June 21 is celebrated as International Yoga Day and over the years, yoga has grown from a fad in the West to an extremely popular form of wellness routine. Smartphones have made learning and practising yoga easier as there are a host of apps designed for it. We pick the top 5 apps for yoga practitioners.
Move over artificial intelligence, this is an ‘emotionally intelligent’ app. The app has an emotionally intelligent chatbot that uses Al to react to the emotions you express. Your identity remains anonymous and your conversations are privacy protected. You can unlock techniques that help you cope with challenges in a fun, conversational way. What the app does is that it employs widely used techniques of CBT (cognitive behavioural therapies, yoga and meditation to support people suffering from stress or anxiety, or even depression.
Where is it available: On iOS and Android
Cost: Free (in-app purchases)
In 2020, Apple ranked it as “app of the day” but it is also available on Google Play Store. The app has comprehensive workout plans — including yoga — for users and is claimed to have more than 10 million users. Google also ranked it as the number one app in the yoga and fitness category.
Availability: iOS and Android
Cost: Free download (monthly subscription plans start from $4.91 to $15.99)
Ideal for those who want short and sweet yoga lessons as it has a host of classes starting from 10-minutes to 20-minutes. For beginners, it has a lot of ‘easy’ classes and the level goes up as you get more proficient in yoga. However, the subscription plans are on the higher side.
Available: iOS and Android
Cost: Free download (monthly plans start form $18)
One of the most popular apps for meditation and offers breathing and relaxation techniques. The app has guided meditations that are available in lengths of 3 to 25 minutes, so you can choose depending on how much time you have. You actually have sleep stories for adults that are narrated by the likes of Stephen Fry, Matthew McConaughey, and Kate Winslet. There’s also music provided by Keith Urban among other artists. The app claims to have millions of users and has 100,0000+ downloads on Google Play Store.
Availability: On iOS and Android
Cost: Free download (in app purchases from $0.99 to $399.99)
One of those apps that offers really good Apple Watch integration. It offers voice guided instructions, visual clues, and the yoga poses and asanas have been designed by top yoga experts from India. It uses Apple’s LiDAR Scanner (available on iPhone 12 and 13) as well as AR WebKit to give Apple users a different experience.
Available: Only on iOS
Cost: Free download (in app purchases)