One of my favorite modes of movement is yoga. I’ve been practicing for over 15 years, but never belonged to a studio. Studio’s in my area can get a bit pricey and although I’ve loved group classes whenever I’ve done trials or drop-in’s, there’s nothing quite like having a good home practice. You can’t really beat the convenience of YouTube, especially when traveling is involved. So if you’re away from home during the holidays and need some alone time for self-care, here are my 5 favorite YouTube Yogis (who are actual yoga teachers IRL too!):
Leigha Butler :: I discovered Leigha when I was searching for some more advanced classes. I love her down-to-earth, no-fuss videos that always challenge me no matter how many times I’ve done them. Some of my favorites are 1, 2, 3, 4
Cat Meffan :: Cat has that kind of infectious joy you can feel through the computer and she’ll make you smile even if your quads are burning in chair pose - you’ll love her personality! She also has non-yoga videos covering topics about activewear, nontoxic products and life. Some of my favorite yoga flows of hers are 1, 2, 3, 4
Yoga By Candace :: One of the first YouTube yogis I started following years ago. Candace is an amazing athlete who influenced me try lifting heavier to support my own yoga practice. She has a lot of great videos and visuals on good form which is so crucial when you practice at home and don’t have an instructor to adjust you. Here are some of my favorites: 1, 2, 3, 4
Fightmaster Yoga :: I haven’t done one of her classes in a long time, but they are so good and I need to get them back in rotation. Lesley’s flows helped me get more comfortable with inversions and although I’m not quite there yet, she has great videos for one of my goal poses: forearm stand. Some of my favorites are 1, 2, 3, 4
Shona Vertue :: I recently discovered Shona when I went searching for a flow to do while I was sick. She’s inspirationally ripped, has a great sense of humor and explains the science behind why we move like we do and the benefits certain poses have on your body (#yoganerd). My favorites are 1, 2, 3
Hope this quick guide helps to inspire you to move during the holidays even while you’re traveling. Here’s to taking some time for self-care no matter what!