By Maria McGowan, Canada
Yoga is something that I’ve always dabbled in for the past 15 years. It’s a fantastic stress releaser, re-sets my mind and is an awesome way for me to start my day. Actually, my yoga mat lays beside my desk and when I have a couple of minutes, I lean my iPhone against a wall and tap into a guided yoga flow session.
Recently, I searched for yoga apps that are out there and discovered these 5 which you may want to practice your downward dog to.
Adriene is my regular my regular “go-to” online yoga instructor. I love per voice, her practice and how her dog casually walks in during a practice and sleeps nearby. Yup, I’m a sucker for dogs.
Her app is on iPhone and Android, there’s a free trial and an option to subscribe monthly/yearly. But, find her (free) on her YouTube channel.
Adriene is amazing and I want to be her friend, there’s yoga for basically everything from Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Healthy Blood Flow, Yoga for PTSD… there’s even Yoga for Nurses!
Find What Feels Good with Adriene is on the app store, there's a free trial and then you pay which will open up more options BUT, why pay when you can watch for free?
Their 75+ ready-made classes vary in length from 10 to 60 minutes. There are sequences for a beginner, intermediate, and advanced level students with themes like balance, flexibility, and strength.
I love how their class videos are free from distracting clutter in the space (pretty white background) so you can focus on what's important: the yoga.
If you don't want to use their preset classes, you can create your own custom flow using "blocks" of poses (essentially mini-sequences) or build one pose at a time. If you choose the latter option, the app does not instruct you how to move from pose to pose.
This app is best for people with at least some yoga experience as basic knowledge of poses and alignment is assumed, even in the beginners' videos. No modifications or props are mentioned either.
The video quality is excellent, as you would expect from Gaiam. It's around $4.99 for the download, which is pretty standard for this type of app. Yoga Studio gives you the best value for your fiver.
#3 Down Dog
If you’re a fan of Adrienne Kimberly, she can be found here. Find in-depth video instruction for each pose with plenty of good alignment info and beginners' modifications. The videos are actually on YouTube with links from the app, meaning that you'll need an internet connection to access them. It also means you can watch them without the app (and free)!
Upgrading to become a member allows you to choose the pace of the class (normal, fast, or slow) and change the background music because we all want to do the Cobra pose to Beyonce, right LOL!
#4 Daily Yoga
Daily Yoga has a pretty different approach than most yoga apps. If you’re new to yoga, this app may not be best for you. The sequences themselves combine video and still images with minimal instruction. It is assumed that you will know basic poses.
I do like how it's set up around a series of multi-week programs with themes like 5-Day Detox, Improve Your Flexibility, and Let it Melt. Each of these programs includes 20-30 minutes of daily yoga and runs from one to five weeks. You can also download 10-50 minute independent sessions if you’re nowhere near wifi. Watch out for annoying pop-ups to get you to subscribe.
#5 Simply Yoga
Simply Yoga guides you through a series of videos lasting between 20 minutes and an hour that cover 30+ poses that you can do in the privacy of your own home. Wearing anything you want. There’s really good free content, but be prepared to put up with the pop-ups. When you’re ready to move to the next level, when you purchase the app you’ll be presented with a bunch more workouts and the ability to create custom routines (bonus) and get rid of those pesky ads.
So, that’s my take on these 5 yoga apps. Truthfully, you can find what you want on YouTube (for free). Do you know that I enjoy wearing during my practice? Wear AMPM Medical Scrubs are so versatile that the fabric stretches, breathes, and flows with me - and the yoga waistband does not cut in. It's what was behind the thinking and design of these scrubs made for active medical people.
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