Yoga is gaining traction around the world and is becoming one of the most popular activities for keeping your mental and physical in shape. It’s great before a festival, during a festival and after.
The health benefits of yoga have been proven, from reducing weight, strengthen muscles, lowering your risk of heart disease, relieving stress and improving your overall well-being. The fact that you can practice yoga just about anywhere, anytime, at any age, makes it great for everyone.
Are you feeling a bit scared to join a yoga studio, or perhaps introverted and would rather do it yourself?
We’ve put together several apps available for Android and iOS devices that are either free or cheap, to get you started on your yoga journey.
Down Dog is the first app on our list and focuses on Vinyasa yoga. This app makes it intriguing with 3 different class structures with playlists that have vocal instruction and soothing background music. Every time you open the app, Down Dog will mix up the workout so you never repeat a flow. The free version comes with everything you need to get started, but the pro membership provides more detail once you get that hang of things.
Yoga Poses features 250 poses and information on how to become a master at each one. This is great for beginners who need suggestions for how to modify commonly used poses, without injuring yourself. As you become better, the poses will become more difficult. Yoga Poses is also great for learning poses before entering your local yoga studio.
5 Minute Yoga
Who has time for a full workout, right? 5 Minute Yoga is a simple app that is self explanatory – a no-frills app for people who want to start with simple stretches, guided by animations. It’s great for beginners as it offers simple poses with a timer to make sure you’re doing them for five minutes.
Yoga — Poses & Classes
This app is good for beginners. It offers easy to follow instructions for over 100 different yoga poses. Each pose features a downloadable video that you can try. There’s a ton of free classes to improve strength, balance and flexibility. The created workout collections to achieve specific yoga and fitness goals.
Daily Yoga provides programs that range from 1 week to a month long. Before you start, you’ll enter a theme or goal such as fitness or mindfulness. There’s over 200 guided classes for yoga, pilates, meditation and regular workouts.
Simply Yoga contains a 20, 40 and 60 minute yoga routine that step you through each pose. Each pose is demonstrated by a certified personal trainer, so simply choose your workout length and follow along in the comfort of your own home. The free content is a good start, but there are slightly annoying adverts. The paid app gets rid of the ads and contains more workouts, custom routines, and more.
Feel like you’ve accomplished the basics and ready to move on to move advanced classes? Yoga Studio provides a collection of yoga classes that range from 10 to 60 minutes at various difficulty levels. You can also create your own classes using a library of 280 yoga poses. What’s great is Yoga Studio will recommend sequences that flow together and play tranquil sounds or music in the background while you do them.
Universal Breathing: Pranayama
This app is focused on breathing and meditating, which go hand in hand with yoga. Combining the power of breath with technology, Pranayama is an easy way of improving your health and reducing stress. Using music and animated visuals to guide you to slower deeper breathing, Pranayama by Saagara enhances the way you feel and leaves you with more energy, stamina, and focus.