UPDATE: In light of changes to the Yoga Studio App, please be aware that the app is no longer a one-time purchase app and operates on a subscription model. Previous purchasers of the app have paid for the app and subsequently had their access revoked, subject to paying a monthly subscription.
We can no longer recommend the app on the basis that the fundamental basis of our original review has changed.
Ever thought about taking up yoga as a way of improving your flexibility and core strength, but can’t seem to get yourself to a class? There’s loads of free yoga apps on the market for smart phones so we’ve reviewed Yoga Studio to see if paying for a yoga app is really worth it.
Available on IOS, Windows and Android, Yoga Studio provides 65 ready made classes at three different levels – beginner, intermediate or advanced and different durations (15, 30 or 60 minutes). It also has focuses for each of the classes, strength, flexibility, relaxation, balance or combination.
I was first introduced to Yoga Studio by a couple of women at the Women’s Climbing Symposium who mentioned in the yoga class that they regularly use it. Having given up on a couple of free apps I’d tried and an inability to commit to going to a regular class I though I would give this app a try.
I really like the clean and easy to use nature of the app. There’s no clutter, and its easy to navigate through the different classes and details instructions for each pose.
I also like how the classes are structured in ability and duration so it was easy to find something which would fit for me.
How did I get on using it?
I’ve given up on other apps after two attempts using them, I’ve either struggled with the way they’ve been filmed or with the structure of the classes – not being able to find something that fits my beginner ability.
I’ve been using Yoga Studio for about 2 weeks and have managed to stick with doing short classes – either the sun salutations of 4 minutes, or 15 or 30 minute classes – at least 3 times a week, usually before bed.
The classes are well filmed and easy to follow, with clear instructions given on how to do the poses.
Being relatively new to yoga I’ve had to look at the detailed instructions for some of the poses to know I’m doing them correctly – have I got my hand in the right position, are my feet or just my toes meant to be on the ground.
I also don’t have a smart tv or tablet so watch it via my mobile phone. This just about works for me as I have a large screen phone, but it does make positioning my phone in the right place to be able to watch it while I’m moving a little tricky.
How much is it?
The app cost £2.99 and once you’ve downloaded it there’s no subscription for further use. I consider this a good price considering the yoga classes I’ve been to have been around £6 each week.
Will it replace going to a class?
It depends how you learn. When I have attended classes I’ve been the one who’s always had the teacher come to me and correct my posture, so there’s every chance I’m not doing the poses properly when I’m learning on my own. Being able to look on the list of poses and read clear descriptions definitely helps with this, though I’m sure my downward dog pose is still wrong! So its therefore important that if you’re doing some of the advanced classes you know what you’re doing as you could easily injure yourself by poor posture or over exerting.
There is a schedule function within the app which records on a calendar when you have completed classes, it can also link to your phone’s diary to schedule classes too.
It also has a function allowing you to create your own classes, but I’ve not tried this yet. The premade classes are pretty good.
Does it take a lot of space on my phone?
Yes. Each pre-made class needs to be downloaded as content within the app. I’ve downloaded 7 classes totalling 2 hours 8 minutes of classes – this has used up 361MB on my phone – the 4th most data of any of my apps. So make sure you have enough space before you pay it.