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Does it ever feel like you’re not able to practice enough yoga during your week? You’re not alone. No matter how often the studio offers classes and how hard you try to be on time, sometimes it just doesn’t work with your schedule.
So, what should you do if you still want to get your yoga practice in but you’re not able to get to a class? Use your smartphone or your computer. You can access yoga classes, yoga apps, and even guided meditations to practice at home — and keep your body happy. Learn more below.
While looking at your phone isn’t quite as zen as having someone guide you through a class, some zen is better than none at all. Thankfully, there are yoga apps out there for everyone, no matter what stage you’re in on your yoga journey.
Pocket Yoga is a great option for Apple users since it will connect with your Apple Watch and your Apple TV if you have one/both. There is an Android version, but it doesn’t have the same linking capabilities. This app is about $3 per month and shows you how to do at least 200 different poses. It will even let you know how long to stay in each pose and show you variations for your mood or difficulty level.
This app sometimes references the use of a yoga block or a yoga strap. Using yoga accessories makes it easier for beginners and those with flexibility or injury limitations to access certain poses. Yoga should never hurt, so please use them as necessary.
Let’s say you don’t have time to do a full hour-long yoga practice or even a full 20 minutes. Then you should check out the Five Minute Yoga app. It’ll take you through some guided and — you guessed it — five-minute routines that help you get zen on the go.
Want to access this app and not run your data out when you’re not on Wi-Fi? Make sure you have a phone plan that allows you to use a data hotspot without charging you an arm and a leg. Worried about whether your phone can handle these apps? Many newer phones have enough power under the hood to handle any apps currently available on the market. These phones offer fast performance, long battery life, and cinema-like display.
You’re not alone if you don’t automatically pair tech and yoga in your mind. But it’s 2021 and we’re evolving, which means we sometimes have to bring the yoga practice to us.
To do this make a little zen space for yourself and your yoga mat at home, even if it’s in the corner of your living room. Build some positive energy in your home by decluttering, cleaning, and letting in some natural light. Get a little essential oil diffuser and play some calming music—a pair of wireless headphones can deliver balanced and powerful sound. If you close your eyes, you’ll think you’re in a class!