Practicing yoga is beneficial for many reasons. It centers your mind, as well as your body. It also improves your core strength, alongside boosting your flexibility considerably. While many classes exist, sometimes it’s easier to get started at home. Here are 10 great apps for helping you practice yoga in the home.
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1. Yoga Studio ($3.99) - Offering 65 ready-made yoga and meditation classes, Yoga Studio is perfect for those wanting structured assistance. The app provides HD videos for every class, with a library of over 280 poses offering detailed instructions. Classes range in length between 10 and 60 minutes, meaning there's something for everyone. AirPlay mirroring means you can easily play classes on your Apple TV, rather than just your smartphone. You can track your progress, too.
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2. FitStar Yoga (Free) - FitStar Yoga requires a subscription fee to get the most from it, but it should be worth it. New workouts are added every month, along with HD videos to show you the poses in detail. Custom audio tracks mean you'll always be entertained as you complete your routine. You can connect the app to Fitbit, Jawbone UP and MyFitnessPal, to keep all your relevant information consolidated too.
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3. Daily Yoga (Free) - Daily Yoga offers a rather impressive database of over 500 yoga poses, along with HD videos, and a voice over to guide you through your paces. Different intensity levels are available, catering to beginners and experts. You can also set up a training plan so you have a specific route to pursue in your journey to tranquility and flexibility.
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4. Pocket Yoga ($9.99) - Available at a premium price, Pocket Yoga dispenses with the need for subscription fees. It offers over 200 poses, including different variations and transitional positions, making it simple for you to create your own routine. That makes it perfect for those with some basic knowledge of Yoga, as well as instructors devising their next class workout.
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5. 5 Minute Yoga (Free) - Aimed at those with limited time, 5 Minute Yoga does exactly what the name suggests. It offers a series of sessions that can be completed by beginners in the space of 5 minutes. Every pose comes with a clear image, along with detailed instructions. A timer function keeps you on track to complete your workout in the given time, ensuring it's perfect for fitting into any part of your daily life.
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6. Gotta Joga (Free) - Gotta Joga offers the usual options. You can choose a practice according to its duration, or time of day, with over 40 yoga poses to pick from. Where this app stands out is its Apple Watch support allowing you to see the current pose you're performing, before giving you the option to move on. The app is quick to dive into as well, with a one tap quick start option available.
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7. Yoga Academy (Free) - A particularly stylish app, Yoga Academy offers a range of different practice sessions that are ideal for varied abilities. It divides these up by categories, offering specific programs for back pain, or running, for instance. In each case, you should notice some benefits as you focus on exercises that work for your needs. Throughout, the app includes HD videos and audio assistance. There's Apple TV mirroring support too.
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8. iYoga+ (Free) - What iYoga+ lacks in style, it makes up for with plenty of different positions and lessons. The app provides you with a series of high-quality videos highlighting each position, with a choice of difficulty levels depending on your ability. You can practice eight 30 minute yoga lessons through the app. These lessons are split between morning and evening sessions, meaning they focus on either energizing or relaxing you.
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9. Yogaia (Free) - Yogaia offers live instruction with a trained professional, wherever you are. Rather than using predefined instructions, it'll link you with a human somewhere in the world, who can guide you in real time. Effectively, it means you can enjoy a 'real' class from the privacy of your own home. All classes are recorded too, so you can always check back in to see how you did. Classes last between 15 and 60 minutes, with options available for all experience levels.
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10. Salute the Desk ($2.99) - Focusing on relaxation and calming techniques, Salute the Desk offers 27 yoga poses, along with two guided relaxation sessions. Easy to follow instructions complement the two hours worth of content, with customization options to get things just how you want. The aim here is to learn to relax through such poses, proving particularly useful after a long day of work.