One of the best things about YouTube is that it’s taught us to love our size. From body confidence videos to stars telling us their stories- it doesn’t matter what size, shape, race or sex you are, you’ll be accepted by the YouTube community. But, of course, we’re all intimidated by certain situations on a day to day basis.
Social media has given the fitness industry a huge boost- whether it be brands hopping on the #fitspo trend on Instagram or inspirational people like Cassey Ho launching Blogilates. Thanks to YouTube, not only can we learn how to blend our bronzer perfectly or laugh until we cry at our favourite pranksters, we can also do some amazing at-home workouts.
One of the oldest exercises in the world is yoga and whether using it for ultimate zen or to tone your body. Long gone are the days when yoga was for the super elite and you had to be incredibly toned to give it a go. These days, everyone knows flexibility has nothing to do with shape and size and, anyway, exercise is all about having fun.
We’ve found the best YouTube yoga videos for you to workout to whether you’re a size 2 or a 22.
How To Buy A Yoga Mat
OK, it may seem obvious but there are tons of different ones for all types of yoga. Ultimately, if you’re starting out, we’d recommend something basic but this detailed video outlines the five best and for what reason you’ll need them for. And if you get the yoga bug, prepare to want every yoga mat you ever see.
What To Wear For Yoga
Another basic video but derived from a question people ask a lot. This video is by sports brand Sweaty Betty but feel free to wear your Primark leggings and sports bra. A shawl and socks are ideal if you’re going to be taking part in some meditation.
Warming Up For Yoga
You’ll need to stretch and warm up your muscles before you do anything, this routine is quick and easy.
The Core Routine
Below we’ve listed four core routines that we’ve tried and tested and are ideal for beginners. Whether you’re naturally slim or plus size, these moves can be achieved by absolutely anyone (trust us!)
Time For Zen
You don’t have to take part in the meditation aspect of yoga but we personally find it does a lot to help us beat anxiety and stress. Here’s one video we come back to time and time again when we need to go back to basics.
Need A Push?
Whether it’s the confidence to go to a yoga class or just work out at home alone in your room, we can all suffer with nerves when it comes to getting fit- especially if you’re new to the fitness game. But this incredibly uplifting video will make you feel empowered to the max- no matter what your shape, size and weight.
Which yoga and fitness channels do you subscribe to on YouTube? Let us know in the comments below. Now go forth and ace that downward dog!