5 Best Yoga Apps

There’s no shortage of yoga studios on Long Island where locals can align their bodies, minds and spirits with fellow yogis. If you need some zen in your life but can’t quite fit yoga class into your schedule, you’re in luck. Say ohm in your own home, office, a hotel or even an airplane using these five apps.

Yoga Studio
Yoga studio boasts 65 ready-made video classes that can be watched in high definition. The possibilities are limitless with this app, as users can customize as many classes of full video as they want using a library of poses and pose blocks, which are poses typically grouped together. Practice durations range from 15 to 60 minutes. Users can also select their level (beginner, intermediate or advanced). Perhaps best of all, people can tailor their practices based on individual goals, such as strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance or a combination. Not surprisingly, the soundtrack is also customizable. It’s easy to stay on track with the app’s calendar that automatically synchs with iPhones.
Price: $3.99

Daily Yoga
Whether you want to burn fat or find your spiritual center, Daily Yoga can help you achieve your goals. Create a program tailored to your needs and desired intensity (casual, moderate or intense) by choosing from more than 40 professionally planned sessions and 300 poses displayed in HD video. Hit the snooze button one too many times but want to get some yoga in? Do one of the five-minutes practices. There are various durations that go as long as 45 minutes. Even the background music can be tailored to your goals of calmness, mediation and stress relief. Connect and share with fellow yogis in the app’s forums.
Price: Free for basic, Pro privileges can be unlocked for $29.99/year or $5.99/month


Pocket Yoga
Utilizing Gaia Flow Yoga, a rigorous vinyasa practice that naturally strengthens and heals the mind, body, emotions and spirit, Pocket Yoga’s poses flow together seamlessly. The app includes three full practices (ocean – cardio, mountain – power and desert – detox/flexibility) plus two short sun salutation routines that are under seven minutes long. For a full practice, users can choose their desired duration (30, 45 or 60 minutes) and skill level (beginner, intermediate or advanced). Each pose has written instructions that include its health benefits, so users can really learn what they are doing for themselves by using the app! The practices are demonstrated with a cartoon model rather than a real-life one. While it may seem impersonal, it allows people to see the pose done correctly. Users can listen to the relaxing in-app music or their own libraries. Diehard yogis will enjoy the Pocket Yoga Practice Builder.
Price: $2.99 for Pocket Yoga, $7.99 for Pocket Yoga and Pocket Yoga Practice

Office Yoga – Fitness AT Work
Sitting at a desk all day or the pressures of work can wreak havoc on your mind and body. Relieve stress and avoid soreness with office yoga. The app offers quick, simple stretches that can be done while sitting at your desk. Choose poses based on the body part or parts that most need a good stretch.
Price: $1.99

Airplane Yoga
A jet setter’s dream! Brought to you by The Zen Guy, Michael Huffman, a registered yoga teacher who spent more than 20 years as a “road warrior” in corporate America, Airplane Yoga includes 24 poses that can be done in an airplane to reduce the discomfort that comes with flying. All of the poses come with illustrative and audio how-tos, and 13 include short video demonstrations. As a bonus, it gives users strategies for zen-like air travel, such as tips for comfort when onboard the plane and must-have items to keep stress to a minimum when en route.
Price: $0.99

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