5 of the Best FREE Yoga Classes Online
A list of free (not just a free trial) yoga resources with awesome instructors that you can do at your own pace, in the privacy of your home.
I get asked this question all the time, “Where do you practice yoga?” Followed by lamentations from people saying things like, “I want to start doing yoga, but I don’t know where to start.” I get it, yoga studios are wonderful places for hands-on instruction, but many can’t afford them or prefer a more private experience. It’s also a commitment of time and money to join a gym or studio, or purchase an online subscription if you’re not sure if you will use it.
I did nothing but free yoga classes online for a year and a half. As a single mother starting a business while putting myself through college — in the middle of a pandemic — I couldn’t afford it any other way. And for all of the aforementioned reasons, I needed yoga in my life more than ever.
I am a big proponent of the belief that all have a right to free yoga. Yoga does not inherently oblige you to spend money. However, I think that when you get to the point of committing to daily practice, you owe it to yourself and the highly trained instructors guiding you, to pay something for these services. For me, it was also a way to commit myself to my practice. I promised myself that I would start practicing yoga every morning at 6am, and to hold myself to that commitment I signed up for Alomoves.com — and I never have a shortage of premium yoga flows to fit my every mood and need for that day.
The Best Free Yoga Classes Online in 2022
Do Yoga with Me
Do Yoga with Me is an incredible resource, with over 600+ free videos encompassing styles like Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini, Ashtanga, power, and prenatal. Over half of the content on their website is free, and they remain committed to this core belief that yoga should be accessible to everyone. If you find yourself using this site regularly, they offer a low-cost membership that will give you access to even more guided flows and meditations.
Yoga with Adriene
Yoga with Adriene might be one of the ultimate YouTube yogi success stories. She rose to fame with her free yoga classes a few years ago and quickly amassed over 10 million subscribers! Her appeal is that she makes yoga super accessible for beginners. Her classes are short, easy to follow, and to the point. She has a great section called “Yoga for Busy People” that are all 10–20 minutes long.
Fightmaster Yoga is another great resource for beginners, in fact their motto is, “It’s not about the pose. You don’t have to be perfect.” This philosophy accurately sums up how it feels when you begin a yoga practice. It can be painful and intimidating at first — watching an extremely bendy yogi guide you into postures you cannot even begin to do can be super frustrating. But it’s not about the pose. It’s about showing up on your mat and trying. It’s about doing what you can and making a commitment to yourself and your health. They offer tons of options, like 45-minute Hatha classes, 30-minute total body workouts, 1-hour Ashtanga, mini morning stretch sessions, and guided meditations.
My personal favorite is AloMoves.com (and no, they are not paying me to say that). I discovered Alo’s many free full-length yoga classes available on YouTube and really gravitated towards their fabulous, fun, highly-skilled instructors so much so that I eventually moved over to their website and paid for a subscription. Their YouTube channel offers a myriad of yoga styles, from power vinyasa flow to yoga for kids. Many of these resources are aimed at beginners, and Alo accommodates this too, but I love that they also give you room to advance as a yogi with harder, more challenging flows. They even offer step by step instructions for tricky asanas, handstands, and balancing postures.
CorePower Yoga is another large, well-known brand that utilizes YouTube to market themselves by offering over 300+ free classes. Everything from a 5-minute guided meditation to a 60-minute power flow is available online. One benefit of CorePower Yoga is that if you think you might want to transition to an online subscription, or even practicing in a studio, they offer all of those services.
They have several different memberships for practicing online, as well as their all-access pass that allows you to participate in their studio classes at any of their locations, plus outdoor yoga sessions, and their live streaming and on demand yoga library.
I get asked about my yoga practice a lot — probably because I post about my extreme love for yoga an obnoxious amount. Yoga has created for me a stronger body than I’ve ever had, relieved all of my back pain, but most importantly — it has given me an outlet for stress and tremendously improved my mental health.
Yoga gives me a way to turn inward, to connect with myself and nature, to remember what is really important.
You have nothing to lose by trying a free yoga session today. Even if you don’t have a mat, do it on the floor. Even if you’re not flexible, try your best. Even if you don’t have time, do the first 5-minutes. Do it with the intention that you will make a commitment to doing something good for yourself every day. You deserve it. Namaste yogi.