These Yoga Videos Are All You Need To Practice At Home


Of course yoga studios are truly wonderful, but you don’t
actually need one to practice.

Of course yoga studios are truly wonderful, but you don't actually need one to practice.

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Thanks to YouTube and online yoga platforms, all you really
need is Wi-Fi and a good mat — plus the intel for picking
the best classes.

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To help you choose wisely, BuzzFeed Health asked top yoga
teachers around the country for their expert
recommendations on where to find videos that are actually
legit.

To help you choose wisely, BuzzFeed Health asked top yoga teachers around the country for their expert recommendations on where to find videos that are actually legit.

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Here are their expert picks.

And while all of the suggestions below may not be for
everyone — it can really come down to a matter of personal
preference — hopefully you can find at least one, maybe a
couple, in there that work for you!

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Example video (above): Yoga For Complete Beginners

About the channel: Adriene
Mishler is one of the most-followed yoga teachers on
YouTube, with more than 1.6 million subscribers. She
offers tons of different kinds of specialized classes, like
“Yoga For Anxiety” and “Yoga For Runners,” plus more basic
classes for all levels.
Her videos don’t have any
students in them; they’re just of her. The channel has new
episodes every Wednesday.

Experts say: “Her most-watched video, ‘Yoga For
Complete Beginners,’ generated more than 7.9 million views.
It’s a 20-minute yoga routine that’s great for
beginners.
She offers gentle poses to bring balance to
the body, relieve stress, and start your day.” — Serena Tom, Yoga
Teacher, Equinox

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Example class (above): Total Body Yoga Workout

About the channel: Tim Senesi is based in
California, and, not surprisingly, people love his chill
personality. His videos range from beginner to advanced,
and from vinyasa to restorative — as he says, there’s really
something for everyone.
He publishes new videos every
Thursday.

Experts say: “When you watch Tim’s videos, his
laid-back ‘California’ vibe truly shines through. People love
him because his yoga videos are geared for both beginner and
intermediate practitioners, and he’ll also throw an advance
yoga posture into the mix, which makes his videos more
dynamic than other typical online classes. He always gives
very specific instructions, too. When you watch Tim, you feel
like you are getting more than just an online yoga class —
you feel like you are getting to know the ‘real Tim.’” —
Serena
Tom, Yoga Teacher, Equinox

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Example class (above): Beginner-Intermediate Yoga
Class

About the channel: Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga
instructor, a body activist, and a self-titled “fat femme” on
a mission to defy stereotypes about who can do yoga. Her
channel has mostly short videos on how to do poses, but she
also has a couple classes and inspirational talks.
She’s
been featured all over, from our
site to
Glamour to
Cosmo, and for good reason: She’s a total badass.

Experts say: “Jessamyn Stanley is a rising
Instagram star and has gained much popularity for using
yoga as a way to promote a positive body image and a positive
self-esteem in ourselves. Yoga transformed Jessamyn’s life by
helping her overcome depression and years of body negativity.
She uses Instagram and YouTube to defy the negative
statements that many people have about people who are
overweight, and you can often find her posing in advanced
yoga postures. Viewers love Jessamyn’s videos because they’re
very empowering — and she’s creating a new and aspirational
image of a ‘healthy and athletic body.’” — Serena Tom, Yoga
Teacher, Equinox

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Example video (above): Wake Up Yoga

About the channel: Tara Stiles has been making
YouTube yoga videos since 2007. Stiles is also the founder of
Strala
Yoga in NYC. Most of her videos are of just her,
though she also includes some live classes at Strala (meaning
there are students in them).
Stiles and Strala have been
featured in tons of national magazines and newspapers; she is
generally a badass in the yoga world.

Experts say: “She offers easy to simple instruction
for beginner yoga poses with a non-dogmatic approach. I
really loved watching her when I first got into yoga.”
—Diana
Paschal, Yoga Teacher, Pravassa

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Example video (above): Gentle Beginner Yoga Flow

About the channel: Dana Falsetti, the women
behind Yoga Trees, came to yoga after years of struggling to
love her body — and her practice helped her finally find
inner peace. Her channel is mostly her quick Instagram
tutorials, which are super helpful. You can also find her
longer classes at Cody (see below).
Falsetti has been
featured in many online and print publications, including

Shape
,
Mind Body Green
, and more.

Experts say: “Initially, Dana used her Instagram
account as a way for her to track her own progress. She
quickly became popular on the platform because she frequently
posts photos of herself contorting her body in complicated
and advanced yoga postures. People love Dana because she
promotes self-love and her poses are aspirational. She
advocates that yoga is for EVERYBODY, that people of all
ages, sizes and body types can have a regular yoga practice.
Most of all, she is relatable, transparent, and authentic —
which is why so many people connect with her.” — Serena Tom, Yoga
Teacher, Equinox

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Example video (above): Yoga Body Workout

About the channel: Lesley Fightmaster, who
teaches at Yogaworks,
heads up this community. It’s a mix of classes and
tutorials, but all of the videos feature only her.
The
channel publishes new yoga videos every Monday; classes range
rom beginner to advanced, and from vinyasa flow to Ashtanga.

Experts say: “I like Lesley’s channel because it
offers a nice variety of classes, and because her instruction
is clear, simple and encouraging. I feel like she would be a
great teacher for anyone who’s new to yoga. The video above
is particularly great because it’s nice and relaxing.”
—Brent Laffoon, Yoga
Teacher, Equinox

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Example video (above): Yoga Booty Workout

About the channel: Anacostia Yogi is a yoga,
lifestyle, and wellness site for black women run by Sari
Leigh, who is based in Anacostia, Washington D.C. The
channel has quick yoga videos, like “Easy Yoga For Stress
Relief,” plus cooking tutorials, dance videos, travel videos,
and interviews with other inspirational women.

Experts say: “The mission of my channel is to showcase
and bring visibility to the black women in yoga movement.
Many of us struggle with health ailments and cannot afford or
get to a yoga studio. I want women to click a button and get
the free and simple yoga support to stay mentally healthy and
happy.” —Sari
Leigh, Founder of Anacostia Yogi

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Example video (above): Yoga Basics Workout

About the channel: Kino
MacGregor is a yoga teacher, author of three books,
founder of Miami Yoga Magazine, and more. Her channel
offers full-length classes, tutorials on postures, and more
general lifestyle discussions, all of which feature only her
(i.e., no students in the videos).

Experts say: “Kino’s videos are great for beginners,
and for experienced practitioners looking to refresh their
knowledge. In the video above, MacGregor takes the time to
discuss the importance of breath, sun salutations, and
foundation postures. She also explains both the purpose and
the benefits of each pose, all while moving through a simple
and meditative flow.” — Serena Tom, Yoga
Teacher, Equinox

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Example video (above): Seated Flow Practice

About the channel: Nazaahah Amin is a leader in
the wellness community for women of color. “Yoga is an
excellent tool that can foster sisterhood and promote healing
in the Black community,” she writes on her website. She
invites women to join her tribe by either coming to her DC-
and Baltimore-based classes, or joining in online on her website or
YouTube. Her channel is a mixture of classes and
motivational messages and reflections.

Experts say: “As an African-American yoga teacher who
is also Muslim, Amin is uniquely positioned as a yoga teacher
to serve both the community of American Muslims and others.
She offers the physical, mental and spiritual qualities of
yoga in a way that does not detract from Islamic beliefs. She
is an embodied example of the Oneness that is the true
reality of life.” —Jana Long,
Yoga Teacher and Director of Power of One Yoga Center

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Example video (above): Yoga For Facing Your Fears With
Colleen Raidman

About the channel: Gaiam is a lifestyle brand
originally founded in Colorado that focuses on yoga, fitness,
wellness, and the environment. As part of their brand,
they have a YouTube channel where they offer classes by
well-known yoga instructors, like Rodney Yee and Colleen
Raidman.
Most of the videos are of just teachers, though
some of them have students in them, too.

Experts say:
“Gaiam has excellent videos from amazing teachers, like
Rodney Yee and Seane Corn.” —Diana Paschal, Yoga
Teacher, Pravassa

“Rodney Yee and Colleen Raidman are the real deal. They have
super intelligent sequencing, and they’re oldschool yoga
badasses. They also have short videos, which make them
perfect for traveling.” —Krissy Jones and Chloe Kernaghan,
co-founders of Sky Ting
Yoga

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Example video (above): Morning Wake Up Yoga

About the channel: Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy
Yoga, set up her channel to both inspire and help train curvy
yogis and teachers. The channel has pose tips, full-length
videos, and discussions about yoga and body image.

Guest-Jelley also runs an online studio.
It’s $20 per month (or $197 per year), which gives you access
to a new video every month, a podcast, a private Facebook
group, and more.

Experts say: “My channel is all about finding support
for creating a body-affirming yoga practice that fits
people’s regular lives. On the channel, folks can find pose
tips, practices, and discussion about making yoga work for
people of all shapes and sizes and how yoga can be a powerful
tool for body acceptance.” — Anna Guest-Jelley, Yoga
Teacher and Founder of Curvy Yoga

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YogaGlo

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YogaGlo

What it is: YogaGlo is a subscription-based yoga
studio that offers group classes that vary from five
minutes to 120 minutes. There are over 3,500 classes,
taught by over 30 teachers.
Interestingly, they also
have a physical
studio in Santa Monica, California, where all of their
classes are filmed. They also have
an app, so you can take classes offline.

Price: $18/month; first 15 days are free

Expert recommendation: “We really love Elena Bower —
she’s such a dope teacher.” —Krissy Jones and Chloe
Kernaghan, co-founders of Sky Ting Yoga

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OneOEight

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Annie Daly

What it is: OneOEight is a subscription-based online
yoga studio founded by the very well-known yogi
Rachel Brathen (i.e.
@yoga_girl on Instagram). OneOEight — which has tons
of teachers, including Brathen — divides their classes by
mood, duration, teacher, focus, destination, and style,
which makes it really easy to choose the classes that work
best for you.
Plus, many of the classes — which range
from group classes to classes with just a teacher — are
filmed in soothing locations, like the beach or a
plant-filled room, which helps set a calming tone from the
beginning. And the platform also offers recipe and travel
recommendations in addition to yoga and meditation.

Price: $14 per month; first ten days are free

Expert recommendation: “OneOEight has great videos
with a variety of teachers, including one of my favorite
and very first teachers, who is also an alignment geek and
physical therapist, Lara Heimann.” —Diana Paschal, Yoga
Teacher, Pravassa

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What it is: YogaVibes streams online yoga classes
through their subscription service, but in case you don’t
want to join, they also offer free videos. They divide
their videos by category, so you can just pick what
you’re in the mood for each day — say, “vinyasa flow” —
and go for it.
Some of the classes are group classes,
whereas others feature just one teacher. There are over
5,000 classes total, taught by over 100 professional yoga
instructions, and they have
an app, too, so you can download classes to use
offline.

Price: $19.95 per month (or $198.95 per year). You
can also take classes on-demand (prices vary).

Expert recommendation: Sri Dharma Mitra is an
absolute legend in the yoga world. “And his Yoga Nidra
class is a guided form of meditation and deep relaxation
that is appropriate for anyone and everyone.” —Adam Frei,
Program Manager of Dharma
Yoga New York Center

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Cody

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Cody

What it is: Cody is an online fitness platform that
offers a whole bunch of different fitness classes,
including yoga, plus a very supportive community of other
users and coaches. The videos range from group classes
to tutorials to classes that feature just one teacher.

They also have
an app, so you can download the videos and use them
offline.

Price: Cody has a free
online studio, where you can take free live classes
with others from around the world. You can also pay for
specific classes and bundles; prices for those vary.

Expert recommendation: Sri Dharma’s Mittra’s series
of classes, like this
one, which cover Asana, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama and
meditation. “Sri Dharma worked for close to a year
exploring and sequencing the Asana classes in particular.
They represent his most current thinking on Asana practice
as of now.” —Adam Frei, Program Manager of Dharma
Yoga New York Center

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Got all that? Now go do some yoga at ommmm — or on the
road.

 

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