The 11 Best Yoga Apps to Get Fit on the Cheap

The 11 Best Fitness Apps for Yogis

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The explosion of yoga apps has made it easier than ever to reap the benefits of yoga when you’re not in the studio. And if the lingering winter weather is getting in the way of your gym or running routine, why not practice yoga in the comfort of your own home? Plus, these yoga apps are much less expensive than steep boutique prices, which can climb up to $25 a class. So which ones are worth a download? Whether you’re looking to stream a class, build your own flows or improve your technique, there’s an app for that. We’ve got the scoop on the 11 best yoga apps for every type of yogi (listed in no particular order).

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The Best Fitness Apps for Every Type of Yogi

Yoga Studio Fitness App

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1. Yoga Studio
Best for: Variety Seekers
This comprehensive app delivers a lot of bang for your buck. Browse the library of 65 yoga and meditation classes, which are sorted by level and focus (balance, flexibility, relaxation and strength). Want to chaturanga to Calvin Harris? Play your own iTunes songs through the app while listening to the teacher’s cues for each pose. ($3.99; available on iOS)

Pocket Yoga Fitness App

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2. Pocket Yoga
Best for: Heart Rate Junkies
Elite athletes use heart rate training to track exertion during a workout and yogis can, too with this app that syncs with your heart rate monitor. Send your calories burned and heart rate straight to Apple’s new HealthKit if you’ve got an iPhone 6. Choose from 27 different sessions (led by an illustrated figure), or browse the pose dictionary if you’re a beginner and want unstructured practice. ($2.99; iOS, Android) 

 

3D Yoga Anatomy Fitness App

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3. 3D Yoga Anatomy
Best for: Nerdy Yogis
Want a scientifically proven way to get the most out of every pose? This app’s 40 pose illustrations show which muscles are shortening, lengthening and stabilizing — and how you can deepen each asana. Looking for ways to up your intensity even more? Browse variations of backbends, arm balances and inversions. ($3.99; iOS) 

 

Yoga.com Studio Fitness App

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4. Yoga.com Studio (All-in Yoga)
Best for: Holistic Health Fiends
Looking for flows that promise “headache relief,” a “slender waist,” or perhaps something to ignite “burning desire”? Turn to Yoga.com’s 45 unique, photo-illustrated programs. Make the programs your own by adding or subtracting poses from each routine. To cap off your session, upload a photo of yourself and connect with other Yoga.com users on the Inspire feed. ($3.99; iOS, Android)

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5. Beautiful Belly Pre & Postnatal Yoga
Best for: Pregnant Yogis
Not sure how to adjust your asanas now that you’ve got a baby on-board? Led by renowned yoga instructor Briohny Smyth, this 12-part yoga practice has three video sessions designed to fit the needs of women during each trimester of pregnancy. And once you’ve delivered, there are three additional postnatal videos available to help soothe soreness from childbirth and rebuild strength. For a full-screen experience, you can stream workouts on your TV using AirPlay, Chromecast, Roku or one of the other supported devices. (Free for first trimester, $4.99 for additional trimesters; iOS)

 

Kids Yogaverse Fitness App

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6. I AM LOVE by Kids Yogaverse
Best for: Little Yogis
This engaging storybook app is sure to hold any kid’s attention — and perhaps even bring a little zen to your mini-me’s daily activities. Designed with four to eight year olds in mind, the interactive narrative has an easy-to-follow yoga flow accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations and soothing music. The simple poses and breathing exercises are a great way to promote relaxation and concentration. ($3.99; iOS)

 

DailyYoga Fitness App

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7. DailyYoga
Best for: Yogis on a Time Crunch
All of the practices on DailyYoga are under 30 minutes, meaning this app is perfect for practicing in a pinch. Browse 50 classes that are sorted by body part (abs, back, butt, chest) and yoga skills (standing yoga, sun salutation). Want to skip part of a sequence or pause at certain poses? Tap the images on the right side of the screen. (Free; iOS, Android)

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Pocket Yoga Practice Builder Fitness App

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8. Pocket Yoga – Practice Builder
Best for: Instructors & DIY yogis
Some apps allow yogis to build custom routines, but Pocket Yoga users can do that and then some. If you need help creating a practice, tap on your current pose and see a list of suggested movements that flow naturally to the next asana. Once you’ve chosen the order and duration of each pose from the easy-to-navigate menu, choose some background music and share your unique practice via email, text or AirDrop. ($6.99; iOS)

 

DailyBurn Yoga Fitness App

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9. DailyBurn Yoga
Best for: All-Around Athletes
Designed for yogis looking to stay fit and increase flexibility, DailyBurn’s two-month yoga program alternates between challenging flows and more meditative sessions. Want to broaden your fitness routine from vinyasa flows to other types of training? Complement your yoga practice with a full range of kettlebell workouts, HIIT routines, and more, all available within the same app. (Free for 30 days; iOSAndroid)

 

Flying Therapeutics Fitness App

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10. Flying Therapeutics Acroyoga Beginners
Best for: Daring Duos
Grab a dependable partner and cue up flows designed to test strength, balance, flexibility — and trust. Created with beginners in mind, this app has three complete practices, each containing text descriptions of every move. Thanks to 50 videos, you can view every acrobatic pose from multiple angles (which you’ll be thankful for when you’re suspended mid-air!) ($6.99; iOS)

 

YogaGlo Fitness App

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11. YogaGlo Offline Viewing App
Best for: Globetrotting Yogis
Planning a trip to a Wi-Fi-free destination? Download your favorite YogaGlo routines from well-known yogis like Kathryn Budig, Seane Corn, Dice Iida-Klein and more, then stream the videos on-the-go. Your account has room to sync up to 10 videos — enough to keep you in and out of downward dog until the end of your trip. (Free for 15 days; iOS, Android)

Originally posted October 2014. Updated March 2015. 

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