With the many benefits yoga provides from stress relief to muscle strengthening to weight loss, some people are looking to practice more often. Going to a yoga studio isn’t always possible, so many yogis are turning to the internet to find guidance for a self-practice.
As yoga becomes one of the most popular exercise classes in the United States, yoga’s online presence is taking off as well. It is possible to find videos for nearly every type of yoga from Ashtanga to Iyengar to Kundalini yoga. Some videos are short clips that will help practitioners perfect a specific pose while others are full 60 to 90 minute classes.
Some people are looking for yoga videos online to experiment with new forms of yoga without having to make the commitment of joining a studio. Other people might be traveling and want to do some yoga from their hotel room. And, with price tags upwards of $100 a month for a studio membership, some people want to find free yoga classes online to be able to enjoy yoga with a limited budget. Whatever your reasons for wanting to find yoga classes online, there are numerous resources available. Here are some of our top recommended websites for free online yoga videos.
Do Yoga With Me
Do Yoga With Me is a free and extensive resource of online yoga videos created by a large team of dedicated yoga instructors. Started in Vancouver in 2006, the site was originally the founder’s own videotaped classes. Over the years many more instructors joined the community and thousands of people per month now access the website to find yoga videos.
In addition to classes, Do Yoga With Me has short videos on yoga poses, meditations, breathing, and yoga anatomy. On the yoga poses page, there is an easy-to-navigate drop down menu where you can search poses by difficulty, body position, body part, and/or pose position. There are hundreds of instructional videos on different poses that explain how to best get into the position and variations of the position for different skill levels.
With breathing a foundation of yoga practice, Do Yoga With Me also has several videos explaining different types of yoga breathing ranging from abdominal breathing to rhythmic breathing to upper-chest breathing. The yoga anatomy videos help practitioners become more aware of their muscles and body alignment when doing yoga to help prevent injury.
Do Yoga With Me also has hundreds of full-length classes for people of all skill levels. The yoga class page has a dropdown menu with search criteria including, difficulty, class length, style and teacher. It is possible to find classes for nearly all types of yoga and it is even possible to search for videos specifically made for runners, seniors, athletes, etc. Do Yoga With Me is very supportive of beginner yogis and has an entire section of videos dedicated to beginners.
While some of their videos are part of a $20 per month paid subscription, Yoga Vibes also has several hundred free online yoga videos. While all of their full length class videos are subscription only, Yoga Vibes has many short videos in various categories. Yoga Vibe’s free section is easy to navigate with links for the type of video you are looking for. Some of their categories include arm balances, backbends, core work, restorative poses, standing poses, and meditation.
These short videos are best used for helping you take your practice to the next level by teaching you better alignment and useful techniques. There are also nearly one hundred videos of short yoga sequences to practice when you are limited on time and cannot do a full-length class.
Yoga Vibes partners with well-established teachers and studios from around the world to create these videos. In the free section of the website it is also possible to browse by instructor to find videos made by people who most appeal to your practice.
Many yogis are familiar with Yoga Journal, an award winning health and fitness magazine dedicated to yoga practice. Yoga Journal’s online website has many free short yoga videos that range in length from a couple minutes to a half hour. In addition to videos, the website also offers free podcasts to help you with your yoga practice.
The video section of the website has a navigation search menu on the side that allows you to find videos based on several different criteria. In addition to searching by video length or level, it is also possible to search by practice types or wellness types. Practice types include different types of yoga poses such as, backbends, chest openers, forward bends, inversions, twists, etc. Wellness types include different possible yoga benefits including, treating back pain, aiding digestion, helping with sleep, stress relief, etc.
In addition to yoga practice videos, Yoga Journal also has videos and podcasts addressing yoga related topics. In their “extras” section it is possible to find audio music to accompany your private at-home practice. They also have informational and motivational videos from famous yogis. Some of the topics include yoga and healing trauma, meditational advice, becoming a yoga teacher, and overcoming resistance to practice.
My Free Yoga
My Free Yoga is an online community of yoga practitioners with resources ranging from videos to yoga studio listings to a soon-to-be blog and forum. Any teacher can upload a video, so there are hundreds of videos by different instructors covering all different yoga types. Videos range from a couple minutes with instructors teaching specific poses to over an hour with a complete class being taught.
It is possible to search by the most popular videos, the most discussed videos, or the most recently added videos. If you’re looking for specific criteria, there is a category label with links to various types of videos. Categories include different types of yoga such as, ashtanga, hatha, and power yoga as well as different yoga needs including, yoga for back pain, yoga for emotions, and yoga for hips.
Yoga Yak has over 200 free online yoga classes. Classes are offered in hatha, meditation, pranayama, kundalini, and sivananda yoga styles. The most popular online classes are the hatha yoga videos by Dr. Melissa West. Videos are made for all skill-levels from beginners to advanced yogis. Before the link to each video, Dr. West provides an in-depth discussion of the class and specific poses she wants to highlight. This is a recommended website for anyone looking to develop their yoga knowledge and understanding.
A final way to find free yoga videos online is to do a basic google or youtube search. There are many subscription yoga video websites that aren’t mentioned here that offer free trials. There are also hundreds of free yoga videos on youtube that range from short single pose videos to 60 minute full length classes.3