Alyssa has a passion for fitness and sharing her favorite tips and tricks with the world. Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast.
The new year is upon us and everyone is working hard on their goals and resolutions. The top resolution every year is to be healthier, whether it's nutrition-based, fitness-based, or both. When it comes to fitness, gym memberships and group classes are great, and depending on your goals, a valuable resource. However, they are not always necessary to achieving fitness success. Working out at home can be an amazing time and money saver. YouTube is a wonderful health and fitness resource. Whether you go to the gym to workout or not, YouTube can help spice up your exercise routine.
Yoga is wonderful and has many physical and mental benefits. It improves cardiovascular health, increases strength and muscle tone, and improves flexibility. It can help ease stress and promote relaxation as well. As with any fitness or nutrition program, it is always best to check with your doctor before beginning.
Yoga is one of my favorite activities and I practice daily. It has become so much more than a workout for me. While I enjoy putting on a music playlist, rolling out my mat, and just moving, I also love following along with a video. The following YouTube channels are my go-tos for guided yoga practices.
1. Yoga With Adriene
I came across Adriene's channel three years ago. I was experiencing low-back pain and wanted to try some new movements to help relieve my symptoms. When I searched YouTube, Adriene's low-back pain video popped up in the results. I instantly connected to Adriene. She is sweet, quirky, and relatable. I started browsing through her other videos and was hooked. I reconnected with my love of yoga through Adriene's free yoga classes.
Adriene encourages everyone to accept their body as it is and her style of yoga is all about finding movement that feels good. Adriene has a variety of yoga videos available, including the amazing Foundations of Yoga series. These videos break down popular poses to show you proper form, variations on the posture, and how to get in and out of the posture. If you have ever been curious about yoga, but never tried it, I would definitely recommend trying a Yoga with Adriene video. Likewise, if you've practiced yoga for a while, it's always nice to return to the basics.
In addition, Adriene hosts a free, month-long yoga challenge every January. Check out yogawithadriene.com for more information.
Yoga for Complete Beginners - Yoga With Adriene
2. Bad Yogi
Two years ago, I signed up for The Original Yoga Challenge with Bad Yogi. It was a 30-day free yoga challenge with the bad yogi herself, Erin Motz. Admittedly I was apprehensive at first. Up to this point, I was practicing several times a week, choosing my favorite YouTube videos, but I hadn't branched out past my two favorite teachers. I wasn't sure what to expect or if I would like it.
In the first few minutes of the first day, all of my worries disappeared and I enjoyed the practice. 29 days later, I was officially a Bad Yogi fan.
Erin believes that yoga is for everyone; as she says, "from the kale-loving vegan to the prize-winning deer hunter." She keeps it simple and breaks down each pose. Her videos are short and sweet, and most importantly, she makes it fun. She posts free yoga classes on YouTube every Monday. She also posts inspirational and sometimes funny videos, as well as Q and A's on Wednesday, where she answers a question from one of her subscribers. There is something for everyone at Bad Yogi.
Yoga for First Thing in the Morning - Bad Yogi
3. Kino Yoga
For the past seven months or so, I have participated in fun yoga challenges on Instagram. These are a great way for me to grow my practice, learn new poses, and create personal goals. One such challenge led me to Kino Yoga on YouTube. The pose of the day was an epk variation. With no formal yoga training, I had no idea what that meant or looked like. Thank goodness for Kino. The minute I clicked on her video, I was greeted with a friendly smile. She took me through a quick warm up, and helped me navigate how to get into the posture. Since that day, Kino is my go-to for the breakdown of unfamiliar or challenging poses.
Kino's channel is an amazing resource for anyone who is interested in, or who is currently practicing, yoga. She has easy, beginner friendly videos, tutorials, mindfulness tips, and so much more. Her channel is a must-see for yogis new and experienced.
Beginner Yoga Practice with Kino in Mysore, India
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 Alyssa
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on September 25, 2018:
You're welcome! Enjoy!
Brooke on September 24, 2018:
This is just what I've been looking for! Thank you :)
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 28, 2018:
I really need to start up again. I use lack of time as an excuse but we both know if it was important to me I'd find the time.
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on January 15, 2018:
I hope you enjoy them, Bill! :)
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on January 15, 2018:
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 14, 2018:
I appreciate your list. I'll look at the channels that you recommend. They could be very useful for me.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 13, 2018:
Thank you for the recommendations I'll check them out.