Yoga. It’s everywhere these days! Let me share with you my fave iOS yoga app that has actually made me enjoy yoga…
… – and that will be insanely helpful for beginners and advanced yogis alike.
Yoga is ancient wisdom and a modern lifestyle trend, and it comes in a variety of flavours.
Problem: being a strong opponent of all things guru, it’s clear that I tend to steer clear of trending or personality-driven yoga styles. I’m not even the greatest yoga fan as I’ve stated two years ago, and this hasn’t changed. But:
I can’t ignore the huge advantages yoga poses including A) its proven health benefits and B) the fact that it can be done just about everywhere.
If you knew what you’re doing, of course.
(I don’t. I only remember a few basics, and one helluva mudras.)
To help with that, in 2015 there is a plethora of yoga apps for Android and iOS to pick from. Posing the next challenge. How do you even choose?
Having accessed many, many different yoga apps looking far and wide for the best yoga app for an iPhone or iPad, I’ve finally found a favourite: Yoga Studio.
It’s simple, intuitive, sleek, and has a very lovely, soothing, “airy” design.
Like with most yoga apps, the poses are shown in voice-over videos. Some people might find it repetitive, but if, like me, you’re that short of being a HSP or just need all the support to allow you to focus (and don’t want any distractions), you’ll love it.
I think the app is great for all levels, beginners to advanced, unless of course you’re a yoga guru yourself.
Yoga Studio App Review:
What’s In It For You
Yoga Studio is your arsenal of 65 ready-made classes:
✅9 advanced classes,
✅4 different sun salutations,
✅3 deep relaxation meditations,
✅10 “quick fix” classes (balance, flexibility, or strength),
✅8 back pain classes,
✅and 10 classes labelled “yoga for runners”.
The app doesn’t stick to one yoga philosophy, combining the best of Vinyasa yoga, Iyengar yoga, Yin yoga and yoga Nidra.
All classes come with full HD video and easy-to-follow commentary. Each class, each single pose (about 300 in number, I stopped counting at some point) and each pose block (20 blocks) come in the same puristic setting accompanied by a very soothing, clear female voice over.
Sweet: you can link Yoga Studio with your Apple Health app to track your progress.
The app is very intuitive and sleek – which must have been quite a challenge to create given the additional features Yoga Studio offers.
Firstly, you can knock yourself out combining pose blocks to create custom classes just for you.
There is a clever feature called video stitch that “glues” poses together so that your custom classes appear as a full, flowing video. Isn’t that cool!?
Secondly, and this is genius, you can plan all your classes, pre-defined or custom-made, in an excellent, intuitive calendar within the app.
The third great feature that often goes undiscovered (it’s a bit hidden indeed) is the customisable music.
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the option of adding my very own playlist to fully enjoy my yoga class. It was the boyfriend who’s figured it out; I wouldn’t have seen that feat on my own. I was too preoccupied customising anyway 😀
Pros & Cons
✅Yoga studio in the pocket: it’s an app so it’s with you everywhere (given that you download your classes)
✅Big screen: Since October 2015 there’s an Apple TV addition that allows you to play the HD videos on your tv
Affordable: At about 4€/ 4$ it’s a steal! UPDATE!!!
✅Pure: The music is unobtrusive, there is no distraction aka sunny beach or a statues-and-incense-sticks landscapes – it’s just about yoga and you
✅Excellent, searchable pose library featuring English and Sanskrit names
✅Excellent, searchable set of pose blocks
✅Intuitive calendar feature (with optional reminders!)
Cons (only two I can come to think of really):
🙄If you like to see different teachers or the feeling of “being in a class” you’ll hate it
🙄If you stick to a particular yoga philosophy, it might not be your piece of cake
IMPORTANT UPDATE! – CAUTION IF YOU ALREADY PURCHASED THE APP: AS PER JUNE 2017, GAIAM, THE COMPANY THAT PURCHASED THE APP, DECIDED TO CONVERT IT INTO A SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAMME. ANY UPDATE TO YOUR PAID APP NOW WILL TURN IT INTO A SUBSCRIPTION PRODUCT PRICED 1.99$ A MONTH OR 19.99$ A YEAR. NEGATIVE REVIEWS CRITISISING THIS AS A “BAIT’N’SWITCH SCHEME” HAVE BEEN FLOODING THE APP STORE REVIEW PAGE OF YOGA STUDIO SINCE. USING THE APP WITHOUT FURTHER UPDATES IS AN INCONVENIENT SOLUTION, SO I WON’T BE USING IT ANYMORE.
And a word of warning:
Absolute beginners should not start with just an app (any app for that matter), they are best advised to attend real-life classes to learn poses, breathing techniques and, last but not least, possible risks and health implications.
ABOUT YOGA STUDIO:
The poses and classes were chosen and are demonstrated by an American yoga teacher who launched Yoga Studio in 2012 together with her British husband. Yoga Studio was acquired by GAIAM in October 2014.
Namaste, Adventurers! 😉
P.S. Stay tuned for a post about the most fascinating and unusual yoga “school” ever coming soon!