The holidays are one of our favorite times of the year, but it can also be one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year, right? As we’re hustling and bustling around, it’s so easy to forget we can, and should, hit the pause button and take a moment for ourselves. Yoga is a perfect outlet for calming your mind and releasing some of that balled-up energy from your crazy day.
Maybe you already identify as a full-blown yogi or a meditation master, but if you’ve never tried either or aren’t sure where to begin, conquering that intimidation can be made easier with some guided help. With these yoga YouTube channels, you don’t even have to leave your house to get in a solid session.
Austin, Texas based yogi Adriene Mishler has quite a following on her YouTube channel (we’re talking nearly 5.4 million people) who follow along to her guided yoga sessions. Frequently accompanied by her dog, Benji, Adriene has a soothing voice and a personable and positive demeanor that makes learning new poses feel like you’re learning with a good friend. She has multiple playlists that can help you narrow down what you’re looking for, like Yoga for Beginners, Yoga for Back Pain, or Yoga Practices by Length for those days you only have 10 minutes of free time but still want to do something good for your body and mind!
This channel really reinforces the idea that yoga can be, and is, for every body, no matter what size, shape, or ability. Amber Karnes, founder of Body Positive Yoga, has multiple videos that include pose modifications for plus-size bodies, videos with props that can make yoga easier for newcomers, and even seated yoga if traditional yoga on a floor mat doesn’t work for you.
The Body Positive Yoga channel also features videos on self-compassion and self-love, motherhood, and plus-size workout gear reviews!
Candace is an international yoga teacher with a huge heart, and a big presence online. She uploads new yoga videos every Tuesday, and has videos categorized by different body parts you may want to focus on, breathing and meditation videos, videos for different times of day, and a whole slew of tutorials on how to master specific poses. She even has guided yoga and meditation videos you can do in bed when you really need to unwind but don’t have the energy to roll out the mat.
You will never run out of yoga videos on this channel. Brett Larkin focuses on overall health and wellness on her channel, featuring hundreds of yoga videos, dance and barre workouts, uplifting podcasts, and the occasional “what I eat in a day” videos focused on vegetarianism and ayurvedic diets. If you’re a momma-to-be, she has a great series of prenatal yoga and yoga that incorporates stretching with your newborn babe.