Yoga is about a lot more than twisting your body into complicated pretzels. According to the Spiritual Life Society and Hudson Yoga Center, the Sanskrit word “yoga” comes from a Latin root that means “yoke” or “to join together.” The union, in this case, is of the body, mind, and spirit.
Yoga is a great physical activity if you are looking to gain strength without impact, develop flexibility, and ease aches and pains through gentle stretching. Taking up yoga can seem costly and time-consuming when classes and memberships are involved. Here is a collection of awesome (and free) yoga videos you can enjoy in the comfort of your living room.
1. Yoga with Adriene
Just getting started? Check out Adriene’s “30 Days of Yoga” videos for a daily boost of motivation. The series is designed for people of all levels, body types, and athletic backgrounds. You don’t need any fancy equipment or clothing to participate, but a yoga mat might help you grip the floor in certain positions.
Each video is between 12 and 35 minutes in length and focuses on a different area of your body. You can do a little or a lot depending on your schedule and mood. You don’t even need to do these videos in order or every single day. Adriene’s chief goal by the end of the month is to empower and inspire you to continue yoga at home.
2. Do You Yoga
You may be worried that yoga just won’t feel natural. Don’t fret, just do you. The “30-Day Yoga Challenge with Erin Motz” is set up to fuel your daily yoga habit 10 to 20 minutes at a time. You’ll wind your way through core strength moves, balancing poses, and sun salutations.
Though many yoga videos seem to be created with women in mind, Do You Yoga has a solid selection of videos for men as well.
Erin’s favorite type of yoga is “any type that makes [her] feel awesome! Some days that’s a super chill restorative class. Others, it’s a vigorous vinyasa flow.”
When it comes to how frequently you practice, Erin suggests keeping the time to around 15 minutes a day as the most sustainable schedule for building and maintaining strength and flexibility.
Read more from Erin on her blog Bad Yogi.
3. Fightmaster Yoga
Lesley Fightmaster’s YouTube channel, Fightmaster Yoga, is brimming with amazing videos for beginners and advanced yogis alike. New classes in styles ranging from Ashtanga to prenatal to flow are posted every Monday.
To Lesley, the top benefit of yoga is “quietness and calmness of mind.” Those of you who follow along will gain much more than a stronger and leaner physique. Lesley infuses her videos with a sense of spirituality that will help center you for the rest of your day.
4. Kino Yoga
Kino MacGregor at Kino Yoga has been practicing Ashtanga for the last 15 years. This type of yoga is adaptable to all levels. Her “Beginner Yoga Core Strength” video is 10 minutes long and will help you develop your core strength. This is a great workout for beginners, but it can also help more seasoned yoga practitioners to keep their core toned.
Kino believes that the top benefit of yoga is the “inner peace that comes from a direct and tangible experience of the true self that rests within each person.” She says that “yoga is both an ethical compass and a healing modality that inspires people to live a better life and change their world to a more peaceful place one breath at a time.”
5. Sadie Nardini
Sadie Nardini’s “20 Minute Weight Loss and Fat Burning Yoga Workout” helps you to work the big muscles in your body while also focusing on your core. The best part is that you can complete this workout in 20 minutes.
Do you want to get super fit? Sadie also challenges you to her “14-Day Yoga Shred Challenge.” All it takes is 10 minutes a day. You’ll pay $49 for lifetime access to this total-body workout that blends traditional yoga with more common bodyweight moves to strengthen and sculpt your body from head to toe.
6. Sarah Beth Yoga
Sarah Beth’s “Energizing Morning Yoga Routine” is a great way to start your day. The video is 15 minutes, so you can easily fit it into your morning routine.
If you have less than 30 minutes to exercise, you can also try Sarah Beth’s “20-Minute Yoga for Flexibility” video. You’ll do a series of basic Hatha poses with extended “Yin-style” releases. Those of you who have taken beginner yoga at your gym will love the familiarity of the moves. You begin in child’s pose and end in a relaxing corpse pose.
Sarah suggests you engage in daily practice for the most benefits. She says that “even five minutes a day is better for you than one hour once a week. Building a habit to get on your mat is already an act of discipline and self-care. What you do on your mat can be totally up to you.”
In the end, she explains that “physical benefits [with yoga] are good, but the personal growth is even better.”
7. Yoga with Tim
Tim Senesi first learned about yoga his freshman year at college. He started teaching yoga to his friends informally not long after. Now, with an apprenticeship and many years of experience under his belt, he offers classes on his website that blend his “Iyengar foundation with [his] own style of Vinyasa Flow.”
Check out both short and long yoga sessions on Yoga with Tim. His “Yoga Flow for Abs and Core Strength” video focuses on your core. This 50-minute routine also gives you a total body yoga workout. You can “Perfect Your Plank,” learn about Breathing, Meditation, and Pranayama, and even enjoy a “Sweaty Yoga Flow.” It depends on what your time and motivation allows you to do.
8. Yoga by Candace
Wake up fresh with Candace’s “15-Minute Morning Yoga to Wake Up” routine. You’ll begin seated on your mat by taking some deep breaths. Much of the workout is performed in sitting or kneeling position. This routine is gentle and wonderful for anyone dealing with arthritis. If you’re looking for something more challenging, check out her YouTube channel for more offerings.
Candace suggests practicing yoga at least a few times per week. She says that “even if you don't have time for a full yoga class multiple times per week, just gentle stretching and mindful breathing whenever you can fit in it will be hugely beneficial to alleviate stress and stretch out tight muscles.”
9. Interval Yoga
Ali Kamenova loves interval power yoga because it “combines the strength, power, and intensity of power yoga with the flexibility work, fluidity, grace, and breath work of Vinyasa Flow yoga and the high intensity, explosiveness, and cardiovascular training of bodyweight interval training.”
Does this sound like something you’d be into? Check out her channel at Interval Yoga.
Ali recommends doing interval yoga five to six times a week for 20 to 50 minutes a day. She offers a variety of high-intensity yoga classes as well as some that are more suited for beginners. If you are new to this type of yoga, Ali has a solid collection of alignment tips to help you stay safe as you progress in your practice.
Visit DoYogaWithMe for hundreds of streaming yoga videos made by 15 different instructors. You’ll find classes for all different styles and all levels. What’s the best part? They’re all free. You can experiment with a variety of styles to find what you like best.
11. Yoga Journal
Browse yoga videos to refine your form, build power, unwind, and more on Yoga Journal. If you’ve been sitting at work all day, come home to the 20-minute “Open-Your-Hips Flow Video” designed to ease back pain. You’ll start in mountain pose and move your way through downward dog, staff, and half lord of the fishes poses, among many others.
As far as frequency goes, “any yoga is better than no yoga,” says Dayna Macy. “To really begin feeling the benefits, practicing twice a week or more is great.”
12. My Free Yoga
At My Free Yoga, you’ll discover video classes ranging from Kundalini to Anusara to Kripalu. Anyone can participate. The “Yoga for Sleep” class will help bring mindfulness to your evening routine. At only five minutes long, you should be able to incorporate this series of gentle twists and stretches that promote rest.
Some videos that appear on the site are not available. Instead, the page will prompt you to view them directly on YouTube. Regardless, there are hundreds of free classes from which to choose, so you shouldn't have trouble finding one that works for you.
13. Grokker Yoga
With over 1,000 yoga videos to explore, Grokker Yoga is sure to have something you’ll enjoy. In fact, you’ll find more than just yoga on Grokker. There are also fitness, meditation, and cooking classes to try.
Start your adventure with this quick “Warming Up for Asana” video. The routine is intended to help beginners break through stiffness so they can participate in their regular classes with less frustration.
Vinyasa videos are the most watched yoga videos on Grokker. “Members love Vinyasa yoga because you can find classes appropriate for yogis of all levels from beginner to advanced,” says Deborah Holstein.
Try Yoga Today
What are you waiting for? You don’t need a gym or studio membership to incorporate yoga into your daily life. There are countless videos online that won’t cost you a dime. Carve out a little time each day for yoga. Your body and mind will thank you. Namaste.