The Best Yoga Apps for the iPhone
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.
In the crowded space of apps focused on yoga, my clear winner is none other than Daily Yoga. The app has thousands and thousands of users and has a ton of great reviews from critics and users alike. This app is simply the best of the best when it comes to content of all different varieties, all pertaining to yoga. In fact, Daily Yoga has a library full of more than 50 classes, more than 400 poses, tons of HD video and music and much more. These videos and classes range in duration and intensity, so whether you have an hour or a few minutes to work out, you know you can get a solid session in.
In addition to all of this content, Daily Yoga also contains a number of different daily programs that challenge you each and every day to practice yoga and try to be your best. These programs/classes have scheduled plans to keep you on topic and making sure you are making progress. By having these set schedules, it help keeps you motivated and on track to make sure you don’t break the habit. They also help you to progress in a logical and safe manner. Too many people try and do too much too soon, which can cause unnecessary injuries or soreness. This soreness can often deter people from going back to yoga, which shouldn’t happen as it is your own mistakes that lead to injuries most of the time.
Also, no matter what your experience or level of exposure when it comes to yoga, this app will work for you. There are poses, videos, programs, and classes for everyone from the middle aged man looking to get into yoga for the first time, all the way to the gymnast who has been doing yoga for years. There several different plans aimed at every different skill level so anyone on earth will be able to find some value in this app. The app is especially good for those just beginning in the world of yoga as there are step-by-step instructions to get you going and there are numerous Q&As with experts to help you along the way too.
And while many people think yoga is just stretching and breathing, this app shows that there is much more to the equation. High-intensity interval training, pilates are all applied throughout this app and will help your body get even healthier and stronger. The app also promotes certain meditative techniques, which are helpful as yoga and meditation often go hand in hand.
And while I have already talked about many different features of this app, there are still many more to mention as well that are useful. The app also comes with a number of guided meditation sessions that can help with being more mindful and introspective in your life, which can really help you get on the right track if you feel like you are in a rutt. There are programs aimed at everything from flexibility and strength to ones that promote glowing skin. And new content and features are constantly being added every month, so there will be no shortage of things for you to do over time and the app will never get stale. The app even connects with the Health app on Apple, which can share calories burned, show workout duration and much more.
The app is not only full of content, it can make yoga fun in a whole other way for those who need it. You earn points for practicing and can go up against friends and random people to see how your scores stack up to theirs. Gamification of apps has proven to be a successful model for keeping people engaged, and this app proves it. There is also a forum full of people you can communicate with and befriend and help each other along the road to becoming healthier. This addition of the points and the community aspect is great for those who may struggle with motivation, as they will want to score more points than others, and the only way to do that is to practice yoga. This community is one of the coolest parts about this app as it makes it extremely easy to get inspiration, motivate others and participate in the weekly and daily events.
While this all sounds great, yoga can be a somewhat intimidating thing to get interested in, I get it. We’ve all seen those Facebook or Instagram videos of extremely fit individuals doing gravity-defying yoga poses, but truth is, those people are the top 1% of the top 1% of practitioners. Most people who practice yoga are just like me and you, people who are interested in becoming more fit and healthy, and feel that yoga is a good way to achieve those goals. It takes years and years of practice to do the types of things you see in those videos. While this app (or any yoga app) won’t guarantee you’ll ever be able to do those moves, these apps will ensure that in only a few short weeks of practicing yoga, you will see results in the form of increased flexibility and many more benefits to go along with it.
The free version of the app should easily be more than enough for beginners and intermediate yoga practitioners, but if you are at a more advanced level, you may opt to purchase the Daily Yoga subscription. The subscription will get you access to more advanced poses, more videos, and many more extra features and content. Daily Yoga has two different options when it comes to subscription pricing which include paying $5.99 a month or $29.99 for a year-long membership. But whether you opt to pay the subscription fee or simply sticking with the free version, you will enjoy one of the most feature-heavy yoga apps out there and it is well worth the money if you so choose to go in that direction.
Simply put, this app has everything you need to get started in yoga as a beginner. But don’t get it twisted, this app has some challenging videos, programs, and poses that will challenge even the most seasoned yoga veteran. So no matter what your skill level is in yoga, this app is worth a download and is simply one of the best yoga apps out there, in my opinion. However, continue reading to see if one of the other great apps on this list captures your attention and seems better suited for your foray into yoga.
The runner-up in this battle of the best yoga apps for the iPhone is Global Yoga Academy. If you have ever wanted to learn yoga but do not feel like going into a studio for one reason or another, this app is a great substitute and has tips and programs to help you out along the way. Global Yoga Academy is one of the richest resources for yoga related content in the App Store. It is perfect for newcomers to yoga, but also includes content that would be appropriate for intermediate or advanced practitioners as well.
Whatever your experience with yoga, this app helps you do yoga anytime and anywhere you want for as long as you want, as the app offers sessions anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. The app has a number of ready-made sessions and even allows to to customize your own with their large variety of offered poses. There is options for both quick and long sessions that all have different purposes from helping with back pain, to helping your body perform better during athletics. Of course, if you just want to do a balanced or all-around session or course, this app offers plenty of those too. The app also includes great photos and descriptions of every pose, if you prefer to just do a pose or two at a time. These descriptions include the proper way to do them, their health benefits and more. The app can truly be whatever you want it to be as there are a ton of different options for how you move along your yoga journey.
The app also includes HD video with great audio cues that will guide you along through the different poses and positions in the video. But if listening to white noise or ambient sounds and music in the background while you practice yoga is more your style, that can be accomplished on this app as well. Following along is not the only way to do yoga, but it can be helpful for beginners to make sure they are doing the right poses in the right way to achieve the best possible results.
While that may be enough to sell some people on this app, there are many more features included as well. These include things like progress tracking, rewards, class scheduling and more. Also, once you download a class, you no longer need an internet connection to do the class, it can be done completely offline. The app also supports Apple TV, which makes watching the video content a much better and easier experience. Watching these yoga videos on your phone or even iPad isn’t that easy and thankfully, this app has that covered.
The community in this app is also one of the biggest benefits of it. Thousands and thousands of yogis use this app daily and offer advice on everything from fitness, to nutrition, to (of course) yoga. It can be very motivating and inspiring to read about the journeys and lifestyles of these people and can empower you to continue along your yoga journey, whatever that may be.
The app is available to download and use for free, but there are a few features that can only be unlocked by subscribing to the premium version of this app. The premium version of this app includes even more poses, sessions, programs and more extra features too. The premium version of the app has three different price points such as $7.99 for a one-month subscription, $19.99 for a three-month subscription or $47.99 for a year-long subscription.Most of the basic content of the app aimed at beginners is available for free, but for the top level advanced poses and sessions, you will likely want to go for Global Yoga Academy Premium. But whichever version of the app you choose to go with, you still have access to hours and hours of content.
You really can’t go wrong with any of the yoga apps on this list, but there are very few of them that offer as much content as Global Yoga Academy. Add in the great community and the fact that a large chunk of the app’s features and content are available free of charge, and you have one of the best yoga apps for the iPhone.
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.