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Can't make it to the studio today? You're in luck as guest author Aleah Kristy returns to the Yoga Living Project in this week's installment to share 4 apps to practice along from home, work or school. While we obvsiouly think making it to the studio is an important part of your routine, it's just as important to have a plan to handle the stressful times when life keeps you away. So pull out your phone, book your next class, and then scroll through your cyberspace options to keep you connected to your practice. 

 

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4 Apps You Can Use to Get the Most Out of Yoga


Yoga is both a community and personal practice, and today’s technology makes it possible to make it more personalized and connected at the same time.

In many ways, the growth in the number of people practicing yoga and meditation today can be seen as a response to the increasing levels of stress and anxiety people experience. As the University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientist Richard Davidson puts it, "I think there is an increasing interest in strategies like yoga and meditation that can help people adjust to modern circumstances." People and science are progressively discovering the direct impact of yoga practice on managing stress and anxiety, among others.

Particularly, a yoga-based lifestyle has been seen as an efficient alternative intervention to numerous non-communicable diseases and conditions. This is especially crucial today, as Maryville University estimates that 164 million Americans will be affected by chronic illness come 2025 – this amounts to nearly half of the US population. Yoga can potentially help these individuals thanks to its health benefits. Case in point, a study published at the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that yoga interventions are a promising option for people living with obesity-related and cardiovascular diseases. And since yoga has a wide range of variations and motions, people find it versatile and accessible, even for those who don’t have time to go to the gym.

Today, between the Play Store and the App Store, there are tons of apps you can use to practice yoga, and here are four of the best:

 

Pocket Yoga

One of the pioneer apps in the mobile yogi space, Pocket Yoga gives you a good routine you can practice. Its offerings vary from sets that you can do within 30 minutes to guides for a one-hour routine. With more than 200 illustrations and voice guide recordings, it truly serves to personalize your yoga session. What’s unique about it, however, is its capability to sync with the Apple Watch so you can track your heart rate, calories burned, and time remaining on each pose.

 

Down Dog

With a 4.9-star rating on both Android and iOS stores, Down Dog is truly a remarkable yoga app. It offers the most diverse and unique routines, and has over 300,000 customizable practices. The app features a 3-day intro to yoga so you don’t have to worry about your level of comfort, along with seven different instructors you can choose from. With Down Dog, you can do a different routine each time you step onto your mat. The app also features a meditation function to help you take a step back in order to do breathing exercises wherever you are, at any time of the day.



Find What Feels Good

YouTube star and celebrity yogi Adriene Mishler wants yoga to be accessible to all. That’s why her app, Find What Feels Good is free. In fact, with the free version alone, you will have access to streaming her HD videos with over a hundred hours of poses and tutorials. You can also have access to Adriene’s live classes exclusive to the app. As the name of the app suggests, you will be given choices of poses depending on your level of comfort.



Daily Yoga

Made for those who want consistency in their life, the Daily Yoga app helps people do yoga every day. It does this by creating a yoga plan tailored fit to your needs. This is especially helpful for freelancers who, as Cloe Matheson reminds in her article, needs exercise daily to find balance and get proper headspace. The app also connects you to a global community of practitioners to help you stay motivated, as when you do yoga with a community, even online, it can help you be more consistent in practice.

 

 

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