It's You Time! 8 Great Yoga Apps to Get in Your Oms at Home
Many of us busy moms (and yes, dads, too) would love to have a daily yoga practice, but matching up a yoga-studio schedule with the modern family’s busy calendar is, well, nearly impossible.
The solution is in the palm of your hand—yep, it’s your phone. Hundreds of yoga apps and free videos are available to help you fit yoga into your day, no matter how hurried you are.
We’ve done the search for you! We’ve combed through scores of mobile yoga tools to bring you the real-deal, very best options out there (yoga apps that have stood the test of time). Not only are these eight apps affordable, they give you the flexibility to sneak in a five-minute sequence before bed (here’s a bedtime sequence from us), do a little stretching at your office desk, or even show your little ones how to mountain pose right alongside you.
Download one (or a few) and let the downward dogging begin!
1. Down Dog (Your Living-Room Yoga Instructor)
With many yoga apps, you need to watch a screen to understand how to properly move from position to position. Not so with Down Dog. The step-by-step instructions are so clear, it feels like you have a real yoga teacher in your living room. Plus, you can select your desired practice time, difficulty, and even your background music. (Check out the Lullaby sequence to get you ready for a perfect night’s sleep!)
2. YogaGlo (The Mother Lode of Classes)
Offering more than 3,000 classes taught by internationally-known yoga instructors, YogaGlo has something for everyone. Choose from multiple styles of yoga (think Ashtanga, meditation, Vinyasa/Flow, Kundalini, and more) and even make your friends jealous by taking a class from famed teacher Kathryn Budig!
3. Pocket Yoga (An Illustrated Guide to the Poses)
If you’ve never done yoga before, this app is a great one. Case in point? Pocket Yoga includes an illustrated “pose dictionary” that breaks down each position (with a focus on correct alignment and posture) to help you build confidence before beginning an actual yoga routine. After you’re familiar with the poses, you can take your knowledge to the mat with 27 different classes.
4. Yoga with Adriene (An Introductory Program for Beginners)
Another great option for beginners, the YouTube channel Yoga with Adriene offers a 30-day introductory yoga series to help ease you into a daily practice routine. There are a ton of videos that demonstrate different breathing techniques and show you how yoga can strengthen muscles, help you develop better flexibility, ease anger and anxiety, provide pain relief, and more!
5. Sworkit (The Total Yoga Workout)
Created by military fitness pros, Sworkit (short for Simply Work It) made its public debut on Shark Tank, where Mark Cuban ponied up $1.5 million to support its launch. The app focuses on four types of exercise: yoga, strength, cardio, and stretching. Just enter in how much time you have (even if it’s only five minutes), pick your workout type and which part of your body you want to exercise, and you’re off! Woo-hoo!
6. Yoga Studio (Your You-Time Scheduler)
Gaiam was the at-home yoga video powerhouse of yesteryear (way before apps), and they’ve brought that expertise to Yoga Studio. Their clean, minimalist app allows you to program one of 65 classes directly into your calendar so you can prioritize your yoga time (read: you time). Yoga Studio also has some handy features for customization: You can pair your own music to a class or create your very own class from a library of nearly 300 poses.
7. Yoga Journal (A Library of Total Wellness)
The popular yoga magazine offers a huge library of top-notch videos, including yoga sequences, healthy lifestyle hacks, and guided meditations as well as how-to breakdowns of more advanced poses. (Could side crow be in your future?) To help you sift through these resources, videos are sorted according to sequence length, difficulty, style, and topic.
8. Salute the Desk (Work It @ Work)
Still think you just can’t squeeze yoga into your spare time? This app gives you the ability to practice yoga at the office with a few stretches and guided relaxation sessions you can totally do in your work clothes (no yoga pants required). The app also tracks how many yoga poses you’ve practiced and how many minutes you’ve spent meditating, making it easy to watch your progress!