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The Best Affordable Yoga Apps for iPhone
The Best Affordable Yoga Apps for iPhone
Interested in experiencing the soothing power of yoga? Say 'Namaste' to these helpful and effective yoga apps for iOS and iPad, none of which will break the bank.
With the coronavirus impacting the entire world, life has become much more tense and stressful. That’s why you need to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you’re looking for a way to relax your mind and loosen your body at home, why not try a little dose of yoga?
Apple's App Store offers a variety of yoga apps that can talk you through and display different poses via pictures, video, and audio, whether you're a beginner, at home with the kids, or looking for a prenatal workout. Many come with expensive monthly or annual subscriptions for premium features, but you can find some cost-effective yet robust yoga apps too.
You can certainly use them on your iPhone for convenience, but you may want to try some on your iPad to more easily see the video demos to guide you through the postures. Or mirror the screen on an AirPlay 2-supported TV. Here are a few favorites.
For $2.99, experience a full array of guided yoga postures and poses with Pocket Yoga. You can watch video tutorials that take you through entire yoga practices encompassing a range of postures. Set the duration for anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, choose a difficulty level from beginner to intermediate to expert, and select an environment from home to office to studio. Then just follow the demonstration for each practice.
You can access dozens of poses, including bridge, child’s pose, cobra, downward dog, happy baby, and warrior. The app displays the pose, explains how to achieve it, and describes the benefits of that pose.
Yoga for Beginners
If you’re new to yoga and aren’t sure where to start, Yoga for Beginners is a good entry point. With this free app, you can tap into poses and practices from a variety of sessions, including Morning Yoga, Bedtime Yoga, Beginner Yoga, Butt Toner, Core Blast, Yoga for Back, and more.
Every session offers a range of poses from easy to more challenging. You can run through each session from start to finish or pick a specific posture to try. Each session even tells you how long it will take and how many calories you’ll likely burn. The postures themselves include videos to show you how they’re done and step-by-step guides to carry you along the way.
Simply Yoga serves up a series of video demonstrations you can follow for each posture. The app offers a Level 1 practice for free at different durations as a way to whet your appetite. If you like it and want more, you’ll have to shell out $4.99 for the pro version. For that price, you can choose from dozens of postures and poses to build your own practice.
From the list of postures, choose the ones you want to do in the order in which you want to do them. Select from such postures as chair pose, bridge pose, sphinx pose, tree pose, sun salutation, and warrior. You can then save your custom practice and create additional customized sessions.
YOGOM presents a series of postures for anyone from beginner to advanced yogi. The app explains how to perform the posture and displays a still photograph of it. You can opt to set a timer for a certain number of seconds or just sink into the posture for however long you want. You can also listen to relaxing music while you perform your practice, which always helps me get into the right mood.
The free version of YOGOM gives you practices for morning yoga, stretching, and body core. For $4.99, you can access postures for evening yoga, strength, restorative yin yoga (my favorite), and even power yoga.
If you like to follow guided yoga videos, you should enjoy YOGAmazing. For $4.99, this app features a collection of yoga episodes, each one guiding you through a different practice via an instructor’s video. You'll find such episodes as Yoga for Blood Circulation, Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Achy Joints, and Gentle Yoga. Tap on a specific episode, and you’re treated to a guided video that takes you through the practice and postures.
The free, ad-supported Yoga Workout app presents guided videos for almost 400 different yoga postures and practices. You can start with a series of videos that show you how to perform certain poses, such as neck stretches, seated twists, and a downward-facing dog. You can tap into several other video series, including ones for Yoga for Beginners, Mini Yoga Workouts, 7 Days of Vin Yoga, and Yoga for Strength. Each video varies in length, anywhere from a couple of minutes to an hour, so you should be able to find the right practice for any time of day.
The free Yoga Break app serves up a series of classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced yogis. Ranging from three minutes to 14 minutes, each class focuses on a different goal, such as balance, relaxation, or strength. You start by reading a description and viewing photos of each class. Then you can view or just listen to a video guiding you through the postures for that class.
Yoga Break can also help you track the progress of your yoga practice. Each class you take is logged, allowing you to view your history and unlock achievements to move onto other challenges.
Here's one app that gives you an inside look at yoga postures—literally. The videos from iYoga – Premium display two bodies performing a given posture or movement, one normal and one that only shows how each posture affects your muscles.
You can change the angle to see how the posture looks from a different view. Browse the postures by name, search for a specific posture, or filter the list by category and other criteria.
The app offers both brief, individual postures and longer programs that encompass an entire practice. You can even create your own custom programs by adding your favorite postures. Another neat touch allows you to view the name of each posture in English and Sanskrit.
The free iPhone version offers 81 basic poses for free. To access the 81 intermediate and 33 advanced poses, you'll need to pay $1.99. The iPad version costs $3.99 to access any of the poses and programs.