Yoga Studio – Rachel Stewart

Over the last decade, yoga has become one of the most popular health trends in this country and even throughout the world.  But is it more than just a trend?  Studies show the benefits yoga has on the mind, body, and spirit and articles like this discuss why it is so important for people to try it.  Unfortunately, for many people, it is not that simple.  Due to time constraints, lack of opportunity, inexperience, or just plain fear people still hesitate to give yoga a chance.

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To achieve some of the benefits I know yoga has to offer, while still accommodating all the other time constraints I have in my life, I decided to use the Yoga Studio app.  There are beginner, intermediate, and expert level classes with time intervals of 15, 30, and 60 minutes.  Users can choose classes to achieve flexibility, strength, relaxation, or balance.

There are so many aspects of this app that I loved.  First, it “technically” provides unlimited classes using a feature called video stitching.  This allows a user to compile as many clips of yoga poses to create their own personalized classes.  There are already 65 ready-made classes but using the 1,700 video stitches the possibilities are endless! Another feature I liked was the quality of the videos.  Every class is in high definition and can be downloaded to use offline.  This app is also good for beginners because it provides a library of 280 poses with information on modifications, variations, cautions, and benefits of each.

It wouldn’t be a fair review if I didn’t discuss some of the negatives of this app!  First, it is not free.  The app does actually cost $3.99 and although it is a one time fee, some people may not be willing to spend the money.  In addition, nothing can replace socialization of taking a live, face-to-face class at a local studio.  Group exercise provides so many benefits and having individuals around you who are supportive, with similar interests can do a lot for mental health.  Lastly, although the app does provide teacher commentary, it still does not replace having an instructor that can immediately correct and improper posing.

The app itself is great; it is easy to follow, well-organized, useful, convenient, and very beneficial to someone who wants to incorporate yoga into their daily life.  Like any at home exercise program, it will require self-motivation and effort which may be especially difficult for beginners.  I would rate it a 4.5 out of 5.

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