While yoga is an ancient art of breathing and stretching, that doesn't mean that its adherents haven't embraced the wonders of modern technology. A number yoga apps available for Android and iOS devices provide visual and audio guides to a variety of poses useful for everything from everyday stretching, exercise, to just stretching in a cramped desk chair or business trip. If you're looking to start 2017 with some healthy habits, check out our favorite yoga apps.
Yoga Studio provides users with 65 ready-made yoga and meditation classes ranging from 10 to 60 minutes, with a variety of difficulties and exercises all presented with HD video. What's more, Yoga Studio also allows users to create their own video classes from the app's library of yoga poses and "pose blocks" (poses commonly grouped together). Users can further customize music and ambient sounds, as well as schedule classes, which will automatically sync with your calendar.
Yoga.com Studio provides Android and iOS yoga practitioners with a wealth of programs and poses designed for all skill levels. Preset programs and poses within the library come with HD video demonstrations, and users can add their own poses and variants, as well as their own custom programs. Additionally, the app comes with its own social community where you can share or search for custom programs, and scheduling features to track your workouts on a calendar.
FitStar teams up with yoga guru and Strala Yoga founder Tara Stiles to bring you FitStar Yoga, a personalized yoga training app that streams a wealth of yoga workouts designed to help you lose weight and increase flexibility. As with the core FitStar app, FitStar Yoga first aims to get a sense of your fitness with introductory sessions, adjusting the difficulty of future sessions based on user feedback. Each yoga session is provided in HD video, complete with audio guidance and soundtrack. Users can track their progress with milestones and achievements, and can integrate with the Health app as well as Jawbone UP, MyFitnessPal and Fitbit.
Daily Yoga (Android, iOS) provides users with a library of more than 50 yoga classes and 400-plus workout poses, complete with HD video and background music. Seven yoga plans are available for beginners with a variety of exercise focuses, as well as a variety of intensities and durations. For more advanced modules and poses though, you'll need to subscribe to the app.
You can now carry around your own Yoga studio with Pocket Yoga, an exercise app that lets you practice the ancient art of stretching and breathing at your own pace and time. Pocket Yoga comes with detailed voice and video instructions for hundreds of poses, complete with descriptions of each one’s proper execution and health benefits. Users can choose between three practices, difficulties and durations. Then the app logs your exercises and progress for future reference. Serious yoga practitioners and coaches might also want to check out Pocket Yoga Practice Builder ($6.99) on iOS or Android.
Global Yoga Academy is a rich resource of yoga routines and poses, from quick stretches all the way to more thorough workouts. Users can check out detailed instructions for each pose and its health benefits, try out themed quick yoga routines and experience more detailed advanced routines; they can create custom routines as well. The app comes with numerous pieces of ambient music, a class scheduler and a community section for discussing the routines, healthy living and other related topics. The app and most of the basic beginner routines and pose guides are free, but for features such as more advanced routines and custom class designer, you'll need a premium subscription.
Tired of repeating the same sequences of yoga positions ad nauseam? Down Dog (Android, iOS) gets around that problem by creating new vinyasa yoga sequences each time you want to exercise. Users can choose the level of difficulty, pace and time of the workout, and the app will generate a new sequence based on these parameters. Each sequence comes with clear instructions and musical accompaniment. The app is free to use, but a premium subscription offers users first crack at new features and extra content, and helps support the developer.