No matter if you're a proud yogi or a fitness noob, yoga's health benefits are undeniable, from increased focus to physical (and mental) flexibility.
In honor of International Yoga Day, we've gathered together some apps and wearables that make becoming a yoga master easy, or at least easier—no gym membership required.
Gaiam's app Yoga Studio is a perfect companion for DIY yoga. The app's 65 ready-made video classes are organized by experience level, and once you feel more comfortable, you can even create your own routines (hello, 45 minutes of corpse pose!).
Billed as the world's first smart yoga mat, Smart Mat is poised to be the perfect yoga companion for those who eschew the usual group classes. Smart sensors detect your balance and alignment and then send the info to an app that teaches you how to improve. The mat's Indiegogo campaign has raised nearly $400,000, and the first orders are set to ship sometime this year.
$347. Available to buy through Indiegogo.
At CES this year, Wearable Experiments introduced their latest product, a pair of tights that help yogis correct their form. Using tiny electronics embedded at the knees, hips, and ankles, the Nadi X leggings scan the wearers pose and use vibrations that move across the leg to direct the person to the right alignment. And when you've nailed the position, you're rewarded with a gentle "om" that emanates from your pants.
Always in a time crunch? Don't let that stop you from taking a five-minute break to practice your downward dog. 5 Minute Yoga is a simple little app with short, easy-to-follow routines that can be sandwiched in between basically any errand you need to run.
Free. Available for iOS.
Though not technically "yoga," Relax & Rest's guided meditations are simple and restorative. You can choose sessions that are 5 minutes (breathing), 13 minutes (deep rest), or 24 minutes (whole body), depending on how much time you have. The five-minute breathing guide is perfect for a stressful subway situation. Plus, focusing on your breath may just make you work better.