It’s no secret that yoga has become massively popular in the U.S. and beyond. And it makes sense.
Yoga combines exercise with a sense of calm, a real marriage of body and mind. The health benefits range from strength-building to weight loss and pain relief. And, sessions can be modified and adjusted to all levels.
But we don’t always have the time or the money to make it to the studio. As such, there are thousands of apps to choose from, all claiming to bring the benefits of yoga to you.
Whether the goal is to deepen your practice or dip your toes in before joining a studio, there’s an option for you.
Check out our roundup of favorites, guaranteed to help you find that inner peace, no matter where you are.
Yoga app round up — our favorite downloads for down dog and beyond
Brought to you by the good people of the FitStar personal training app, FitStar Yoga is an app featuring classes led by Tara Stiles.
What makes FitStar a standout yoga app is that you’ll get the choice between a Personalized and Freestyle mode. Personalized workouts are tailored to your level of practice, as well as how you’ve rated poses from previous sessions.
Based on the information you give the app, they’ll create a routine that focuses on the areas that make sense for you—whether you have tight hips or need to work on your balance.
Freestyle sessions are routines that are the same for everyone.
The initial download is free, but you’ll quickly notice that this version comes with a limited amount of features. For example, you’ll only have access to one personalized session per week and one freestyle session of your choosing.
The app is $7.99 per month, or you can pay $39.99 for a full year.
It’s also worth mentioning that this app is perfect for the data trackers and social sharers out there. FitStar integrates with Facebook and Twitter, as well as your FitBit or Apple Watch.
FitStar Yoga also comes with a supportive community you can tap into—chat with other users and motivate yourself with the internal badge system if you like collecting digital accolades. Available for iOS.
One of the more cost-effective apps, Pocket Yoga, offers the full selection of digital classes for a couple of bucks from the App Store.
Pocket Yoga offers three vinyasa-based sessions, as well as two variations on the sun salutations. Each option—Ocean, Desert, or Mountain is offered in 30, 45, or 60-minute sessions and split into beginner, intermediate, and advanced.
All sessions begin with a short warmup, and a few tips for breathing and form.
Classes are animated, unlike some of the other apps we’ve looked at—featuring simple animations that show you all the moves. Each pose comes with a description, category, and difficulty level.
This option isn’t the most robust suite of yoga poses out there, but it’s well-designed, affordable, and makes it easy to squeeze in a quick “om” any time. Available for Mac, iOS, and Android.
Daily Yoga is a collection of over 100 yoga and meditation apps designed for people at every level. Filter classes by program. There’s a beginner series, a 5-day detox, and the app just launched a new core strength series.
Each program offers a 20-30 minute virtual class, and they can run from a few days to up to five weeks.
If you’re not sure you want to commit to the full program, you’ll also have the option to download 10-15 minute yoga sessions.
Each sequence comes with still images and video instructions for basic poses. Routines offer minimal instructions, so this app is best for someone who knows their way around the mat and is familiar with basic poses.
That said, there are a few downsides associated with the app. The flow is pretty good. However, the free version comes with pop-up ads that take you out of a zen space. Additionally, they don’t explain any modifications, so if you’re super new to the practice or have an injury, this might not be the best option.
The app also comes with a social aspect–allowing you to interact with a global network of fellow yogis you can reach out for advice, support, or just to say hi. Available for iOS and Android.
Find What Feels Good
YouTube’s resident yoga guru, Adriene has released her own app. So, now fans don’t need to stream each workout. Rather, they can download the sessions straight to their phone, Roku, or Apple TV for a more streamlined experience.
For the uninitiated, Yoga with Adriene is a popular online series of videos. Fans love Adriene for her sense of humor and easy going approach to the practice.
The app brings together all of the content from the YouTube channel—25 hours of instruction—and places it in this simple, visually appealing interface.
A monthly subscription will run you $9.99 a month, or you can pay $99 for an annual subscription. The app is a bit more expensive than some of the other options, but it has a five-star average in the App Store and a massive fan base to vouch for the quality. If you’re not convinced, sign up for the seven-day free trial and well, see if it feels good. Available for iOS, Android, Apple TV, and Roku.
Down Dog is another vinyasa-focused app that allows you to try different class structures. The idea is to bring a studio-like experience into your home—or wherever. Each time you practice, the app will create a new workout, making this the ideal app for users who tend to get bored with the same old sun salutations.
What’s more, lessons come with music that fits the flow, your preferences, and the duration of each session. Available for iOS, Android, and web.
3D Yoga Anatomy
When you start taking yoga, it can be hard to grasp how each pose is supposed to look. Little adjustments like tucking your hips or keeping your ribs pointing inward seem entirely foreign for a long time. As such, it can take years of practice to get the form down pat.
That’s where 3D Yoga Academy stands to help.
3D Yoga Anatomy is one of our favorite choices for yoga teachers and students alike. The app provides a closer look at over 40 poses–a 360-degree view of each pose and its variations. Available for iOS.