Sometimes you don’t want to go to a yoga class. Whether it’s because you don’t want to be right next to other people, or you’re intimidated and aren’t confident in keeping up with the poses, there are a handful of reasons you might be skipping it. But that’s a shame because yoga can be a great way to build strength, torch calories, and beat stress. Here are some of our favorite yoga workouts you can stream online, from YouTube to Amazon to other services, that you can do all by yourself in your own living room.
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For Learning the Basics
Yoga For Beginners: Poses for Strength, Flexibility, and Relaxation
New to yoga and not sure where to begin? Start here. You’ll learn the fundamentals of yoga, popular postures, and work on building balance and strength. Friendly reminder: You’ll be in the comfort of your own living room, so if you need to repeat an instruction or want to try something again, nobody’s judging you. If you want a similarly entry-level class but are looking for something more active, try Yoga Sweat: Beginners Power Yoga for Weight Loss instead.
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To Recover From Running
Runner’s Yoga — Yoga with Adriene
Avid runners will love the helpful instruction and easy-to-follow moves from this seasoned Austin-based yoga instructor. The entire sequence is on the floor (some moves are with the aid of a pillow) and designed to stretch and care for your muscles post-run. Also worth checking out are the variety of other videos tailored toward runners that she offers, like this warm-up session.
For Both Short and Long Workouts
This is like Netflix for yoga junkies. With classes in meditation and yoga ranging from 5 to 120 minutes, you’ve got a giant library of videos at your fingertips. Pro-tip: Bookmark Hotel Yoga. It will really come in handy when you’re staying at a property where the gym is a dingy basement situation.
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To Lose Some Weight
Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown
You may know her best as a tough-love personal trainer from NBC’s The Biggest Loser, but Michaels proves her prowess extends to the yoga mat in this unique workout, designed to burn serious calories. Available through Amazon Channels’ BeFit (you can start a free trial), you’ll get 30-minute workouts at Level 1 and Level 2 options.
Enhance Flexibility, Aid in Muscle Recovery
Yoga for Athletes with Yo Yoga’s Rebecca Weible
Whether you’re a regular yogi or new to the practice, Weible has a keen knack for making everyone feel comfortable on the mat. Here, she guides you through custom-tailored moves meant to provide relief for tight and tense everything.
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To Stick With Yoga Every Damn Day
Yoga With Daily Burn
If you’re really looking to make yoga part of your daily routine, this 30-day “Yoga Flow progression” through Amazon’s Daily Burn channel has all sorts of classes to keep things from getting boring. One class you may devote an hour to enhancing core strength, and another you might partake in a nine-minute guided meditation.
Relieve Sore Muscles
Yoga for Muscle Recovery with Yo Yoga’s Rebecca Weible
If you hit it particularly hard at the gym or on the trails, give your body some welcome salvation in the form of this simple yoga session created to help make the morning after a brutal workout a little less painful. A lot of the sequence is spent on the floor, where you can bestow your hips, quads, and glutes with more intense stretches.
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Awake: The Life of Yogananda
This video (it’s actually more of a documentary) won’t exactly get you sweating, but it’s an enjoyable look at the philosophical underpinnings of yoga and its entrance into U.S. culture. The film focuses on Hindu Swami, who brought yoga and meditation to the Western world in the early 20th century, but also weaves in plenty of scientific and historical info. If nothing else, it will remind you — and perhaps even inspire you — that yoga offers a hell of a lot more than just physical benefits.