Tap that App: Down Dog

By Jocelyn Richards, August 11, 2017

0 0

Tap That App is a monthly segment where we feature an app our editors think is cool.

We know, we know: yoga falls right after gluten allergies on the list of things we’d rather not talk about at parties. Or maybe ever. 

But this app is different, and not only because it’s been downloaded half a million times and maintains a 5-star rating on both the Apple App and Google Play stores. It’s unique because it will make people like us – who haven’t practiced ‘vinyasa yoga’ since it was mandatory in eighth grade gym class – actually want to fire up the app again for a second practice. 

From an amateur’s perspective, three of the most attractive points of Down Dog are its clarity of instruction (both vocal and visual), the voice (it’s not irritating!) and the music. 


Our first session, which we set at the shortest length option on the 10-80-minute spectrum, unfolded to the peaceful beats of ‘Divinity’ (Porter Robinson), ‘Give Me One Reason’ (Tracy Chapman) and ‘Aftermath’ (Vancouver Sleep Clinic). The playlist was so good that family members previously oblivious to what we were doing on the ground perked up to inquire about the music.


For yoga gurus, Down Dog is appealing because no two practices are ever completely alike – even if you choose the same settings of level, sequence type, duration and pace every time. Seattle-based founders Ben Simon and Carlos Ormachea explain the app is powered by roughly 18 hours of recorded content, which is used to deliver nearly endless amounts of customizable classes. 


Though this kind of yoga is known for emphasizing strength, balance and flexibility, it also features a calming ‘restorative’ sequence, which is great as a bedtime ritual.

Paid membership is available, but you really don’t need it to see why Down Dog is everyone’s go-to yoga app.

Available for both iOS and Android devices; visit downdogapp.com.

For more Tap that App, click here.

more news

Spotlight: Ekaterina Lambert, Founder & CEO of FashIcon

FashIcon founder and CEO Ekaterina Lambert on her app that allows a community of fashionistas to share their looks.

Tap that App: SoundHound

With SoundHound, you can hum or sing the lyrics of a song to find a result – the perfect way to fine-tune your vocal skills.

Tap that App: Forest

In this age of urban sprawl, the next best thing to true nature might just be an application called Forest.

Tap that App: Untappd

Beer lovers of the world rejoice. The social app that you’ve been waiting for is here!

Tap that App: Trover

The travel app for those looking to go beyond well-trodden tourist sites.

Tap That App: Waygo - Translation Made Easy

Translate Chinese, Japanese and Korean into English by simply pointing your phone's camera at the characters you wish to convert – no need to look up pinyin anymore.

How to Rent a Mobike (AKA Cycling's Answer to Uber) in China

If you haven't tried this station-less bike share service yet, you're missing out.

Tap That App: Popcorn Time

We aren't talking about delicious, buttery movie theater popcorn; we're talking about the free video-streaming app.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.