The leading yoga publication’s video section is a comprehensive resource with 360-degree views to better understand the nuances of every pose. The routines are more technical, more likely to use Sanskrit terms, and more athletically challenging than the ones I came across on DoYogaWithMe. My two main gripes with Yoga Journal’s online offerings: The videos were often shorter than I’d like (I find I need about an hour to get into a meditative, head-clearing state) and didn’t include any user reviews, so I found myself clicking around aimlessly in search of videos that would be a good fit. That being said, the production quality and detailed explanation of each pose is hard to beat when it comes to free yoga resources.
Some of my favorite videos on Yoga Journal:
- Morning and Evening Sequence: Pair these two short, gentle videos to start your mornings off right and end days in a peaceful and centered place.
- Crank Up Core Strength: an athletic, dynamic routine with some arm balances that will tire you out. I think it’s best suited for someone who is already in good shape but is trying out yoga for the first time. The flow requires two blocks, which can stabilize you in poses when one hand is on the ground or help improve overall alignment. Until I got a great set of cork blocks, I used big, heavy books instead.
While it was tough to find the routine I wanted on Yoga Journal, I kept coming back to the site for its invaluable 360-degree video explanations of different poses. Learning basic postures (called asanas) quickly made me more comfortable and confident in my practice.
You’ll pick them up as you go, but if you prefer to study ahead of time, you can use Yoga Journalto learn these poses:
- Mountain pose (tadasana)
- Upward salute (urdhva hastasana)
- Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
- Four-limbed staff (chaturanga dandasana)
- Upward-facing dog (urdhva mukha svanasana)
- Downward-facing dog (adho mukha svanasana)
- High lunge