Yoga on the Go
Long days spent at the office or rushing around town can put a serious kink in your mood — and your back. When time to unwind is hard to find, taking a moment for a deep breath and a quick stretch can make a world of difference.
An ancient practice, yoga is more than just stretching. It combines poses with breathing exercises, mindfulness, and meditation to relax and strengthen the body. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, yoga can:
- reduce stress
- reduce chronic lower back pain
- reduce anxiety and depression
- improve fitness and flexibility
- lower heart rate and blood pressure
If you don’t have time to schedule a class, these smartphone apps can help you put the “Ahh” back in asana.
Boasting 65 yoga and meditation classes, this app is aptly named. With Yoga Studio, you can create your own classes, track your progress, and schedule classes. The HD video classes are downloadable, too, so you really can take them anywhere. Each class ranges from 10 to 60 minutes, which makes fitting yoga into your day easier than ever.
A dictionary of over 280 poses includes benefits, cautions, and modifications to help you adjust workouts to your ability.
Featuring over 200 pose illustrations instead of photos or videos, Pocket Yoga is an app with plenty of options. Choose from different levels, intensities, environments, and music as the vocal instruction guides you through a sequence of poses. This sleek app is also customizable, allowing you to play music from your own library playlist too. Pocket Yoga tracks your practice and progress, and includes a dictionary that lists the benefits of each pose.
When using the app on your iPhone, you can connect with the Apple Watch to download bonus info like calories burned.
Only got five minutes? Daily Yoga provides over 40 programs for a range of experience levels, durations, and fitness goals.
The app includes a library of over 300 poses, HD video, and voice instruction to help you follow along and perfect your poses. You can also create your own program. Access to a social community of yogis may also inspire you to keep up or advance your practice.
As the name implies, Simply Yoga’s mission is to keep yoga simple: in this case, free, comprehensive, and right at your fingers. Beginners have a range of “Level One” class options in 20, 40, and 60-minute increments. There are a total of 30 poses, all presented via video format for easy viewing and parroting. Challenge yourself by moving on to the next level once you feel comfortable.
Yoga.com: 300 Poses and Video Classes
In addition to 37 programs, Yoga.com Studio also features a searchable library of various poses. They come with HD video demonstrations and 3D muscle images so you know exactly what muscles you’re working. While the app showcases some advanced poses, the app itself is designed for yogis of all levels.
And if relaxation is what you’re after, the app also includes breathing exercises for meditation.
iYoga — Premium
This app’s polished motion capture animation shows you the muscles that each pose works in action. Multiple angles and voice instruction make it even easier to copy and perfect poses. iYoga also allows you to build your own program by dragging poses into sequence and adjusting the duration of each pose. You’ll soon feel like a true yogi with this app.
Universal Breathing — Pranayama
In yoga, breath is everything. Incorrect breathing can hinder your poses, and ultimately make you feel more anxious at the end of your session. Universal Breathing — Pranayama, an app created by physicians, teaches you how to breathe more diaphragmatically. The app recommends 15 minutes per day for the best results. Practice any time of day to achieve more mindful breathing, and perhaps even reduced stress.
Many yoga instructors teach pranayama as part of regular classes. You can now learn these same techniques at home and try out what you’ve learned at your next yoga session.
Beautiful Belly Pre and Postnatal Yoga
Pregnancy is a time to cherish and appreciate the power of your body as your future baby grows inside of it. Yoga is perhaps one of the best ways to accentuate this mind-body connection. This app from Daily Burn features quality videos guided by Briohny Smyth, an internationally acclaimed yoga instructor. Included are 12 full-length videos, where you find classes specific to each trimester. The flows are easy to follow, and you can track your progress on a weekly calendar. Users are encouraged to continue with the practice post-delivery. Just be sure you talk to your OB/GYN about your yoga plans, as well as modifications for each term of your pregnancy.
With FitStar Yoga, there are no more excuses for missing a class. This app is designed to be able to take a class anytime, anywhere — even when you’re traveling. Follow along with renowned yoga instructor Tara Stiles as she guides you through a class of your choice, based on the intensity level and duration you select. As you use the app and get better with your asanas, be sure to check your progress. You can even earn badges to unlock more classes.
An upgraded version of the app is available for either a monthly or annual subscription.
5 Minute Yoga
You might find yourself skipping yoga because you don’t have time for an hour-long class. With the 5 Minute Yoga app, you can still gain the benefits of increased flexibility and relaxation in a short amount of time. Each class stays true to its name, but has a variety of clear poses so you don’t get bored doing the same routine every time. While you should still try to attend a longer class every once in a while, this app helps you gain the benefits of yoga you need in a crunch without feeling guilty about skipping it altogether.
An App for All
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, smartphone apps can make it easier than ever to learn and practice yoga at your convenience. Taking even five minutes a day to stretch at your desk, meditate, or wake up with a sun salutation can help keep you relaxed, focused, and fit no matter what your day may bring.
We selected these yoga apps based on their potential to aid people in practicing yoga. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to yoga practice for all levels. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to help you practice yoga whenever you want.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not imply warranty of fitness or endorse any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the apps unless otherwise indicated.