If you’re like me, and the estimated 20 million other Americans who practice yoga, you can likely benefit from a helpful yoga app.
I like doing yoga indoors in front of my laptop as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s nice to switch up your routine and take your yoga practice elsewhere. With a yoga app on your phone, you can practice your favorite yoga poses anywhere.
Here are 10 different yoga apps to consider if you need some help finding a yoga app that suits your needs.
Yogify (iOS, Free)
The greatest part of Yogify is its appeal to beginners and experts alike. Regardless of your skill level, Yogify’s images and detailed descriptions will help you properly execute the poses. You can even customize the music, so you can find – and maintain – your balance with the help of tunes that accentuate your focus and determination.
It’s free to download the app, and the first five classes are free. After that, most of the programs cost $1.99. An entire level is $3.99, or you can purchase the entire collection for $9.99. You can preview the structure of each class before making the purchase.
Salute the Desk (iOS, $3.99)
Salute the Desk will help you break up your normal workday if you’re stuck at a desk, or anywhere with limited mobility. The cool thing about Salute the Desk is that it was designed to tackle your stress, both mental and physical. Besides the 27 poses it offers, all of which can be done at your desk, the app provides options for guided relaxation.
Many yoga apps out there simply focus on the poses themselves and fail to address the important mental benefits that are intended to come with the exercises. Salute the Desk comes through where others are lacking as far as relaxation. Plus, there’s a tracking feature that allows you to monitor your progress and a reminder function that enables you to schedule helpful reminders.
In addition to Salute the Desk, you might also like some of these easy desk exercises to stay fit while working.
Pocket Yoga (Android & iOS, $2.99)
This app is like having a yoga instructor in your pocket. It also provides a yoga dictionary, which offers you descriptions and benefits of each pose. And if you’re still on the fence about trying out a new pose, you can use the app’s preview feature to see how a pose should look, and determine if it’s too easy or difficult for you.
The neatest function about this app is that it unlocks new environments as you progress through the levels. I also like that the app lets you substitute your own music for the app’s music, so you can listen to whatever you want while you practice. If you bore easily, this yoga app will help keep your attention.
Daily Yoga (Android & iOS, Free)
Whether you want to delve into a five-minute workout or a 45-minute workout, Daily Yoga has options for you. The best feature on Daily Yoga is the HD videos with step-by-step instructions. Besides this captivating feature, Daily Yoga can help you stay motivated by connecting with others via the app’s global community.
One defining feature of Daily Yoga is that it is more weight-loss oriented than some of the other yoga apps mentioned here. As such, you can select from different workout intensities (ranging from casual to intense), so as you lose more weight you can take on more intense workouts. You can also focus on your abs, chest, back and other “problem areas” many of us have so you get a workout in the areas where you need it most.
Also, if you’re someone who struggles to find new yoga poses, this may be a good app for you to consider, since it boasts more than 400 yoga poses, as well as a live voice guide, so you can make sure you’re performing the poses correctly.
Yoga Studio (iOS, $3.99)
Yoga Studio’s library contains more than 280 poses. The app also offers gorgeous HD videos to accompany 65 unique yoga classes and meditation exercises.
The coolest thing about this app is that it also offers the ability to create your own HD classes with video-stitch technology. This means you can tailor a yoga class to suit your needs, choosing different poses ordered in any way you want. The smartlink feature allows your class to flow smoothly, and you then have the option to share your custom yoga classes with friends.
Another user-friendly feature about this app is that the app’s music will continue to play even when your phone goes into its lock screen (you can also check out this article about lockscreen replacement apps ). This means no more abrupt interruptions to your meditative flow and no more constantly tapping your phone’s screen to keep it from locking.
5 Minute Yoga (iOS, $0.99)
The greatest thing about 5 Minute Yoga is its focus on brevity. The most common excuse people use when describing why they don’t work out, is that they don’t have enough time. Sessions never take longer than five minutes with this app, but they focus on helping users get each pose exactly right.
Each pose features clear images and detailed instructions for doing it correctly. If you’re only going to do yoga for five minutes, you want to make sure you’re maximizing your benefits. 5 Minute Yoga will help you do just that, and could make it easier for you to go from a beginner yogi to an intermediate yogi.
If you want to see what else you can cram into five minutes of your day, check out this article on five-minute brain exercises.
YOGAmazing (iOS, $4.99)
I like YOGAmazing because it offers short classes, but ones that are longer than five minutes. The classes are typically 25 minutes long and there are even episodes available for particular ailments, such as yoga for grief, and specific hobbies like yoga for hikers. If you have specific yoga needs, like injuries or joint pain that must be considered, this may be a better yoga app for you than some of the other’s listed here.
The app’s more costly price is due to the fact that the program was developed by a certified yoga instructor who goes simply by “Chaz” and who has taught yoga at Rhinebeck, NY’s OMEGA Institute. The app also includes new bonus sessions each month, and yoga-inspired artwork for your smartphone.
Universal Breathing – Pranayama (iOS and Android, $4.99)
Learning to properly breathe for yoga is a hugely important part of engaging in this form of exercise. This app will help you achieve optimal breathing, which will increase your capacity for getting better at yoga over time.
As we age, we can often lose our natural tendency to breathe through the diaphragm. Universal Breathing – Pranayama offers an intuitive guide to deep breathing, which will surely complement your yoga regime nicely.
The app offers and extensive course in how to breathe properly that will work you through beginner levels and into more advanced breathing exercises. As this kind of breathing becomes more natural to you, you will feel a difference in your yoga practices because you will be breathing more deeply with under-exercised muscle groups.
This app includes yoga poses and practices, but it is also meant to be an aid to such programs.
In addition to improving your yoga practice, some helpful benefits of using this app are that it can naturally help you deal with asthma and COPD, boost your endurance for athletic activities and may help relieve headaches and migraines.
Hatha Yoga (iOS, $9.99)
This app is a bit pricey so only consider using it if you think it would benefit you. The main differences with this app compared to others listed here are that it offers many variations of poses to suit different users needs and skill levels, and it remembers your pose position if you need to take a break.
Hatha Yoga also has breathing cues to help you match your breathing with the poses you are attempting to hold. This makes your practice more efficient and helps you get more out of it.
Another factor contributing to the app’s price is that it is lead by Prahlada, a world-famous yoga instructor.
Besides the features mentioned above, this app is highly customizable and you can set it for different amounts of time, whether it’s five minutes or an hour. The stop-motion visuals are also helpful as you learn new poses and work through the more challenging ones.
Airplane Yoga (iOS, $0.99)
I mainly like this app for the creativity behind the idea, but if you don’t fly very often, it likely isn’t worth your money. (If you do fly often, you might also like these flight-tracking websites).
However, if you do travel a lot, Airplane Yoga can help you avoid jet lag and traveler’s fatigue. Created just for people who are looking for an app to couple yoga with travel, Airplane Yoga offers users a way to make travel a more Zen like experience. You can get a good stretch, feel more relaxed and not bother everyone around you.
Airplane Yoga also offers a free lite version but it only contains one standing and one seated pose. The standard app offers 18 seated poses and six standing poses.
Now that you’ve reviewed and considered this rich variety of yoga apps, which one is most likely to suit your needs?
Do you have a different favorite yoga app not on this list? I’d love to hear what makes your favorite app the best in the comments section below!
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