Om at Home: Best Online Yoga Classes
Whether you have five minutes or 30 minutes, turning your living room into a yoga studio can provide an oasis in our busy lives. Commit to make time for yourself by squeezing yoga in first thing in the morning or before bed, while the tea is on, or when the baby’s asleep.
Many high-quality online yoga classes are free, and some memberships are available for less than the cost of going to class in a yoga studio. Keep in mind that there’s no substitute for a live class with an experienced teacher who can provide hands-on assists, but if that’s not a reality for you, start here.
There’s a style of yoga for everyone, so let me know what you think about these sites in the comments. And as always, ask questions!
Remember, it takes 21 days to pick up a new habit, and the hardest part is starting.
Adriene offers free online yoga videos for people who are new to yoga as well as longtime students. She creates a welcoming and real environment, encouraging students to “focus on the sensation over the shape.”
Check out her site for many different styles of yoga, including Yoga for Beginners, Foundations of Yoga, Yoga for Weight Loss, and Vinyasa (an intermediate, flowing sequence). Lengths of the practices vary, from 20 to 60 minutes, depending how much time you have.
This YouTube channel run by YogaWorks teacher Lesley Fightmaster offers new classes each Monday and is great for seasoned yogis looking for an adventurous practice, as well as beginners, including a 30 day yoga for beginners challenge. Lesley clearly articulates her instruction and doesn’t use music, which can help focus the practice.
Offers everything from full classes to tutorials to meditation. This site has an enormous variety of yoga styles (hatha, vinyasa, yin, ashtanga, kundalini, prenatal and postnatal) and is great for intermediate yogis looking to try something new.
Upon registration, this site offers access to yoga classes filmed in gorgeous outdoor locations. Yoga styles include ashtanga, restorative, vinyasa, yin, prenatal, and yoga for beginners. Allows you to try out different shorter videos with several teachers before committing: there’s an option to upgrade your membership to view even more videos.
This site hosts a library of YouTube videos searchable by level, style or topic (weight loss, abs, back pain, etc.). You can save a list of favorites to build your practice. Ideal for people looking for variety in their practice.
Why not sample the free trials and then decide on a favorite?
Connect with Experts
Features well-known and widely-loved teachers offering single classes and plans, including bundles with my favorite surfer yogi Eoin Finn, Joy Body and Quiet Mind. Visually stunning classes with clear instruction and coaching – the next best thing to being in the studio. Great for following your favorite popular yoga teacher, like Jessamyn Stanley or Patrick Beach, and trying new styles of fitness, including barre.
Free trial: Yes, includes 12 workouts. Also, free online studio classes are available at certain times.
Plans include $39.99 for unlimited access to 6 or 7 classes, available on all devices.
Explore Your Practice
Professionally-filmed classes with master teachers like Jason Crandell make you feel like you’re actually in class. This is one of the most popular yoga video services, as it offers a wide variety of high quality yoga classes for various yoga styles. The teachers are some of the worlds best and feature class collections on everything from 5 minute meditations to yoga philosophy.
Free trial: 15 days, plans for beginners and intermediate students.
Membership $18/month, available on all devices.
Healthy Living Made Easy
A full yoga, fitness, and cooking site, Grokker is so much more than yoga. With social applications, Grokker allows you to connect with others, including if you have questions about yoga, and the cooking section is very useful in presenting cooking tips and healthful recipes. The fitness section is intensive and great for beginners – it doesn’t matter how fit you are or how little you know about fitness.
Features series like “Beginners Guide to Yoga,” “Grit, Grace, and Gratitude: Yoga for Cancer Patients” and “Yoga Under 30 Minutes.” An incredible value for everything the site offers.
Free trial: 2 weeks
Subscription: $14.99/month, or $9.99/month if you commit to a year.
Yoga as a Lifestyle
Formerly Gaiam TV, Gaia offers yoga classes plus documentaries and films. Under the “My Yoga” section, take classes with one of my favorite master teachers Chrissy Carter , who encourages students to “live your yoga.”
Great for someone looking to dive into all aspects of yoga, including the physical practice, yoga philosophy, alternative medicine, holistic healing, independent films, and cultural documentaries.
Free trial: no
Introductory offers include 99 cents for your first month, $20 for three months, or an annual plan for $7.95/month, available on all devices.
Let me know what you think about these offerings in the comments!