The Most Inspiring Instagram Yogis and What You Can Learn From Them As a Yoga Instructor December 2018

Yoga has gained a lot of momentum in the past few years, becoming one of the most popular ways to maintain physical and mental fitness.

It really seems more and more people are viewing yoga as a healthy form of exercise – both beneficial for the body and mind.

In fact, according to 2016 Yoga in America Study Conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance, the number of American yoga students has increased to more than 36 million, up from 20.4 million in 2012.

Social media has become a really great way for yoga teachers to share their passion and skills with the world. Impressively, some Yoga Instagram accounts have millions of followers each, showing just how beneficial it could be for your own business as a yoga instructor 

Instagram is an amazing tool for yoga instructors, allowing them to build their presence, gain new clients and spread the word of their services to a wider audience. The platform also offers valuable insights into their own methods. For example, some posts will receive more attention than others, allowing yogis to develop their content strategies.

If you’re a yoga teacher, looking for new possibilities and scope with Yoga, an innovative approach could be through Instagram. Not only does Instagram give you a chance to showcase your talents, but it can also open many doors to more opportunities.  

We’ve listed our favorite examples of yogis that have used Instagram to completely expand their own yoga business.  

1. Laura Kasperzak @laurasykora

Laura is an amazing yoga teacher, posting daily motivational pictures and lovely insights into her own family and personal life. Obviously, she is an incredibly advanced yogi, but she’s also proof that it’s always the right time to start your yoga career, regardless of personal commitments.  

Laura has been able to turn her Instagram account into a form of income, by building up her following with regular posts, showcasing her yoga skills, she has been able to become an affiliate with Alo Yoga 

2. Vanessa Fraser @rootedinflowing

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Whatever empowers you — embrace and rock that shit. . For some, seeing others nude and rocking their body in its natural form is empowering For some, seeing others dress modestly and rocking that outfit is empowering. And for some maybe it all is empowering. What empowers us, is different for every person — its not our place to tell someone what is and what isn’t empowering for them. . So — whatever empowers you my love, rock it, own it, and set that soul of yours wild. We don’t have enough time in this life, to be constantly worried and changing ourselves for others. Our time is better spent — being happy and being comfortable. . . @aloyoga #handstand #split #embraceyourself #empoweringwomen #inversion #nature #yogaphotography

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Vanessa has to be on the top yoga teachers list, she’s an inspirational force to be reckoned with. Her goal is to make everybody love their body, and not to be discouraged by the “perfect” images seen on social media daily. Her Instagram is filled with motivational yoga stretches and a big theme of body positivity. It’s truly refreshing to see a yoga account that embraces a natural body. From a business standpoint, this will also increase who will engage with your posts, as it’s something relatable and different.  

Vanessa has bravely torn down any insecurities or worries, posting positive, inspiring pictures. It’s a lesson we can all take in our yoga journey 

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3. Rachel Brathen @yoga_girl

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SO ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH EVERYBODY! I’m holding so much love in my heart right now. It’s overflowing. Our teacher training group here at the studio. The team, making it all possible. My family. All of you; every person on here reading my thoughts and sending so much love my way every day… I love you so much. It’s quite remarkable. I’m always split when it comes to social media but right now I only feel gratitude for it all. Thank you for setting a good example for the kind of epic, supportive, heart-centered community the internet actually can create!❤️✨ Sending love and love and love and love to YOU. x . . . #YogaGirl #yogaeverydamnday #socialmedia #compassion #truth #life #supyoga #downwarddog #sea #ocean #surf #surfboard #sunshine #island #thankyou

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If you follow a lot of yoga accounts already, you might have seen the hashtag “yogaeverydamnday”. Well, yoga girl Rachel, was the creator of that. She’s a yoga teacher who keeps everything really down to earth, showing aspects of her family life, as well as some enviable yoga shots in the sunshine. Rachel has opened our eyes to a yoga career-family balance.

Rachel has made yoga her full-time job, something which we can all do. She now has a blog, podcast, YouTube channel, an e-commerce shop, runs a yoga retreat center, owns a restaurant and offers free yoga classes every week on her website. This innovation is shaping the world of yoga.

4. Jessamyn Stanley @mynameisjessamyn

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I fell in love with the high quality + stylish @JCPenney athletic wear that I wore during the #HereIAm shoot- the shorts, leggings, and tops made me feel very strong, sexy, and confident. However, we rarely see fat bodied athletes wearing revealing clothing. I think it’s because we’re expected to hide our bodies beneath layers of fabric. However, feeling good about ourselves should be a universal value- and what better way to manifest self-love than by wearing the clothes we actually WANT to wear, instead of the clothes we’re expected to wear? Regardless of body shape or size, we’re all meant to live our best lives right now, at this exact moment. But let’s face it- confidence can be hard to maintain in the face of opposition. It may not come easy, but confidence is more worthwhile than almost anything else in this world. I maintain confidence by reminding myself that I am meant to be unique- and the unexpected bits of my body and personality are the best parts. How do you maintain confidence? #sponsored

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Jessamyn is changing the face of yoga, one beautiful Instagram post at a time. Her profile has tonnes of inspirational, motivational yoga videos and pictures to really make us feel confident to push ourselves. Not only that, Jessamyn has bravely started to tackle the issue of body inclusivity in the media, fighting to change how girls and women view their bodies. One look at her profile, and you’ll become obsessed.  

Jessamyn has a podcast, hosts regular events, she models and, of course, is a professional yoga instructor. Her posts are honest, unconventional and inspiring. She also focuses heavily on events and classes, advertising them on her Instagram.

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6. Seonia @seonia

Seonia is quite possibly one of the most flexible yoga teachers on Instagram. If you’re ever struggling to find the motivation to practice, one look at this profile and the incredible strength and skills possessed by Seonia will inspire you. As part of the Alo Yoga gang, her posts are filled with mindfulness and useful tips.

7. Josh Kramer @joshkrameryoga

Josh Kramer is an international yoga teacher who, quite effortlessly, incorporates incredible strength into his yoga. His account and entire practice of yoga are a little bit different to what you may usually see from yoga instructors, by incorporating a much larger degree of strength into his poses. We had to include Josh on the top yoga teachers list, as not only is yoga seen as quite heavily female, it’s unfairly not considered a sport of strength 

Josh has used his popular Instagram account to promote his high-intensity online training videos.

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8. Hannah @gypsyon_ 

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Being back on the road has been so good for us. We’ve had so much fun in every city we’ve spent time in and we didn’t have high hopes for these landlocked, American cities, especially after our month long trip to Bali right before me left Austin for good. – Seven cities, four states, and twenty days ago we left the home that i had spent the longest continuous stretch living in, in my entire adult life. I tried to be realistic about traveling with everything that we own, in a Prius, with a large pupper that needs lots of energy out everyday, all while hosting events and holding space for up to 60 people per day. – The truth is though that getting to meet and spend time and share moments with some of you who have helped Pablo and i to live this dream of ours is the greatest gift i could ask for. – Sometimes people ask me if it’s odd to be hosted by people who follow me here on the gram, and to that i say ‘nope!’ If anything, I’m so grateful to get to actually meet the faces behind these virtual squares. – Ultimately we owe so much of our experiences thus far to our hosts, family, and friends that have put us up along the way until we can find a van or bus to convert into our new home. – See you today Columbus for our last workshop at @heartfeltyogastudio – Ps where should we go for dinner?😋 PC: @melanieapplegatephotography x @aloyoga

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This account, run by Hannah, is a shining example of a yoga partner couple. This incredible Instagram profile showcases gorgeous yoga pictures, a healthy relationship and a successful yoga career which has led to travel opportunities. Not only will this enable you to gain many beautiful insights and inspiration on active healthy living, but also be exposed to some dreamy yoga couple poses to try for yourself.  

Gypsyon has partnered with YogaFest, publishing workshops, and classes which have allowed her to become a yoga teacher with such a high following. This also has given her the opportunity to travel, engage with new people and gain clients.  

9. Dice Iida-Klein @diceyoga

We love seeing both female and male yoga instructors, completely defy all stereotypes associated with the sport. We’re completely and utterly impressed with Dice’s balance, creativity, and pure strength. We could also watch his motivational videos every single day. He also makes regular posts regarding meditation – giving you all the morning yoga motivation you could need.

10. Andrew Sealy @andrew7sealy 

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Advice I would give my Younger Self. Blessed Independence Day and Beyond! 💜 😄 🙏 7 years ago I was 21. Running wild and unruly, sometimes dumb. Binge drinking till my feelings were completely numb. Getting so high I forgot how to spell fun. 🤤 Now that I am focused and set on my path I realize the steps 3×3 = 9 math. I focused my BEAM I scaled up the graph. Sustainable Growth. With Love I laugh. 😂 You’ll be GREAT at all that you do. Just stay humble, awakened, and always BE TRUE. Immerse yourself in Nature. Be optimistic too! The LOVE in your heart creates a prolific View! 🙌😃🙏 Now that i’m 28 I realize that Love will always triumph over hate. The truth is WE are all ONE. No need to Discriminate. The truth you believe decides your fate🙏😉🌅 Wearing @AloYoga not just because i’m sponsored but because they have supported me on my journey of discovering my purpose💜 I am here to support you on yours🙏 Today if you purchase AloYoga gear online you get a FREE one month membership to @alo.moves Where you can practice yoga or meditation with me and continue to align to eventually become fully FREE! . . . . . . . #deepbreath #OpenMind #HeartFelt #Meditation #SelfDiscovery #adviceoftheday #loveyourself #LiveUrTruth #IlluminateYoga

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Not only is Andrew an amazing yoga instructor, but he also offers hints and tips on how you can be a yoga teacher, living your own dream just like he is. His posts will inspire you to try new stretches, poses and travel more.

Andrew runs his own YouTube channel, where he posts nutritional, mindful and yoga-based videos. He also has published and featured in major online magazines.  


Still wondering how to turn your passion for yoga into career? As a yogi Instagram influencer, your opportunities seem to be endless and growing.

Create your own business Instagram today, track your own progress through the photos you post and reach out to other people in the community. Who knows what adventure it will begin?  

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