Best Yoga Videos on Youtube
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If you’re looking for the best yoga videos, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got everything from beginner yoga to advanced yoga, and everything in between. So whether you’re a total newbie or a seasoned pro, we’ve got something for you.
10 Best Yoga Videos with some of the most popular yoga teachers out there
Whether you’re looking for beginner tips or intermediate moves, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the best YouTube yoga tutorials below.
1. Sara Beth Yoga – Morning Routine
If you’re the kind of person who struggles with getting out of bed, having a morning routine can be a game changer. Starting your day with even a short yoga session gets the blood moving and sets the tone for the rest of the day.
This short morning yoga sequence from Sarah Beth Yoga is a slow gentle class. It starts with a deep stretch of the spine, gradually working your way to your entire body. Throughout the sequence, Sarah Beth reminds you to stay with your breath. The pace is slow-moderate making this ideal yoga for beginners who know the basics.
2. Yoga with Adriene – Total Body Yoga
If you have a full 45 minutes to dedicate to your at-home yoga routine, then take one of Adriene Mishler’s classes. She has one of the most popular youtube channels currently, so you can find just about everything under the sun.
In this class, the total body sequence, you will find this class to be more static in the beginning slowly working your way up to some movement toward the middle with some nice lunge sequencing towards the end.
The practice supports your whole body with particular emphasis on your back, hips, and legs. Adriene will guide you through alignment and prompt you to take control of your breathing whilst holding yoga poses.
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3. Jessica Ruchburg – Restorative Yoga & Meditation
If you’re looking for a restorative yoga class then Jessica’s style might be what you are looking for. The class holds the poses for 1-2 minutes in this 30-minute class.
Throughout the practice, Jessica offers alternative poses and modifications for people not quite able to do the full pose.
The slow pace makes it great for beginners or for anyone looking for some healing in their life. It finishes with a nice 5-minute guided meditation where you are invited to clear your mind.
4. Yoga by Candace – Chair Yoga Practice
Chair yoga is great whether you’re a beginner, a senior citizen, or if you have an injury. The best part is that you can do it alone in your home. If you find it difficult to take breaks throughout the day because you are working, all you need is 10 minutes for this class to get in a little movement.
Chair Yoga adapts traditional yoga postures making them more accessible so that people with mobility issues can still get in a good stretch and aid the healing process. You don’t need a special chair for this although using one with a back and no arms generally is what you are after.
This sequence starts with a brief breathing exercise before diving into the poses. You’ll stretch your back and open your hips and shoulders. Towards the end, Candace introduces a passive forward fold to loosen your hamstrings. Forward folds are great for those of us that spend too much time sitting during the day, which results in tighter and shorter hamstrings.
5. PsycheTruth – Yoga Stretches for Back Pain Relief
One of the few things about working from home is the lack of mobility. Sitting around all day can often lead to back pain. The great news is that this yoga class is great for anyone who suffers and needs a bit of relief. Just look at the comments if you are no convinced!
Great for beginners, the sequence works your shoulders, neck, spine and even if you suffer from sciatica. Jen Hilman is the teacher in this YouTube channel by Psyche Truth, and she talks about the importance of breathing and how breathing exercises can help reduce the likeliness of back pain. As a masseuse, Jen also shares some simple ‘self-massage’ tips, and together with this class, you should be able to keep your back pain-free!
6. Five Parks Yoga w Erin Sampson – Yoga for Stress & Anxiety Relief
If you suffer from stress and anxiety like the rest of us, having a regular yoga practice can really help to relive the tension that often gets stored in the body. This class is led by Erin Sampson and sequence opens and stretches the areas of the body where physical symptoms tend to manifest. Specifically, the chest, shoulders, upper back and hips.
Erin also gives some great pranayama techniques that reduce stress. These breathing exercises help soothe the central nervous system and helps release symptoms of anxiety.
7. Brett Larkin Yoga – Yin Yoga Stretch & Relax for Flexibility
If you are looking for a slow deep practice, yin yoga is perfect for a slow day on the mat. Yin follows a slower pace, more so than other types of yoga, with poses held for several minutes, as yin focuses on targeting deeper connecting tissues and ligaments.
If you’re looking for a slow relaxing class, this 30 minute yin sequence by Brett Larkin has holds from 45 seconds to 5 minutes. This is a class where you want to take your time in each asana, so you can focus on breathing and connecting with your body. This makes the routine great not only for relaxation but also for managing stress or anxiety.
8. Yoga with Adriene – Wind down yoga
If you don’t have time for a yoga class during the day, doing one right before bed will provide a nice calm to your evening routine. As Yoga helps relax both mind and body regular practice people sleep better.
Adriene’s wind-down class is 10 minutes and short enough where you can fit in at any time you want to unwind before bed. It can help relieve tension and encourages your body and mind to relax. The majority of the exercises are done from your back, so you won’t have to worry about using too much energy.
9. Alo Yoga – Yoga Basics for beginners
Calvin Corzine is the teacher on this one who takes you through a slow vinyasa routine. He takes it slow and gives some nice background to wats going on, and shows you how you can adapt each pose based on your own body’s limits.
The instruction is given slowly making it great for beginners or anyone who wants a 30 min break in their day.
10. Arianna Elizabeth – Easy Morning Yoga Flow
Here we have a slow 15-minute short route for beginners. You start on the ground and slowly work your way up into some standing postures and flow. Arianna is soften spoken and gives detailed cues for anyone who might feel lost in the postures. She guides you through a soft practice ending with a short meditative intention setting.
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Get the most out of your online yoga practice
If you want to go deeper into your home yoga practice there are a few ways you can do that.
Join a live class
If your local studio is closed, find out if any of your regular yoga teacher you know of offer online classes. Live classes are a blast, and add a slightly different element rather than watching a prerecorded one on youtube.
Download a yoga app
If you want to level up your at-home yoga game, consider investing in a yoga app. Down Dog is one of the best subscription-based models out there and it’s super flexible and affordable. You pick from any number of styles and classes that target specific body parts.
Sign up for an online course
If you want to take your practice to the next level, you could consider an online yoga teacher training course.
Since 2020, when everyone jumped online, so to did all the world’s yoga courses. What’s nice about a YTTC online is that you can do it from home! The courses can be totally self-paced or a combination of live videos and offline study. What’s nice about the online yoga teacher trainings, is that you do not actually have to become a teacher to take the course, in fact many students don’t, you can use it just to deepen your own practice and understanding.
Tips to go deeper in your home yoga practice
It can be hard to get back on your mat day in and day out, especially when you are doing your practice alone at home all the time. There are a few things that can really help and get those inspirational juices flowing
Knowing why you do something can allow you to start to understand why you do the things you do. Often times we begin something without really knowing why. Questions can be powerful if we know how to ask them. Knowing why you want to commit yourself to your yoga practice and you might uncover some deeper dimension behind your actions. Do you want to move every day? Connect with your Self? Release tension?
Explore different styles of yoga
Often times we can get into doing something and might just stick with a certain tradition or style without really exploring more than what we are used to. Exploration can help open ourselves up to new possibilities and worlds that emerge only after we take that first step. This can help to reawaken and reinspire us if we have reached a plateau.
Try more than just asana
In fact, there is a lot more to yoga than just the physical asana or posture practice. There is pranayama or (breathing techniques), meditation, yoga nidra, kirtan or bhakti yoga, mantra yoga and the list goes on. Getting a fuller and deeper understanding of the many aspects of yoga can relly help to get more out of your practice.
Find a teacher that you connect with
Finding a teacher that you really connect with can really help to reawaken your love for the practice. When I found my first teacher it really opened up a new world of what I thought was possible and ultimately was the whole reason that I kept up my practice. Without having some inspirational figure in your life it’s hard to return to your mat day in and day out
Create a space
Creating a sacred space in your home can really help to get you motivated to step onto your mat. There is something about doing something repeatedly in the same space time after time that helps to create a sacred space that is just for you.
Give yourself a break
We are all hard on ourselves. If we eat the wrong foods, miss a practice, or take a wrong step we often beat ourselves up. I know I do. If I could just accept the fact that I will miss days, I will mess up, and do things I told myself I wouldn’t it would be much easier to get back up and start fresh tomorrow.
Home yoga practice can be a great way to deepen your understanding and connection to the practice. If you’re looking for a slower-paced class, or want to join a live class, there are plenty of options out there. You can download an app, sign up for an online course or jump on youtube whenever you need a timeout from your day. Namaste
Jake is a yoga and meditation teacher. He loves stream-of-consciousness writing, good coffee, and a quiet mind. Not necessarily in that order. You can find him pursuing that wherever he goes.