You Don’t Have to Bend Your Wallet to Bend Your Body

Cost-Effective Yoga Practice Applications

My first experience with yoga was listening to my brother talk about how beneficial it was for him, as a professional athlete and someone who is not at all flexible. When I was reintroduced during my training as a mindfulness therapist I was astounded by the personal benefits of meditation. I figured joining physical body movements with mindfulness practice would be a double “bang for my buck.” I LOVED IT! From the very beginning, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t been practicing all along!

I think the way yoga, especially in America, is portrayed in media kept me away from even trying it. When you see yoga on social media, or even in a studio, you see people in perfectly curated outfits, stretching far beyond what you think is physically possible for you. Most of them are white women who can afford to pay $25 or more per session, several times per week. It seems completely unattainable and it really turned me off from even wanting to try it – “This exercise just isn’t made for me.”

I felt it was important to make a post like this because I’ve found that yoga is for EVERYONE! You don’t have to be flexible, you don’t have to be rich, and you DEFINITELY don’t have to be a white woman in order to experience the benefits of the practice. Yoga is not about the “fad” it has become. It is about the balance you find within your body and within the present moment that can push you far beyond where you thought you could go. It can lift you and heal you, both mentally and physically, if you truly give into the practice. The health benefits of just learning how to breath as well as decreasing stress and realigning yourself, not just your physical being, with your goals is a priceless gift everyone deserves.

Below there are five yoga applications that work on both Apple and Android devices that allow everyday people to engage in consistent yoga practice. As a poor graduate student, I can’t afford to buy new yoga clothes for every class or even afford the class for that matter, but I can pay $25 a month to have access to Glo.com, which has allowed me to continue the practices I love! I have received no money from any of the below applications, these are simply suggestions on where to get started if you either want to try yoga or want to continue practicing on a budget!

(Yoga) Glo

  • Over 3,000 classes
  • Has various levels, to account for beginner, intermediate, and well-practiced yogis
    • Has accountability checks based on personally identified goals
  • Has a variety of videos and audio for anything from sleep to grief, or focusing on your back to getting a cardio workout
    • Also includes meditation
  • For $18 a month you get unlimited access to all the site has to offer, compared to paying $25 or more per session at a studio

Yoga Studio

  • Over 130 classes
  • Ranges from stretching to combination classes (e.g., stretching, yoga, relaxation, etc.)
  • Has beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Has meditation, yoga for back pain, yoga for runners, salutations, and essentials classes
  • Is a free app on Apple and Android devices, with unlimited access to classes

Daily Yoga

  • Over 100 classes
  • Has a variety of levels and keeps track of your personal progress as you complete classes
  • Creates the opportunity to form a community of yogis to help in your quest for peace
  • Classes focus on mastering yoga poses, foundation, and mental/physical health
    • Also includes meditation
  • Is a free app on Apple and Android devices, with unlimited access to classes

Down Dog

  • Over 30,000 configurations (which is different from classes)
  • It can be personalized to your favorite voice, desired level, time limit, etc.
  • Focuses on 12 different areas of practice
  • Is a free app on Apple and Android devices, with unlimited access to classes

Find What Feels Good

  • Over 600 classes with yoga instructor Adriene and select guest instructors
  • Has various levels to account for beginner, intermediate, and well-practiced yogis
    • Has accountability checks based on personally identified goals
  • Has access to vlogs, video series, live classes, and yoga events/workshops
    • Also includes meditation
  • For $9.99 a month you get unlimited access to all the site has to offer, compared to paying $25 or more per session at a studio

The best thing about these apps is that you don’t have to be a yoga expert to own or use them. You don’t have to be a millionaire to practice yoga and you can choose your pace, level of comfort, time limit, style of practice, etc.! Yoga is for everyone, even if it’s not typically described or marketed that way!

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