Looking for some Yoga inspo? These are the best yoga videos on YouTube.
It’s good for the mind, body and soul; the practice of yoga has been around for thousands of years and adopted by cultures across the world. However, up until fairly recently, we didn’t have the advantage of YouTube yogis teaching us their skills via video classes.
Today, we can relax, breathe and contort ourselves into impossible positions from the comfort of our own homes! If you’re looking to try your hand at the ever-popular wellness practice, look no further!
To celebrate International Yoga Day, we’ve put together a list of the best yoga videos on YouTube. You're welcome.
⭐️ If you’re a beginner…
YouTube is home to some of the best yoga tutorials going, but it’s not always easy to know where to start. Even some of the thumbnails of well-seasoned yogis can be intimidating if you’re new to the practice.
The key thing to keep in mind is that everyone is different, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you aren’t an expert from day one. If you’re just getting started and looking to get a handle on the basics, begin your journey with a short morning yoga session with Sarah Beth:
⏰ If you’re short on time…
When you start adding yoga into your daily routine, you start noticing the benefits on your energy levels, core strength and your mood. But sometimes, life gets in the way, and you don’t have an hour to spare on your morning practice.
If you woke up later than planned but still want to get in a quick session, we’ve got you. This 10-minute practice from Yoga With Bird is brilliant for releasing tension and boosting flexibility:
💭 If you’re feeling flexible…
Yoga isn’t a competitive sport. It’s about reconnecting with your body and building both physical and mental strength. Beginners often think that advanced yogis only got where they are by being naturally flexible or having a certain body shape, but that’s not the case.
Once you’ve developed a strong foundation, you’ll be better equipped to start exploring more complex positions. Adriene’s ‘Foundation of Yoga’ series is a great way to ease into those advanced poses – we recommend this wide-legged forward fold to begin:
🧘♂️ If you’re a yoga nerd…
You’re already several years into your yoga journey. You know your monkey pose from your mermaid pose and you’ve cultivated a true awareness for the mind-body connection. You’re ready to up the intensity and enhance your strength.
We recommend this Strong Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga for intermediate and advanced students, led by Maris Aylward. There are options for modifications, so you can choose the level of difficulty that suits you.
🏃♂️ If you’re an avid runner…
Whether you’re working towards a 5K or training for a marathon, working in a few yoga sessions to your week will make all the difference. As well as loosening tight spots and strengthening weak spots, practising yoga can make you a less injury-prone runner.
The good news is that you’ll already have built up some core strength through your running, which will make the yoga a little easier if you’re just getting started. Try this 30-minute flow with Ida May that focuses on hip flexors and hamstrings for some much-needed conditioning of the key muscle groups:
🥴 If you’ve got chronic pain…
Yoga can do wonders for relieving pain for people suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraine, lower back pain and many other types of chronic pain conditions. Not only does it promote flexibility and help to reintroduce physical activity, but the mindful aspect of yoga can help you develop psychological resilience to your chronic pain.
Adding a gentle yoga practice like this one to your day can help support you on your journey towards healing and help you cultivate more harmony with your body:
⚡️ If you’re looking to level up…
You’ve made it through a 30-day practice and feel like you can achieve anything. If you’ve made it this far in your yoga journey, give yourself a big pat on the back – just turning up to the mat every day is something to be proud of. Having got to grips with the basics of yoga, you’re ready to take things up a notch and start increasing the intensity.
Before you rush ahead to some of the more advanced poses, take some time to practice with minimal cues. This full body flow with Kassandra is a great way to reduce your reliance on instructions and feel out your practice:
👀 If you’re eager to reduce stress…
The power that yoga has in relieving stress is no secret. The practice of yoga is extremely grounding, allowing you to take a step back from the pressures of your daily life to focus on gratitude and self-care. In fact, lots of the techniques used to reduce stress such as controlled breathing, meditation, stretching and mental imagery actually come from yoga.
Even adding in a forward fold and practising some deep breathing is a great way to calm your mind when you’re in the throes of anxiety. If your course is getting a bit intense or you’ve got a deadline on the horizon, de-stress with this 15-minute yoga routine from MadFit:
👉 If you want to improve your balance…
Working on your balance is one of the most difficult but rewarding elements of yoga. There’s just one problem: the poses you practice in order to improve your balance… require balance. Every time you try, you wobble, fall and feel like you’re in a bit of a rut.
The good news is that the more you practice, the easier these poses will become. The secret is to marry up your breath with your movements and find a sense of grounding through your body to the earth. Arianna Elizabeth’s Balance & Stability flow helps you do just this:
🛁 If you’re looking for inner calm…
The best yoga videos don’t rush you through advanced poses – they help to cultivate an awareness for how our bodies are the most powerful instrument of the planet. Yoga is brilliant for letting go of the stresses of everyday life and finding a sense of inner peace.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of your coursework, your lectures and your social life, find time to reconnect with your mind and body with Yin Yoga for Inner Peace & Calm:
💤 If you want to get better sleep…
Did you know, 55% of people who practice yoga find that it helps them sleep better at night? High activity yoga such as Vinyasa and hot yoga get the body moving and will undoubtedly lead to a much-needed nights rest, while Hatha yoga involves more gentle postures while focusing lengthening inhalation, holding the breath and exhalation.
If you’re reaching the end of a busy day and want to get the best chance at a good night’s sleep, try this Yoga for Bedtime routine and let us know what you think:
😅 If you’re up for a full body workout…
Yoga may be a spiritual practice, but that doesn’t mean it won’t leave you sweating. Sometimes, a gentle practice is ideal for easing into the day. But when you rise and shine and feel ready to take on the world, you might find a high-intensity full body yoga session is just what your body is craving.
If you’re looking to up your strength and tone those abs, try the Total Body Yoga Workout with Fightmaster Yoga: