If you haven’t discovered by now, there is a corner of YouTube for just about everything. There are the obvious beauty gurus, the booktubers, the traveltubers, the whisperers for anyone with ASMR (have you listened to this podcast yet? so. good.) and so on and so on into oblivion. If you are looking for personal yoga lessons on the cheap (aka free) then I suggest you check out the YouTube yogis of the world. Watching their videos is almost as good as attending a class, a class you can attend from the comfort of your own home. Even if you live in a studio apartment all you need is enough space for your mat. And most appealing of all, they are free. As with all things YouTube, you can choose from a diverse community of experts all providing high quality content at no charge. You’ll wonder why you didn’t try this sooner. I personally choose from a selection of different YouTubers depending on my mood, so here are my favorites:
1-hour butt kicking
A lot of the yoga I’ve seen on YouTube is a mild workout or a gentle stretch, but when I’ve spent a whole weekend eating and drinking my way through Austin like there’s no tomorrow, I need a yoga session that will make me feel ok about that. Ali Kamenova throws sneaky pushups between her updogs and downward dogs, and I promise you’ll feel this the next day, in a good way.
15-minute butt kicking
Most mornings I don’t have time for a full hour session before work, so I tend to do a condensed 10 or 15-minute practice with Tara Stiles. Almost all of her videos are short, perfect for those moments you just don’t want to commit. Tara Stiles is a long-legged gazelle who’s going to lull you into a false sense of security with her easy breezy instructions, but don’t be fooled. You will be sore the next day, and it will only take 15 minutes. It may not feel like a serious workout, but when you find yourself panting in plain old Warrior II you’ll see what I mean.
15-minute morning yoga
It takes a special kind of person to not annoy me in the first few minutes after I wake up, and Sarah Beth fits the bill. Her personality is bright enough to energize me, but not too much pep to handle if you know what I mean. Her morning practice is not intimidating (I get it, Ali Kamenova can be overwhelming at 7am) but it is still fast-paced enough to keep me from falling back to sleep in child’s pose. In fact Sarah Beth is a perfect balance of all of the other YouTubers on this list, so I encourage you to check out her other videos too.
10-minute morning yoga, when you don’t feel like doing yoga
For those mornings you hit snooze 15 times and do not feel like doing yoga, Adriene is just about as inoffensive as it gets. Adriene is local to Austin so I may be biased, but her channel is truly relaxing and her videos are perfect to wake up to, do just before bedtime, or if you have a hangover.
If you follow any other YouTube yogis please share in the comments!
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What to wear
I mostly do my yoga at home, but very now and then a friend or coworker will convince me to try a Groupon or a discounted one-month membership at a nearby yoga studio so I’ll treat myself to those sessions, which is when I realize that my yoga gear is somewhat, how shall we put it, uninspired. I typically go with the predictably utilitarian black yoga pants and a Target tank top (not to knock Target tank tops, they are the best). But I’m not the type to rock neons or suit up in head to toe Underamour for a run around Town Lake — I don’t want to look like I think I’m running faster than I actually am. So this Emerson Fry collection of athletics gear speaks to my neutral palette without succumbing to the typical black. Can you tell Thanksgiving weekend has me dusting off my weights?
All photos: Emerson Fry