A lot of people are intimidated at the thought of learning yoga. I can totally relate because I was the same way a couple years ago. When you add in the anxiety of doing something new in a public class it is understandable why so many people never take up yoga.
Yoga is one of the best ways to build core strength, flexibility, and balance that you can do in the comfort of your own home. It is low intensity and low impact so it can work for anyone no matter their physical condition. What is great is that you can even learn yoga at home.
There are a lot of great yoga instruction videos on YouTube. The problem is that there are way too many videos. Right now there are over 12 million videos on Google for the search “yoga for beginners”. You can see how it is easy to get overwhelmed or get discouraged trying to find decent videos.
Summer and I have been doing yoga off and on for years and one of my 2019 New Years Resolutions was to do yoga more often. Because of that I have a few favorite YouTube channels and playlists that I would like to recommend for the yoga beginner.
Adriene Mishler runs the top Yoga channel on YouTube, and for a very good reason. Her videos are welcoming and easy to follow. No matter what your skill level or body type you will find what you are looking for on her channel. Once you have gone through the beginner playlists there is a lot more to explore.
- YouTube: Yoga With Adriene
- Website: yogawithadriene.com
- Twitter: @yogawithadriene
- Pinterest: YogaWithAdriene
- Instagram: adrienelouise
Every video in this playlist goes into detail on one specific yoga pose or movement. Even if you already have some knowledge of yoga you are will learn something new from this playlist.
This is a great playlist to get you ready to start doing Yoga. It will teach you the basics and give you a solid foundation to build upon.
Erin and Adrien have created one of my favorite yoga resources. They are welcoming, body positive, and non-judgmental which is a refreshing change. If you listen to podcasts I will recommend that you check out the Bad Yogi Podcast, it’s not just about yoga.
- YouTube: Bad Yogi
- Website: badyogi.com
- Twitter: @badyogiofficial
- Pinterest: Bad Yogi
- Instagram: badyogiofficial
This is a great playlist for beginner to intermediate level yogis. Each video breaks down a yoga pose in a very accessible and easy to understand way. If you are learning yoga from YouTube this playlist is a must watch.
Kino MacGregor is one of those yoga people you see who is always wrapped up in some insane position or other. Almost everything on her Instagram feed (which I recommend following) looks physically impossible. What is more incredible is how accessible she makes it all in her beginner videos.
This is a 31-day yoga challenge aimed at absolute beginners. My favorite thing about this playlist is that the videos start short and simple and get slowly more intense. Of all the playlists here this one does the best job of easing you into more and more complicated poses. By day 20 or so you will be doing things you never thought you could.
This channel by Lesley Fightmaster has several great playlists for the beginner yogi. My favorite thing about Fightmaster yoga channel are the playlists for specific time spans. Sometimes I only have 10 or 20 minutes so this is the channel I turn to. She also gets bonus points for having the coolest name in the world.
- YouTube: Fightmaster Yoga
- Website: fightmasteryoga.com
- Twitter: @fightmasteryoga
- Pinterest: Fightmaster Yoga
- Instagram: fightmasteryoga
As I write this article this challenge is underway and is currently on day 5. The workouts are about 10 minutes long so far and are perfect for doing at home. I just started the challenge yesterday and have nothing but good things to say.
There are a lot of really great yoga channels on YouTube but the ones above are the only ones we regularly follow. Below is a short list of yoga channels that we have watched and enjoyed in the past. Of course, this isn’t a complete list but it should be enough to get you started on your journey.
As you can see there are thousands of hours of great yoga instruction for beginners available for free on YouTube. We have been doing yoga this way for years and have been very happy with our results. I would still recommend taking a class if you can and your into that sort of thing.
We are always looking for more quality yoga channels so if you have a favorite please reach out and let us know. As always we appreciate that you took the time to read our article. I hope that this helps you get into yoga.