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The beauty of practicing yoga in your own space is to me, unparalleled. To roll out of bed and onto your mat, or unwind after a hectic day in the comfort of your own home, is a luxury greater than any fancy yoga class. You don’t need to drive anywhere, deal with sweaty strangers blocking your view, or even change out of your pajamas—and of course, it’s free.
Sifting through thousands of videos online can feel overwhelming, and the last thing you want to feel is frustration during your precious Zen time. The yoga channels below are my personal favorites and won’t disappoint; they all vary in their style and approach, but are equally effective at coaxing beginners and advanced yogi’s alike into a dedicated YouTube yoga practice.
The Playful Modern Yogi: Adriene
YouTube Channel- Yoga with Adriene
Adriene Mishler is the yoga teacher you want to be best friends with, whose videos include the occasional slip of an F-bomb, admittances of drinking too much coffee, and her genuine, down-to-earth good vibes. Adriene is an Austin-based actress and yogi who has 168 videos under her belt and an impressive Instagram following. Part of the popularity behind her channel is the personality she brings to her yoga classes; she truly imbues each video with a gentle playfulness and her quirky humor.
Do yourself a favor and allow Adriene to help you with everything from cramps, indigestion, bad moods, and back aches—she even has a “Yoga for Hangovers” sequence. Her Foundations of Yoga series, 34 in total, are short instructional videos which break down each pose to familiarize beginners with the basics; these videos as the perfect foundation for a life-long yoga practice. Her lessons, which are typically in the half hour range, are an amazing pick-me-up and wonderful for when you’re craving a light-hearted practice that will leave you smiling and refreshed.
The Zen Yogi Master: Nora
YouTube Channel- Yoga with Nora
Yogi Nora is a rare bird who doesn’t just teach yoga, she truly lives yoga and embodies it. She possesses this ethereal and glittering tranquility about her, comes from her deeply dedicated yoga practice (six hours every day!). Her skill level, grace, and mysterious twinkling laugh leave you wondering, “Who is Yogi Nora, and where does she come from?!” She is simply ecstatic in the most serene way possible, with a glow and joy that shines through each of her videos. Although most of us aren’t striving for Yogi Nora’s level of dedication, she’s definitely an inspiration to keep at yoga and discover her secret.
Yogi Nora’s videos are for when you truly want to get into your practice, not just get it over with. When you have the time to light a candle, drink some tea, and lose yourself in yoga, her deeply rejuvenating routines are the perfect fix. She also has videos about everything from eating organic (she follows a strict Vegan diet) to the power of prayer. I’d recommend her lessons for when you want to push yourself with a longer and more challenging practice; many of her videos last a little over an hour, and they do wonders for opening the hips. Yogi Nora’s videos are more than just a quick sweat session, but are about experiencing a richer more spiritual connection to your practice.
The Guru of Composure: Candace
YouTube Channel- Yoga by Candace
For the calm and quiet yogi, the videos of full-time international yoga instructor Candace, is an ideal fit. Not one to get too chatty or off topic, Candace jumps right into each video with her straightforward, controlled style. Even the setting in her videos, imbues a sense of focus in the practice. With a soothing voice that will leave you feeling exceptionally clear-headed, Candace possesses the special ability to zero in on exactly what you need to hear, without giving an information overload. She doesn’t do the whole shebang of music, mantras, and an exploration of “Namaste”, instead she provides a practice that propels you into focus with its simplicity.
With 181 videos and a remarkably easy-to-navigate homepage, you can choose lessons by the time of day, length (from 15 to 60 minutes), and body part focus. Candace also gets a gold-star for responding to almost every comment that students leave with surprising swiftness. Candace’s expertise extends to healthy eating and her website is an amazing resource containing tons of recipes, tips, tricks, and information about her retreats and products; basically, a yoga junkie’s paradise. There are also numerous videos specifically teaching breathing and meditation techniques. For me, Candace’s videos are my go-to when I have a mission; a time restraint, specific body part target, or I’m in desperate need of focus.
These three talented ladies have been my inspiration and many times the light of my day, and I’m hoping that you glean the same joy from their videos. As you explore the rich and diverse world of YouTube yoga communities, I’m sure you will find many more amazing teachers to bring you motivation in your own home. I’d love to hear any recommendations or your personal favorites in the comments section. In the meantime, happy yoga!