Interested in yoga but don't want to pay for an expensive class or be seen flopping around on your mat like a fish out of water?
YouTube has tons of yoga channels that are great for yoga enthusiasts who prefer to salute the sun from their own backyards.
Of course, not all yoga channels are created equal, nor are they right for every person. Many may lack the proper instruction and expert leadership needed to make them particularly helpful to you. However, there are some truly standout yoga YouTube channels you should look into, nine of which are listed below.
This channel is led by Tara Stiles, who introduces viewers -- along with guest instructors -- to yoga moves that range from basic to challenging.
Strala is dedicated to making yoga a fun experience for all people who want to get the physical and mental benefits of this ancient fitness method.
The best thing about Strala? The examples are easy to follow, so it isn't hard to understand what's occurring or to start to emulate what you see.
While you will need to pay to download Strala's complete yoga workouts (about $15 a video), you can preview the different workouts on the YouTube channel to decide which ones are right for you, before you pay for them.
2. Yoga Journal
This YouTube channel is an extension of the magazine and website of the same name. It's especially popular with beginning yoga devotees because of the simple way the videos instruct viewers.
There's a nice mix here of instructional videos and down-to-earth interviews that make yoga come alive.
PsycheTruth has its roots in Swedish massage, but integrates yoga videos as well. These yoga videos often focus on yoga sessions meant to achieve a particular end, whether it be yoga for relaxation, yoga for energy, yoga workouts for your abs or even yoga for menstrual cramps.
An attractive feature of subscribing to this channel is that there's a new video just about every day. This provides a wealth of variety for viewers who constantly want to up their games.
4. Yoga Online
One of the first aspects of Yoga Online that stands out is that it focuses on the mind-body connection of yoga, not just the purely physical benefits of this type of fitness regimen.
Yoga Online has a mix of female and male instructors, which offers a different perspective for viewers who may be accustomed to seeing mostly female YouTube yogis.
Adriene, the host of this YouTube channel, presents herself and her art with a down-to-earth easiness that will make even newbies relaxed from the start.
Her 30 days of yoga series is a terrific place to begin learning about yoga, as well as practicing simple-to-moderate moves.
Strength is a key focus of Interval Yoga and inspiration is around every corner. A new video is posted approximately once per week, and are meant to get viewers as buff as possible.
This channel may be better suited for yoga aficionados comfortable with the basics and seeking more challenging moves.
Variety is the spice of life, as well as the proper seasoning for viewers who want their personal yoga routines to reflect their days.
If a day is particularly hard, a tough yoga workout with tons of activity may be beneficial. If a day has been stressful, calming yoga poses may be a nicer fit. This channel can provide any yoga routine for any mood.
Moms and dads who want to do their yoga exercises but have younger kids to entertain will appreciate Cosmic Kids Yoga.
The moves are geared toward the younger set and feature brightly colored backgrounds and easy-to-follow instructions, but parents can join in on the fun and get a workout, too. It's family time at its healthiest!
9. Yoga House
Yoga House is less about the cosmic link between yoga and the surrounding life forces and more about pure movement and poses.
For those looking for a variety of moves from different types of yoga, such as bikram, power and ashantanga yoga, Yoga House is an ideal channel to bookmark.
As you become more attuned to your own yoga leanings, you may want to start a YouTube channel yourself! In the meantime, seek out soem experts and embrace the adventure. Namaste.
All videos are from YouTube.