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Here’s Where to Find the Best Free Online Yoga Classes

January 8, 2016
by Dana Sitar
Contributor

I want to stay in shape. But I’ll be the first to admit I’m terrible at committing to any exercise regiment.

Except yoga.

Yoga sucked me in sometime around college and gave me a way to keep my body working, without hating myself or whoever was leading the class. Finally, something fit.

Unfortunately, I left college and discovered yoga studios are not so affordable when you’re no longer part of an institution footing the bill.

I also started traveling after leaving college, which makes sticking with a yoga studio pretty much impossible.

I’ve since found a few apps, like Yoga Studio and Down Dog. They help me practice anytime, wherever I am — but the same old routines can get stale.

So, I was excited to find this list of the five best free yoga classes online from New York magazine’s The Cut.

These sites open a world of possibilities for practicing yoga on a budget — on my own time, at my own pace.

These round-ups aren’t uncommon, but I love this one. Particularly because The Cut explains not only what you’ll find on each site, but also who each site is designed for.

Whether you’ve resolved to add yoga to your life for the first time this year, or you’re searching for new ways to strengthen an existing practice without spending a lot of money, this list includes great ways to do it.

And they’re all totally free!

1. Do Yoga With Me

Do Yoga With Me features online yoga videos spanning all styles and experience levels. Videos are completely free to watch — the site survives on display ads and donations.

The site offers classes in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini, Ashtanga and more. Classes are available at all levels, but The Cut recommends the site most for intermediate-level yogis interested in learning new exercises and techniques.

2. Be More Yogic

You have to register to view videos at Be More Yogic, but it only takes about 30 seconds. Once you’re signed in, browse a wide selection of classes across styles, experience levels and durations.

Be More Yogic features a short list of instructors, and you can search classes by instructor name. If you find someone you like, they’re easy to follow.

Premium memberships are available for $15 per month (or $67.50 per year) for a wider selection.

3. Yoga With Adriene

The Cut recommends it for beginners, but Adriene Mishler’s YouTube channel promises to be “the Yoga Channel for everybody.”

Mishler guides beginner yogis with an approachable style through 20-30 minute classes, plus instructional videos on specific poses.

Videos are organized into categories like Yoga for Beginners, Yoga for Weight Loss and Yoga for Healing. I even found one called Yoga on the Road!

And if you want to kickstart 2016 with a strong practice, try Adriene’s 30 Day at-Home Yoga Camp.

For more details and places to find free online yoga classes, read the full article from The Cut.

Your Turn: Do you plan to begin or improve your yoga practice this year? What helpful resources have you found?

Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more. You can find her in her den any night of the week, faceplanting her way out of a shaky Crow pose.

by Dana Sitar
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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