FITNESS FOCUS OUR TOP ONLINE YOGA INSTRUCTORS
It’s said that the internet can make or break a career. It’s a place where ordinary people can become overnight sensations, with thousands of followers and hits. It’s a place where information can be found on any subject, if you know where to look. But with such a wealth of material out there – how do we know what is quality? There is as much false information as there is good, and sometimes this can be dangerous in the wrong hands.
When it comes to exercise, you simply have to do it right. Training wrongly could result in injury, so always make sure the advice you’re following is good advice.
WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga comes in many forms, with its roots in Hindu spiritual practice and discipline. It encompasses breath control and simple meditation whilst adopting specific postures to enhance health, flexibility, fitness and relaxation.
There are many different types, explained below. From there, we’ve selected some of the best videos from online yoga instructors.
TYPES OF YOGA
Get ready to practice yoga in 105 degree heat and in 40% humidity — hot! Though Bikram only has 26 poses and there’s lots of alignment work so it might be a good fit for beginners.
Class is also likely to be focused on slow and gentle movements so it’s a great type of yoga to wind down with at night.
Commonly called “Vinyasa flow” or just “flow”, you’ll definitely be moving, flowing from one pose to the next. Other than starting with a sun salutation, no two classes will be alike. It’s the most popular style of yoga in America.
Kundalini” refers to the energy of the Root Chakra, which surrounds the area around your lower spine. Expect lots of work in your “core” area and classes are known to be pretty intense.
Commonly called Power yoga, Ashtanga is definitely physically demanding. It’s probably best suited for an ex-athlete or someone looking to really push their body.
Expect lots of props with this type of yoga such as blocks, harnesses, straps, and even cushions. There’s also a lot of focus on alignment so Iyengar can be great for physical therapy.
Founded in 1997 by John Friend, Anusara is epitomized by “the celebration of the heart. Expect many “heart-opening” poses like backbends and more talking by the instructor in class.
Looking to wind down after a long day of work? Or perhaps you want to quiet your mind? Restorative yoga might be the answer as it’s focused on relaxation.
Jivamukti yoga is mostly practiced in NYC as it was founded there in 1984 by Sharon Gannon and David Life. It’s a mix of vinyasa flow sequencing infused with chanting and a vegetarian twist.
If you’re an expectant mother then Prenatal yoga is probably for you. (Sorry, guys!) Some say that Prenatal is one of the best types of exercise for moms-to-be as there’s a lot of core work and a focus on breathing.
PRESENTING THE BEST ONLINE YOGA INSTRUCTORS:
OK – time to look at what’s online. Some of these instructors follow a particular style, others have put together their own information from a mix of styles. Take a look at the videos and see what suits you.
1) FOR BEGINNERS – Sara Beth
Before leaping in, there’s a need for a basic understanding of terminology and poses. Sarah Beth gives a methodical rundown of poses taken from Hatha yoga. Combined with longer yin-style releases, this will gently introduce you to the practice of regular stretches. https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahBethShow
2) FOR BEGINNERS – YOGA JOURNAL
A great mix of instruction and interviews to bring yoga alive. This channel is an extension of the website/ magazine of the same name. Very popular thanks to its simplicity.
3) FOR VARIETY – Yoga House
A great way to test different methods, or bring variety to your current routine, Yoga House classes look at Power Yoga, Ashtanga, Kundalini and Bikram. https://www.youtube.com/user/yogahousem
4) FOR STRENGTH (Intermediate) – Interval Yoga
Probably most suited for those comfortable with the basics and looking for something more challenging. Full of inspiration and fresh videos posted weekly, with the aim of encouraging users to progress as much as possible. https://www.youtube.com/user/YogaIntervals19
5) FOR STRESS RELIEF – Psyche Truth
If you suffer from anxiety or insomnia, this is the place to go. Nothing is a quick-fix, but dedicated application of these stress-busting moves over a couple of weeks should yield amazing results. https://www.youtube.com/user/psychetruth
6) FOR FLEXIBILITY (AND SPEED) – LivestrongWoman
The best thing about this workout is that it only takes 5 minutes. So if you’re in a rush in the morning, you can still find time to squeeze in a quick workout at home before you leave for work. https://www.youtube.com/user/LivestrongWoman
7) FOR BACK/NECK/SHOULDER PAIN RELIEF – Yoga TX
Suffering from sore shoulders? You can holistically heal pain and work out your lower back, upper back, shoulders, and chest with these simple but effective exercises, which are designed to naturally relieve tension and sciatica pain. https://www.youtube.com/user/yogatx
8) FROM BASIC TO CHALLENGING – Strala at Home
Tara Stiles works alongside guest instructors to provide a fun experience that’s easy to follow. You can preview many different workouts on her channel to decide what’s right for you. Then there’s the option to purchase more if you like it. https://www.youtube.com/user/TaraStilesYoga/featured
9) KIDS’ YOGA – Cosmic Kids Yoga
Great for family time or parents who want to workout, but need to keep an eye on the young ones too. The moves are geared towards youngsters with bright background colours and easy instructions, but it’s perfectly feasible for everyone to get involved and benefit at the same time. https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
10) FOR VARIETY (Simple to moderate) – 30 Day Series – Yoga Camp
A 30 days of yoga series presented by Adriene, that will make even new starters feel relaxed. https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene The series includes fat-burning, energising, complete beginners workout etc.