The 8 Best Yoga Apps to Buy in 2018

These options make on-the-go workouts a no brainer

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Yoga can be an excellent way to release tension and improve strength and flexibility, but taking classes at a local yoga studio may be time consuming, not to mention pricey. Yoga apps allow you to practice yoga at home, on the road, or even at work. Whether you use them as a substitute for in-person classes, or to supplement your studio routine, they can help you enhance your yoga practice, improve your skills, and boost your motivation. With customized programs, step-by-step expert instructions, and themed classes, yoga apps will get you excited to roll out that mat on your living room rug, back deck, or office floor.

As you might expect, the best apps usually come at a cost if you want to get all the cool features. But the top ones are still a good value, when you consider that the monthly subscription rates are usually less than the cost of one studio class. Most apps have a free option so you can get a feel for the app before fully committing. To help you narrow down the field of worthwhile ones to try, check out this round-up of the best yoga apps.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Yoga Studio by Gaiam

Yoga Studio (by Gaiam)

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Yoga Studio gets our top ranking for yoga apps, thanks to its high-quality content, ease of use, and excellent value. With numerous custom classes, yogis of all different levels will find plenty of ways to stay motivated and challenged. Classes focus on specific goals such as flexibility, balance, relaxation and strength, and also feature different themes such as yoga for back pain, prenatal yoga, and yoga for runners.

You can create your own custom flow using the app’s smart-link feature that allows you to add blocks of poses to classes. Also included in the subscription is the ability to schedule and track classes, access to a library of 280+ poses, and the option to choose music or create your own playlists from your music library. You’ll also get 15+ guided meditations and relaxation practices. Subscriptions are available by the week, month, and year, and are extremely reasonable for the quality and quantity. 

Best for All Fitness Levels: Down Dog

Down Dog

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Down Dog is an app that you can use as you progress in your yoga practice, as it has plenty of lessons and routines for all levels. Choose from various levels, like beginner and expert, plus different practice durations, from 10 minutes to 110 minutes.

Down Dog offers a non-intimidating entry into yoga, while still providing plenty of challenging classes for more advanced yogis. The app generates new sequences of moves and allows you to choose a pace and specific focus, so you never have the same class every time. Instructions are very clear and easy to understand, and almost feel like you have a real instructor leading you. The free version can give you a real feel for the app, but you’ll get better music and more options with the pro subscription.

Best for Community Support: Daily Yoga

Daily Yoga

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If you love studio yoga for the community support and motivation, Daily Yoga is an app for you to consider. You can engage and interact with its active global community of users, reaching out to share ideas, be inspired, and get advice. Daily Yoga even has weekly activities you can join with others to motivate each other. Included in the monthly pro subscription plan are more than 500 asanas, 200 guided classes of yoga, Pilates, and meditation, and 50 workout plans, with options for all levels, from beginners to advanced.

Daily Yoga also has numerous multi-week programs, such as Beginner to Master, Getting Toned, and Health Enhanced, which focus on various goals. New programs and videos are always being added. The free version has some annoying pop-up ads and access to fewer videos, but is worth trying to give the app a test drive. 

Best for Busy People: YogaGlo

YogaGlo

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With a huge team of quality, experienced instructors and a wide variety of classes, YogaGlo is a great choice for yogis who can rarely make it to a studio class. You can use the app’s search filters to find the exact type of class you need, whether it’s beginner or advanced, short or lengthy, or for a specific need, such as back pain.

The app has a ton of 10-, 15-, and 20-minute classes, so it’s easy to find one when you only have a short block of time for yoga. It’s very beginner-friendly, but also offers many challenging classes for when you want to take your yoga to the next level.

Best for Kids: Simply Yoga

Simply Yoga

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Simply Yoga is a great no-frills yoga app for adults or kids who want to learn some basic yoga poses or start a regular yoga practice. With a very simple and user-friendly interface, the free version offers three beginner level sequences that last 20, 40, or 60 minutes. The videos and voice-over instructions are very clear and easy to follow. Simply Yoga is a great option for parents who want to try yoga with their kids. If you get bored with the beginner plans, you could upgrade to the paid version for more advanced sequences and more customization. 

Best Budget: Yoga Workout

Yoga Workout

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Whether you have five or 50 minutes for yoga, Yoga Workout offers many lessons and workouts, all with very clear and expert instructions. The app also features numerous challenges, such as the 21-day Yoga Challenge and the Yoga for Beginners 30-Day Challenge, to keep you motivated. Whether you’re at work, traveling, home, or even in bed, this app makes it easy to do yoga in various situations. But what really sets this app apart from others with similar high-quality content is that it’s completely free to access everything. 

Best for Beginners: Pocket Yoga

Pocket Yoga

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If you shy away from the yoga studio because you’re self-conscious or feel like you can’t keep up with the class, Pocket Yoga is a great, beginner-friendly app to try. It’s perfect for those who want a yoga app that they can just download (at a very minimal cost) and not worry about being charged a monthly or yearly subscription fee.

The app features a library of almost 200 poses, all illustrated and explained in detail. You can search the library by pose type or level of difficulty, or browse an alphabetical list. If you prefer routines, there are five animated classes to choose from, all led with clear, gentle instructions. Another great app for kids, Pocket Yoga can be customized by changing the difficultly level or duration for each routine.

Best for the Office: 5 Minute Yoga

5 Minute Yoga

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Another fantastic yoga app for busy people, 5 Minute Yoga features short sessions made up of simple yet effective yoga poses. Each pose includes clear images and detailed instructions, so it’s ideal for a beginner yogi who wants to improve, but doesn’t have time for the studio.

The 5-minute sessions are perfect for a relaxation break at work, whether in your office, break room, or right in your cubicle. They’re also great to squeeze in during your busy morning routine or before you go to bed. This app offers a short free trial but after that you do have to pay for a subscription.

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