Five yoga apps if you're short on time or money

10 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Monday, June 05 2017 Jun 5, 2017 Monday, June 05, 2017 1:24:00 PM CDT June 05, 2017 in News
By: Amanda Barnes, KOMU8 Wellness Coach
loading

COLUMBIA - We love yoga! (And if you’re not a yogi yet, I encourage you to give it a try.) There are so many wonderful benefits to practicing yoga. The American Osteopathic Association states that practicing yoga provides the following benefits:

* Increased flexibility

* Increased muscle strength and tone

* Improved respiration, energy and vitality

* Maintaining a balanced metabolism

* Weight reduction

* Cardio and circulatory health

* Improved athletic performance

* Protection from injury

* Mental clarity and calmness

* Increased body awareness

* Relief from chronic stress patterns

Unfortunately, there can be some drawbacks to taking yoga classes. Whether it be limited schedule, limited funds, or that yoga is just unavailable in your area. This week we’re going to discuss some apps that can help you jump this yoga hurdle.

Yoga Studio: For $4, you can experience 65 ready-made yoga classes (varying in length and level of difficult). This app is available for all types of devices. Check it out!

FitStar Yoga: If you have an Apple product, you can experience this iOS app. There are both free classes and paid classes. This is brought to you by the FitBit people – they kinda know what they are doing. 

Pocket Yoga: This app costs about $3 and is available for both Android and iOS. The description from their website says: “choose between different practices, different durations and different difficulty levels. Whatever your skill level and time availability there’s something for you. Pocket Yoga adjusts to your needs.” And it really does appear to! 

Universal Breathing — Pranayama: This is a free app for both Android and iOS devices. If you’ve never learned how to perform mindful breathing (a breathing technique used in yoga practice), this would be a great tutorial. You can change the exercise depending on your breathing level and preferred length of time. 

Kids Yogaverse: If you have kiddos, this might be something you want to check out. For $4, you can introduce your kids to the benefits of yoga in a format designed specifically for them. Kids Yogaverse: I AM LOVE is “Highly recommended” by the US Surgeon General as a healthy app choice. This award-winning app was the very FIRST iPad application developed to teach yoga to kids around the world. 

So now you have NO excuse! You can take your yoga class with you! However, I want to give you a slight “warning”… if you have never taken a yoga class before and are brand new to the practice, I HIGHLY recommend that you take a few classes with a live instructor before using an app or an at-home DVD or online class. It is very convenient, of course, to do your classes at home ... but the little person on the video or in your phone cannot tell you if you are performing a pose incorrectly. Having a live instructor make corrections to your form is incredibly helpful. Taking a few classes to learn the basic postures can help to keep you uninjured.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R- Harrisonville announced the winner of her annual congressional art competition Saturday afternoon. ... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:29:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Community members took laps around the MizzouRec Saturday to raise money for Relay For Life of Mizzou’s main event,... More >>
3 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 3:14:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - For the past five years, Osage Heritage Elementary has hosted a Color Run to raise funds for... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 1:29:00 PM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
CLAYTON (AP) — A former St. Louis-area teacher will be on five years of probation for having sex with a... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:43:59 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
UNIVERSITY CITY (AP) — A former St. Louis-area day care teaching assistant has been found guilty of molesting a 5-year-old... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 8:40:09 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY -- Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of E. Ashley St. at 11:08 p.m.... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 6:27:00 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri legislators approved numerous changes Thursday to local elections, including allowing voters to request absentee ballots... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 5:27:13 AM CDT April 21, 2018 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Casey Shoemate, a 26-year-old Miller County sheriff's deputy, died Friday night after colliding head-on with another vehicle... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Retailer Sears will close its Columbia Mall store this summer because the location has become unprofitable. Sears Director... More >>
21 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 8:46:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- A local non-profit organization, Columbia Access Television, hosted a 24-hour film contest that started Friday at 5:30 pm. ... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - Community members are coming together to help a family who lost their children in a fire get... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – As more and more fraternities face misconduct charges across the nation, the Greek community of MU is looking... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 6:13:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens is remaining defiant in the face of a new felony charge. On... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 5:45:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children filled school gymnasiums across Columbia for the second day of the Unbound Book Festival. The festival showcases... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:42:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - April 20 marks the day of the Columbine school shooting, which claimed 13 lives. The Columbia Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A potential fire station project on an annexed lot in southwest Columbia could lead to quicker response times... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:21:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - After the deadly fire in Lake Ozark, officials from the Division of Fire Safety are working to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For 13 years, Rhonda Harper has been at the helm of Lincoln University's "Marching Musical Storm." ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 2:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
7pm 62°
8pm 60°
9pm 58°
10pm 57°