While yoga mats are usually not a friendly place for cell phones, there are a new breed of mobile apps designed to improve any studio practice and bring out our inner yogis. This list of 12 yoga apps offers all sorts of benefits to all different skill levels — beginners, pros, and the casual practitioner will all find something to take their practice to the next level. From apps that let us find new poses, to instruction, breathing advice, and deeper rest, these 12 apps are a great tool set for the digitally-minded yogi in all of us.
Yoga Mobile Apps
1. Office Yoga
What It Is: This simple app is made up of an e-deck of cards that come with instructions for yoga poses tailored for desk-workers looking to stretch on the job. If getting to a proper class is not possible, Office Yoga is a great way to take care of the body while filling the gap between classes. Details: Cost: $0.99. Available for iOS.
What It Is: This app is a total game-changer for yogis looking to find their practice style, or to fit yoga into a busy schedule. Think of YOGAmazing as an in-pocket studio, complete with more than 25 mix-and-match mini classes to fully customize a practice on the go. Details: Cost: $4.99. Available for iOS.
What It Is: Many public yoga classes don’t allow enough time to explore yogic breathing techniques (pranayama) but the killer visuals and simple design of Universal Breathing lets students practice techniques on their own with clear guidance and instructions. Details: Cost: $4.99. Available for iOS.
What It Is: MINDBODY is part yoga-finder, part yoga-scheduler, part mind-de-clutterer. Using the phone’s location services, the app finds nearby studios, lists classes by time, and lets users book a class right from their phones. No wait lists, no missed classes, and no stressing out just to get to class. Details: Cost: Free. Available for iOS.
5. Yoga Sutras
What It Is: Kick it old school and cozy up with the ancient yoga texts that brought us yoga as we know it today with this interactive, animated, and portable ebook. It’s a great read for the commute, and a handy way to provide a context to the physical practice with some perspective from Grandaddy Yoga himself, Patanjali. Details: Cost: $3.99. Available for iPad only.
6. Clean Plates
What It Is: Need some post-yoga green juice? Clean Plates is a food-finding app that caters to mind, body, and hungry, eco-friendly people. The app is highly customizable, with criteria ranging from “naturally sweetened” to “slow food.” They’re also famous for hooking users up with weekly discounts to local eateries. Details: Cost: Free. Available for iOS.
What It Is: This little app acts like a daily journal designed to help users track moments worth giving thanks for. Users can add photos, quotes, and even daily reminders to add a bit of gratitude into the day. The journal helps extend the yoga practice off the mat to cultivate gratitude throughout the day and keep the effects of a mindful life going from morning to night. Details: Cost: $0.99. Available for iOS.
What It Is: This interactive guide to Ayurveda (the ancient medical companion to yoga) helps users make shopping and home remedy guides based on the customizable features of the app that help recommend specific diet and lifestyle changes. Details: Cost: $4.99. Available for iOS.
What It Is: Pocket Zen-master Deepak Chopra offers a series of mental wellness and yoga apps to keep the loving-good yoga vibes going long after class. Apps range from meditation, stress relief, and even home yoga practice options. Details: Cost: Free to $1.99. Available for iOS.
10. Airplane Yoga
What It Is: Just like it sounds, the creators of Airplane Yoga have compiled yoga-inspired tips for weary, restless travelers. This app even gives users “Strategies for Zen-like Travel,” which includes tips for planning a trip, getting to the airport, and chilling out upon arrival. This app is bound to bring zen to commuters across the country, helping to keep the effect of a killer yoga class even when the mat has been rolled up and the check-in line is moving at a glacial pace. Details: Cost: $3.99. Available for iOS.
11. Sleep Cycle
What It Is: Say goodbye to waking up groggy even after getting a “full night of sleep.” This bio-alarm clock monitors sleep patterns and lets users note daily activities and disturbances that affect quality of sleep. With this attention to the body’s natural rhythms, yogis everywhere can put an end to undue stress, latté addictions, cranky morning commutes, and jolting morning workout alarms. Details: Cost: $0.99 Available for iOS.
12. Yoga Studio
What It Is: Yoga Studio is hoping to be a pocket-sized way to practice anywhere. The app is loaded with more than 250 poses (from warm ups to contortionism), complete with advice, images, and tips for each one. There are 30 ready-made video classes and users can even mix-and match to create their own tailored routines. Not a bad deal, just make sure not to pick a half-hour of headstands the first time out. Details: Cost: $2.99. Available for iOS. What apps do you use to be a better yogi? Let us know your favorites in the comments below or tweet Giuliana at @giuliana_h.