Who needs a yoga class or even a teacher for a matter of fact, with so many new apps on the market you can do all the yoga in the comfort of your own home. Yoga apps have really developed along with the Internet and the technology that has come with it. There are many apps out their for you to choose from. I will only be looking at two of the best apps according to me and many others.
Try before you buy or not buy as the Down Dog has a free option. Gaiam app is available only on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV so unfortunately not a lot of options their Free options have their limitations to the courses you can choose.
The basic features are completely free with the app.
The pose library features in-depth video instruction for each pose with good alignment info for beginners.
The videos are on YouTube with links from the app, you will need an internet connection to access them.
You can watch them without the app.
The app itself offers sequences comprised of still photos accompanied by Kimberly’s continuous narration, which makes things flow like a real class.
It works well, if you’re already comfortable with vinyasa style yoga.
The free version of the app allows you to access restorative, beginniners, intermediate, and advanced yoga that vary from 15 to 90 minutes.
Upgrading to become a paid membership allows you to choose the pace of the class normal, fast, or slow.
Down Dog is an app that you can use as you progress in your yoga practice, as it has heaps of lessons and routines for all levels.
Choose from various levels, like beginner to advanced, choose different practice durations, from 10 minutes to 110 minutes.
Down Dog offers a gentle entry into yoga, while still providing plenty of challenging classes for more advanced yogis.
The app generates new sequences of moves and allows you to choose a pace and specific focus, so you never have the same class every time.
Instructions are very clear and easy to understand, and almost feel like you have a real instructor leading you.
The free version can give you a real feel for the app, but you’ll get better music and more options with the pro subscription.
They go even further than a group yoga class to a private session in your living room or wherever you prefer to practice,
Giving you so many options to make each session customized.
Sequence Practice type:
- You can choose between Intro to Yoga, Full Practice, Short Practice, Restorative and Quick Flow.
- None of the poses specifically include blocks, pillow or any fancy equipment- only you and your mat will suffice.
- This is now changed to Full Practice, Quick Flow, No Warm Up, Hatha Yoga (No Flow) and Restorative.
- I love that they have added the option of ‘‘No Flow’’ which gives you standing poses without the Vinyasa based chaturanga push ups.
- They have added Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation A & B.
- Their are 6 levels, i.e. Intro to Yoga, 2 Beginners, 2 Intermediate levels and even Advanced for some practice types.
- You can choose the duration of your practice.
- There are lengths available from 10 minutes to 110 minutes based on the Sequence and levels you choose.
- There are other options that are Paid, which is Voice, playlist/music type,
- Pace; and Boost to focus on specifics such as Aerobic, Flexibility, Core, Back Strength, Chest Shoulder Opening, Flexibility, Twists.
The basic version of Down Dog app is free to use and ad free.
Yoga Studio by Gaiam:
Yoga Studio by Gaiam gives yogi’s many options for practicing their yoga.
Yoga Studio Includes 75+ Ready-Made Classes
• Yoga for Back Pain
• Yoga for Runners
• Prenatal Yoga
• New Hip Hop Yoga
• Many more classes!
Classes for All Levels:
Choose your level (beginner, intermediate or advanced)
Class Durations (15, 30 or 60 minutes) you can focus on strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance or combination.
Navigating around is also simple and intuitive, so you can find what you’re looking for quickly and easily.
The app looks good on a retina display, and is optimized to show even more yoga on the larger iPhone X screen.
If you choose the latter option, the app does not instruct you how to move from pose to pose.
No modifications or props are mentioned either.
This app is best for people with at least some yoga experience as basic knowledge of poses and alignment is assumed, even in the beginners’ videos.
Creating your own classes has never been easier
Gaiam have done all the hard work, so making your own yoga classes is a breeze.
Unique features like pose blocks and smart-link make it simple, intuitive and fast.
Best of all, they stitch together a full, flowing video of every class you make.
The videos download to your device.
You can further customize your experience by picking your background music and prescheduling classes on a calendar.
We think learning how to move from one pose to the next is important.
Just as important as learning the poses themselves.
That’s why all our classes come with full HD video (25+ hours) and teacher commentary that’s clear and easy to follow.
You can now learn from world renowned yoga instructor Rodney Yee.
With 30+ years of yoga experience he’ll guide you to a deeper and more meaningful practice.
The classes will cover all skill levels from beginner to advanced, and include more detailed practices focusing on hip openers, inversions and restorative sequences.
Pose blocks are short sequences of poses – like a sun salutation – that can be used like building blocks to make
They help speed things up – just add a few blocks, throw in some of your favorite poses and your class will be
ready in no time.
Not sure how to make your class flow?
We’ll do it for you with our awesome Smart-link feature.
Use it to connect poses that might not naturally lead into each other.
This way you see exactly how to smoothly move from one pose to the
Yoga for Less:
You get all ready-made classes 75+ and growing, the ability to create unlimited custom yoga classes, 250+ pose reference guide, calendar planning feature, PLUS all future class updates and additions!
Gaiam think video is a great way to learn and practice yoga.
That’s why they created a unique library of over 1,700 yoga video clips.
It enables Yoga Studio to stitch together a full, flowing video of almost any class you can think of.
Watching yoga videos over the internet can be great, until it’s not.
Like when you don’t have an internet connection.
That’s why classes in Yoga Studio live on your phone:
Just download a class once and have the freedom to practice wherever and whenever you want.
Their library of over 280 poses includes step-by-step instructions, list of benefits, modifications, variations and cautions for each and every pose.
Browse, search or sort to quickly find a pose, then learn all about its yoga goodness.
Making it easy to stay on track.
Don’t have time for a class right now?
Schedule it for later.
They will put it straight into your iPhone or iPad calendar so you don’t forget.
Have to say always prefer a free app as long as it delivers the goods.
Down Dog does have enough on the free side of the app.
Gaiam has Rodney Yee which is a real bonus and makes it well worth choosing Gaiam.
The only thing that may stop you from going with Gaiam is the Apple only option.
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