- Editor's Rating
- Ability to tailor class style
- Build your own class feature
- Detailed information on poses for beginners
- The price is $2.99, which may deter some from giving it a try
Quick TakeA great tool for anyone who likes yoga or wants to give it a shot, the app is well designed and easy to use, and offers a breadth of options so that the user will never get bored.
For anyone looking to banish winter weight before spring arrives, yoga is a great exercise of choice. With its focus on stretching, toning, strengthening, and de-stressing, practice can range from gentle to sweat inducing. However, yoga studios can be expensive and some of us would rather stay inside until the temps begin to rise. That’s where the app Yoga Studio for iOS comes in handy; it’s an expansive yoga app that features ready-made classes, individual poses, and even a build-your-own class feature.
The ready-made studio classes can be downloaded at the touch of a button and include classes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced yogis. Ranging in ability, duration, and focus, there is a class to suit anyone’s needs.
Build Your Own Class
The “My Classes” feature lets the user build his or her own yoga class by selecting from the long list of poses available. Once satisfied with the selected poses, by clicking a button, the app will automatically link up transition poses to create a flow.
Anyone who has practiced yoga knows that maintaining a flow is sometimes the most important way to keep injuries at bay and breathing in check. The “linking” poses can be moved, deleted, or shortened after the fact, really allowing beginners or seasoned yogis to design the perfect yoga routine.
Building a class might be daunting for a beginner, but Yoga Studio has an entire section dedicated to each specific pose as well as common flows, such as Sun Salutation I. In this section of the app, users can get detailed information regarding the benefits of a pose, modifications for beginners, advanced variations, and any relevant warning information.
Another offering from the Yoga Studio app is the “Pose Block” options, which are short bursts of yoga flows and common sun salutation series, all with different focuses. The calendar feature also lets users schedule practices and set reminders that will sync to the dedicated calendar app on their iOS device.
When following along with a class on an iOS device, the teacher’s voice is quiet and soothing, and with the options to turn music off and change what alerts are given, it has the ability to suit anyone’s preference. The settings let the user tailor each class to their specific needs as well, with options to have a teacher lead the class, just to hear pose names, or to only be notified by a simple “ding” to change poses. This can come in handy for anyone who finds a favorite class and has it down pat, and would rather listen to their own music during the class or in this writer’s case, watch TV.
Hands down, the best part of the style of each yoga class is that it is a continuous streaming video without any choppy transitions, letting the user see just exactly how to transition into another pose. All this while still giving the user the capability to swipe through a pose to get to the next one, without skipping a beat. Yoga Studio will also play in full screen using Airplay, letting users watch a class on their HDTV.
Yoga Studio is currently available for iOS at $2.99 USD in the App Store, however, when purchased for review, it was on sale for $.99 USD. A small price to pay for such a comprehensive app, especially when the average yoga studio can charge anywhere around $12 USD per class. If unsure about the style of classes offered in this app, users can try out a free 15-minute beginners lesson on the Yoga Studio website.