Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Daily Yoga App Review

Woohoo it's the last Wednesday of my work trip which means I only have TWO more days until I head back to the US! It's a good thing too, because I'm pretty sure if I was in Asia I would weigh about 10000 pounds. There's just so much rice, noodles, fried things, and adorable baked goods shaped like pandas. I mean, come on, how can you resist (eating) that face?



Since this hotel surprisingly doesn't' have a giant breakfast buffet spread, I found some healthy in-room breakfast options at the grocery store. Plain oatmeal, yogurt, fruit and nuts is a lot closer to my normal breakfast and will hopefully start the (painful) travel food detox process.



While I haven't been doing so well on the healthy travel eating train (surprise, surprise), I HAVE been really good about fitting in fitness and am on track to meet my October Goal of at least 4 workouts a week. Woot!

If you've been reading for awhile, you probably know that I travel A LOT. I have a bunch fo go-to travel workouts (see here and here), but I'm always looking for more tools for my fit travel arsenal. And I'm happy to report I found a new one on this trip: the Daily Yoga App.



I joined a yoga studio to get all zen and California after my move, and before this trip had been going 3-4 times a week. I'm still pretty terrible at it, though, and terrified of how much worse I'd get if I didn't practice at all for 3 weeks. I tried a couple YouTube videos, but it was hard to find what I was looking for and loading videos with unreliable hotel internet connections. So I went looking for a (free, natch) app and found Daily Yoga.

How it Works

Downloading the free version of Daily Yoga to your Android or Apple device gives you access to 15 yoga sessions from 10-30 minutes long, plus the yoga pose library which is really helpful for breaking down all the different moves. There's also a subscription-based Pro option which gives you access to more programs and options. 



After downloading the app, you can choose and download your individual sessions for free. Each session has a video for you to follow along with, as well as voice instruction and instrumental music. Daily also tracks your sessions, and includes a few yoga programs with workout calendars to help you acheive goals like increased flexibility or weight loss.  



Pros

Customizability: Most sessions give you a choice between several different lengths and you can also swap out any poses for similar choices from the library to create your own flow.

Instruction: It's definitely not the same as being in the studio, but I like the verbal instruction and having the yoga pose library for reference is really helpful for beginners.

Value: You really do get a lot for a free app, and the ads aren't too intrusive.

Cons 

Options: With 15 free routines, you will run out of new content quickly. That's not really a problem for me since I'm only using this on the road, but you'd probably get tired of the app if you used it every day and there aren't a lot of options to get more advanced.

Bottom Line:

I line this app and it's a solid option for beginning yogis who need to keep up their practice on the road.

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25 comments:

  1. Nice app! I've been using Yogadownload online, but once my subscription runs out, I'm probably going to look for a free option, like that app! Hope you're not too sad to be coming back to the US! #wowlinkup

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    1. Oh I haven't tried yogadownload. I'll have to try it out! Don't worry I'm really happy to be back :)

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  2. Fun! I had no idea there was a yoga app. Glad to hear you are on track to meet your October goals. Safe travels back to the US!

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    1. I know, there's an app for everything! Thanks Jenny! Super happy to be back :)

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  3. Cool yoga app for traveling. I found the breakfasts hard when I was in Singapore last year. Safe travels

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    1. Oh man yea breakfasts are so hard. Those darn buffets!

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  4. Ooh I haven't heard much about yoga apps. Have a safe triP!!

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  5. That panda is so cute! The app sounds pretty good. I'm going to be traveling for a bit at the beginning of next year and this could be a good option for me. Can you download the routines and then use them later without an internet connection?

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  6. I think I'm going to download this app and use it in class tonight. Thanks for the review. #wowlinkup

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  7. I tried using yoga apps, including this one and I cannot get into them mostly because I get distracted by trying to look at the phone, and did I miss something? I find yoga apps more appropriate for people who have done yoga before and not newbies. I personally need the instructor to correct form, etc.

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    1. I find it easy enough to follow the voice instructions and take the occasional look at the phone, especially since you can look through the poses before hand to see what they are. Nothing beats class for sure though!

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  8. If I traveled as much as you and to all those wonderful places I would surely gain a bunch of weight. It's so hard to keep up while traveling AND you are working! Great job at meeting your October goal though!

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    1. Thanks Michele! I wouldn't say I didn't gain anything, but I did try to mitigate it lol :)

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  9. Enjoy the food now cause it's back to your routine when you come back home. That app looks cool I will suggest to my husband since he started hot yoga. #wowlinkup

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  10. I like apps like that. I don't use it all the time, but it works well when I want to use it. The run I use is Yoga for Runners.

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    1. Ooh haven't tried that one yet. Will have to check it out thanks!

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  11. I have been really thinking I need some yoga in my life but I know myself and am pretty confident I am never going to start attending yoga. This app would be amazing for me to get an idea as to whether I might join a studio in the future.

    I am surprised there aren't more veggie and fish options for you to choose from. I know rice and noodles are staples but I thought there would be more veggies/fish.

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    1. Love the app for when I'm on the road but nothing beats class! Yea Filipino cuisine especially does not feature a lot of veggies. That's what I miss the most since eating raw unpeeled produce is not a good idea :(

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  12. Doing yoga in Asia, now that would be amazing! Very zen and I bet the classes there are unbelievable. The app looks great. They're so convenient when traveling. Hope your trip home goes well!
    ~Bre

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    1. Thanks Bre! Yea would love to try a class while traveling. So hard to fit it in, I've only managed it once in China.

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  13. Looks like a neat app. I don't have that type of phone to be able to use it but if I did I think I would try it. For yoga I like to stick to my Shiva Rea dvd's - they are older but all really good. Thanks for hosting the weekly link up again for WOW.

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    1. DVDs are always a solid choice too. Thanks for joining :)

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