Look, it’s January of a new year. Nothing breeds faster at the beginning of a new year than promises for diet, exercise, and overall improved health for everyone that has a mind to commit to it. It’s also a commonplace bit of knowledge that we don’t all follow through with the promises that we make for ourselves. Largely, this is because a “New Year’s Resolution” isn’t a plan, and an exercise and wellness routine requires a plan.
Not only that, it has to feel good, day in and day out. Because of this, many people are turning to yoga as a way to increase their personal wellness. However, finding a good resource for yoga videos can be a difficult task. Subscription streaming services like Netflix don’t have them. There’s a reason for this (which we’ll get to), but more importantly, it’s critical that you realize there are plenty of places to find yoga videos that won’t charge you an arm and a leg.
Below, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 best yoga video resources online. If you’ve been on the hunt, but haven’t found a healthy routine that you’ve enjoyed, yoga might be for you!
The lack of workout and exercise videos on popular streaming services seems to be a glaring omission, doesn’t it? One doesn’t have to reach very far to imagine the droves of people that would happily tune in and work out on a regular basis. We wouldn’t have to purchase DVDs or Blu-rays, or maintain subscriptions to individual trainers’ and groups’ videos, which would help us to save a few bucks every month!
However, “imagine” is the word that’s most apt in that entire hypothesis. Why? Because of the market that workout and exercise videos fit into. It’s wholly different from the movies and television shows that are regularly featured on streaming services. Before we get to our top 10 list (which you can feel free to skip down to, if you’d like!) let’s examine some of the reasons that you won’t find yoga videos on Netflix.
First, the experts who make yoga videos are frequently dependent on income that the videos generate. They’re not making these as a favor to people who want to get into yoga. They’re making them because yoga is a passion, and they’ve turned their passion into a business. With that in mind, consider how little a popular streaming service might pay a yoga trainer for access to their streaming video content. Yoga videos don’t bring in the viewers in the same way that popular films do, so it probably wouldn’t be very much. The other platforms that we’re going to discuss, on the other hand, do potentially provide decent monetization to people who create yoga videos.
From a business perspective, it’s a no-brainer.
In addition to that, many trainers who create yoga videos like to have constant control of their own content. Because of this, they typically manage their own storefronts and subscription services or use online video platforms that give them the customization and flexibility they want.
The point of this is, we shouldn’t expect to see yoga videos on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or any other popular streaming service soon. However, do check out some of our resources below, to see where you can find great yoga videos from knowledgeable instructors.
Top 10 Sources for Yoga Videos
We can’t promise that all of these yoga resources are going to be free, but we can guarantee that they’ll be a varied bunch, each of them absolutely worth your time. We’ve chosen a broad selection of places to find videos (the first being the broadest of all) that will help you to get into one of the fastest growing wellness habits out there.
Brief disclaimer before we begin: you should always make sure that you’re healthy enough for a particular style or habit of exercise before beginning. If it’s a worry for you, the best practice is to consult your doctor or physician before committing to a yoga routine.
Color me surprised–one of the best sources for videos is the place with the most individually-curated video content online. YouTube is a massive resource for exercise, fitness, and wellness videos from and for every walk of life. Yoga is included on this list.
The number of instructors creating yoga videos on YouTube makes it far and away the best place to find yoga videos online. The most popular yoga experts are making a killing doing it, too. Find an instructor who moves at a pace you like, and then subscribe. You’re not going to find a better yoga resource anywhere else, even on this list.
While YouTube is a great place to find yoga videos, some practitioners and instructors find the monetization and market of the Google-owned media giant unappealing. Thus, websites like DoYogaWithMe come into play.
It’s a great place for beginners, primarily because the video content is excellent, but also because it’s free. DoYogaWithMe manages to be such a great little hub for yoga activity due to the donations it receives, but it’s by no means lesser in quality due to the lack of cost. Poses, meditations, breathing, and entire routines are available here. It’s also appealing because it’s very easy to browse through!
Similar to the above recommendation, Be More Yogic is a free site that appeals mostly to beginners and intermediates. It’s free, which is a great benefit, but it’s also full of experts. The videos are carefully curated and organized, and you should have little trouble finding something that fits your own experience with yoga.
You’ll need to register for an account, but if you’re committing to yoga, then this extra bit of commitment shouldn’t be a problem. Be More Yogic also maintains a blog that’s worth reading, which you can find here.
Though this isn’t far-separated from the massive resource of yoga videos and inspiration that is YouTube, it’s a decidedly organized way to approach that entire community. This is a cataloged and sorted collection of some of the best yoga instruction that you’ll find on YouTube and elsewhere, but it’s much easier to sort through.
It’s also a decent publishing platform for yoga instructors and has a “members” section that provides a listing of those who regularly use the site’s resources. This isn’t quite as well-utilized of a feature as it might be, but the cataloged collection of videos more than makes up for it.
Yes, this is a YouTube channel. Yes, we’ve already mentioned YouTube above. However, for the reasons that we also mentioned, a few specific recommendations for great yoga videos are going to be for individual instructors that you’ll find on this media platform.
Leslie Fightmaster (can you dig the name?) produces yoga videos that are intended for intermediates and advanced practitioners; beginners will want to start smaller, elsewhere! Leslie’s videos are meant to be more intense, more demanding of your body. You’ll work up a sweat with these workouts and feel good about it.
Though many of her videos are hosted on her YouTube channel, Adriene remains one of the most highly-recommended yoga instructors for beginners and intermediates. Thus, we’re giving her personal website a well-deserved place on this list.
She’s known as an approachable instructor in many circles, and because of this, she’s one of those you should consider following (and watching) on a regular basis.
How about one more YouTube channel? Tara Stiles leads this yoga program, and it’s one of the best out there for high-energy beginners. She brings a lot of fun to the practice but doesn’t sacrifice an ounce of expertise.
Her full workout videos (which are very much worth your time) will require you to pay, but the YouTube channel is frequently updated with quick tips, poses, and exercises that can help to improve your yoga experience at home.
Yogi Approved doesn’t feature quite as much guided instruction from a variety of instructors as other resources that we’ve provided on this list. Nevertheless, it’s a great place to hang out, do some reading, and learn more about yoga, in general.
Healthy living is the larger focus, here, but amidst the great blog articles and other resources, there are some decidedly excellent videos to be found.
With Gaia, you can search through yoga videos based on style, instructor, skill level, and more. This feature alone, combined with the many videos curated for the site, makes it one of the better resources that you can find online. Not only that, but it has an overall active community and following, which speaks to the site’s longevity.
We’ve linked to the yoga portion of the Gaia network specifically since the entirety is actually much larger in scope.
While some prefer their yoga experience to come from a limited source–only one or two instructors at a time–others prefer a more diverse set of exercises and routines. That’s what you’ll find with Yoga Journal. It’s another YouTube channel, which should tell you plenty about how much of the best yoga content can be found there.
The videos are straightforward, and are never cluttered with an excess of “character.” These instructors know their stuff, and they’re here to instruct as well as they possibly can. If you’ve been doing yoga for a while, and want a more diverse collection of videos, give this resource a shot.
There we have it! As you can see, our top-10 list is dominated by YouTube channels, but this isn’t a mistake or an oversight. This is proof that a vast majority of yoga videos are going to be found on YouTube–not on streaming services like Netflix. If you have any further questions about finding great yoga videos, let us know in the comments below!