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3 Yoga Apps Perfect for Busy Equestrians

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Yoga is extremely beneficial to riders of all disciplines. Not only can it help you strengthen your core, lengthen and straighten your spine, and open your hips, yoga can also help you steady your focus and breathing. Getting to a yoga class can be difficult, especially when you’re fitting in ride time around work and maybe even a social life. Thankfully, there are many amazing yoga apps available so you can strike a pose anywhere.

Here are three great yoga apps that will bring the yoga studio to you:

Down Dog: This is my favorite yoga app for before and after rides. You can choose between a  full practice or restorative practice, how long you’d like to practice, and the type of music you want to listen to. As you move through different poses, you’re given extremely helpful explanations of how to do a pose. The best thing about this app is that no two practices are alike.

Asana Rebel: If you’re looking for a quick, intense yoga-inspired workout you’ll love this app. With practices that focus on cardio, strength, and flow, you can get in a full workout without having to leave your home. While there are subscriber options that open up more practices, there is always a workout of the day, plus a few free workouts that are always available. A word to the wise about this app — don’t be fooled by how short some of these practices can be! I’ve been sore for days after these workouts.

Yoga Studio: If you want more control over your practice, you’ll definitely love this app. Not only does Yoga Studio have videos of pre-made classes ready to go, but there is an option for you to build your own class. Not only this, the app will help organize the poses you want to do in the best order for optimal flow. Plus, it sets reminders in your calendar to keep you on a training schedule. After a free 2-week trial, the app is only $2 a month.

Making time for yourself is hard to do, especially when your schedule is jam-packed. But just remember that making time for yoga, or any other workout, is beneficial to your mental and physical health. Your horse, friends, and family will thank you.

Nicole is a writer for Heels Down Media. If she's not writing or editing, she's either running, doing yoga, or at the barn working on becoming a better, stronger dressage rider.

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