My Five-Minute Yoga Practice, the iPhone app (works also on the iPod touch and iPad), was released into the world on July 15, weighing in at a robust 25 MB.
Already a lively little thing, it moves if you hit “play” on any segment, and the photos go by in synch with the words.
It can remind you that it’s time to practice, twice a day if you like, by sounding an alarm on your phone.
It has sequences for longer practices, from 15 minutes, to half an hour, in the morning, afternoon and evening, and a 15 to 20 minute restorative practice.
I feel proud, grateful, and most of all, modern.
Viewing hours are generous. Just visit the App Store, any time.
Conception occurred just over a year ago, when Dom Brecher, a long-time student, asked if I’d like to turn the download version of My Five-Minute Yoga Practice into an iPhone app.
Dom came to Vancouver from England to do post-doctoral work in high-energy theoretical physics. Now he writes software that prices financial derivatives for a company headquartered in New York.
So I believed him when he said making an iPhone app would be fun for him.
I had to say yes.
I love my iPhone. I particularly love never being lost any more, almost as much as I love being able to take a picture and send if off by MSS. The calculator, the notepad, the timer, the voice recorder, the app that let’s you know what the weather is like in London or Mumbai – I love it all.
Besides, there are by some estimates as many as 41 million iPhone owners.
That’s a lot of people who might potentially stumble on the Five-Minute Yoga Practice message:
If you devote five minutes a day to cultivating the free flow of intelligence between body and mind, you can begin to build a yoga practice that will change your life.
It took an unexpectedly long time to build the app. Partly that was life. Dom and Jenny’s second daughter, Connie, was born this spring. Mostly it took time because as we went along we kept finding ways to make it richer.
For example, each of the 11 five-minute practices has a screen called “What and Why,” where you’ll find an introduction to the sequence, and pose-by-pose information on benefits, cautions, Sanskrit names, pronunciation and meaning.
We had some exciting moments.
The first time it popped up on my phone, for one, with the sequences all working. Then there was the day when Dom had finished the design, and it emerged looking crisp and clear.
The last push – submitting it to Apple, completing the paperwork – seemed endless. But now it’s done.
Someone in Italy bought a copy a few days ago. People in Ireland, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Indonesia, as well as the U.S. the U.K. and Canada have bought it and are, I hope, revolutionizing their mornings with the kitchen counter stretch.
Please help me spread the word.
Check it out, tell your friends, and if you like it, please write a review.