The seasonal shift to autumn creates an opportunity to bring our focus deeply inward. The expansive and active energy of summer can be depleting so the fall is an important time to re-energize, renew, and revitalize. Fortunately, many of the yoga videos in this month’s collection of free YouTube videos focus on slowing down and nourishing the heart center. Several of these practices target the hips and hamstrings where we can hold a lot of our emotional tension. All of the videos on our list are on the shorter side, between 13 to 30 minutes, which makes them easy to fit into a busy schedule. Since most of the shorter practices offer no Shavasana we recommend taking a few extra minutes relaxing on your back after each class.
Heart Opening Morning Flow Yoga For Women by BrettLarkinYoga
This 13-minute heart-opening morning sequence begins on your belly with a deep shoulder stretch using a yoga block. The video continues with several other basic yoga poses to gently stretch the chest, shoulders, neck, and back. While this yoga flow was created especially for women, there is no reason all genders could not participate and benefit from this sweet yet powerful yoga class.
Rise & Shine Power Yoga Flow by Yoga with Kassandra
This strong and powerful morning yoga class begins with some neck and wrist stretches. Three-legged dog pose with knee crunches activate the core and lead to several warrior lunging poses to build strength in the legs as well as to open the hips and hamstrings. Having two blocks is recommended for this practice as is the experience to perform several challenging poses like bound Extended Side Angle, Warrior 3, Side Plank and Headstand.
Happy Hamstrings Flexibility Flow with Briohny Smyth by Alo Yoga
Filmed in an amazing round room with epic sunset views, this half-hour yoga practice emphasizes opening and stretching the backs of the legs and hips. The sequence leads up to full monkey splits (Hanumanasana), so this is a great video to repeat often if this is a pose you’d like to find more ease in. You will need two long yoga straps and two blocks to participate fully in this class.
Everyday Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class with Alex Mazerolle by Lululemon
This 20-minute class is a simple yet foundational sequence which is practiced in many flow classes. Practice with this all-levels and easy-to-follow video when you need a quick boost of energy, a feeling of rejuvenation, or an easy way to wind down your day.
Beginner Yoga For Hips & Hamstrings by Boho Beautiful
Filmed against a beautiful backdrop of snow-capped mountains and Tibetan prayer flags, this 15-minute yoga class focuses on releasing tension and tightness out of your hips and legs. This beginner-friendly sequence uses gentle movement and basic yoga poses like down dog, standing forward fold, seated head to knee, bound angle and pigeon, to increase flexibility in your hamstrings, glutes, and hips.
Freedom Flow Yoga by Cat Meffan
This 25-minute flow encourages finding and expressing freedom through spontaneous fluid movements in the spine, arms, and legs. I really loved the fun and challenging sequence from toe balance to standing squat to mountain pose.
Fill Your Cup Yoga by Yoga With Adriene
This 20-minute yoga practice is filled with slow simple movements intended to soothe the heart and rejuvenate the body. This class would also work great as a whole-body warm-up for a deeper or more challenging practice.
After-Work Yoga Flow with Deborah Quibell by Rituals Cosmetics Global
This 30-minute vinyasa flow practice was created specifically “to help you combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting” at a desk. This class starts standing and includes hip-openers, shoulder stretches and other posture-improving poses for a perfect after-work yoga routine to de-stress and revitalize.
Sleep Better Yoga with Adam Husler
This 20-minute asana practice is designed specifically to wind down from a busy day and prepare your body and mind for a restful night’s sleep. The class begins with some basic breathwork in Shavasana pose and then gently progresses into a series of modified poses suitable for all levels of practitioners. The majority of these poses could also be performed on your bed for an easy transition to sleep.