The 4 Best Free Yoga Apps

The 4 best free yoga apps

If you’ve ever looked into joining the world of yoga, you will have experienced the shock that comes with the accompanying price tag. With most classes priced at around £10 per hour, it’s easy to see why many of us don’t hop on the mat as regularly as we’d like to. That coupled with the time it takes to get to and from a class, we’ve given up several times. Those excuses are now null and void however, as the beauty of technology means that if you have a smartphone then you can once again be part of the yoga club. Not only can you join the club, but you can do so for free!

5 Minute Yoga 

If you’re looking for a quick, easy to follow introduction to yoga then this has your name written all over it. There are no videos to follow, just simple graphics and written instructions to read over and when you’re ready, simply hit the timer and a 60 second countdown will start. There’s plenty of time to practise between each move and the routine changes daily to help build up your repertoire of poses. Each session will take you through five basic yoga postures – such as cobra, dolphin and mountain pose – each designed to be held for one minute at a time. This gives you a quick five-minute dip into yoga territory without spending too much time learning complicated poses. Upgrade for a full month for £1.49 to gain access to over 70 different workouts, results tracker and reminders to help make your sessions more consistent. Perfect for newbies or those who are extremely short on time.

Simply Yoga

Although this app isn’t the most visually appealing of the bunch, the clear videos and detailed voice overs give a ‘tutorial’ feel, ideal for complete beginners. The focus is definitely on form and learning to grasp the basics here. There isn’t much time for holding poses however they are normally repeated a few times giving you plenty of chances to practise your technique and find your groove. The only downside is that there is only one routine available on the free version of the app and the choice of a 20, 40 or 60-minute session. Nevertheless, if you’re just trying to improve your ability and aim practise once or twice a week this will probably suit you just fine.

Fit Star Yoga

The best talking point on Fit Star Yoga is the well thought out introductory session for complete beginners which also goes through the app features. There are loads of extra tips on screen reminding you to breath correctly and the voice over is extremely detailed and helpful even for more experienced users. You can rate each pose as ‘too easy’, ‘too hard’ or ‘just right’ to ensure your abilities are met with every use, and the focus is always on doing what you are capable of to get the most out of your session. If you’re not interested in the £29.99 yearly membership fee, then sign up for the basic package which still offers a good amount of free content to keep you progressing every day. Choose from a variety of targeted sessions such as ‘Happy Hips’, ‘Hold Strong’ and ‘Warrior Way’. Great if you’re looking for a variety of workouts to suit every need from strengthening to stretching.

Down Dog

This seems to be the most polished app on the market, with well shot photographs and relaxing music combining to create an inviting intro to the world of yoga. Start by choosing your level (beginner or intermediate) and then set your pace, choose your music and how long you want to work out for. You can choose any length of time from 15 to 80 minutes making this a great tool for novices as well as pro users. If you’re a complete beginner be sure to check out the link to their YouTube channel which goes through each pose in more detail. Unlock more sequences with a monthly membership of £2.29, but if you’re unsure just take the 7-day free trial before you commit.

Fiona Reid

Fiona Thomas is a lifestyle blogger based in Birmingham. She graduated with a degree in Commercial Music where she snuck into several journalism classes and realised her real passion was writing. She had a successful career in management for several years before returning to her calling and started developing Fiona Likes to Blog, whilst working freelance for other websites. She is a keen advocate of positive body image, mental health awareness, fitness and wellbeing.

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