Whether you already love yoga, want to give the age-old practice a try, or would like to increase your strength and flexibility, here are some apps to help you achieve results.
Of course, essential to a beneficial yoga practice is the right mindset, which is why you’ll also find apps to inspire you, aid with meditation, and create the perfect ambience. Click through to get started.
Choose from 45 yoga programs or create your own! There are 300 poses and breathing exercise in the app, accompanied by step-by-step video and audio instruction. You can track your progress on an in-app calendar, share your success via Twitter and Facebook, study 3-D muscle models, and groove to 15 music tracks.
All of the hundreds of poses are accompanied by images in this app designed for everyone from the beginner to the more advanced. Build your own routine or follow a professional pre-arranged sequence designed to help you achieve different goals. Detailed instructions are provided, and you can track your workouts on the built-in calendar.
Deep-thinker Deepak Chopra has teamed up with yoga wunderkind Tara Stiles to bring you a very comprehensive yoga practice in app form. Explore yoga routines, review poses, learn more about yoga, and learn tips for a better, more fulfilling practice.
Pattie Stafford is the creator of Butterfly Yoga, a practice that blends elements of yoga, Pilates, ballet and modern dance. If you’re looking to add a unique twist to your practice, try these workouts, which Stafford guides you through, adding cues for alignment, posture and breathing.
Five yoga video sessions are completely free, so you can try out the professional yoga teachers and see what you think. If it’s a good fit for you, you can subscribe to unlock all the sessions. Check out the library’s 200-plus poses with detailed instructions.
Yoga instructor Sarah Tomson Beyer will lead you through three different versions of Flowmotion Sun Salutations (A, B and C). The Sun Salutes are designed to help the user progress in skill and become more comfortable with the movement patterns. There’s also a suggested Flowmotion playlist available for purchase to complement the salutations.
From the same people who bring you Women’s Health magazine, this app promises to “tone your body, tame your mind and fry fat on the mat.” Experts not only provide you with audio cues throughout sequences, but also share tips and the practical benefits of each pose. Twelve workouts are included.
Learn and practice the traditional 26 poses of hot yoga anywhere you want, with the names displayed in both English and Sanskrit. Choose a 35-, 60- or 90-minute class with audio and video (no internet or 3G connection needed) and take advantage of a full pose gallery with tips and technique checklists.
If you want to share yoga with a young person, this app might be perfect. It includes 19 fully animated poses for the Sun and Moon Salutations of Hatha yoga, plus tells the story of yoga’s birth 5,000 years ago in a way that children will love. Check out the other Kids Yoga Journey apps for even more content perfect for kids, including the free Short Sequence app.
Inside this app you’ll find a guide for 75 stress-relieving stretches that can be executed perfectly within the confines of your cubicle. Exercises are organized by time of day and for a variety of situations, including walking, commuting, on the telephone and at the copy machine.
Choose from 27 sessions, including different difficulty levels and session lengths. Voice instruction and illustrations guide you through poses according to the school of Gaia Flow Yoga, and the app keeps a log of your practice to track your progress.
This app expands upon the features to be found in the original Pocket Yoga app. Here you can build, edit and share complete yoga practices from more than 140 different poses, including variations and transitional poses. Plus, set the duration to hold each pose or number of breaths, add music from your own library, and email practices to friends.
This app centered on flexibility training will provide a step-by-step guide through stretches you can perform every day to bring you closer to your goal of touching your toes. Instruction is by a nationally certified fitness trainer.
Discover more than 50 techniques to relieve muscle tension, alleviate stress and find Zen will traveling. The stretches have been specially selected for practice in small spaces, since space can often be hard to come by during travel. The retro illustrations are charming.
Fitness instructor to the stars Kristin McGee already has a fan following in celebs like Bethenny Frankel and LeAnn Rimes. Now you, too, can reap the rewards of her yoga wisdom! Give her 10-minute workouts a try to tone your abs, thighs, backside and arms.
Try a guided 16-minute pre-run yoga sequence, plus a 14-minute post-run sequence to help loosen up all those areas that work hard while you’re running. Sun salutations are also included, as well as smoothie and energy bar recipes from VEGA.
Improve strength, balance, posture and flexibility in these soothing yoga sessions, customizable to up to 36 minutes long. You’ll be guided by audio cues and unique silhouette illustrations. This app was created as a sequel to Yoga STRETCH.
Create up to five custom yoga sessions or play one of the preloaded, 60-minute-long sessions with silhouettes to illustrate poses. You can play your own background music from iTunes if you want, and turn the audio instructor on or off.
Create, customize, schedule and play 30 different video yoga classes; practice with a library of more than 280 poses; and choose from 15-, 30- or 60-minute classes suitable for a range of ability levels. You can arrange poses in whatever order you want, plus save favorites for easy access anytime.
Allison English, a very popular yoga instructor in Chicago, created this good-looking app with the idea of travel in mind. Take your practice on the road with her fun an effective sequences that are suitable for all levels. In fact, English has incorporated poses that will help you stay loose in the areas most affected by travel, such as your neck, back and hips.
Janet Stone is a world-renowned instructor based in San Francisco, but you can take a class with her anywhere via this app. Enjoy more than three hours of video, more than five hours of audio instructions, two and a half hours of music, 100-plus yoga flows designed for all levels, and daily changing programs.
It’s free to try the app. If you like what you see, you can choose from five class programs starting at $1.99, or unlock the entire collection for $9.99. All in all, Yogify contains 35 hours of yoga across 50 different classes, with something for every ability. Learn more than 275 poses and connect with the community via social media.
Kick back with high-quality recordings that celebrate Mother Nature’s most beautiful phenomena and places, including the sounds of thunderstorms, rain, waves, rivers, gentle wind and others. The app boasts that it accurately reproduces all three dimensions (including height) so that a listener legitimately feels like he or she is really there.
Experience nearly four dozen high-quality ambient sounds, including two binaural beats (known to help the brain reach a state of relaxation), plus animation effects (aurora, stars and clouds). You can also save, name and sort your favorites easily to play over and over again. A free version of the app also exists.
Relax to more than 70 ambient sounds, or create your own mixes. Sounds include tropical rain, fireplace, wind chimes, jungle birds, bubbles, underwater melody, a horse running in a field and others. There’s also an alarm clock/sleep timer feature with slow fade in and fade out.
Zen out to perfectly looped sounds that can calm your mind and enhance your yoga or meditation practice, such as waves crashing on the beach, a camp fire, chimes, a flowing stream, Tibetan singing bowl, light rain and others. There’s a free, lite version of the app, too.
Gain access to an eight-part meditation guide to the flow of Kundalini Shakti energy through the chakras by Guru Singh, eight Kundalini mantras recorded by Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa, seven Tibetan healing bowl tones, and 10 pages of text explaining chakra healing, the eight chakras and the benefits of meditation and mantra. Choose specific chakras to work on.
Meditate to the sounds of Tibetan singing bowls — choose from eight different bells of varying size and metals, plus configure them to ring at the start, end, or at specified (or even random) times during your session. Log your meditation moments and chart your progress, plus view statistics related to your practice.
Features include preset meditations, Tibetan singing bowls, repeating intervals, pause option, the ability to restart after interruption, cool down time and pretty backgrounds. Customize the name, time and sound settings for your meditation routines.
Keep records of your meditations, log notes in the journal, view your progress and statistics, and receive reminders when it’s time to meditate. Practice to the sounds of nature, soothing melodies or binaural beats, then export all your data in csv to share with others or review.
All that’s standing between you and total bliss is 99 cents. This app offers guided meditation for relaxation and presence. Choose from four meditation times, then meditate as you are voice-guided, step by step. Listen with or without music or nature sounds and choose how long the sounds will continue after the meditation ends.
To help you get into a relaxed state of mind, including slower, calmer breathing, this app turns your iPhone into a biofeedback device — without any external hardware — and shows you a continuous graph of your heart rate. With some practice, you can lower stress, reduce anxiety, lower your blood pressure and live happier.
Think of this as a digital deck of cards for promoting spiritual health. Seven cards for each chakra are featured, plus a card to describe the aura (the electromagnetic field affected by the movement of energy through the chakras. With these foundations, learn how to calm the mind and body through yoga, breathing exercises and meditation.
Set reminders at certain times and days for meditation time. Enjoy four guided meditations (three, five, 15 or 30 minutes), four silent meditations with bells, one guided body scan, mindfulness notices and statistics about your meditation practice.
Shake your iPhone with this app open and it will present you with one bit of wisdom after another. Receive a new thought every day, plus browse subjects and even choose which topics you want to dominate your daily inspiration.
The Now app is intended to help you retrain your mind to live more fully in the present moment. Training takes place during three-week cycles, in which the app delivers push notifications to remind you to focus, with notifications initially increasing in frequency, then slowly tapering off as you become more mindful.
Yoga instructors and serious students will find this app invaluable. Choose a pose to learn which muscles are contracting and which are stretching, highlighted in red and blue on an anatomical model. Names of poses are provided in both English and Sanskrit.
Is there another yoga-related app you love that we left out? Let us know in the comments!