The Best Online Yoga Classes
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Fitness studios may be closed at the moment, but the need for yoga remains more important than ever. Not only does it help ease stiff joints from moving less and lower back pain from makeshift home desks, the spiritual, mindful element can be soothing in times of uncertainty. Thankfully, yoga requires little equipment and can easily be done from home – particularly now there are so many digital platforms to choose from. Read on for our pick of the best online yoga classes.
Yoga with Adriene
Lockdown has catapulted YouTube’s biggest yoga guru, Adriene Mischler, into a new level of fame. Her channel now has over 7 million subscribers, including over 1 million Brits – though Adriene herself lives in Austin, Texas. So what’s behind the popularity? Firstly, there are classes for pretty much everything, from back pain to vulnerability to anger, as well as dedicated 30-day yoga challenges. Adriene’s encouraging, supporting demeanour plays a part too, with support and coaching for both beginners and experienced yogis. And, of course, everyone loves the frequent cameos from her little dog Benji. Free, YouTube
Though Psycle was originally known for its high-energy spin classes, the studio recently expanded its offering to include yoga, barre and HIIT – all of which you can do from home via their new Instagram channel. Psycle’s online yoga classes range from mobility flows to meditative sessions, and they’re free – which, considering their classes usually cost around £20 each, is a serious bargain. Free, Instagram
New London studio FLEX Chelsea has seamlessly adapted to the new normal with its Zoom classes. If you’re keen for a bit of cardio opt for the Power Flow session, a rigorous practice featuring longer holds and more advanced postures. Alternatively, keep it chilled with Slow Flow, a gentle vinyasa flow to get your body and breath aligned. £8 per class, flexchelsea.com
One of the selling points for London yoga empire triyoga has always been the variety of classes available, which translates to their online platform. The digital offering includes vinyasa, kundalini, yin yoga and yoga nidra, as well as children’s classes and a selection of workshops. If you’re into alternative wellness, you can also book specialist virtual therapies, such as gong healing and chakra balancing. Classes from £7, treatments from £20. triyoga.co.uk
Technology has always been a big part of immersive yoga studio FLY LDN, so it’s no surprise they’re now using it to stream classes. Flowlife is their signature class, ideal for regular yoga practitioners, Slow Flow is great for beginners, and Chill is an ultra-relaxing class featuring deep openings and gentle movement. Free, Instagram
Sydney-born fitness influencer Shona Vertue places just as much emphasis on restorative practice as hours in the gym. Her unique method – dubbed the ‘Vertue Method’ – combines bodyweight resistance training with traditional yoga, focusing on sequences that improve both body and mind. Classes include morning mobility, hip openers and desk yoga – all of which are particularly relevant at the moment. With such a bubbly, down-to-earth personality it’s no wonder Shona has amassed over 90k subscribers to her channel. Even David Beckham’s a fan! Free, YouTube
Cat Meffan’s online platform is the perfect way for novices to get into yoga. Each month you’ll get two 65-75 minute yoga flows, two 30-minute yoga flows, a guided meditation, movement breakdown videos and a live Q&A – plus access to the archive of classes from the past year. From £22 a month. catmeffan.com
Tower Bridge Virtual Yoga
Ahead of International Yoga Day, Tower Bridge is running a lockdown-friendly version of Yoga in the Walkways, a monthly class which normally takes place inside the landmark building. There will be two classes taking place at 8am and 5.30pm, led by London-based yoga teacher Billie. Free, Instagram