I’ll have to take her yoga classes on YouTube.
Her videos span a wide variety of topics (couch yoga, yoga for weight loss, yoga for core strength, hotel yoga). A weekend training course in Strala for teachers and yoga enthusiasts costs $500, so getting a bit of Strala yoga for free in the comfort of your home is definitely the way to go!
I really enjoy this short routine for a strong core:
See her YouTube channel here.
Kino is an amazing yogi whose fame is rising. She recently filmed a number of yoga videos for the popular channel called BeFit. Kino is also inspiring followers on Instagram with her advanced poses and joyful personality. When I need a boost of motivation, I check Kino’s instafeed and I’m reminded why I practice yoga and where I’d like to take my own practice.
Most of her videos on YouTube are short tutorials. Both beginners and advanced yogis can find short tutorials on poses like eight angle pose, crow pose and Chatarunga Dandasana. I like this tutorial about how to float the legs into a forward bend from downward facing dog. And here’s a great stretch routine after a long run when you need to loosen up a bit.
If you’re looking for some longer yoga videos with Kino, she did a series for Miami TV Live where each video is 30 minutes. You can also find these on her channel.
This frog pose tutorial is great for opening up the hips:
Ekhart Yoga Channel
Esther Ekhart is a yoga instructor with experience in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. On her YouTube channel you can find videos ranging from 90 minutes sessions to short tutorials. She also has yoga videos for specific issues and goals, like neck pain, core strength, and practices for pregnant women.
Who is your favorite yogi on YouTube?
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