The ancient art of yoga is not something we often think of in conjunction with our modern obsession with portable technologies, such as smart phones and tablets. Yoga promotes mindfulness and deep independent thought: logic dictates that this facets are best achieved away from the glare of the computer screen and our increasing dependence on portable media. However, as technology and our dependence on it grows, app makers are seeing the potential to combine our love of smart technology with our love of yoga, and some of the results are exceptional: both useful, and complementary to traditional yoga. The right app can help you to enhance your home practice, track your daily poses, and even work out how many calories you are burning during each yoga session. Here are some of the best apps currently available on the market that could help to both enhance and improve your yoga:
Daily Yoga (Free)
Suitable for both Apple and Android phones and tablets, the Daily Yoga app is an ideal choice for busy yoga enthusiasts on the go. It offers a selection of relaxing yoga music that you can enjoy as you practice your poses, but the best feature of this app is the HD videos it contains, which will work you through a series of pose sequences and provide both visual and vocal instructions. Whilst there is no substitute for attending a yoga class with a qualified teacher, if you don’t have the time to go to as many classes as you would like, and would like to work out at home too, then this app is the perfect complementary tool to your regular classes.
Daily Yoga Quotes (Free)
The Daily Yoga Quotes App is only available of Apple operating systems, meaning that it only works on iPhone and iPad products, however if you have an Apple phone or tablet then this is the ideal app to nourish the spiritual core of your yogic self. Mindfulness and spirituality play a key part in good yoga practice, and this app taps into that perfectly by providing its users with a thought provoking daily yoga quote. For example: “When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences, and their meanings, you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.” Whilst the app is very simplistic and doesn’t include any yoga-specific exercises, it is a great way of encouraging mindful thought on a daily basis.
5 Minute Yoga (Free)
If you’re new to yoga and short on time then 5 minute yoga is the one app you should have on your phone: suitable for both apple and android operating systems, this app is perfect for beginners. This app conveniently lays out full 5 minute yoga sessions that users can learn and fit into their lives, anytime, anywhere. Again, the use of this app will be best when used in conjunction with a series of offline classes with a qualified professional, but if you’re looking to learn yoga and allow it to enhance your life but are time-poor then this is the perfect system.
Down Dog (Free)
Are you an experienced yogi that often feels bored completing the same yoga routines over and over? The Down Dog is the perfect app for you! This app is designed to break yoga enthusiasts from their rut by delivering a new routine and series of poses and positions every time you use it. Perfect for both Apple and Android users, this app lets you select a playlist, your mood, and how long you would like your yoga session to last for before delivering a tailor made class to your phone, just for you Best suited to experienced yogis, because of the wide range of poses it includes, this app is considered one of the best on the market for enjoying yoga sessions from the comfort of your own home.
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