The question I get asked the most is which free online resources and YouTube Channels are available to start learning yoga on your own? To answer this question I put together this list of Top Yoga YouTube Channels, that could be useful not just for absolute beginners. Some of them I still follow myself and consider them to be a necessary addition to my regular yoga practice.
If you follow this blog, you might know by now that I’m a big advocate for self study and online education. It helped me personally to completely switch my career and explore skills and knowledge I didn’t know existed. That’s why I truly believe that the absence of a good yoga teacher in the area is not an excuse not to practice any longer – if you REALLY want to learn, of course.
I tried to put together a variety of channels, so that everyone can find at least a few that suit them. There are good resources for both men and women of all ages, instructors teaching Ashtanga yoga, Iyengar Yoga or a mix of styles. Here you’ll find channels that include full yoga flows, complete free online classes or explanations of specific asanas.
All the Yoga YouTube Channels on this list are in English, but there are a lot of wonderful yoga teachers who share their knowledge in other languages, and I encourage you to explore them if you can.
Choose a teacher or two whose style and nature suits you the most, and don’t forget that the physical practice (asana) is just one limb of yoga, one of the easiest ones, yet fundamental.
Enjoy your practice!
Yoga with Adrienne, with over 3 million subscribers, must be the most famous yoga channel on You Tube. Even though I tend to be sceptical about overly popular yoga teachers – Adrienne received such a massive following for a reason. Her channel without a doubt is the perfect place for anyone who is new to the practice. She has almost 400 videos that offer many short and easy sequences that anyone can do, as well as sequences that address specific health issues.
2. Ekhart Yoga
Ekhart Yoga is a channel that features a variety of teachers, who also follow different styles of yoga. It mostly has short videos to address specific issues, as well as a few easy-to-follow yoga sequences.
This channel offers a proper beginner yoga course, which consists of six 1-hour long classes. The quality of instruction, as well as video material itself is excellent, and can help you build a strong foundation for your practice – you will feel as if you are having a private yoga class.
Leslie Fightmaster offers a big variety of yoga tutorials for beginners. One of the highlights is a collection of daily 30 videos for new yoga students, 15 to 30 minutes each.
This channel has just a few videos, but it will be interesting for practitioners who want to take a glimpse into a yoga practice in a more traditional set up, in India. It features guided classes of Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and Yoga in the Tradition of Krishnamacharya.
6. Kino Yoga
Kino MacGregor is a celebrity in Ashtanga Yoga Community. When I started my yoga practice with Ashtanga her videos helped me tremendously with understanding the mechanics and techniques of individual asanas. So if you are into Ashtanga, I recommend that you check out her earlier instructional videos on the channel.
Even though Purple Valley Channel mostly features ashtanga yoga practitioners, I would recommend it to all yoga students, regardless what style they follow and at what level they are. It features not only full yoga flows (1-2 hours), but also interesting interviews with accomplished yoga teachers from around the world.
This is one of a few Indian channels on this list. It features yoga classes, which last either half an hour or a full one hour. Most of classes address specific health problems and give background information on the asanas performed. Part of videos is offered in Hindi, Tamil, Spanish, French and German. Sound quality of the videos could be improved, but pay attention to their Yogic Charts for Beginners, they are extremely helpful.
9. Yog Sadhana
One more Indian YouTube channel which is made in a form of a TV show. Most of videos address specific health problems, and besides yoga asanas cover breathing techniques (pranayama), mudras, nutrition and relevant therapy. The channel also has a series on kids yoga.
This channel features two Iyengar Yoga instructor, so if it is the school of yoga that you are interested in, it’s a great place to begin. Most videos are short (up to 10 minutes) and explain specific asanas and techniques. This channel is also a great compliment to an established regular practice.
11. Idan Kirshner
Idan Kirshner is a fairly new channel, but it’s a distinctively different one. Idan demonstrates simple asanas in short videos with lots of humour. His unique humorous approach makes yoga basics especially accessible for beginners.
12. Yoga with Tim
Tim’s video classes on YouTube are lead in a different style comparing to the most channels on this list. Instead of demonstrating the asanas himself, he features his students, while thoroughly explaining the technique. Many of his videos will be suitable not only for beginners, but for advanced yoga students as well.
YOGATX releases new yoga videos every Tuesday, where each class lasts 10 to 30 minutes. Classes are hosted by different yoga instructors, most of them are geared towards beginners. The channel offers videos on guided meditations as well.
14. Sarah Beth Yoga
Sarah Beth Yoga releases new videos every week, mostly focusing on 10-20 minutes sequences that are suitable for beginners. Her channel also includes lifestyle videos and a big part of the content is dedicated to pregnancy and motherhood.
15. Yoga By Candace
Yoga by Candace is a suitable channel for those who are looking for yoga lifestyle channels, with the focus on physical practice beyond traditional yoga asanas. It is combined with beauty tips and lifestyle videos, so women might find its content more appealing.
Main audience of this channel is men. It focuses on power yoga, core strength, bodyweight and pilates. It will suit for those who are interested in a physical aspect of yoga, looking for fusion styles and are interested in more intense workouts.
17. Ananda Yoga
Ananda Yoga YouTube Channel features several different yoga instructors, who offer videos in various styles. Most of them focus on one specific asana (or set of asanas) at a time, and can serve as a great complementary resource for beginners.
18. Chrisca Yoga
Christina D’Arrigo, the yoga teacher who is behind this channel, offers bi-weekly yoga classes, 10 to 30 minutes each. Each class focuses on a specific theme, including slower yoga sequences and meditations.
19. BrettLarkin Yoga
Brett teaches vinyasa flow as well as meditation on her YouTube Channel. Besides offering videos on yoga asanas and specific techniques for mediation, she also hosts a podcast, which talks about spirituality and mindfulness.
20. Road To Bliss
This channel shares recordings from life classes of Iyengar Yoga, giving very thorough explanations for specific asanas. The channel doesn’t show complete classes, but it has a wonderful demonstration of the use of different props that are used in Iyengar Yoga, and can be very useful for new practitioners.
If you love studying online as much as I do, you can also check these resources:
If you think I missed out on some great channels – please do let me know, i will gladly add them to the list!