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The Best Free Yoga Videos on YouTube

By October 28, 2015No Comments

There are so many reasons to heart yoga (after all, the practice boosts brainpower, increases strength, and can calm you down), but sometimes it’s tricky to pencil a class into a packed schedule.1 Not to mention how quickly the cost can add up.

Luckily, YouTube is a treasure trove of awesome (and free!) workouts—and that includes yoga routines. We compiled 21 of our favorite, super-effective videos: With options ranging from quickie sessions to ones that focus on relaxation to those that target specific trouble areas, there’s bound to be one that works for you. Consider this the green light for plenty of at-home om-ing.

Less Than 20 Minutes

1. Six-Minute Abs Routine

“I don’t have time” can never be an excuse for skipping a workout. This fast-paced routine is proof that you can pack a lot of core shaping into just six minutes. But don’t let the length of the workout fool you; this routine’s no joke. Yogi star Kathryn Budig leads you through a tough mix of pulsing leg lifts (tiny movements with major impact), bicycle kicks, and more. (via Gaiam)

2. Beginner Yoga Flow

Calling all newbies: You don’t have to head to a studio to learn the basics. Just follow along with Kino MacGregor in this video. In just 12 minutes, you’ll get the low-down on controlling the breath, sun salutations, and more. We love that MacGregor explains both the purpose and the benefits of each pose, all while moving through a simple yet strengthening flow. (via BeFit)

3. Beginner's Morning Yoga Sequence

Shout out to Brett Larkin, the awesome San Francisco-based yoga instructor who created this routine for us! The 15-minute sequence is great for beginners and helps kickstart your day with poses that relieve stress, balance the body, and wake you up. We like to think of it as the perfect start to any morning. (via BrettLarkinYoga)

4. Yoga for Runners

Dear road warriors and treadmill champs: You’re tight. (And by that, we mean your lower-body muscles are tight!) This routine boosts flexibility in the quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. The key? Spending some quality time in the poses and—as instructor Erin Motz notes—remembering to breathe deeply throughout so you don’t restrict blood flow to these areas. (via

5. Yoga to Open Tight Hips

Let’s be real: Being bound to our desks is kind of a bummer. Thankfully, this routine targets the area that suffers the most. Yep, we’re talking about the hips. Yoga instructor Sonia Doubell leads a slow and steady sequence that includes poses to target hip flexors and relieve tension, like a low lunge with little pulses and pigeon pose. She also encourages you to feel at ease—a welcome reminder for the work-hard, play-hard set. (via Grokker)

6. Yoga Strength for Beginner Arm Poses

Ask any yoga devotee, and they’ll likely agree on one thing: The practice works your body, mind, and spirit. MacGregor makes a point of this at the beginning of the workout and inspires you to take on a new challenge—all while reminding you not to stress throughout the harder poses. You’ll build total-body strength with planks and chaturangas, and slowly work your way into more advanced poses (like crane pose and headstands). Challenging? Absolutely. Worth it? Oh, yeah! (via KinoYoga)

7. Yoga for the Best Sleep

Sweet dreams are made of these… yoga poses. You’ll move through shoulder-opening poses to relieve stress, gentle forward bends (which host Jason Crandell says will quiet nerves), and hip openers that’ll help slash tension. Plus, the fact that Crandell’s detailed, easy-to-follow instruction is as soothing as the sequence itself helps set you up for some quality shut-eye. (via Yoga Journal)

Less Than 30 Minutes

8. Beach Yoga to Make You Stronger

One of the stellar things about yoga is that you can do it anytime, anywhere—and that absolutely includes on the beach during vacay. But whether you’re actually in the middle of an exotic getaway or just in your own living room, you’ll flow from pose to pose in this total-body, 20-minute routine led by Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up. Bonus? The rippling water and beautiful sky in the background almost make you feel like you’re there. (via Tone It Up)

9. Yoga Fusion for Burning Fat

Three words: burn, baby, burn. This cardio flow routine’s guaranteed to get your heart pumping and body sweating. The best part? You can knock it out in 20 minutes flat. Keep an eye out for a cameo from Smith’s adorable little dog, Peanut—you won’t want to miss her upward-facing dog. (via JessicaSmithTV)

10. Calming Yoga to Build Strength

It may seem contradictory to describe this routine as both calming and challenging, but it really does strike the perfect balance between the two. In what may be the world’s most soothing and pleasant voice, instructor Amber Joliat guides you through a graceful practice that strengthens as much as it lengthens. (via Lululemon)


11. Yoga to Target Your Butt and Thighs

The name of the video really says it all. Texas-based yogi Adriene Mishler directs you through a series of poses that works the lower body and gets you one step closer to the elusive "yoga booty," all while clearly having a blast. She serves up the sequence with a side of goofiness—you’ll feel like you’re taking class with one of your funnier friends. And laughing totally counts as a workout, right? (via Yoga with Adriene)

12. Yoga to Relieve Stress and Tension

Stressed out. Tense. Crazed. If any of these words describe you, this routine’s a godsend. You’ll gently sway and flow your way from forward folds to low lunges to splits (only if you’re up for them)—all in just 30 minutes. With breezy and serene direction, Tara Stiles gives more advanced options for those who want them, but she’s really all about finding what works best for your body in that moment. (via CosmoBody)

More Than 30 Minutes

13. Soothing Vinyasa Yoga

This yoga routine is proof-positive that your practice can be both soothing and challenging. Instructor Faith Hunter talks you through 30 minutes of flowing poses, focusing on moving with your breath. (via Cody – Online Fitness Videos)

14. Full-Body Yoga Stretch

Stretching it out is the name of the game here—and that’s something both beginners and yoga pros can always use. Your instructor, Cole Chance, also gives detailed directions (including important reminders to be gentle) that help ensure you’re engaging the right muscles. After 30 minutes’ worth of hurts-so-good poses, you’ll feel more nimble and relaxed. (via Yoga TX)

15. High-Energy Yoga Flow

Yogi Mandy Ingber (who’s taught Hollywood A-listers like Jennifer Lawrence and Brooke Shields) shares a 30-minute routine that’s tough but totally doable. This high-energy flow builds strength (hello, muscle definition!), includes a killer abs series, and finishes up with a calming, soothing stretch. (via PopSugar Fitness)

16. Deep Stretches for Relaxation and Meditation

Sometimes you need more than a couple of minutes of stretching. That’s where Yin Yoga, a practice that involves holding poses for long periods of time (usually three to five minutes) comes in. Yogi Nora directs you through a series of poses—some of which involve a pillow, score!—with the goal of helping you to let go and find flexibility. (via Yogi Nora)

17. Intermediate Vinyasa Flow

This video’s racked up more than a million views for one reason: It rocks. California-based yogi Tim Senesi kills it with this total-body vinyasa flow, which is geared for beginner to intermediate yogis (though it does include some more advanced arm-balance poses, like twisted crow). His super-specific direction makes it easy to follow and so enjoyable. (via Fightmaster Yoga)

18. Prenatal Yoga for Your Arms and Shoulders

Specifically designed for pregnant ladies (like Kristoffer herself!), this sequence helps define arms and open the shoulders to counteract any hunching that might occur as a result of carrying extra weight. Similar to a regular flow class, it involves poses like lunges, downward-facing dog, and chaturanga (modified with your bump in mind). Be sure to talk to your doc first before attempting. (via Qinetic Live)

19. Yoga for Serious Strength Gains

Looking for a longer practice? Look no further. We mentioned Adriene Mishler’s butt- and thigh-targeting routine above, but we also love this full-body routine. Mishler throws cardio moves like jumping jacks into the mix to get—and keep—the heart pumping. (via Yoga with Adriene)

20. 45-Minute Yoga Practice for Runners

If you liked Erin Motz’s routine (listed above) but are craving some runner-focused R&R, this longer sequence has your name all over it. As instructor Goldie Kaufenberg mentions in her intro, this plan targets the pelvis and the body below it through gentle twisting and core work. After going through the 48-minute sequence, you’ll feel longer and more limber—the perfect complement to any endurance workout. We’re also big fans of the fact that she gives you options for the poses, walking you through the modifications you might need. (via Lululemon)

21. 60-Minute Slow Flow Power Yoga

Sometimes slower is better, and this is definitely one of those times. This 60-minute routine requires you to move from pose to pose with control and purpose—no muscling through it! The one catch: It’s not intended for beginners, though instructor Candace does offer modifications for the less-experienced set. (via Yoga by Candace)

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Clint Nielsen

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Clint is a dad and husband trying to stay in shape. He's also a highly opinionated fitness enthusiast and author of Reveal The Steel. Follow him on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+

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