Meditation and physical exercise are key to keeping a sound mind and a healthy body. So when I purchased my iPad and my iPod touch, I filled them with apps that could help me ease into a meditative Savasana (a relaxation posture) and maybe replace a lesson or two each week. Now, instead of plopping down after work and zoning out with my Netflix instant stream, I’m bettering my body and mind with the help of a few apps.
With Pocket Yoga HD ($3.99), I can get my arms and legs all stretched out with a half hour of Vinyasa Flow (an aerobic form of yoga), and it’s a great substitute if I miss a night or two of yoga class. All I have to do is set the iPad in front of my yoga mat and listen as the app belts out pose instructions. If the verbal instructions aren’t quite good enough, I can watch a virtual yoga teacher show me the pose. The app also lets me choose between 45 minutes or an hour of yoga and three different practices, which I pick depending on how I’m feeling. I turned off the app’s music and added my own soundtrack: “Eye of the Tiger” for the hard parts and “Purple Rain” for the cool-down.