Five Youtube Yoga Channels for Complete BeginnersMelanie Tawil
We often take the time to remind you that a healthy mind lives in a healthy body – and vice versa. While bingo serves as an amazing exercise for your brain, it does keep one sitting for long periods of time. You could be doing exercises on your bingo chair, but let’s be real, nobody does that. Still, some stretches and workouts are very important, so what should you do about that?
We are slowly coming to terms with the times we live in and the reality of a pandemic around us, so we must reevaluate our usual routines and habits. Bingo halls are quite low-risk locations, where contact with others is minimal and short, and physical distancing is very much possible. You may be hesitant to join an indoor exercise group, and with good reason, too.
If you are interested in yoga, we highly recommend starting with doing some yoga alone at home. This is a wonderful activity that can be adapted to just about anybody. Different body shapes and levels of expertise work very well together in yoga and you do not need any special equipment, which is always a plus! Here are some amazing Youtube channels from great yoga teachers.
With over 4.8 million subscribers, Adriene Mishler is often called the queen of YouTube yoga, a status easily earned with her more than 8 million subscribers. Adriene has a very welcoming personality and she is very much down to earth.
Adriene makes a good job of reminding you that you need to find a position that feels good to you. Listen to your body and respect the signs it is giving you. There is no need to compare yourself to anyone, especially not a professional yoga teacher!! Listen to your body and do as much or as little as you can – and this can change day by day, based on how you are feeling. For beginners, we highly recommend her “Foundations of Yoga” series, which breaks down the basic alignment and benefits of tons of poses.
Body Positive Yoga founder Amber Karnes offers many helpful tips and modifications for practitioners of all sizes, from performing chaturanga properly to overcoming the sticky spots of sun salutations. While she does like to use props, she is always mindful of offering substitutes that you may have lying around the house. Instead of buying a yoga strap, you could use a belt, for example.
Amber is also very open about her own relationship with her body, and addresses topics like how to handle negative thoughts and resist the pressure of diet culture, to encourage her followers to develop greater self-compassion and confidence both on and off the mat.
You could be a beginner in yoga, but still in good shape and very fit. If this description fits you well, you may want to look at Tim Sensei’s yoga channel. He shares a new video weekly for vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath.
If you are interested in the physical part of yoga, these videos may be right for you. A lot of his classes last for 30 minutes and he also has a great 30-day challenge, if you’re feeling ambitious about kickstarting your at-home yoga practice.
The Samyak Yoga Ashram in Mysore, India is a well-respected yoga school that posts Hatha, vinyasa, and ashtanga classes that typically last anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. The videos here aren’t one-on-one but actually give you a glimpse into a roomful of other students who are practicing at the Mysore Teacher Training Institute.
If India is not your thing and you want an experience closer to home, The Yoga Room is what you need. Zelinda Yañezruns an Austin-based studio with tutorials and yoga flows for those seeking a gentle, therapeutic practice. Zelinda is super tranquil and her intent is to help yoga practitioners of all shapes and sizes enjoy a safe, comfortable practice. Check out her latest 30-minute video, “Strengthening Yoga For Bigger Bodies,” and her chair yoga series.