Whether you are strolling along the park or simply visiting an area specifically designed for exercise, you may have come across people in seemingly impossible poses.
The first word that comes to mind is probably yoga. And you may ask yourself what is the point of these poses? What benefits could they possibly provide?
Yoga, in reality, is much more than those poses. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ which means to unite or integrate.
This discipline is 5000 years old and originated in ancient India, and in modern day life; these ancient yet powerful teachings of yoga are still used to create a strong discipline uniting the body, mind and soul, with great emphasis on the inner experience of meditation.
Apart from the spiritual aspects of yoga, it also possesses a number of astonishing physical benefits as well. Yoga exercise recharges the body with a burst of energy by facilitating the following;
- Attainment of mental harmony
- Helps in removing negative blocks from the mind and releases toxins from the body
- Enhances personal power
- Increases self-awareness
- Helps in gaining clarity and focus, and increases concentration
- Reduces stressand tension in the body
Since it’s obvious that yoga is more than those seemingly impossible and weird twisted poses, yoga does possess an ample amount of benefits to the human body and soul even in modern times.
It would also be important to note that its adherence has also embraced the wonders of modern technology.
Due to the vast advancement in technology, different applications and online tools have been devised to facilitate a number of problems associated with yoga, such as if you’re a traveler, interested in yoga but are unaware of any yoga classes being held nearby, websites such as Retreat Relax Release have been seen set up to explore luxury retreats nearby including yoga classes at the lowest possible prices.
Moreover, different applications are also available for individuals who feel the need to practice yoga but are uncomfortable around a huge group of people, or want to practice before joining any class. If you’re one of those people, you might want to keep on reading. Below are the 5 best yoga apps for beginners.
1. Fitstar Yoga (free)
This application is specially designed for people who are new to yoga and want to learn new poses; if that’s the case then FitStar Yoga app would probably be the best option for you!
With this app you can download HD videos of each pose you want to learn start following a yoga routine immediately.
The best thing about this app is that you can also listen to some great music to maintain an awesome flow. What’s more, you can now connect this app to Apple TV and see poses in all their detailed glory on the big screen. With something like this, I don’t think you should ever have any difficulty practising yoga anymore.
This app is recognized as personal yoga trainer.
2. Pocket yoga ($2.99)
If you’re most likely to move from one place to another, this application may be the best option for you. You can call this app your mini studio that you can carry around to help you practice the ancient relaxing art of stretching and breathing – all at your natural pace, anytime and anywhere you want.
The best thing about Pocket Yoga is that it comes loaded with detailed audio and video instructions for its hundreds of poses with complete descriptions of each one’s proper execution along with its health benefits. It possesses interesting features such as the users have the option to choose between three practices, difficulties and durations. This app also has a feature that logs your exercises and progress for future reference.
Serious yoga practitioners and coaches might also want to check out Pocket Yoga Practice Builder on iOS or Android.
Compatibility: IOS, Android and Windows Store
3. Daily Yoga (Free)
This application is the complete package actually. If you signed up for Daily Yoga, Inc, you are obviously going to use this app to get the best out of your subscription.
Daily Yoga app contains almost everything that a beginner needs including different tips and tricks on how to get better at doing yoga, and how to make the most out of your daily routine.
This app isnt just great for beginners, but also has several challenging routines for advanced learners. You can now set the amount of time you want to do yoga and get detailed audio instructions for over 200 poses.
Hence, this application is a good fit for beginners as well as advanced learners.
4. Gain yoga (Free)
One unique feature that Gain Yoga has is the HD images with poses that give you a clear idea about each and every move through each exercise.
Users can also integrate their health apps and send their body’s calories burnt to all their personal devices directly.
Right from the basics (warming exercise) to the core yoga poses, you will find almost everything in Gain Yoga app. They can also get customization to their workouts automatically from the app which is quite unique.
5.Universal Breathing – pranayama (Free)
Controlled, mindful breathing are important elements of yoga as much as stretching and relaxing. Universal Breathing — Pranayama is devised to teach the basics and is a style of calming and soothing diaphragmatic breathing.
This app provides a simple structured course, with short exercises that come with a timer and an illustrative guide. Users can keep track of their progress in the course, customize sessions to their preference and obtain more information about Pranayama.
Its paid version comes with advanced techniques.
Compatibility: IOS, Android
These applications may hold potential benefits for beginners who wish to get an edge over yoga poses or are looking for a customized exercise program crafted specifically to suit their needs.