these Instagram yoga stars will help you feel calmer, fitter and more bendy
Did you know that some historians believe that yoga is 5,000 years-old but could actually be nearly 10,000 years old? That’s right, our ancestors might have been perfecting the downward-facing dog and saying ‘Namaste’ from way back in the year 8,000 BC. Just let that sink in.
That’s why it’s even more mind-blowing to see that yoga is still such a popular and effective way to get fit, improve flexibility and chill out when everything else feels really stressful.
Over the past few years or so there’s been an extra surge in popularity thanks to celebrities talking about their love for yoga, big brands like Sweaty Betty focusing on it with their leggings and sports bras and the rise in Instagram stars who make yoga look fun – and not to mention easy – for un-bendy beginners.
The reason Instagram has become such a great place for yoga fans is because all kinds of people take photos of them practicing it. You don’t have to be on a mountainside in Thailand to do yoga, you don’t have to be super skinny and you don’t have to chant and light incense - but you totally can do all of those things if you like!
We’ve collected together our favourite Instagram yoga stars, including a range of body types, nationalities and styles of yoga that’ll hopefully inspire you to find a class near you, stretch a bit more or follow their tutorials.
Laura Kasperzak (@laurasykora)
Laura is a yoga star with a background in gymnastics and cheerleading, which you can see in some of her photos. A lot of her poses are really advanced and others you can learn in your first class - she posts a lot of great posts you can aspire to!
She’s one of our favourite Instagram yoga stars because she loves to include her family and her dog in a lot of her poses - proving that yoga isn’t something that’s difficult and only meant for a studio. You can try it anywhere and with anyone!
She also practices Acrovinyasa, which is a kind of AcroYoga and involves working with a partner (she practices with her husband) to perfect certain moves.
Jessamyn Stanley (@mynameisjessamyn)
Jessamyn is based in the US and has become an Instagram sensation for her inspiring posts, great form and yoga knowledge, from really advanced poses through to those that would suit a complete beginner.
She’s recently launched a book called Every Body Yoga, which she wrote to inspire all kinds of people to embrace yoga - whether they’re beginners or struggle with issues surrounding their appearance.
She teaches a lot of body positivity and talks openly about the challenges she’s faced throughout her journey with her size, race and accepting herself. She’s a true inspiration. If we had to recommend you only follow one person of Instagram forever (can you imagine if that was a rule?) we’d tell you to follow her in a heartbeat.
Honza and Claudine Lafond / Yoga Beyond (@yogabeyond)
Real-life couple Honza and Claudine Lafond share their amazing lives with the world through Instagram, as they travel the globe and teach yoga everywhere from Turkey to Australia. Talk about #RelationshipGoals!
They’re really inspiring because they created Acrovinyasa, a style of AcroYoga that incorporates yoga, acrobatics and even some dance. As you can imagine, it looks bloody amazing on Instagram!
But that’s not all, they also have an online community and site called Yoga Beyond, which is where they share their stories, tell their fans where in the world they’ll be and explain more about their Acrovinyasa practice.
Valerie Sagun / Big Gal Yoga (@biggalyoga)
Valerie loves yoga, she loves her body and she isn’t afraid of sharing her stories with the world. Her mission is to teach everyone, no matter their shape, size, race or knowledge of yoga, to find self-acceptance and empowerment through practicing yoga.
She teaches regular yoga classes over in the US and has also released a book that celebrates her extensive yoga knowledge and teaches a big dose of self-love to her fans.
Amber Carnes / Body Positive Yoga (@bodypositiveyoga_)
Amber’s mission is all about making yoga way easier to grasp, whoever you are and however fit you are. She posts a lot of handy tips on her Instagram page, as well as some nice personal photos of her life and her travels.
Her big aim is to get people loving yoga, practicing more and appreciating their body for what it can do TODAY - not always wishing you looked like someone else. We couldn’t agree more.
Rachel Brathen / Yoga Girl (@yoga_girl)
Rachel is a super famous Instagram yoga star because she’s been practicing for years and has amassed a whopping 2 million followers!
She posts a lot of personal posts about her life and her travels nowadays, but we love her for her speeded up yoga tutorials, which she posts on Instagram a few times a month.
She also posts regularly about her meditation practice (20 minutes every day) and writes about little changes she makes in her life to make her feel happier, healthier and her best self.
Feeling inspired to start bending, stretching and perfecting your crow pose? Us too! Remember that to get started with yoga you have all kinds of options, from finding some tutorials on YouTube (we love Yoga With Adriene) through to finding a class in your area. But be sure to give all our favourite yoga Instagram stars a try first to motivate you, keep you on the right track and teach you a bit of self-love whenever you’re feeling down. You’ve got this.