YouTube Yoga: Yoga for Everyone with an Internet Connection

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My first yoga class was on a beach in Hawaii, by way of a video I'd borrowed, in my living room. I didn't have a special mat or flattering pants, but I did have a VHS player, a few square feet of floor space and a library card. It was enough to introduce me to a longtime love of asanas, or yoga postures. While nothing compares to the professional guidance and positive peer pressure of a live class, all one needs to commence a yoga practice at home or on the road these days is access to YouTube via laptop, iPad or an Internet-enabled TV. (Comfortable clothes and a cushioned surface help, too.) Here are just a few of the current YouTube yoga offerings worth the price of a sticky mat.

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Yoga Focus: Children's Yoga YouTube Channel: Cosmic Kids

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Out of the U.K., these sessions run about 15 minutes and feature an ebullient teacher named Jaime, her lavender, circular mat, and animated, candy-colored sets. Each session--"Joybob the Polar Bear," "Squish the Fish"--employs a common storytelling method in yoga for kids of leading the class through a forest-, jungle-, or outer space-based adventure.

Yoga Focus: Style Sampler YouTube Channel: Gaiam TV

Famed U.S. yoga teachers such as Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, Seane Corne and Shiva Rea lead two- to 10-minute introductions to different yoga styles. While many full-length videos are available to stream for $2.99, it's possible to cobble a thorough class together with these shorter, informative snippets.

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Yoga Focus: Men's Yoga YouTube Channel: YogaFit

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The 56-minute class called "Yogafitness for Men" (this channel features many other styles as well) offers a brisk pace for a decent cardio workout and the hallmark upper-body focus of Vinyasa, which is heavy on sun salutations. The setting is beyond no-frills--instructor Brett Barnes models the postures with specific, helpful instructions and a matter-of-fact delivery in a black box of a studio.

Yoga Focus: Yoga as a Workout YouTube Channel: Sean Vigue Fitness

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Sean Vigue is a yoga, Pilates, boot camp and spin instructor who brings a sense of humor, serious guns and a tendency to break into song to a high-energy collection of videos. Workouts range from one minute to 60, and include 30-minute and one-hour beginner yoga classes, yoga for better sleep and a series of short yoga workouts done alongside a sedan in his garage-as-hot yoga studio. …