Some days, you just really don’t want to leave your house. I know this feeling all too well. Especially during the winter when it’s cold, wet, and constantly dark, I have to work up a lot of willpower to drag myself out of my warm, cozy house.
But now, thanks to technology, you can do yoga without ever leaving home! Online videos and apps are great options for taking a yoga class without visiting a brick and mortar studio. There are many high quality, cost effective – even free, classes available out there that you can take anytime. Literally anytime, 24/7.
I have put together a short list of my favorite online or app-based yoga classes that you can take. All of these are absolutely free. Yup – that’s right, FREE. Of course, if you find yourself wanting more variety, many of these resources have additional options for purchase.
- DoYogaWithMe.com – An awesome website that has tons of free yoga videos. It’s easily searchable by category, level of difficulty, and style. They also offer pranayama (breathing) classes, meditation classes, and pose tutorials.
- YogaDownload.com – YogaDownload has a vast library of full length classes, tutorials, and quick classes to choose from. They have a variety of free classes, most average about 20-30 minutes long, which I find the perfect amount of time for a home practice. The yoga instructors are great and authentic. As a teacher, I will sometimes take a quick 20-30 minute class for inspiration, if I’m feeling a bit flat. They also offer a $10 per month subscription that gives you access to all of their great content. This is a great option if you find yourself doing yoga at home a lot, like more than once per week. And $10 is insanely cheap, especially if you compare it to the cost of going to a class – some drop-ins that I’ve been to recently have been as steep as $17 per class. Holy Cow.
- 20 Minute Yoga Sessions from YogaDownload.com – A podcast, if you are a crazy podcast subscriber, like I am. YogaDownload’s podcast is great if you are a bit more experienced, and know how to get in and out of the poses without a lot of visual instruction. I really enjoy it, because I can set my phone up anywhere and play the podcast without having to look at a TV or my computer screen. You can literally do yoga anywhere, like in a park on a nice day, at the airport, or behind your desk at work.
- Yoga with Adriene - Adriene Mischler has a blog and YouTube channel that produces a ton of awesome yoga content, including free full classes. She offers a 30-day "Yoga Camp" which is great if you are a beginner looking to make yoga a habit. What I really like about her site is that she offers classes in a variety of lengths, from 3 minute pose tutorials, 15 minute quick classes, and 45-60 minute full classes. Her classes and vlog topics are a great resource, especially for beginner yogis.
- YogiApproved - I write for YogiApproved part-time, and absolutely love the site. They offer a free weekly yoga class online, taught by expert teachers. YogiApproved is a great resource for almost anything yoga, and they have great pranayama, meditation and cooking videos.
You absolutely don't have to pay a cent to gain access to great yoga classes and content these days. The yoga community is an incredibly open and giving community. Karma Yoga is the practice of selfless giving. Take a free yoga class, and then spread the love! Write the website a good review, send the teacher a thank-you email, or simply affect everyone around you with your new sense of calm and clarity.
While all of these resources are amazing and the teachers are experts in their field, I truly believe that there is no real substitute for taking a live, in-person class. Especially if you are new to yoga, working with a yoga teacher can help you with proper alignment, techniques, and strengthening your practice. Sharing a yoga class with other yogis and the power of their energy is not something you can replicate at home. I'd encourage you to maintain a mix of at-home yoga and in-class practices.
If you take a class from one of these resources, let me know! Are there any other free online resources you use?