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Yoga is an evolving ancient art of breathing and stretching which has now married the wonders of modern technology. There is a wealth of yoga apps available for Android and iOS devices that provide visual and audio guides to a variety of poses, breathing and meditation techniques. These apps will turn out to be useful from everyday stretching, exercise, to just stretching in a desk chair or on a plane.
Just for a moment, think of yoga in terms of digital development: we are lying out a foundation where we put together code (poses), intercalated with elements (breath) , we customize it and tweak it to achieve richer effects and create a functioning program that runs smoothly (our mind-body ensemble).
Here are five apps for you that you can take anywhere with you into your new yoga tech world.
If you got uber excited about watching Star Wars The Force Awakens last year, then this is for you. Futuristic, slick and easy to navigate, with high-definition videos, Cody App delivers some of the trending yoga instructor’s classes.
Think of these yoga instructors as droids, space travelers and alien creatures teaching you the new avant guard moves to stay technological and fit. What makes Cody app special is that every bundle very specific to a certain type of practice or pose.
Want to prove yourself in handstand? Check out Kino Mc Gregor’s Journey to Handstand!
Need a soothing restorative? Sign up for Carling Harp’s Restore and Rejuvenate!
Want a killer core? Patrick Beach is where it’s at with Next Level Core!
2. Yoga Glo
Start-up got you tied up in tense knots? Yoga Glo is your go-to, high quality yoga counselor who lives in your pocket. Search the classes from your computer, and download them on your app so they are available offline on your phone. While you search though the convenient filter that caters to all levels, you might select a 10 minute class focused solely on preventing a cold.
Or a twenty minute back-bending sequence aimed specifically opening your shoulders.
And don’t forget: chair yoga all the way! Simple, effective movements can be done from your desk to break from computing and problem solving. Even the most modern office chair won’t do to your spine what a long-held twist can.
So maybe the yoga poses aren’t your cup of tea because you already rock climb or snowboard? No problem! There is so much information that can be found on Yoga Glo, ranging from breathing exercises to calm the mind to Rod Stryker for mind-blowing philosophy.
3. Chakra Balance System
While most techies are comfortable talking about a wide range of topics from pop culture to hard science, many software and hardware developers think in code, and it shows. If the thought of small talk scares you, let alone speaking of your feelings, the chakra app is for you.
Chakras are energy vortices that exist within the physical body, and will affect you also emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Nothing like learning about energy flows to get out of coding and start feeling.
4. 3D Yoga Anatomy
For the brainy type. Check out on what’s on the inside of your body…conveniently from your smart phone. Geek out on each little muscle, tendon, ligament, and how it connects.
Marvel at how ingeniously our bodies work to get us in deep yoga poses.
If you’re keen on alignment, this app is excellent for learning proper foundations to move injury-free.
Technology changes quickly, so find something steady in your life. While America is becoming the “tech nation”, there’s a growing need to slow the pace and reflect. Headspace provides meditation techniques for mindfulness and stress relief.
Headspace is meditation made simple, and it includes lessons that range from 2 to 60 minutes long. (start with two minutes, trust me!).
Among some of the benefits of mediation are better self- awareness and mind-body connection.
Plus, you won’t resist this app when I tell you that the benefits of meditation are scientifically proven! Research demonstrates that regular meditation causes areas associated with learning to grow, and the part generating stress responses to shrink.