If you are stuck at home or just too lazy to get down to your local studio, fear not there are tons of online classes so you can get in a quick practice whenever and wherever you are.
You probably landed here because you are looking to get on your yoga mat. With that said, I will not keep you, so without further ado…
Here are some of my favorite free online yoga videos that I go to when I need a little bit of inspiration.
Free Online Yoga Classes
The last few years have seen an explosion of online platforms, and together with the pandemic, there are now more online resources than ever for yoga classes.
These videos are some of the most popular yoga classes and channels out there. Enjoy!
1. Yoga for Beginners – Yoga with Adriene
Video Views: 43M+
Followers: 11.3M subs
Channel Views: 1B+
Yoga with Adriene is one of the most viewed yoga channels on YouTube. She is incredibly popular, which you probably noticed if you looked at her channel. That’s 1 Billion views! She did start her journey way back in 2012, so that helps. She has over 500 videos, so there are loads of yoga classes to choose from.
Adriene offers a wide range of yoga classes for all levels, from beginners to advanced, from hatha yoga to power yoga.
Her videos have titles like bedtime yoga, yoga for the breath, as well as your more traditional vinyasa yoga and restorative yoga. She just might be the world’s #1 youtube yoga teacher, and it’s easy to see why. Her soft-spoken manner and warm presence make her easy to like.
Her videos are very down-to-earth, so it doesn’t feel like a super high-end production – just a simple video being taken at home. Her humble persona makes her feel like she could be your local neighborhood yoga teacher rather than being the world’s most popular online yoga teacher.
2. Yoga Break for Busy Moms – DoYogaWithMe
Followers: 136K subs
Chanel Views: 13M+
DoYogaWithMe has been around since the early days of 2009, offering hundreds of free yoga videos, including classes, demonstrations, guided meditations, talks on mantras, and pretty much everything related to yoga and meditation. There are also yoga challenges, workshops, and a ton of instructional videos if you want to break things down a bit more.
Their website has more videos, as well as a community that has everything from yoga forums to online yoga retreats. What makes this channel a bit different is how simple and uncomplicated they make it. Just super simple yoga.
3. Pump up the Jam Flow – Tara Stiles Yoga
Followers: 326K subs
Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala Yoga, a type of yoga that emphasizes movement and breath. The channel has tons of free classes, and if you are looking for some more structure, her site offers a variety of yoga courses and in-depth talks on topics like yoga philosophy and Ayurveda. A monthly subscription costs $20, or you can pay $180 for an annual membership.
What’s nice is that she has hundreds of videos still up on her youtube platform, so you can get a bunch of classes streamed for free, though it looks like she hasn’t been as active on it over the last year as her success and business now goes way beyond Youtube.
She has become wildly popular, opening a global yoga chain and has partnered with the likes of the W Hotel and Reebok. She has drawn a lot of criticism from yoga evangelicals for her modernization of yoga, though this is why people like her in the first place – she makes yoga accessible.
4. Baby Animal Kids Yoga – Cosmic Kids Yoga
Followers: 1.3M subs
Cosmic Kids Yoga is great if you want to introduce your kids to yoga. I find it difficult to keep kids’ attention in a class, especially in online classes. What’s nice about this channel is that she makes it fun, with lots of animation and stories that help grab the kid’s attention while taking them through the sequences.
No wonder she’s so popular – the production level is top-notch. The site offers a variety of yoga videos designed specifically for kids, with themes like space adventures and pirate treasure hunts. The videos are fun and engaging and a great way to introduce kids to an ancient practice in a light-hearted way.
For more>> Best Yoga Videos for Kids
5. Yoga Body Sculp – Fightmaster Yoga
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcox27Gc-NGbb2-X9hdLaMw
Followers: 676K subs
Videos: 200+ videos
Fightmaster Yoga is a yoga channel created by Lesley Fightmaster, offering a variety of yoga classes, from beginner to advanced, as well as meditation and breathing exercises.
Their site offers a monthly subscription at $9.99, or you can pay $95.99 for an annual membership. Their youtube channel is where the free stuff is at, which offers 30-45min classes with creative sequences and imaginative names to go with it, such as Yoga for Creativity and Yoga for Awakening.
They have built one of the most successful yoga channels over the years, and they have done that by making their classes very simple and beginner friendly.
6. Total Body Yoga Flow – Boho Beautiful
Followers: 2.5 M subs
Boho Beautiful is a yoga and travel YouTube channel created by Juliana Spicoluk and Mark Spicoluk. The channel offers yoga classes, meditation, and breathwork for all levels, as well as travel vlogs and lifestyle content.
Their site offers a monthly subscription for $14.99, or you can pay $149.99 for an annual membership. Their youtube channel is, of course, free, so don’t worry you don’t have to pay anything to get a yoga session in.
They have gotten a lot of followers these last years as they shoot their videos from tons of different exotic backdrops in Costa Rica. So it’s nice to imagine you are in some exotic locale doing yoga, even if you are just in your living room!
7. Evening Yoga For Beginners – Kino MacGregor
Followers: 793K subs
Kino MacGregor is one of the world’s more well-known yogis. Kino is not only a yoga teacher but is an author and entrepreneur known for her distinctive Ashtanga Yoga practice, which she has been practicing for over two decades. She has written four books on yoga, including two New York Times Bestsellers.
Her site offers a variety of yoga classes but focuses on Ashtanga as that is her main practice that she learned in Mysore, India, from the founder of the lineage Pattabhi Jois. She teaches workshops and classes around the world though is based in Florida, where she runs a yoga studio. A monthly subscription costs $20 through Omstars, though there are tons of free Youtube classes you can find online.
Kino’s youtube channel features classes, workshops, and lectures on topics like yoga philosophy and history, as well as lots of guides on advanced ashtanga postures that are pretty fun to watch.
9. Morning Yoga Flow – Ekhart Yoga
Followers: 351K subs
Ekhart Yoga is a yoga studio based in the Netherlands offering a variety of online yoga classes, workshops, and teacher training.
You can also buy individual classes for €5 each through their website, but their youtube channel is free and features yoga classes of all levels as well as meditation, pranayama, and yoga Nidra practices.
Their website has over 4500 classes to choose from, with several dozen teachers offering everything yoga under one roof. They also offer a free 14-day trial through their website.
10. Power Yoga – Yoga By Candace
Followers: 308K subs
YogaByCandace is a popular yoga YouTube channel created by Candace Cabrera Tavino. She offers a ton of yoga content, from classes and sequence breakdowns to workouts and meditation tips.
She is also a best-selling author and runs a number of popular teacher training programs and courses, which you can check out on her site.
11. Vinyasa Yoga Flow – Jessica Richburg
Followers: 333K subs
Jessica Richburg has a nice collection of classes that she has put together over the last few years. Although only active on youtube since 2019, she has become a very popular yoga instructor, recently launching an app where you can get all of her exclusive classes, tips, and workshops.
What makes her special is her soft approach and gentle style, making her one of my favs.
11. Morning Yoga for Beginners – Sarah Beth Yoga
Followers: 1.3M subs
Sarah has been uploading videos for over a decade, so while she has a massive following, she has put in a lot of effort – and it shows. Her style is very calming, which is great if you are looking for a morning routine.
She now has her own app as well as private videos, which you can check out on her site. Her hundreds of videos cover everything from yoga Nidra to meditation. She is worth checking out.
My Favorite Online Yoga Classes
Now we have a different type of list. Here are specifically my favorite online yoga classes. Watch at your own risk, as I may be biased as I have a strong preference toward Ashtanga and Vinyasa videos, so if that’s your thing, watch on:
12. Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
This was the first video I watched on ashtanga yoga years ago. And after watching this, I was hooked. This video is completely old school and that is why I love it. Filmed in 1993, it is really one of the first videos out there that brought ashtanga to the West. The students in the video are the ashtanga luminaries, including Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Eddie Stern, Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, and Karen Haberman.
The tradition has so much depth, which is why people love it. Beware, it is a rabbit hole once you get into it’s hard to get out!
13. Ashtanga Yoga Led Primary Series – John Scott
Here is another ashtanga yoga video, and also a led primary series video by John Scott, who was one of Pattabhi Jois’s first western students. He has been practicing and teaching yoga for longer than I have been alive, so he knows his stuff.
This video is taken in Goa, India, and is the first intro series that you can follow along on your own.
14. Power Yoga – Yoga With Tim
A strong power class led by Tim, though I would not say it’s as difficult as the primary series videos that we have posted above. I like Tim’s style and have done many of his classes which is why I decided to add him to my list.
This is a simple routine that is not particularly challenging with lots of movement, but it is intense nonetheless.
15. Power Vinyasa Yoga – Breathe & Flow
Another vinyasa sequence by Breathe & Flow. The class is focused on twists that is good for intermediates. It’s not super challenging – but is just right.
For more>> Best Yoga Videos on Youtube
How to choose the best YouTube yoga channel for me?
The first thing you should consider when selecting a yoga channel and teacher is your level of experience.
You may have never done any yoga before, or you may have 10+ years under your belt – either way, find a class that fits your level.
You should also take into account what type of yoga you enjoy doing. Gentle yoga, power yoga, hatha yoga, yin yoga, ashtanga yoga, the list goes on…
Some people like to mix up their practice with different styles, while other people like to stick to one style – either way, you know who you are.
Online Yoga has become very popular in recent years (thanks to covid), which might be the only benefit that has come out of the pandemic.
What’s nice is that now, a yoga class can be practiced anywhere, anytime.
Yoga is Going Online!
Thanks to the pandemic, everything has gone online – including yoga. The one benefit I can say is that now it’s easier than ever to get on your yoga mat. The hard part – is now there are no excuses.
Online yoga classes are a great way to get started. You do not have to feel embarrassed starting out if you are new, as now you can practice in the comfort of your own home.
Online yoga classes are convenient, affordable (aka free!) and flexible (you literally can practice anytime). You can choose from a variety of class types, depending on your level of experience and fitness and pick your teacher all with a few clicks of a button.
Not only are there yoga classes and yoga courses online, but there are yoga teacher training courses, which have become insanely popular the last few years. To learn more check out the post on: How to know if an Online Yoga Teacher Training is Right for You.
How to make the most of your online classes
Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your class:
1) Find a teacher with whom you feel comfortable. If you don’t like the instructor, then you won’t enjoy practicing. You should try to find someone who matches your style.
2) Don’t expect too much from yourself. There’s no need to push yourself beyond what you can do. Start by doing just 10 minutes, and go from there. There is no need to push it, which is easy to do when you are by yourself.
3) Take breaks if your body needs it. Again, don’t overdo it, especially if you haven’t kept up a regular practice.
5) Keep practicing! Even though you might feel exhausted, tired, or sleepy – keep going – yoga actually gives you energy rather than takes!
Online yoga classes takeaway
With tons of free online yoga videos out there, it is easier than ever to sneak in a practice. You will not vibe with every teacher, so it’s good to shop around until you find one that you resonate with. Until next time. 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.