This time of year, resolutions and goals are at the forefront of all of our minds as we reflect on what we hope the coming year will bring. This is a wonderful time to look inward, set some thoughtful intentions, and hopefully dedicate some extra time to your yoga practice. Whether you’re a new yogi, a yogi who’s looking to dive back into a regular practice, or a dedicated yogi that finds time to downward dog no matter what, we’ve rounded up some of the best free yoga videos on the web to kick your year off right.
Sunrise Yoga by Sarah Beth Yoga
Clocking in at ten minutes, this gentle flow is the perfect length to squeeze into even the busiest morning. Instructor Sarah Beth offers a soft spine wake-up and some mindfulness exercises to help start your day out with a quiet, easy mind. Her words throughout are a wonderful reminder to pay attention to your senses and observe the changes in your body.
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Yin Yoga for Upper Back + Shoulders by Yoga with Kassandra
There are a lot of flow practices out there that target lower back pain, but focusing too heavily on one area of the body can mean neglecting other parts that need that same attention. This thirty-minute flow targets the oft-forgotten upper back and is perfect to melt some of the tightness and knots you might feel in your shoulders since being back in the office after the holidays.
Even if you don’t carry tension primarily in your shoulders, heavy lifting, typing, and carrying little ones can all take a toll on the shoulders, neck, and mid-upper back. Grab a yoga block and treat your shoulders to the deep release they deserve.
Post-Run Recovery Yoga by Aprille Walker
If you practice yoga to complement other forms of exercise like running, this video is for you. This lower body stretch session focuses less on building strength and more on getting into the connective tissue. Aprille does a great job of spending time on each muscle group and body part used during a high-intensity run, like the glutes, ankles, and fleshy parts of the feet. At the end of the practice, you’ll enjoy a long, rewarding cooldown. Note: this practice requires a strap.
Yoga For Upper Body Strength by Yoga with Tim
Build that heat! This thirty-minute vinyasa flow aims to stretch, strengthen, and tone—three words we love. Tim recommends this flow either to boost energy in the morning or to bust stress and get a good sweat in after work. Throughout this fast-paced practice, you can expect lots of strengthening exercises for the core, arms, chest, upper back, and shoulders.
Beginner’s Yoga Flow for Energy by Fightmaster Yoga
New yogis, this one is for you! If you’re curious about how yoga can help deepen the connection between your mind and body, this is a great place to start. Instructor Lesley Fightmaster is careful to give plenty of disclaimers and modifications for parts of your body that may be sensitive.
After completing this easy-to-follow video, you’ll have learned a few foundational yoga poses and gained some introductory knowledge of the mental and spiritual benefits of practicing yoga.
Bonus: Fall Asleep with Yoga Nidra
It’s nothing like the vinyasa flows you’re used to, but this guided meditation is good stuff. Yoga nidra refers to the state of consciousness between waking and sleeping—a state in which the body is completely relaxed and you can become aware of your inner consciousness on a deep, meditative level. This is an especially helpful meditation for those who may have bedtime anxiety or racing thoughts that interfere with getting a night of peaceful, rejuvenating sleep.
What are your resolutions and goals for the new year? Drop us a line in the comment section; we’d love to hear from you!
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