Yoga is an amazing physical practice that can have benefits for flexibility, yes, but also mindfulness, muscular endurance, and balance. It’s an ancient practice, and because of this, there are multiple ways to enjoy yoga no matter your level of fitness. Best, multiple research studies have shown that yoga can help lessen chronic pain symptoms.
If you’re interested in trying yoga, there are some great FREE places to start. Whenever starting a new exercise routine, it’s best to talk with your doctor first. Once you have the okay, though, try out some of these options with little financial risk. If you find that you really enjoy yoga, consider heading out to a local instructor-led class.
Chaz at YOGAmazing offers weekly free yoga workouts in a video podcast form. His videos are informational, yet accessible, catering to the beginner yogi. His classes focus on specific health or mental issues, such as stress, tight calves, allergies, or metabolism. Since they’re based around these topics, it’s easy to pick and choose the one that will be best for you every day.
Yoga Journal is the classic yoga magazine, with tons of information for those new to yoga as well as those who have been long-time practitioners. They also provide workout videos on their website, as well as in-depth discussions of different poses. If you’re just starting out, begin with the information in their yoga basics column.
Whole Living, a Martha Stewart magazine, has a surprising amount of information about yoga and mindfulness training. This website also provides free workout routines, ranging from yoga to do with a partner to outdoor yoga to calming yoga.
Daily Cup of Yoga approaches yoga from a more personal standpoint than some of the more formal blogs and magazines about the subject. There are video workouts, but there are also blog posts about humorous yoga stories, tips from renowned yoga teachers, and thoughtful posts about the benefits of a regular yoga practice.
Ekhart Yoga is a dynamic YouTube channel with biweekly videos and new routines for your yoga practice. Classes range from five minute beginner videos to 30 minute heart opener classes. One of their most popular videos is a five minute class for neck pain–a great option for patients with chronic neck pain!
Yoga Dork is another fun, irreverent guide to a yoga practice. This blog features news and research about yoga, rather than videos themselves. You’ll find advice for your normal routines, as well as nutrition information and humorous news in the yoga world.
What are your favorite free yoga resources online? Are you going to try any of these out now?
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