We’ve known it for a while now—yogis just aren’t like everyone else. While our non-yogi friends use Instagram to snap selfies and culinary creations, we can be found marveling at the insane asanas mastered by the yogis of Instagram.
If you feel inspired to move like these amazing yogis do, it’s a good idea to commit to a daily practice. To build up a routine and work through the poses with guidance, you could sign up to the free 30 Day Yoga Challenge. It’s a great way to used to flowing on your mat, and you’ll build up strength and flexibility, which is something an experienced yogi works towards every day.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, instructional videos, or just some good old fashioned yoga fun, these yogis will make a great addition to your Instagram feed.
1. Laura Sykora – @laurasykora
Who is she? Laura’s passion for yoga grew from a Level 1 Baron Baptiste Power Flow Yoga video—on VHS! Now a wife, mother, and “Instayogi” celeb with over 900,000 followers, she practices yoga daily to find stillness in her busy life. She’s also one half of the team over at Two Fit Moms, an awesome site Laura started with her fellow yogi and longtime best friend, Masumi Goldman. You can also follow Masumi on Instagram at @Masumi_G.
Why her followers love her: Her commitment to daily practice. You can count on Laura to post instructive photos of her practice every day. She also participates in Instagram yoga challenges to keep the inspiration flowing. As a bonus, the photos of Laura and her “mini” (like the one above) are some of the best yoga posts on Instagram.
2. Kerri Verna – @beachyogagirl
Who is she? Kerri is a yoga instructor who loves to teach on the beach! As a mother of two young boys, she understands the value of staying fit, which has led her to pursue five separate fitness certifications, including Pilates and Personal Training. She can usually be found on Instagram striking awesome yoga poses around West Palm Beach.
Why her followers love her: Her gorgeous beachside photos and her sunny personality. Her positive attitude shines through in her videos showing difficult group poses. As advanced and challenging as her asanas are, she makes them look doable and rewarding, inspiring her followers to push themselves just a little bit further each time they practice.
3. Brian Miller – @brianmilleryoga
Who is he? After 15 years of boxing, Brian gave yoga a try, not knowing it would change his life. Inspired by his own transformation, Brian opened a studio at his home in Montreal and began teaching yoga online.
Why his followers love him: His inspirational attitude and accessible teaching style. Brian never hesitates to tell his followers when a pose he’s demonstrating is difficult, and that it’s okay if you don’t get it right! His Instagram page is full of words of wisdom, such as “Any single pose should never be an end goal. Instead it should be used as a key to open the door to something new.”
4. Kathryn Budig – @kathrynbudig
Who is she? Kathryn is a foodie, yoga fanatic, and writes for publications like Yoga Journal, Gaiam, and MIndBodyGreen. She’s also the yoga expert at Women’s Health Magazine. When she’s not writing and traveling to teach at awesome festivals like Wanderlust, Kathryn can be found working on her project, Poses for Paws, a non-profit that raises money for animal shelters through yoga.
Why her followers love her: Her friendly attitude and super-cute dog photos! Kathryn posts quirky photos of her daily life, from hanging out with her pups in California to doing splits in front of the Eiffel Tower. Following Kathryn on Instagram is like following one of your best friends—who just happens to be an international yoga teacher and successful fitness writer.
5. Taylor Harkness – @tjhark
Who is he? Taylor is a yoga instructor whose mission is to inspire his students to have fun on and off the mat. His classes are known for being upbeat and inspiring, and no one leaves his studio without a smile. In addition to being a great yoga teacher, Taylor is also an avid rock climber and self-proclaimed “hungry learner.”
Why his followers love him: His sweet personality and crazy flexibility! He’s the ultimate proof that flexibility doesn’t have to be barrier for guys who practice yoga. His posts do a great job balancing difficult poses with an upbeat, down to earth attitude and genuine appreciation for life.
6. Carson Clay Calhoun – @carsonclaycalhoun
Who is he? Carson Clay Calhoun is a movement enthusiast and yoga instructor who got his start in yoga thanks to a nudge from his mom. Carson brings a unique blend of disciplines to his yoga classes, incorporating everything from dance to Indo Board Balancing.
Why his followers love him: His hilarious upside-down escapades. As a self-proclaimed Handstand-up Comedian and Inverted Beatboxer, Carson’s followers are never at a loss for yoga-related fun in their feed. He’s made it his Instagram mission to make upside-down #stopdropandbeatbox a thing, and we hope he succeeds!
7. Caitlin Turner – @gypsetgoddess
Who is she? The name Gypset Goddess is a mash-up of “gypsy” and “jetset”, which says everything you need to know about this inspirational yogini. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Caitlin travels the world to teach and snap yoga photos in the most unusual places. She was also just made the host of Yoga Bliss on the Indonesia Channel.
Why her followers love her: Her unique travel photos and yoga fashion sense! Whether she’s doing a handstand on an airport moving walkway or meditatively posing atop an elephant, she’s always impeccably dressed in yoga pants. Her posts are fun and full of positive energy, and you never know where her poses will take her next!
8. Honza & Claudine Lafond – @yogabeyond
Who are they? Honza and Claudine Lafond are the power couple behind YogaBeyond. Hailing from different parts of the globe—Claudine is from New York, Honza from the Czech Republic—these two bring their love for each other to their practice. Trust is a major component of their AcroYoga sessions, because it takes more than just strength to master the insane poses they’re famous for!
Why their followers love them: Their truly unbelievable AcroYoga photos. These two travel the world teaching AcroYoga, so they have plenty of opportunities to surprise their followers with mind blowing videos of their AcroYoga sessions. They’re also genuinely sweet, happy people, and an adorable couple, to boot.
9. Patrick Beach – @patrickbeach
Who is he? Patrick Beach’s yoga journey began with a bet. His dad bet that Patrick couldn’t learn to do a handstand; Patrick proved him wrong. Not only did he win, he became so addicted to handstands that he specializes in teaching inversion poses.
Why his followers love him: His great inversion tips and inspirational posts! Patrick’s method is all about feeling your body’s location in physical space and connecting the mind and body. His posts inspire his followers to approach inversions with patience and wonder—which meshes perfectly with his occasional cat photos and frequent beard-related humor.
10. Rachel Brathen – @yoga_girl
Who is she? Swedish-born Rachel Brathen is a longtime instructor whose courses focus on dynamic Vinyasa Flow methods, bringing alignment and breathing techniques together with creative sequences. After mastering this yoga style on land, Rachel became one of the first instructors to take her practice out to sea with Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga.
Why her followers love her: Her peaceful photos and personal touches. Her yoga photos have a serene and joyful quality that’s easy to fall in love with. As one of her followers, you feel like a friend, since she’s totally unafraid of getting personal on Instagram. She even posted pictures and videos from her beautiful wedding in June.
Who are the yogis you follow on Instagram? Let us know below!Title image credit: Rachel Brathen