You’ve heard of yoga — the calming, grounding practice loved by the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow that includes meditation (opens in a new tab)breathing exercise (opens in a new tab)and movement to boost both body and mind.
While there are hundreds of different yoga poses, there are the benefits of yoga are countless: research has found it’s great for flexibility, strengthening your core and improving insomnia and sleep apnea (read our guide to yoga for sleephere).
That said, unless you live and breathe yoga, it can feel difficult to stay on track with your yoga practice sometimes. That’s where our guide to the best yoga apps comes in.
So why a yoga app? Yoga teacher and founder of Peachy with Zoe Zoe Warren reviews yoga apps and recommends them especially for anyone struggling to find time for IRL sessions. “Very few of us have hours of time for home workouts or can make it to a class every day,” she shares.
The beauty of using a phone app is that you can exercise anywhere, anytime, says meditation and yoga teacher Aysha Bell. With such a range of options available, and from so many different teachers, you’ll really be able to look into what kind yoga works best for you.
Remember that each app will have a specific strength, which we’ve highlighted below and as Eloise Skinner, yoga, breathwork and meditation instructor, explains. She uses a number of different apps – for example Mind for breathwork and Gaia for yoga flows.
Her favorites, and those of Warren and Bell, are listed below. Ready to get started? Keep scrolling for the best picks they can download now. Don’t miss our guides to the best yoga mats (opens in a new tab)menopause yoga (opens in a new tab)and the best yoga classes (opens in a new tab) in London, while you are here.
What’s the best way to use a yoga app?
There is no such thing as a “best” way, per se – Finding a way that is sustainable in relation to your lifestyle and that you really like is best for you.
Bell’s advice, on that front? “Set a routine,” urges Bell. Even short planned movement breaks in the morning or evening can be beneficial, she emphasizes
Warren agrees. “With our phones often glued to our sides, it’s so helpful to be able to squeeze in a twenty-minute wake-up stream before breakfast, a five-minute meditation while the bathroom is running, or maybe a ten-minute relaxing stretch after a busy day,” says she.
Remember though – what works for you won’t work for your best buddy. You may only have time to squeeze in one session a week. Every little bit helps.
Are there any downsides to using a yoga app?
No – movement is always good for body and mind.
That said, technology has revolutionized the way we exercise at home, so it’s worth being aware of the fact that you’re not actually in the room with a qualified professional,
“There’s nothing like having an adjustment in real life — I’d say that’s the only downside [to using a yoga app]Bell says.
Her advice on how to deal with this? “Always stay in tune with your breath,” she shares. “Use downward dog to return to a nice balanced expansive breath and find stillness between poses.”
Don’t feel like you can afford to download an app right now due to the cost of living crisis? There are hundreds of completely free yoga flows available on YouTube.
Best Yoga Apps: 11 Recommended by Yoga Teachers
Best yoga app for beginners
1. Gaia (opens in a new tab)
About the Yoga app: Gaia hosts a vast online resource of meditation, alternative healing and personal transformation content, including yoga classes. There’s a good deal on the app for beginners, thanks to the selection of sessions to suit those new to the practice, says Skinner. It’s also great for experienced yogis too, with classes including Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, breathwork and meditation.
Cost: Free seven-day trial, then £8.99/month subscription. Available on both apple (opens in a new tab) and Android units.
Best prenatal yoga app
About the Yoga app: “Great yoga anywhere” is the tagline of this popular app, which is loaded with options for all ages and abilities, including prenatal yoga. Skinner likes how the app offers a truly personalized experience by taking users through some basic questions about their yoga background and preferences before downloading.
Cost: Free, but some content is locked. For full access, a subscription costs £9.99/month. Available on both apple (opens in a new tab) and Android units.
Best Yoga with Adriene app
About the Yoga app: Yoga with Adriene hardly needs any introduction – Adriene’s channel has become an absolute phenomenon and her YouTube channel now has a whopping 11.4 million subscribers. Well, fans of Adriene and the YouTube offering have another area to tap into for bonus content. The Find What Feels Good app—another Skinners favorite—gives users exclusive content you won’t find on YouTube, plus guest teachers and topics that extend beyond a physical yoga practice (like meditation and lifestyle topics).
Cost: Free seven-day trial, then £9.99/month subscription. Available on both apple (opens in a new tab) and Android units.
Best fast yoga app
About the Yoga app: “A perfect option for anyone who feels like they don’t have time for yoga,” enthuses Skinner. “Each five-minute sequence is carefully designed to give you a balanced – but brief – experience of the practice.”
The app even includes a timer, so you’ll be sure to stick to those precious five minutes.
Cost: £2.99-£16.99 depending on choice. Available on both apple (opens in a new tab) and Android units.
Best fun yoga app
About the Yoga app: From London studio Move Your Frame comes Frame, the yoga app that hosts more than 200 on-demand and livestream classes (plus lets you book in studio classes if you’re in the area). Skinner loves their fun and energetic vibe, and says it’s a go-to for yoga classes with a more light-hearted, playful practice.
Cost: The app is free, but on-demand workouts cost from £6/month. Available on both apple (opens in a new tab) and Android units.
Best simple yoga app
About the Yoga app: A popular one yoga for beginners choice, Pocket Yoga is a well-known and loved app thanks to its simple and open flow. Both Skinner and Bell rate it, with Skinner adding that “the instructions are clear and simple, plus you can choose the difficulty level to tailor your experience even more.”
Cost: £2.99 one-off cost. Available on both apple (opens in a new tab) and Android units.
Best meditation yoga app
About the Yoga app: AWhile this isn’t strictly a yoga app in that it will offer vinyasa and Hatha flows, it’s great if you’re looking to improve your meditation, mindfulness or breathing skills. Skinner likes Insight Timer, thanks to its huge variety of meditation practices, with highly experienced teachers. She recommends it as an app for yoga students who want to supplement their practice: “Try adding to the end of a yoga session, or start your practice with a short meditation.”
Cost: There are 130.00 free guided meditations and the app is free. For Member Plus plans, there is a seven-day free trial followed by $59.99/year. Available on both apple (opens in a new tab) and Android units.
Best meditation app for beginners
8. Headspace (opens in a new tab)
About the Yoga app: Possibly the the most famous meditation app out there, but did you know it’s also very yoga-friendly? Skinner has this practical tip: “One type of meditation that yoga students may be particularly interested in is Shavasana – Traditionally the closing meditation of a dynamic yoga practice.”
“Headspace has a dedicated article to the practice that takes you to their recommended meditations,” she explains and advises you to check it out. Warren is also a fan of the app, calling it “a simple yet highly effective meditation app for beginners and beyond.”
Cost: Free seven-day trial, then a £9.99/month subscription or choose a free 14-day trial, then a £4.17/month subscription. Available on both apple (opens in a new tab) and Android units.
Best yoga and pilates app
9. Hello Moves (opens in a new tab)
About the Yoga app: For those who also love pilates and barre, this app is a great option as it also offers those exercises while maintaining a strong yoga offering. Skinner is a fan of the easy-to-use filtering system, which allows you to quickly maneuver through a wide variety of styles, instructors and class lengths to find the perfect match.
Cost: Free 14-day trial, then $20/month subscription. Available on both apple (opens in a new tab) and Android units.
Best free yoga app
About the Yoga app: Warren recommends checking out Fearne Cotton’s new app, complete with yoga meditation, breath work and more from her top line of experts.
Cost: Free. Available at apple (opens in a new tab) shop and via Spotify.
What is the best yoga app available?
Good question – as the three yogis have pointed out, all ten apps recommended in this article are great for different reasons.
Find out what kind of yoga you want to incorporate into your everyday life, choose the one above that suits you best, and – downward dog.
Which yoga app is best for beginners?
According to both Skinner and Warren, Gaia, Pocket Sport and Headspace are all good places to start if you’ve never tried yoga before.
Remember to be patient – it is one of the core principles of yoga. It comes with practice and time.