12 Free Online Yoga and Fitness Classes You Can Do at Home Alone During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Crowdsourced and compiled for your convenience.

  1. Yoga With Kassandra on YouTube: This recommendation was one of many that came from my Facebook crowdsourcing request. Like Yoga With Adriene, this YouTube channel offers a huge assortment of videos of varying lengths and levels. There’s even a whole section of videos dedicated to yin yoga, a slower-paced and more passive and restorative form of yoga, which is definitely needed right now.
  2. Yoga Vida YouTube Channel and Instagram Live Sessions: Yoga Vida has four New York City locations: Union Square, NoHo, Tribeca, and Dumbo. Back in 2012, I blogged about Yoga Vida being my new yoga home. For a brief period of time right before my hip injury, Yoga Vida was the studio where I practiced regularly. For the time being, all their physical locations are closed, but they’ve moved online, offering free, pre-recorded yoga and meditation classes on their YouTube channel, and daily 60-minute live classes via Instagram Live. (You can see the class schedule for their Instagram Live sessions here.) Donations are optional, and if you’d like to make one you can do so through Venmo @yogavida, and they ask that you add the class instructor’s name in the Venmo note. However, if you can’t afford to make a donation, the classes are all still available for free.
  3. Yoga4Cancer / y4c Online Class and Live Sessions Via Zoom: I discovered Yoga4Cancer, a nonprofit organization that offers free, research-based yoga classes developed for people going through cancer treatment, and available for cancer patients and survivors and their caregivers across the United States and Canada, while I was in treatment. I was overjoyed to find that there was a free weekly y4c class offered at a local yoga studio in my neighborhood just a 10-minute walk from my apartment, and I regularly attended this class during treatment and as I was newly recovering post-treatment. In-person classes have been suspended at this time, but Yoga4Cancer already had a video of a free 60-minute online class taught by y4c founder Tari Prinster up on their website. All you have to do is fill out a quick form with your name and email address and you can access this class. Yoga4Cancer founding partner and managing director Josi Kytle also tells me that they’ve just started offering free live sessions via Zoom during this unprecedented time. Check the Events tab on their Facebook page to see the schedule for upcoming y4c classes on Zoom. The live classes will be recorded and distributed for free to anyone who is unable to participate in real time.
  1. Daily Burn App Free 60-Day Trial: Daily Burn offers tons of options for exercise classes, one-on-one training, and even audio workouts you can take on the go—not that you’re going anyplace any time soon. You can choose to enter some information about yourself and the app will customize a fitness program tailored to your level and goals, including creating a schedule of workout videos for you to follow. There are also tools for you to track your progress. Daily Burn has close to 2,000 streaming workouts and many categories of workout videos: Intro to Exercise, Cardio Strength, Barre for All, Yoga Basics, Beginner Pilates, Cardio Kickboxing, High Intensity Training, and Pregnancy and Post-Natal, to name a few. The app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play, and you can stream these workouts on basically any device. From what I can tell, the free trial period used to be 30 days and they’re extending it to 60 days in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Just remember to cancel your subscription before you hit the 60-day mark; otherwise you’ll be out 20 bucks a month.
  1. YMCA 360: On-Demand Videos: The previous listing is put out by the YMCA of Greater New York, but here’s one from the larger YMCA organization. There are a lot of different categories and options at every fitness level. You can take any of the following types of classes: Bootcamp, Barre, Yoga, Active Older Adults, Weightlifting, Tai Chi, Youth Soccer (not going to try this one in my studio apartment! But also, I don’t have kids), Y Box (I don’t happen to have a giant punching bag in my home, but if you do, this one’s for you!), and Youth Sports Performance (again, I’m not the demographic for this but it could be helpful to many who are). There’s also a FAQ page in case you run into any technical difficulties.
  2. Planet Fitness United We Move Home Work-Ins on Facebook Live: Okay gym-goers, here’s another option for you. Planet Fitness has launched a new online workout series with classes streamed live daily at 4pm PT / 5pm MT / 6pm CT / 7pm ET, and they’ve even gone to the trouble of listing the time in all the different time zones so no math is required, because really, who has the extra brain space right now to do math? Go to their Facebook page every day at 4/5/6/7pm to take a class, or click on the Videos tab, where all past classes are archived.

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