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The Best Yoga Apps for the iPhone

Posted by Kale Havervold on February 8, 2017

Very few things have skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years as much as yoga has. Once thought of a useless exercise that hippies do, yoga is now practiced by millions and millions of people. Yoga has a number of different benefits that range from relaxation and stress relief to flexibility and the relief of aches and pains. Now that people are catching on to all the great that yoga can do, it is more popular than ever. And best of all, anyone and everyone can become involved in yoga to improve their health and quality of life.

While yoga has been around for thousands and thousands of years as a stretching and breathing exercise, it also has been embraced by modern technology. There are plenty of apps out there on the App Store that can help you get into yoga as a beginner, or can help you improve if you already partake in yoga. These apps have a ton of various different types of content from guides, to videos, to photos and much more.

However, with the boom in popularity of yoga in recent years, there are likely hundreds of different yoga apps in the App Store, so how do you know which one to download and help you in your yoga journey? Well, if you are asking that question, you have come to the right place. In this article I will take a look at a number of different yoga apps that are worth a download.

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Think of this app being your own personal yoga instructor that you can have in your pocket. The app has a variety of different workouts that range in time and are suitable to anyone. The app doesn’t only provide pictures of the 200+ poses in their database, but also a quick video that shows you the correct way to get into the pose to avoid any injuries.

The app is also full of audio content that you can use to ensure you are doing the right thing for each routine. While the app has quite a bit less content than the winner and runner-up on this list, the content it does have is pretty good and will definitely help you get started with yoga and stick with it, which is often the hardest part of starting something new.

As you can tell by the name of this app, it is available for free. However, if you want some more features and content than what this app provides, the developers have also created a full version. This full version will cost you a few bucks, but includes new sets of workouts, custom routines, a landscape mode and an ad-free experience.

Wherever you are, this app can make sure you always have your yoga with you in your pocket. Whether you want to see videos or just master that one pose that has been alluding you, this app can help you out.

The app features a directory of many different poses along with a video to make sure you’re doing it right and more. Even if you don’t feel like keeping your eyes glued to the screen, this app has audio and text guidance to make sure you know exactly what pose of movement you should be doing.

The app comes with 8 30-minute lessons in a variety of difficulty levels so you always have something to be working towards. The app also breaks certain poses and lessons into morning (ones that are supposed to get you ready for the day) and evening (ones that are meant to relax you and get you ready for sleep). This is a great feature that can help you make sure you aren’t doing sessions that don’t fit with the time of the day you’re doing them.

One of the biggest reasons why people don’t engage in healthy activities such as yoga or going to gym is because of time. We often lead busy lives and can’t get away for an hour a few times a week to go for a run, go to the gym or even do yoga. Thankfully, 5 Minute Yoga is here and only requires (you guessed it) 5 minutes. While that might not seem like a lot of time, you would be surprised.

This free app has numerous sessions made up of a variety of poses that are simple but effective for everyone to practice. Every pose included in these sessions also comes complete with a picture and information about how to do it correctly. There is also a timer function that ensures you are doing the pose for the optimal amount of time.

These quick yoga sessions are ideal and extremely easy to do at any time of the day, no matter where you are. Even though each session is only a short 5 minutes, you will very quickly realize how quickly they can help you become a more flexible, kind and mindful person.

In addition to having one of the best names of any apps on this list, Down Dog is also one of the best apps on this list. This app can help you have a studio-like experience in your home thanks to the great audio, music and instruction in the app.

While many different apps on this list have a pre-determined list of sessions and programs to do, this app works in a different way. Every time you turn on the app and get ready to use it, the app will create a brand new yoga sequence for you to try out. This ensures that you will never run out of content and will always be able to practice with a new session.

The app is available for free, but you can also pay $2.99 for the subscription if you want extra and new content. Variety is the spice of life, and this app makes sure that you don’t get bored of yoga with its unique system of always having a fresh sequence of poses for you to try out.

Pocket Yoga is essentially a yoga studio in your pocket. It will ensure that you always have your yoga sessions with you no matter where you are. This is among the most comprehensive apps on this list, which is why it makes sense that it costs $3.99, making it among the most expensive apps on this list.

The app comes with 27 different sessions that you can practice and they vary in difficulty, duration and more. Whether you are a newcomer just wanting to practice for a few minutes or an advance practitioner who wants to do yoga for an hour, this app will be perfect for you. There is also a handy pose dictionary that gives you all the benefits and posture of each pose.

In addition to those different sessions and pose dictionary, there are numerous other features that make this app worth the $3.99 price tag such as detailed audio descriptions and music, progress tracking, works with Apple TV and the Health app and much more. If you ar okay with paying $3.99 for the app, this is among the best options when it comes to yoga apps.

Perhaps one of the most underrated and important parts of yoga is breathing.  This app is all about teaching you how to breathe properly and by breathing properly, you could end up feeling better than you ever thought possible. Pranayama is the control over breathing, and this app’s goal is to help you control your breathing at all times, to the best of your abilities.

In as little as 15 minutes a day, you can drastically improve your breathing by using this app. Deep breaths from the stomach are much more full breaths than the shallow breaths most of us take, and this app can help make deep breathing a second nature for you.  It does so by helping you be mindful of your breathing at all times and use music to also help this process.

You can create your own custom courses or can use the pre-defined ones that the app has. The app also comes with a number of other features such as sound settings, advanced breathing courses and more. If you are looking to be a more relaxed person (which will definitely help with yoga), then give this app a try. While breathing might seem like something not worth practicing, give this app a try for a while and you might just be surprised.

While this app isn’t a full-fledged yoga app like many other on this list, Relax Melodies can be used to enhance yoga classes and can help you relax and meditate, which are both important aspects of yoga.

This app uses mixes of different sounds and melodies to help you sleep, relax, practice yoga and much more. It is an incredibly simple concept for an app, but one that works incredibly well. There is over 50 different sounds that can be mixed to ensure the sounds you hear and the sounds you want to hear.

The app is used by millions and millions of people and while many use it to help them sleep better, others use it exercise, relax at the spa or even yoga. So while the app likely can’t give you the amount of yoga-related features that some of these other apps can, it can definitely make your yoga classes that much better with its amazing and relaxing sound mixes.

Yoga 8 got its name because it offers you a daily 8-minute yoga workout. In only a few minutes a day a few times a week, you can improve your well-being more than you could imagine. The app is perfect for both those who have been doing yoga for years, and those who just are picking it up for the first time.

It provides you with step-by-step guides for every session and pose, which ensures you always know your technique is on point. The app also has a lot of different selections of workouts that are tailored to various different situations such as warm up, balance, flexibility and much more.

The app also includes voice-oriented workouts that work with the various poses offered within the app. The app is free to use, but there are also a few extras you can purchase such as extra workouts. If you only have a few hours a day to work on your yoga journey, this is a good app for you.

This app is basically a do-it-all app when it comes to fitness and workout, so it is much more than a yoga app. Sworkit has dozens and dozens of workouts aimed at everything from strength, to flexibility, and more. It offers you about as much content as you can expect from a free yoga and fitness app.

Tens of millions of different people use this app and there is even a handy video trainer that can make this like a personal trainer in your pocket. The app has different workout sessions anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour, so they can fit schedule the schedule of any person, no matter how busy they are.

While this is not a yoga-exclusive app, there are part of the app specifically designed with yogis in mind. So if you want a full-fledged yoga app, this isn’t for you, but if you want an app that will give you some yoga content and a whole lot more, give this one a try.

If you want a yoga app that is able to specifically planned to have various sessions for various times of the day, this app is for you. This app takes the guesswork out of yoga and provides you with some of the best instruction of any app, as the app was created by Anu Visuri, a professional yoga teacher.

The app works by you selecting a session based on a number of criteria such as what your goals are, what time of day it is and how long you have to practice yoga on that given day. The app contains dozens of poses that come complete with animations to help you make sure that you are doing the pose correctly, which can limit injuries.

While the app is available for free, you can only use a portion of its features for free. Of the 35 total sessions available on the app, only 8 are available for free. There are individual packs you can purchase or a subscription fee to unlock it all. Despite the wide variety of apps available if you purchase, the free content is still good enough to warrant a download.

While most traditional yoga apps focus on the mindfullness and de-stressing parts of yoga, this app has another approach. This app combines those traditional yoga benefits with interval training to not only give you the benefits of yoga, but also by helping you become stronger, lose weight and more.

This app is driven by three things which are: yoga inspired fitness, your coach and innovative technology. The workouts in this app challenge you to not only do yoga, but also a wide variety of other exercises and workouts too. The coach makes sure that you are always motivated and inspired, as well as making sure you always have a personalized experience with this app. And finally, the app’s innovative interface and approach of constant updates helps you stick with your yoga and fitness journey.

While the app is available for free, there is a subscription model that unlocks a ton of extra benefits too. With the subscription, you not only get full access to the coach feature, but also get notifications, access to more programs and structured training programs for each day of the week. This will cost you either $9.99 a month or $39.99 for 12 months. Whether you subscribe or not, Asana Rebel is definitely one of the most innovative and unique yoga apps on the market.

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