Wellness Apps of the Week: Simply Yoga & Yoga Studio

By: Shannon McHale ’15, CRS Weight/Fitness Supervisor

This Week’s Apps: Simply Yoga Free & Yoga Studio

icon_256App : Simply Yoga Free; Yoga Studio
Price: FREE; $2.99
For: Simply Yoga Free – Apple App Store, Google Play; Yoga Studio –Apple App Store
Wellness Dimensions: Physical, Spiritual, Emotional

Yoga apps are tricky, because different apps are going to be a better fit depending on your experience level and how much time you’re willing to invest in a yoga practice.

Most good yoga apps that we found also came at a small price. Some will let you preview the beginner lessons for free, but require payment for more advanced routines. Out of the free apps, we liked Simply Yoga FREE. It’s got 20, 40, and 60 minute routines, and you can choose between level 1 and level 2 poses. The routines are guided by audio instruction and poses are demonstrated by video – but if you want to progress further, you’ll have to pay $2.99 for the full version.

And, if you’re going to shell out the money, Yoga Studio offers way more for the same price – 30 full-length video classes that are customizable, a scheduling system to ensure that you don’t miss a class, and a massive collection of nearly 300 poses with easy-to-follow instruction on each one.

We like this way of thinking about the value of paying for the Yoga Studio app – especially the part about kittens.

Our Take
We really like the idea of doing yoga every day, however brief the session may be. We noticed that even the 20-minute videos helped us feel more physically and mentally relaxed, and found that it was a great way to start or end our day.

Having an easy “how-to” ready to go on your phone is really convenient – and, the portability means that you can take a little bit of yoga with you wherever you go.

If you’re someone who wants to get into yoga, but would prefer having a little experience before stepping into a packed studio, these apps are definitely worth the download. If you wind up really liking yoga, it might be worth signing up for some classes or getting an online YogaGlo account (also awesome!), but the apps are perfect for beginners and for people who are just plain busy.

Our bottom line: go with Simply Yoga FREE if you want a free app, but make the switch to Yoga Studio if you feel like spending three bucks.

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