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The Best Yoga Practice Apps for Your Buck 2021

Health & Fitness

We tested popular yoga apps to help you get the best daily sun salutations for your dollar. Here are our top picks to help you take your practice to the next level.

Lou Barrett Writer
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The Best Yoga Practice Apps for Your Buck 2021

Introduction

Tired of scouring YouTube for free yoga videos and looking for something more? We tested 10 different yoga apps to help you decide which paid app will be the best for your practice and budget needs. We ultimately decided Down Dog is the superior choice for your money with high-quality programs for only $9.99 a month (or less!) Here's how we came to this conclusion:

Our Pick

Perfect for new and seasoned yogis

  • A new workout every time!

    4.9 Ratings 434K+ Reviews 5M+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Down Dog was our favorite from the start. It's not hard to see why this one averages the highest in ratings out of every app we tried.

Why we chose Down Dog:

  • $59.99/year or $9.99/month. The monthly fee was one of the least expensive of all the apps.
  • Can't swing the $9.99? You can send them a message explaining your situation and they'll work with your budget! They give away 1,000s of free memberships every year.
  • This app provides amazing customization and choice to personalize your experience.
  • The app has a sleek and user-friendly interface.
  • Yoga is the main focus of this app, making it more specialized.

Between the robust customization options (seriously, you can even squeeze in a practice under 10 minutes if you want,) and the amazing price, this one is a clear winner.

Read Down Dog's Full Review
Runner Up

Cost-effective and beautiful

  • Asana Rebel is the only Yoga Inspired Fitness app to feel sexy and healthy.

    4.5 Ratings 81K+ Reviews 5M+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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This app was a close second to Down Dog. The yearly subscription fee is more than $20 dollars less than Down Dog, which is a great deal if you're in for the long haul.

Why we chose Asana Rebel:

  • $35.99/year or 15.99/month. This app had one of the least expensive yearly subscriptions.
  • The app does not offer a free trial, but does have some free workouts to try in order to test the app.
  • Asana Rebel is more that just yoga! There's also tips and recipes to help you maintain your nutrition goals.
  • Personalize your experience by choosing your level of yoga experience.

It's also worth mentioning the videos for Asana Rebel are shot in beautiful locations, which could be enough of a reason alone to use this app. You'll feel like you're on vacation.

Read Asana Rebel's Full Review
Also Groovy

A spiritual experience

Gaia is much more than a yoga app, but unlike the fitness extras of Asana Rebel, Gaia focuses more on the internal side. This app aims to serve as a guide to your conscious life through films, shows, practices, and documentaries.

Why we chose Gaia TV:

  • $99/year or $11.99/month. While the yearly fee is more expensive than many of the apps, but the monthly is very reasonable considering all the content you can access.
  • Offers meditations and documentaries as well as yoga exercises to provide a well-rounded experience.
  • Focuses on multiple ages and body types. This is an app for everyone.
  • The app has a spiritual focus rather than a fitness focus, which is great for those in need of some mindfulness.

The fact that you can essentially get meditation and yoga all in one here is a major draw for this one. Plus, there's a free trial, so you can't go wrong giving it a try.

Read Gaia TV's Full Review
Also Groovy

A thriving community

This app offers a lot of different exercises to choose from and is not solely a yoga app, but the yoga practices are some of the best we tried.

Why we chose Aaptiv:

  • $99.99 a year or $14.99 a month grants you access to over 4,000 workout plans and videos that are sure to shape you up.
  • Connect easily to Apple Health so you can keep all of your progress in one place.
  • There is a community page so you can post about your progress and get your daily dose of motivation.
  • There are programs as well as individual exercises to help you with your goals.

The fact that users can share their progress and connect with an online community is one of the best features here. It makes you feel part of something larger, especially during years like this one.

Read Aaptiv's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    With Down Dog you get a brand new yoga practice every time you come to your mat. Unlike following pre-recorded videos, Down Dog won’t make you do the same workout over and over again. With over 60,000 different configurations, Down Dog gives you the power to build a yoga practice you love!

    BEGINNER FRIENDLY
    Start in the comfort of your own home at our Beginner 1 Level, and begin your journey in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative.

    MULTIPLE PRACTICE TYPES
    Explore Vinyasa, Hatha, Gentle, Restorative, Yin, Ashtanga, Chair, and Sun Salutation practices.

    RELIEVE YOUR BACK PAIN
    All our practices work to strengthen and stretch your back - if you want more, you can use the Boost feature to specifically target Backbends, Back Strength, or Low Back Opening.

    CHOOSE VOICES
    Choose from 6 different yoga teachers to be guided by a voice you love.

    DYNAMIC CHANGING MUSIC
    Music that rises and falls with your breathing.

    SYNC BETWEEN DEVICES
    Automatically syncs across all your devices.

    BOOST FEATURE
    Focus on 20 different practice areas to really sharpen a particular area, or to vary up your routine by rotating through them all.

    MULTIPLE LANGUAGES
    In addition to our 6 English speaking voices, all yoga practices are available in 9 other languages!

    “I LOVE your app. I am a physician and I recommend it to my patients all the time, for those suffering from anxiety and panic disorder to those with low back pain. I can’t thank you enough for bringing yoga back into my life- making it so accessible, approachable, and convenient.” -James

    “Love it, as always. You guys have changed my life. I’m not a T-Rex anymore and I can move without back pain. Thank you :)” -Sharon

    “Restorative mode is perfect for my 71 year old body!” -Margaret

    “I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of this practice. I felt like I was in a studio and I was really sweaty and challenged. Well done!” -Emily

    “After just one Yin session, I can feel a *huge* difference in my flexibility.” - Alexandra
    Down Dog's terms and conditions can be found at https://www.downdogapp.com/terms
    Down Dog's privacy policy can be found at https://www.downdogapp.com/privacy
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $2.99 - $249.99 per item
    $2.99 - $59.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    Asana Rebel is the YOGA AND FITNESS app for anyone who wants to GET FIT, LOSE WEIGHT, and start a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. Yoga Inspired Fitness is changing the way 10 million users worldwide exercise. Join today!

    THE RESULTS TO EXPECT
    - Lose weight, burn calories
    - Get fit and lean, strengthen your core
    - Increase flexibility to boost your performance
    - Balance the body while focusing the mind
    - Leave the stress of the day behind

    GET IN SHAPE - A different way to sweat
    Tone your body while strengthening your spirit. Get ready to blast calories, rev up your heart rate and boost metabolism.

    STRENGTH - Stronger than yesterday
    Unleash your inner warrior with head-to-toe strengthening sequences, designed to keep your abs and other key muscle groups in tip-top shape.

    FLEXIBILITY - Bend, don’t break
    Anti-aging and vitality! Enjoy deep stretches that release tension and increase your range of motion.

    BALANCE & FOCUS - Confidence - in a pose
    Find inner serenity and peace by allowing your mind to focus on the task at hand.

    BREATHE & RELAX - Just breathe
    Calm your mind and body by focusing on deep inhales and exhales. Purposeful breathing and relaxation techniques keep your movements flowy.

    ACCESS TO
    - 100+ workouts designed by yoga and fitness experts
    - Personalized workouts according to your health and fitness goals
    - Curated workout collections to achieve specific fitness goals
    - Filtered results: Browse by fitness goals, duration, intensity, or collection
    - Workout previews: Full video previews with exercise tutorials
    - New content, all the time!

    THE PERKS OF BEING A REBEL
    - Your health costs less than a cup of coffee per week
    - No entry barrier, it’s fun and easy to follow
    - Exercise anytime, anywhere - at your own pace
    - Save time spent traveling to and from the gym
    - Get motivated and build lifelong habits with proven, unique, modern methods
    - Not alone: Share your success with over 10 million users community or chat with our Rebel Success Team

    INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY
    We’re always updating Asana Rebel with new and improved features. Our interface is dynamic and user-friendly, making it easy for users to track their progress and share results.

    Available in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. More languages coming soon!

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Terms of Use: https://asanarebel.com/terms-of-use/
    Privacy Policy: https://asanarebel.com/privacy-policy/
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $15.99 - $99.99 per item
    $15.99 - $82.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Stream videos on mindfulness, yoga, spirituality, chakras, and more. Discover new, exciting perspectives every time you watch videos on Gaia.

    Heal and replenish your body with a yoga class, or discover exclusive, original shows that stimulate the mind. From eye-opening nutrition documentaries to fascinating astrology videos, explore spiritual transformation and let Gaia inspire you.

    Discover, inspire and heal: 5 Reasons you’ll love streaming shows on Gaia:

    1. Stream videos that inspire your mind, body, and spirit — Enjoy meditation, mythology and astrology videos, as well as shows on mindfulness, chakras and nutrition.

    2. Discover and heal with the best - Let Gaia’s world-class teachers guide you on your path of transformation, spirituality, and mindfulness.

    3. Stream a yoga class with a difference — Explore spirituality or meditation, and unblock your chakras to help you focus your energy through the mind and body.

    4. Inspire transformation — Challenge and transform your way of thinking with mythology, alternative nutrition, astrology videos, and more.

    5. Open your mind through alternative topics — From chakras and auras to yoga and meditation. Discover a yoga class, nutrition documentaries, or even ancient mysteries in mythology.

    Whether you want to stream astrology videos or enjoy a yoga class, Gaia’s streaming offers a huge variety of videos to choose from. Undergo a deep mind and body transformation, and heal through spirituality with the world’s largest conscious media network.

    Download Gaia to experience shows on mindfulness, mythology, meditation plus more, today.

    For more information on our terms of use and privacy policy, please visit: http://www.gaia.com/terms-privacy

    *Now optimized for Chromecast
    **Android 5.0 or newer required.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    $11.99 - $299.99 per item
    Aaptiv lets you workout when you want, where you want, the way you want. Get unlimited access to audio fitness classes led by certified personal trainers.

    Find your rhythm and get motivated with a expertly-crafted music playlists featuring artists you love.

    Discover thousands of workouts in a variety of categories including running, elliptical, race training, strength training, stretching, yoga and more. With 30 new classes added each week, there's a workout for every interest and fitness level.

    • Access thousands of trainer-led, music-driven workouts anytime, anywhere
    • Refresh your routine with 30+ new classes added every week
    • Achieve your long-term fitness goals with structured weekly and monthly programs
    • Fitness classes for every fitness level—beginner, intermediate, and advanced
    • High intensity interval training (HIIT) to help you more effectively burn calories, build muscle, and lose weight
    • Amazing playlists filled with the music you already love
    • 10K and 5K training programs
    • No wifi? No worries! Download classes to listen offline
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $4.99 - $399.99 per item
    $9.99 - $99.99 per item

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The Best Yoga Practice Apps for Your Buck 2021

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