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Great Yoga Apps: The Yoga WAVE Movement
Yoga is the ancient practice of the art of breathing and stretching, however that does not mean that we can not embraced the wonders of modern times and the use of technology. There is a wealth of technology developments that can help anyone learn and practice yoga at home. There are hundreds of Yoga apps available for Android and iOS devices as well as Windows 8, that provide visual and audio guides to a variety of poses.
Check out a few of our favorite yoga apps below:
Yoga.com Studio provides Android and iOS yoga practitioners with a wealth of programs and poses designed for all skill levels. Preset programs and poses within the library come with HD video demonstrations, and users can add their own poses and variants, as well as their own custom programs. Additionally, the app comes with its own social community where you can share or search for custom programs, and scheduling features to track your workouts on a calendar.
Some of our other favorite workout apps:
Led by instructor Chaz Rough, this is a podcast-style app, and it currently has nearly 500 episodes available to stream or download. Each episode has a theme, like "Yoga for Office Workers" or "Weight Loss Flow." Even the unusual themes have universal appeal. For example, "Yoga for a Choir" focuses on standing poses that emphasize good posture, something that people other than singers can appreciate.
The appeal of this app is the instructor, Rough, who can come across as a bit goofy but is always down-to-earth and unintimidating. The video format allows Rough to chat throughout poses, offering modifications and encouragement. The classlike format makes this app another one that is good for beginners.
Yoga Studio is a great app that will provide you with over 60 ready made yoga and meditation classes. Ranging anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes, with a variety of difficulty levels.
Yoga Studio also allows users to build their own classes from a library of yoga poses and 'pose blocks' . You can even customize music and ambient sounds, as well as schedule classes, which will automatically sync with your calendar.
Daily Yoga provides users with a library of more than 50 yoga classes and 400-plus workout poses, complete with HD video and background music. Seven yoga plans are available for beginners with a variety of exercise focuses, as well as a variety of intensities and durations. For more advanced modules and poses though, you'll need to subscribe to the app.
You can now carry around your own Yoga studio with Pocket Yoga, an exercise app that lets you practice the ancient art of stretching and breathing at your own pace and time. Pocket Yoga comes with detailed voice and video instructions for hundreds of different poses, complete with writeups on each one’s proper execution and health benefits. Users can choose between three practices, difficulties and durations. Then the app logs your exercises and progress for future reference. Serious yoga practitioners and coaches might also want to check out Pocket Yoga Practice Builder ($6.99) on iOS.
"I don't have the time" is no longer an excuse with 5 Minute Yoga, an iOS yoga app that provides more than 350 short but effective yoga sessions all designed to be done in 5 minutes or less. Sessions are created from a library of illustrated poses with detailed instructions, along with a timer to ensure that poses are done for the proper amount of time. Additionally, users can also select music from their library to play for each session.
Simply Yoga might not have the most polished presentation of the yoga apps in this list, but it comes with no frills and clutter either. Users simply choose a difficulty level and a duration of 20, 40 or 60 minutes, and let the app's audio and video instructions guide you through the various poses in each routine.
Sometimes you don't have the free time to go out to a yoga studio, but that doesn't mean you have to ignore your practice. The app Salute the Desk plays on the name of the popular 'Salute the Sun' sequence of asanas, and is designed with an illustrated routine of poses and meditations designed to relieve tension, improve posture and stretch your body, all while seated in the comfort of your office chair.