More than just a form of workout, yoga helps you center yourself, be mindful, and feel good in your body. At first I started doing yoga to rid myself of anxiety and stress, and as I continued on my practice, I decided I wanted to do more and use it as a form of workout. One thing I didn’t like, though, was looking for yoga teachers. I was a broke ass millennial who wanted things for free (I still am and still do). Even though I want to join a class, I can’t afford to spend $20 a month just for a class. Good thing we have Youtube, huh?
Anyway, as I continued on this journey, I was able to find a lot of great yoga teachers (and influencers in their own right) who share their expertise and good vibes online (and for free, might I add). Most have their own Youtube channels wherein they share short yoga workout videos, and some share their knowledge on social media platforms.
Curious about these seven empowering female yoga teachers who are influencing and changing the wellness space? Keep reading to find out!
Adriene Mishler teaches free high-quality yoga and mindfulness through her Youtube channel, Yoga With Adriene. If you’re a beginner, you may already have come across her channel. After all, it’s widely searched for workouts since 2015. What I also love about her yoga videos is that it offers a wide array of practices for different intents. Her Instagram is also filled of photos with inspiring messages and captions that would make you feel good when you come across it on your feed.
Jessamyn Stanley empowers her 467k followers and counting. She’s more than just a yoga teacher, though. She’s a leading voice that breaks barriers in the health and wellness space. As a queer, African-American, plus-size yoga influencer, Jessamyn’s work is centered around embracing your true self. She advocates for female empowerment, body acceptance, and social inclusion.
Sarah Beth started teaching yoga in 2010 and started growing her Youtube following in 2014. Now, she has reached over 1 million subscribers who follow her free yoga practice videos.
Having experienced violence, anxiety, and postpartum depression—struggles she shares with her followers—she’s an empowering woman who empowers other women through her practice. Overcoming these challenges became the inspiration for her yoga videos, as she focuses on mindfulness, breathing exercises, stress and anxiety relief, and body awareness.
Rachel Brathen focuses on heart-centered Vinyasa flows, integrating alignment and breathing techniques with basic poses and creative sequencing. Her social media is filled with unfiltered pieces of her life, as she shares moments with her family, empowering messages, and enlightening wisdom.
Shayla Oulette Stonechild
Shayla Oulette Stonechild uses her platform to encourage Indigenous youth and women to unlock their full potential and reclaim their voices. Advocating for Indigenous women’s wellness, she shares on her social media personal stories and powerful messages to inform her followers.
A trained Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher, Esther Marie uses yoga to help people manage emotions, mindsets, and challenges. Aside from her yoga classes, she also uses her social media to teach balance and mindfulness. So, if you need a daily yoga reminder or you want to do quick yoga workouts, her Instagram page is a good follow. She also posts encouraging weekly reminders and anecdotes to start your week right.
Robin Yolanda Lacambra
Robin Lacambra aims to help others be mindful in their movement and feel good in their bodies while recognizing the intersection of physical practice and social politics. On her Instagram, the GOODBODYFEEL founder shares vulnerable learnings, memories, anecdotes, reflections, and even a slice of life.
(Story by Assistant Editor, Carmela Valencia)