So many fitness crazes come and go, but one that has been around for a while and is becoming very popular among the online community is yoga, and below I'm going to show you my favorite top 5 yoga channels on YouTube.
But first some background. Yoga is a Hindu, spiritual discipline said to combine the body, mind and soul through breathing, meditation and postures.
It gets better. Practicing yoga has some of the most amazing benefits! The main four that people go in for is better strength, balance, flexibility, and posture. Not only does yoga do that, other benefits include: strengthening your lungs through relaxing breathing techniques, improving heart health and boosting the immune system! My personal favorite benefit is that it helps curb unnecessary food cravings!
Now sadly, yoga classes don’t always run cheap. You can sometimes find community classes taught by instructors-in-training for less than $10, but another great way to get your daily dose of yoga (for free) is through YouTube! Along with all of the fitness channels out there, there are also yoga-specific channels. Searching for the right yoga channel isn’t always easy. Sometimes the channel doesn’t have a particular type of practice you want, or they don’t have a tutorial for a pose. Well, look no further because I’ve rounded up what I think are the top 5 yoga channels on YouTube currently, and whom they could appeal to the most.
1. Tara Stiles
If you’ve ever browsed the Livestrong Woman and BeFit YouTube channels, or heard of Strala Yoga, you’ve had to come across Tara Stiles and her yoga routines. This former dancer and model (bet you didn’t know that!) has been gracing our computer screens with yoga routines, daily updates about life and food ideas for 6 years! She even opened her own studio in New York City, Strala.
Over the past years, Tara has become one of the most popular yogis in the fitness community. Her channel ranges from giving us quick tutorials to even quicker yoga routines. That’s one of the best things about her channel. Her routines are perfect for those who may not always have a lot of free time and when given the opportunity to do yoga, want to get it done quickly and effectively. Her routines can range from 3 to 15 minutes. She gets right to the point, and allows cool downs and rests throughout or at the end of each routine. Don’t be intimidated by the semi-rapid pace of her workouts because she’s very good at breaking it down for you so that following along is easy!
2. Yoga With Adriene
Run by Adriene Mishler, Yoga With Adriene is the perfect yoga channel for anyone new to yoga. People who have been practicing for a while can also enjoy her videos, but the reason she’s amazing for beginners is her casual and easy way of guiding you through routines. Her YouTube channel has only been around for roughly 3 years, but she’s since grown a following in the yogi community.
She’s very casual during her routines which helps make doing them a lot more fun. She occasionally jokes around while standing in tree pose and isn’t afraid of admitting that she’s still learning and growing into poses. She reminds us to be grounded in whatever it is we’re doing and is motivational throughout her videos. Doing yoga with Adriene is both effective and enjoyable. You’re not only getting discipline in finding the pose and holding still, but also enjoying this feeling of becoming connected. If you’re new to yoga, definitely check out her Beginners playlist as well as her Foundations of Yoga playlist where she gives very detailed and fun tutorials on particular poses.
Not only is DoYouYoga a YouTube channel, but also an online yoga magazine! However, this isn’t about yoga magazines, it’s about the top 5 yoga channels on YouTube. Their YouTube channel hasn’t been around for too long, but it has managed to become a popular one in such a short period of time. That’s most in part of their 30-Day Challenges.
Not only do they have a 30-Day Yoga Challenge taught by yogi, Erin Motz, but also offer a meditation challenge with Faith Hunter, and are currently open for signing up to a new yoga shred challenge taught by a great yogi, Sadie Nardini! All of these challenges are free and are truly something that will keep you wanting to come back for more. They cover things from backbends to stretching out the wrists to relaxation routines. Like the others listed, they do have tutorials that give you a good insight on how to do certain poses. The guidance offered through their routines is great too! The instructors are very easy to understand and work with beginners to get through some harder poses. The free challenges offered by DoYouYoga are a great way to get started into the practice, advancing with your practice, and, like the shred will, for losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle!
If it’s flexibility that you desire, look no further because KinoYoga is the perfect channel for you! Probably one of the most experienced and popular yogis, her channel manages to focus on yoga as a whole, offering tutorials that also cover balance and strength. She even offers a series dedicated to kids!
If you’re new or advancing in yoga, don’t worry. KinoYoga has two main playlists, Beginner and Intermediate, with over 50 yoga tutorials. Another great plus about KinoYoga is the amount of flexibility videos she has to offer. She has an entire playlist dedicated to just learning splits, as well as one for headstands. Her tutorials on strengthening your back for backbends, is also great. Her guidance is casual, fun and very professional which makes it easy to get into the poses. Her tutorials are quick and perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to get a bit flexy or just strengthen up their back and arms.
For an overall nice yoga channel to follow that gives you a bit of everything like the others, SarahBethYoga is great for that. She’s been on YouTube for 4 years but really has only been giving daily to weekly videos for roughly 3. All of her videos are accompanied by music, which is occasionally distracting but for the most part very enjoyable!
She offers cute and quick tutorials, and even has a 7-day Yoga Challenge, each roughly 15 minutes long. She offers videos for all levels and has a lot of great series that range from backbends to even a routine about PMS! Her videos are a bit lengthier than the others, but they don’t feel like it due to her guiding style. As an upcoming yogi through YouTube, she’s definitely someone to follow.
Each of these instructors brings something different, whether with how they approach poses or their way of guiding us through our practice. Whether you’re looking for some soothing relaxation yoga or a quick weight loss type of routine, these are the channels to look at when searching for those videos.