The Cut’s guide to self-improvement without spending a million dollars.
As yoga has skyrocketed in popularity, teachers — typically paid a pittance for group classes — have realized that putting their routines online can be lucrative. There are now plenty of options for all levels, but most are secured behind a paywall. You really have to search to find great, free options, but they’re out there. We’ve tracked down the five best free sites for both newbies and experienced practitioners.
Do Yoga With Me is a massive site (it survives on donations) that offers everything from full classes to tutorials to meditation practices. There’s an incredible variety of instructors and yoga styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini, and Ashtanga as well as power and prenatal classes.
Best for: Intermediate-level yogis who are interested in broadening their horizons with new breathing techniques, meditations, and yoga styles.
You have to register to use this website, but the process is relatively painless. Afterward, you can browse a library of videos, all filmed outdoors in locations like Zanzibar and Andalusia. Be More Yogic works with a short list of instructors, so it’s easy to follow your favorites. Sign up for a premium membership ($67.50 per year) to unlock a larger selection of classes.
Best for: Dabblers who’d like to test a few different short workouts before committing.
Adriene launched her YouTube channel a little over three years ago, and has amassed more than a million followers thanks to her friendly, approachable demeanor and clear instruction. Sessions have names like “Yoga for Anxiety and Stress,” “Yoga at Your Desk,” and “Yoga for Bedtime.” Classes are short — 20 to 30 minutes — and there are also quick tutorials on arm balances and the like.
Best for: The person that doesn’t take yoga too seriously; beginners.
This channel, run by YogaWorks teacher Lesley Fightmaster — that’s her real name — is great for more advanced yogis. Fightmaster releases a new class every Monday and most are 45 minutes to an hour long. Her voice-overs are well-paced (there’s no music), and she offers all sorts of helpful tips throughout regarding modifications and prop usage. Class styles include Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and more.
Best for: Those who want powerful, fast-moving, sweat-inducing sequences.
Instead of searching through YouTube for yoga tutorials, click over to Yome. The site catalogs hundreds of YouTube yoga videos and can be sorted by level, style, even topic (“detox,” “knee pain”). Yome allows users to save videos to a list of favorites, so it’s easy to build a library of routines.
Best for: People who want to try a new routine every day.