Choose from five of the best yoga apps for healthier and happier business travel in 2018
According to a 2016 survey by Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal, 36 million people in the United States practice yoga – with one in three people trying yoga at least once.
And with the majority now likely living happier and healthier lives since beginning their practice and believing that ‘yoga is good for you’, it’s hardly surprising.
Over the years, this ancient method of stretching and breathing has been known to improve health and well-being (cardiovascular fitness, balance and flexibility).
Similarly, the lifestyle that comes hand in hand with practicing yoga is said to help to reduce stress and tension, improve concentration, sync the mind and body and promote healthy eating.
For the business traveler who wants to stay healthy, happy and relaxed as they move around and who likes to practice yoga regularly at home (or in the studio), the advent of fitness tech and in particular, the yoga app have been a godsend.
Today, business travelers are fortunate enough to be able to always bring their yoga practice and regimen with them when they venture abroad.
With the release of countless new fitness and workout apps each year, finding a trusted yoga app with the type of practice that they like to do on the go can however often prove difficult.
We’ve chosen five of the best yoga apps especially for the business traveler and have based our selection on user reviews, ratings and to provide a variety of ways for them to enjoy yoga on the go.
Down Dog (Free)
Down Dog is a yoga app which offers customized yoga routines and studio-like Vinyasa or Vinyasa Flow yoga classes wherever you are.
You can opt for a private or studio class, choose from five levels, specific class lengths and between full, short, quick flow and restorative yoga.
Each time you select a class, a new yoga routine is generated which means you’ll never get bored and always feel challenged.
If you want to add on extra elements such as to focus on the body core or the back, these are paid for add ons.
Gaia (Android, iOS – 3-Month, Monthly or Annual Plans)
As well as offering a yoga app and online, streamed classes, Gaia is a spiritual hub and community for yoga, personal growth and mindfulness enthusiasts.
The Gaia yoga channel provides several styles of streamed yoga practice taught by renowned instructors who will guide you through any of the six branches of yoga.
These include Hatha, Raja and Karma yoga sessions which are featured alongside content, workshops and videos covering philosophy to psychology – to name a few.
The online yoga classes offer a great variety of teachers and styles, level and duration and focuses on the body and mind connection rather than fitness.
Yoga Studio (Android, iOS – Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Subscriptions)
Yoga Studio is a yoga app which offers over 80 ready-made meditation and yoga classes in HD video and with teacher commentary.
Classes are of different time lengths (10 to 60 minutes), levels and contain different exercises.
Customization is also offered on music styles and classes which you can schedule at your leisure and instantly sync up with your calendar.
You can also make use of a library containing more than 280 yoga poses (includes detailed instructions and pose benefits) which you can add into your customized class and get the best routine for you.
Exclusive classes covering beginner to advanced levels with well-established yoga instructors are also available currently to iOS subscribers.
Pocket Yoga (Android, iOS: $2.99)
Pocket Yoga is a yoga app which offers you the unrivaled opportunity to do yoga at your leisure through learning the many different yoga poses alongside an animated instructor.
27 classes are offered alongside a pose directory of 200 different poses which helps to describe each pose alongside detailed written descriptions and their benefits.
You can specify class length and difficulty and chose an environment such as Mountain, Ocean and Desert, Sun Salutations A and B (the latter of which is based on the number of repetitions the user wants to do rather than class length.)
You can also log and track your progress as you improve your yoga practice.
5 Minute Yoga ( iOS – Free or Monthly or Annual Subscription for a premium level)
5 Minute Yoga is a yoga app which may suit you if you prefer to do quick and easy yoga sessions or who have little time during the day. 5 Minute Yoga may also suit beginners.
It’s also good for beginners since the poses shown are simple and are displayed with clear images and instruction.
A timer is on hand to make sure you hold the poses for the right duration.
Photography courtesy of Down Dog, Gaia, Yoga Studio, Pocket Yoga and 5 Minute Yoga