Best Yoga Apps

Participating in a yoga class can be challenging if there are not a lot of classes offered near you, if you have a full schedule and need to have classes during very specific times, or if cost is a concern. In addition, some people just do not enjoy physical activity with others around. Well, the good thing is there are Apps or applications that you can download on your phone or laptop to get started with and practice anytime and anywhere.

Yoga is not restricted to practicing in a studio. You can do it anywhere and in some cases it might actually be ideal to be done at home. Why? Because it is in your comfort zone. You are most safe or relaxed within the confinement of your shelter, right? You do not even have to worry about what to wear because you can freely wear anything as long as you are comfortable and you can move with it.  All you need is your mat, potentially yoga blocks and/or a yoga strap, and an app installed on your phone that you can follow.

The Top 5 Yoga Apps for Android and Apple

1. Down Dog by Yoga Buddhi Co.

This yoga app is best to describe as the yoga app of the year. It is really an amazing app because it is not complicated and easy to operate. All you need to do is download the app, sign up using either your Facebook account or Google/Apple ID account then there you are ready to go. So to start, you can choose what practice or session you want to do. There is an option for beginners which is Intro to Yoga where you will be taught of all the basics in 3 sessions. You can choose Full Practice to Quick Flow and Restorative and No flow which can last for 15 minutes to 110 minutes. You can also have a background music played as you practice and a great clear video and voice over to guide you as you practice.; Definitely a two thumbs up for most of its users.

Pros

  • This app is free and downloadable both in android and apple phones and tablet.
  • The instructor in the video is a real person and actually practicing the whole flow which can make you feel like you are in real yoga class. The voiceover is clear and relaxing and has a neutral accent so it’s easy to understand and follow.
  • You can save videos that play even offline that means you can practice even if there is no internet connection.
  • It is simple and easy to navigate. Everything that you need to get started is up front and not hidden on drop-down menus. It has no other added gimmicks where you will be confused or distracted by just exploring them.
  • This app is great for beginners up to intermediate yogis. They have an option for your level so it is less hassle if you are transitioning from beginner to intermediate.
  • You can play music in the background as you practice and that is a great way if music makes you focused. You can choose from what kind of music you want on your background from upbeat to spiritual and if you feel like you need silence then you can also turn it off if you want to.

Cons

  • If you are in a more advanced yoga, you better get the pro version of this. Most of its free functions are for beginners setting and if you won’t take up the notch well then you have to go Pro and pay.
  • Limited “boost” option is a bit of a downer. Most of the boost options require pro membership. That means you have limited options of personalizing your yoga sessions; plain yoga it is.
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2. Yoga Studio: Mind and body by Fit For Life LLC

This app is amazing as it was held the top app for 2016. It is recommended by lots of its users because it is easy to follow videos and fun features. It has yoga classes that are modern and fun like hip-hop yoga. It also has pranayama exercises that will help you with your breathing techniques. It has almost 70 classes that you can attend and choose from. If you are looking for a yoga app that focuses on strength, flexibility, relaxation, and balance then you can have them all in this yoga app. You can access classes that focus on certain body parts that you want to develop like yoga for abs and the likes.

Pros

  • The videos are in high definition so it is like you are actually in a yoga class.
  • There are a wide array of ready-made yoga classes to choose from.
  • You can create your own classes depending on your preferences
  • You can track and schedule your yoga classes.
  • You can have a quick yoga session even in the office with its 5 minutes yoga class and chair yoga class.

Cons

  • You can download it for free but before you can even get into a class you should at least get a trial subscription which means you need to pay.
  • There is no free video or demo that you can watch in the poses library.
  • Pretty much you cannot do anything unless you pay first.
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3. Simply Yoga by Daily Workout Apps, LLC

Simply Yoga stands by its name, it is simple and gets down right to business. On this app, you will not need to sign up prior to getting access to the yoga practice because once you open the app it is right there. All you need to do is to choose the length of the session and hit play.

Pros

  • The app is for free with an option of getting a full version.
  • It is simple and easy to navigate. Everything that you need is right on the screen.
  • You can choose the length of your practice from 20 minutes to 60 minutes
  • You can record and track your work out and progress you just need to input your weight height and gender.
  • You can set an alarm to remind you to practice.

Cons

  • The poses are very limited unless you pay and get the full version.
  • The screen size for the video is small and has no option of making it full screen. Hence it is quite difficult to see if you are watching it from afar.
  • You cannot customize your yoga session based on your workout needs.
  • The visuals of this app are too plain. The background is just black and it seems less classy or uninviting base on how plain the overall design of the app.
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4. 7 pranayama: Yoga Daily Breath Fitness Habit-Calm by Pixelpointtechnology.com

7pranayama is an app that focuses on pranayama or breathing techniques which is a vital movement or exercise in yoga. This app acts as a personal trainer and will help you stay calm, release your stress and mentally fit. This is ideal for those who are looking for a personalized yoga or a yoga that targets certain illness.

Pros

  • This app has everything that you need in a yoga app. It has a lot of breathing techniques that you can practice and customize. And yoga practice that targets health concerns and problems.
  • You can learn a lot from this app including medical concerns such as thyroid, diabetes, and insomnia with corresponding yoga pose and pranayama to reverse it.
  • If you are having a hard time following the breathing techniques in yoga then you can use this to master the said skill. It also has the timer for inhaling, hold and exhale.
  •    It has this 21 days of Habit training that can help with certain medical conditions.

Cons

  • If you are looking for an app that you can follow as you practice yoga well this isn’t the one. It just teaches a few basic yoga poses and is not continuous.
  • The pranayama has no English translation or explanation of what it is for.
  • It plays ad after each pranayama practice.
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5. Daily Yoga – Yoga Fitness Plans

With 5 million downloads on Google play store and given 4.4 stars by its users, it has been marked as Editor’s Choice in Google Play Store. This app has a lot in store for you with 200 plus guided yoga poses and pilates classes to get into it. Yoga beginners to advanced yogis can use this app. You can choose your level; beginner, intermediate and advance based on your assessment and your goals for doing yoga then it will generate the sessions that you will follow. You can also customize the length of the session according to your likings. What is great about this app is that it feels like so personalize the settings based on your ability

Pros:

  • You can download the app for free in both Apple and Google play store.
  • You can earn points that you can use for the subscription.
  • There are about 200 plus high definition videos that will guide you in your yoga session
  • Sessions can last from 5 minutes to 70 minutes.
  • It is available in 7 languages such as English, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, German and French.
  • It has various meditation music that you can play to help you get into the zone, relax and feel the flow of asanas.

Cons:

  • Pop up advertisements shows up from now and then for a free version.
  • Operating the app is actually tiresome. You need to set up lots of things, from the bio up to the level of program you want to get into.
  • There’s a lot of in-app purchase to get the full gist of this app.
  • The app is kind of slow in loading its content.
  • Before you can even begin, you need to download the content first.
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Things to look for when downloading a yoga app:

  1. The app should be free of charge if not, at least minimal charge and the perks should be outstanding and justify the fee.
  2. The app should be simple and easy to navigate. We don’t want critical apps wherein you will get lost most of the time or will have a hard time to understand how it goes.
  3. The instructions should be clear. Be it in video or photo narration, the voice instructions or the description should be clear and easy to understand. The rule is no hassle.
  4. We would like an app that can be used even if there is no internet connection. Yes, like it can still be used even everywhere even on the mountains or beach shore.
  5.    No sudden pop-up ads. The least that we want is to practice yoga then suddenly we will be distracted by pop-up ads. We get it, to support the app, it needs to generate income but we don’t want it to pop-up every 5 minutes or so.
  6. We are also looking for a yoga video that doesn’t direct you to YouTube or suddenly just stop and asks you to make a membership.