You want this app
Ya know, I’m a pretty nerdy guy.
I love to read about tech and the new innovations coming out.
I also love Yoga.
But you know what I really love?
When they get together and make a baby. (Yes…I just went there)
Lululemon has done an outstanding job of intertwining the two in a free mobile app to help you find a Yoga studio in your area. Exclusive for iOS, the app uses your location and displays studios as red dots in a map, as seen below.
What’s great is how simplistic and beautiful the interface is. I just love using it, even though I already know all the studios in my area.
The “Finder” button on the bottom left is probably the best and most easily accessible way of finding a class closest to you at that moment.
Once you hit the “Finder” you can filter classes by studio, teacher, or address and share your findings directly on social networks or through text and email. Worth a special mention though is the ability to see friends that are also using the app, and send them an invitation to join you…within the app. This makes organizing a group to go to class a no hassle ordeal.
Once you find a class, you can add it to the “schedule” (as seen above) and set it to remind you a day, an hour, or 30 min before hand.
The social aspect Lulu added is particularly brilliant, as it encourages a sense of community within the app. Interestingly, as more and more people use it, the more powerful it will become.
A few critiques for Lululemon’s app
I would like to see the ability to sort the class list by distance as well as by time. Furthermore, I was a little perplexed by the usage of Kilometers instead of miles when scrolling through class listings…but then it dawned on me that Lulu is based out of Vancouver, and they don’t use miles!
Interestingly, there does appear to be a bit more data Lulu needs to collect; the studio I teach at is not displayed for some reason. It’s strange because it is one of the largest in the area. (This may actually be the result of Apple’s faulty maps, since Om Finder runs off of it).
But I’m sure in time it will be listed.
All in all I would say this is an awesome app to have. I think that Lulu was very smart to create this, as it fosters community around them and of course displays their stores along side the listed studios.
And I think it’s safe to say most Yogis would agree with me, as the app skyrocketed to 18,000 downloads within the first 3 days.
So what are you waiting for? Get it!