International Yoga Day: 8 iOS apps perfect for yoga and wellness that you must try out today
Here are a bunch of yoga and wellness apps for you to focus and channel your inner peace better. Happy International Yoga Day!
If you are up and reading this story right now, on a Sunday morning, then you probably have just finished working out or yoga, or will be starting it soon. Whichever it might be, we have some iOS apps that can help you get your yoga asanas right, plan your sessions better and also help with wellness.
These apps can be downloaded on your iPhone and operated both through the phone, the iPad and the Apple Watch. Like most other fitness apps, you can sync them with your Apple Health app so as that your workouts count towards your daily goals and you can close those circles.
Before we get into this, Apple Watch users please note that you have a chance to unlock a cool new award today if you complete a yoga workout that's at least 20 mins long.
YogiFi is a personalised yoga gadget and app that delivers personalised yoga programs, instant therapy sessions. It also tracks the progress of every individual’s journey from physical fitness to inner happiness. YogiFi's patented technology automatically tracks yoga postures, provides real-time correctional feedback, tracks body vitals and seamlessly works with third-party wearables and smart assistants.
If you buy YogiFi Mat, the app will turn into a virtual yoga instructor that provides guidance and real-time feedback on each asana. The app can track your progress over a period of time in terms of flexibility, strength and overall wellness. This app integrates with the iOS Health app (HealthKit) data to read and track the heart rate to show users after performing the session.
Apple Watch integration with YogaFi takes heart rate data from Health Kit to measure effectiveness of each session and you can also get haptic feedback to guide your postures and breathing pattern.
Prayoga is an iOS exclusive app that uses Body tracking technology along with machine learning to understand how you are performing a pose and gives you realtime feedback so as you can get to the perfect pose.
Once you select an asana, you get to view the instructor performing the asana in a traditional 2D video format. Every asana is also available as a 3D model that has animations and can be placed in the living room and walked around to understand the pose better than watching a 2D video.
The app comes with CoreML based evaluations and Machine Learning to aid the body tracking-based evaluation. There is also support for iPad and the watchOS. Prayoga uses AR Body tracking to understand several joints in your body to tell you exactly where you are going wrong and helps you correct it immediately. Once the pose is finished you are evaluated and given a score to keep a track of that asana.
Body tracking for Prayoga is available on iPhones with A12 Chip and above (iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max).
Asana Rebel: Get in Shape
Asana Rebel is a yoga and fitness app for anyone who wants to get fit, lose weight and/or start a healthy lifestyle. The app helps you lose weight, burn calories, get fit and lean, strengthen your core, increase flexibility to boost your performance and balance the body and mind.
Asana Rebel is available in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Pocket Yoga lets you keep up with your practice at your own pace in the comforts of your own home. Simply roll out your mat, place your device in front, and Pocket Yoga will guide you through your entire session.
You can choose between 27 different sessions of varying duration and difficulty. You learn the poses with the pose dictionary containing detailed explanations of the correct posture, alignment, and benefits.
Pocket Yoga also works on your Apple Watch.
Yoga Wave: workouts and poses
Yoga Wave has short workouts designed by yoga experts will make your body strong and flexible keeping your body type and requirements in mind.
The Breathe app is a native app on Apple Watch that guides you through a series of deep breaths, and it will remind you to take time to breathe every day. You can choose how long you want to breathe, then let the animation and gentle taps help you focus.
How to use the Breathe app:
- Press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen, then open the Breathe app.
- Turn the Digital Crown to set the session's length. Tap Start when you're ready.
- Remember to stay still while you breathe. Inhale as the animation grows, then exhale as it shrinks. Or inhale when your watch taps your wrist, then exhale when it stops.
- Breathe until the session ends and your watch taps you twice and chimes. When you're done, you can see your heart rate.
When you use the Breathe app, your watch mutes some notifications, so you can focus. If you answer a call or move too much during a session, the session ends automatically, and you won’t get credit. You can track your sessions with the Health app under ‘Mindfullness’.
Mindvalley: Personal Growth
Mindvalley is your daily coach app for evolved education. You can use the app to learn about mindfulness and how to set goals for your mind, body and health, to improve your motivation and productivity.
The app has sessions and exercises in both audio and video format from well known authors, coaches and experts.
Aura: Meditation & Sleep
Aura is an AI-driven app for anyone interested in reducing stress and anxiety. Aura provides short personalised mindfulness meditations, life coaching, stories and music whenever you want to feel relaxed and happy.
You can sit through guided meditation sessions depending on how you feel, or just enjoy sounds of nature.
Irrespective of which app you try out, take some time to focus on yourself and breathe.