In the midst of a recession, sacrifices have to be made. We all know that yoga
can be a beneficial part of your life and can actually help out with day to day stress. For me, it
is a place to escape and still do something good and productive for your body and mind. However, if
you’re a beginner and need some guidance, classes in LA can be an expensive journey of gas, parking,
and per session costs.
If you’re fortunate enough to have an iPhone, iTouch, or iPad, the apps can be a very handy way to save
time and money on practicing yoga. I use two apps in particular quite frequently for practicing yoga
My favorite part about this app is the variety of different yoga practices. You’re able to choose from
3 levels of proficiency and time lengths of 12 minutes to about an hour. You’re also able to create your
own program for their database of poses.
The classes include visuals with an instructor’s voice directing your movements. There are three options
for music. Both the music and the instructor’s voice can be turned off.
The app has a feature that will help you select a program if you’re unsure of what would be best for
what you wish to accomplish. You can select proficiency level, time length, and what area you’re trying
to work on (flexibility, strength, etc), and the assistant will find a program for you.
Pocket Yoga HD
In comparison, it offers much less than the All-In YOGA app above. It has only 5 different practices,
2 of which are different versions of Sun Salutations. There other three each have a different focus,
be it strength, flexibility, or stamina. Your options for each are limited to the time length or number
However, the app has beautiful illustrations and the minimalist style is great if you’re still trying
to get to know yoga. It will keep you focused on learning a few good basics instead of trying to absorb
a million different poses and styles.
The best part about this app versus All-In YOGA is that it allows you to play your own music during your
practice. You can select multiple songs from your iTunes library and are even able to use your playlists.
* Please note: The screenshots are current as of March 17, 2011 and are for the iPad apps.
As someone who’s looking to cut costs in any way I can but still have the quality of life that I want, little cheapies and freebies go a long way. I am now still able to practice yoga on a budget, but also at my convenience and in the comfort of my own home. As a beginner, I love that I can take this assistance and direction with me wherever I go. It also leaves me little excuse to not get a little exercise in my day.