Youtubers to Watch: Fightmaster Yoga!
If ever you need a free, at-home workout to boost your mood, sooth your stiffness and get your blood flowing, head straight over to Fightmaster Yoga for a plethora of lessons featuring all forms of yoga. Everything from Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, and Vinyasa yoga, to HIIT (high-intensity interval training) yoga, yoga for fun inversions, heart-opening yoga, and yoga targeting specific areas of your body is available. There will certainly be something that suits your needs! Leslie Fightmaster produces new videos throughout the week, and her lessons will bring you everything from a drenching sweat, to an all-encompassing sense of calm, if not both!
As someone who has experimented with a wide range of free online yoga lessons, I have to say that Leslie's courses easily surpass them all. Many yoga instructors talk as they perform yoga, and pant as they narrate their every movement with harsh, aggressive voices; however, Leslie adds her narration in the editing process, and her gentle voice eases you into each of the movements as you follow along in bliss.
It was indeed only with Leslie's gentle guidance that I made my way towards full handstands, headstands, and forward splits after practicing with her workouts day after day. I personally find them a great way to get your blood flowing first thing in the morning, or as an afternoon pick-me-up, or a workout to boost my energy levels if I know I have a long night ahead.
She does her yoga in all forms of natural, outdoor locales as well as her own house, so as you workout in the comfort of your home, it is almost as if you also get the opportunity to shift your mind to the new , often refreshing, locations alongside her.
My personal favorite videos are her Yoga to Twist, Detox, and Purify advanced yoga video as well as the Yoga Energizing Flow and day 11 of her #yogafix90 series. I've watched these videos over 100 times. Leslie does a number of continuous series of yoga videos, in which she posts a new video everyday and followers are urged to follow along. The #yogafix90 series, as its name suggests, is 90 days long; her other series include the Yoga for Beginners 30 Day Challenge and 30 Days of Hatha Yoga Happiness.
Some of her video lessons also involve spending the entire lesson preparing your body for a particularly challenging move. Be it the side crane pose, firefly, or twisted crow, with Leslie's thoughtful guidance, however, anything becomes possible with enough practice and once your body is sufficiently warmed up.
In my eyes, the colors in her videos are always beautifully rendered and that, combined with her smooth flow design and the perfect mix of challenge and relaxation in her videos, makes me keep coming back for more.
At times, when I know I only have 20 minutes before class, I'll fit in one of her 10-15 minute yoga quickies, and those alone are sufficient to wake my mind up fully before I spend hours sitting dormant in lectures.
Though her videos are completely free, there is also the option to donate, for it is with such donations that Leslie continues to produce high-quality videos and content. Do comment on her videos! Leslie replied in less than a day, two years ago, when I commented on one of my personal favorites. Check out her channel here for daily doses of happiness, calm, and flexibility!