10 best yoga apps to to help you relax when you feel stressed
Bethan Rose Jenkins rounds up the best yoga apps for you to use to help you stay relaxed wherever you are.
For many of us, yoga is a way to tune out and wind down after long work hours, busy days or stressful commutes. Two billion of us across the world now apparently practice yoga.
According to leading guru, Jaggi Vasudev this is simply, "because it works".
Going by the Mental Health Foundation's findings, a lot of us may need it. Its YouGov survey found that 74% of people were so stressed last year they felt they couldn't cope.
Yoga can help calm and focus your attention and there's now an abundance of apps which allow you to practice anywhere.
We've put together a list of the best ones to suit every yogi personality.
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10 great yoga apps to help you stay calm
Yoga Studio: Mind & Body
This app is great for yoga newbies. Tutorials are pared back and clear so it's easy to see what position you should be aiming for.
The basic Yoga Studio is £1.79 on Google Play and iTunes.
5 Minute Yoga
5 Minute Yoga is perfect if you have a hectic schedule and find it hard to fit in a longer yoga session.
The animated instructor demonstrates different positions and gives you on-screen instructions. Costs are £0.99 to £9.99 on both Google Play and iTunes.
Universal Breathing: Pranayama
Animated simulations help you develop breathing techniques based on yoga principles.
Universal Breathing is great for a meditative destress and tracks your progress.
It's £3.19 on Google Play but free on iTunes.
Personalise your practice with Down Dog by choosing your poses, duration and yoga guide.
Even the music is designed to match your breathing. Purchase options start at £2.47 on Google Play and iTunes.
Find What Feels Good
Hugely popular instructor Adriene, from Yoga with Adriene, now has all her content in an app. Find What Feels Good is great for fans but you need to subscribe for full access.
Costs are from £9.49 a month to £95.99 a year on Google Play or iTunes.
The Daily Yoga app has around 100 yoga and meditation lessons as well as a community section, where you can exchange tips with other yogis.
There's a range of one-off, monthly and yearly membership options from £9.49 to £62.99 on Google Play and iTunes.
If you unwind through exercise, this app is for you. Asana Rebel offers dynamic work-out routines which are cleverly categorised according to their fitness benefit, rather than by poses or style.
This app does require a subscription, from £7.99-£99.99 on Google Play and iTunes.
Simply Yoga - Fitness Trainer
This is the app for you if you like the personal feel of a real instructor and find too much choice confusing.
Simply Yoga has a more straight forward layout and you can choose between 20, 40 and 60 minute practices.
Download for free on Google Play and iTunes.
Kids Yogaverse: I am sun, I am moon
Yoga has benefits for children as well as adults. The poses on this app are tailored for little ones and are demonstrated by kids.
The practice is also led through story-telling with the characters of Ha, a sun warrior and Tha, a moon princess.
Kid's Yogaverse is suitable for children aged four or older and costs £4.99 on iTunes.
Pocket Yoga is a good all-rounder app. The pose dictionary lets you quickly look up a specific position with illustrations, descriptions and even a Sanskrit translation.
You can get the app for £2.51 on Google Play or £2.99 on iTunes.
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