Traditionally, Yoga was taught in a Guru-Shishya tradition and even today, if you want to learn Yoga to teach others and spread the knowledge of Yoga, learning under the guidance of a certified and experienced teacher is most preferred. However, thanks to technology, today you can access studio-level Yoga lessons from across the globe on Youtube and mobile apps.
The best part about some of these amazing Yoga tutorials and classes on YouTube is that they are absolutely Free! Yes… classes as long as 60 minutes for the Yoga addicts to video lessons that are just 20 to 30 minutes long, on-the-go videos on Yoga moves and quick tips for someone who is pressed for time … YouTube Yoga Channels have something for everyone!
Regardless of whether you are a beginner, or someone who practices Yoga regularly, or if you are someone who just completed a TTC, or trying to master a handstand or some crazy inversion, or just looking at daily tips and Yoga hacks, or even if you are an ardent follower of any one particular style such as Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, or follow a popular Yoga Teacher or Yoga Studio etc., YouTube Yoga videos are likely to cover all the above searches and even more!
With the surge of modern Yoga forms and techniques, practitioners across the world have indulged in exploring the wide benefits of practicing Yoga. The benefits of practicing Yoga are aplenty, and over the years, more awareness has been brought into the benefits of Yoga to beat modern lifesstyle symptoms such as anxiety, stress, obesity, depression, etc. Yoga-lovers all over the world look for a reliable source to learn and practice the art of Yoga.
Of all the options available, the most sought after option to learn Yoga techniques and benefits is via YouTube. In this blog, let’s take a look at some of the trending categories and the most viewed Yoga channels under each category on YouTube. It is recommended that you subscribe to the channels so you can stay up-to-date with the new videos and take part in their challenges which will help you stay regular with your home Yoga practice.
Yoga for beginners
This is the most trending search term among practitioners as most of the beginners look for series of beginner’s asana guide and easy to do yoga poses. Some of the famous beginner Yoga videos and channels on Youtube are:
Yoga with Adriene : This is one of the most popular channel on Youtube for beginner videos. Adriene’s videos are beginner friendly and come with clear instructions and guidelines. You can choose from 40 minute long sessions to shorter lessons and also watch videos where she clarifies specific doubts that beginners usually have.
Apart from beginners, if you are looking at quick easy-to-do morning routine or a nice and slow yoga flow to get back to the basics, you will love these videos. Also since she regularly uploads new videos, you will have enough lessons to practice and follow on daily basis.
Yoga Journal videos : For over 35 years, Yoga Journal has been uploading resources related to all things Yoga and has some amazing beginner Yoga videos by teachers like Kathryn Budig and. Jason Crandell.
Fightmaster Yoga : This is another popular channel for beginner Yoga which will help you build up a daily routine. Their daily and monthly challenges will help you find the daily dose of motivation to get back on your mat. The lessons are 10 to 40 minutes long, which is perfect for beginners.
Yoga for pregnancy
The second most viewed Yoga video category on Youtube is Prenatal Yoga asanas for pregnant women. Benefits for Prenatal Yoga are aplenty and that is why most of the moms-to-be indulge in activities like Yoga to make the process of giving birth easier.
Videos for these practices are available on YouTube, however practicing under a trained and certified teacher is recommended to practice these poses correctly and to avoid any complications or discomfort for the mothers-to-be.
Tonic Pregnancy Yoga : Tonic new lifestyle channel (run by women) is dedicated to sharing shortcuts to leading a happier & healthier lifestyle. Their Pregnancy Yoga video series by Tammy will offer tips and tricks that you can use during your pregnancy as well as yoga sequences specifically designed for pregnancy. It’s recommended you shouldn’t do Pregnancy Yoga until the pregnancy is established at 12 weeks.
TaraStyles : Tara is a popular Yoga teacher who has also authored books on Yoga, Taichi and holistic lifestyle. In her Prenatal Yoga series, she does not limit her lessons to yoga stretches alone but also shares her personal experience and The Complete Guide to Your Most Radiant 9 Months.
SarahBethYoga : This is a great channel with weekly videos on 5-30 minutes yoga videos like, Beginner Yoga, Power yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Hatha yoga, Restorative yoga, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Meditation, Health & lifestyle. The pre and post natal Yoga workout videos come with clear instructions and are gentle flow for the new mom-to-be. You can show them to your doctor before you commence your practice.
Yoga for weight loss
The third most trending category of videos on Youtube is Yoga for weight loss. Obesity and eating disorders are some of the most common health problems among youngsters these days. Yoga has proven to be most beneficial for weight loss. Initially, most of the practitioners are attracted to this holistic practice only to lose weight.
But soon they discover other benefits such as low stress levels, better sleep, better focus, increase in stamina levels, etc. Power Yoga for weight loss is the most popular yoga style for beginners level for losing weight. There are many yoga videos and channels for weight loss and detox available on Youtube.
Ali Kamenova Yoga : She has perhaps the maximum number of videos on yoga flows for weight loss. Her channels provide you with high quality, full-length, studio-level, free Vinyasa, Hatha, Power Yoga flows, Yin and Restorative sequences. She also offers a unique style that she has created, called Interval Yoga, which is very dynamic and athletic. From short 6 minute workouts to studio level 60 minute sessions, be prepared to sweat it out!
Yoga with Adriene : Adriene’s channel has something for everyone and under Yoga for weight loss you will find 40 minutes to 1 hour long intermediate Vinyasa flows set to the rhythm of the breath inviting you to find balance, get your blood pumping, and your energy flowing so you can look good and feel good.
Bad Yogi : Erin Motz is not your traditional Yoga teacher. As per her she is the carnivorous, red wine and French cheese-loving type, and her aim is to keep her classes fun and accessible & she firmly believes that Yoga is for everyone, from the kale-loving vegan to the prize-winning deer hunter. Her videos on full-body Yoga and Yoga for Abs will be useful for those looking at losing weight and making yoga workouts a part of your daily routine.
Yoga for posture correction
This is the most preferred asana type for the working Yogi as stressful work, and lengthy work hours lead to backaches and other health complications. Sitting at desk all day does take a toll on everyone’s health and one of the biggest complication most of the corporate employees go through is a hunched back, and stiff neck or shoulders due to long hours of sitting.
Yoga for posture correction and Desktop Yoga (another popular category) are modern Yoga forms, which have many health benefits including reduced stress levels, releasing tension from stiff muscles, a quick energy boost, improved posture alignment and flexibility, and also better mood, eating and sleeping habits.
Corporates find these Yoga lessons extremely useful for their employees. Here are some Yoga teachers who share tips for daily stretches that can be done from home or even at your workplace.
BrettLarkinYoga : In Brett’s yoga classes you will find tips and lessons, which are much needed for your hectic lifestyle, such as Yoga for stress and anxiety, 15 minutes or less yoga lessons, quick and easy yoga stretches, Yoga Lifestyle tips, Yoga hacks, Yoga for Detox, Yoga for lower back pain, etc. There is enough to keep you going through the week and find inspiration to live healthy.
Fightmaster Yoga : Here you will find many 10 to 15 minute Quickie Yoga Flow Vinyasa sessions which are short but complete class when you don’t have a lot of time to practice. These are mostly for all levels and there are modifications given for beginners. Lesley Fightmaster gaurantees that a 10 minute practice daily will make you feel a lot better.
Ekhart Yoga : With over thousands of students around the world practising online yoga and meditation with Ekhart Yoga and with over 3,000 classes in different styles guided by over 40 world-class teachers, they are Europe’s biggest online studio. They even have videos on Yoga for Seniors, Fun Yoga videos to get you or your colleagues/friends interested, and Yoga stretches for neck, shoulders, back pain and a quick energy boost to get you through the day.
Popular Yoga Styles
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga or Mysore style Yoga, Core Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar Yoga, Hot Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, etc are few of the most popular yoga styles that are practiced across the globe. Today, most of the Yoga studios also offer options for you to choose from and have teachers trained in particular styles of Yoga to guide you and help you progress in your practice.
Below are few popular Yoga teachers and channels who have gained great online and offline fan following for their particular style of teaching and they travel across the globe for workshops and retreats. But you always have the option to view their free online tutorials for some useful tips on posture alignment and correction, core-strength, learn how to deepen your stretches, etc.
KinoYoga : Kino MacGregor has been practicing Yoga for 20 years and Ashtanga Yoga for 17 years, she is one of the few students to begin the challenging Fifth Series of Ashtanga Yoga and receive the certification to teach from its founder Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.
Kino Yoga YouTube channel is a place where you will find all the tools for your yoga practice. Full length beginner friendly practice sessions, tutorials on almost every posture that work like a yoga pose encyclopedia, Yoga Lifestyle and Philosophy discussions and Kino’s handstand and yoga demo videos for inspiration from all over the world.
Alo Move Online Yoga Videos : Practice thousands of Yoga classes from world-class instructors with Alo Moves — the video platform of Alo Yoga. From Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative, to strength, flexibility, and core-focused classes, they have got you covered.
Cosmic Kids Yoga :This is one of the few and popular channels that focuses on Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. You will find Interactive Adventures which build strength, balance and confidence – and get kids into Yoga and Mindfulness early!
Yoga with Kassandra : Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of modern yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time.. Yin Yoga classes are becoming popular across studios as they are a perfect fit for a hectic lifestyle. Kassandra not only offers free online Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Flow classes for all experience levels but also offers an online teacher training program on Yin Yoga.
SeanVigueFitness : Take your training to the next level by joining Sean’s complete online training program. He is known as the “Most Watched Online Yoga and Pilates Guy” and was recently named one of the “Top Online Workout Instructors” by The Huffington Post.
You will find a diverse collection of Power Yoga, Core Yoga, Boot Camp, Bodyweight & Pilates videos in his channel and there is something new every week!
SadieNardini : Get Fit, Fierce and Fabulous, faster with Sadie Nardini, Creator of The Yoga Shred™ exclusive blend of Yoga and safer High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT poses). Get TWICE the benefits from your workouts, and your life when you use her expertise to your advantage, both on and off the mat. Get ready to rock harder!
All Time Classics
Of course we will not do justice to this blog if we do not mention the all time classics and share the most viewed links of their classes and demonstrations, which have been shared by their students on Youtube.
Guruji Sri.T.Krishnamacharya, Father of Modern Yoga, was the major teacher behind today’s most popular Yoga styles, including the refined form of Yoga that became Iyengar, along with the Vinyasa form of Viniyoga, the dynamic series of Ashtanga, Indra Devi’s Yoga, and many other methods.
His four most famous disciples—Pattabhi Jois, B.K.S Iyengar, Indra Devi, and Krishnamacharya’s son, T.K.V. Desikachar—played a huge role in popularising Yoga in the West. Watch them in action for Yoga inspiration. (Text Links)
Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya demonstrating the practices of yoga in 1938.
JURU Yoga Featured Yogis
JURU Yoga’s network of green Yogi influencers is growing and some of these wonderful Yogis have a growing online following and have uploaded Yoga videos and lessons on daily yoga routine, Yoga to heal body ache and bad posture, sun salutation and also videos on their unique yoga style.
IdanKirshner :Idan will change your perspective on Yoga. He makes learning and practicing Yoga so much fun! His daily Yoga hack and tips are absolutely amazing and very easy to follow.
IndeaYoga : IndeaYoga in Mysore, India, is one of the top 20 Yoga Teachers Training School in the world and Yoga Alliance registered Yoga School for RYS200, RYS300 & RYS500. Here you will find videos by Yogacharya Bharath Shetty who has more than 2 decades of teaching experience.
YogaWithSmarat : A few years ago, Samrat was diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism, anxiety and a fatty liver condition and was also battling with weight issues. He has completely healed and transformed himself with Yoga and is now a full-time Yoga teacher. You will find his tips on Yoga poses very helpful.
CYBERYOGA : Lamonte Goode is the founder of this unique Yoga style. In his words it is ‘Movement towards Innovation Integrated Fitness for the Future and Beyond…’ Watch his videos and feel free to contact him for more details and tips.
TotalYoga : Founders, Manish and Neetu conduct yoga workshops and retreats across the globe. Their style, TOTAL YOGA, is a revolution to help people get fit, de-stressed and experience Zen in daily life.
ChandriniYoga : Lara believes that Yoga is for everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, or what your religious background is — there’s a place for everybody here. Her channel aims at spreading the knowledge of Hatha Yoga as a life science by enhancing awareness and supporting your asana practice.