April 9, 2012

Is That an Elephant in Your Pocket?

30 Relephant iPhone/iPad Apps for Your Mindful Life.

Many of us are walking around with iPhones or iPads these days. While we don’t have an elephant journal app yet, there are a number of apps available that align nicely with the interests of elephant readers.


Photo: Synergy by Jasmine

Authentic Yoga with Deepak Chopra and Tara Stiles—Leads you through both the philosophical and the practical elements of yoga (with a focus on asana). Watch videos explaining factors of yoga or follow pre-assembled sequences, with the accompaniment of Deepak Chopra. Suitable for all levels of yoga practice.

All-In Yoga300 poses, including 3D muscle images; 40 sequenced classes; create your own classes; 30 pranayama techniques with detailed information; music and relaxation tracks.

MindBody Yoga 3.0Find, book, and pay for yoga classes all over the United States. Over 100,000 classes are in the database and more are being added constantly.

Baghavad GitaA pocket reference and memorization tool for the entire text. Slokas are provided in both Sanskrit and English. Functions both online and offline.

The Yoga Sutras of PatanjaliA full text of the yoga sutras in English.

Mindful Eating and Food

FooducateScan bar codes on items at the grocery store and get information about what is good and bad in the product, compare it to similar products, and get suggestions for healthier choices.

Seafood WatchHelps you to make ocean-friendly seafood choices at the grocery and while out at restaurants. A user-built map allows you to see (and plot) locations where good options are available.

Is My Beer Vegan? / Is My Wine Vegan?These apps run on the barnivore.com database. Each provides information about a wide variety of “adult beverages” for the vegan or vegetarian.

Healthy Recipes by Spark Recipes190,000 recipes with calories, carbohydrates, and nutrients. Get video tips on healthy eating from nutrition experts.

Food For Life: Ayurveda and Healthy LivingDetermine your mind-body type and your current dosha imbalances, and the get information on making food choices to regain and maintain balance.

Relationships and Love

Instant Poetry HDIf you have ever had those magnets for your fridge that allowed you to make p0etry, this is the iPhone version. Create poetic odes to your loved one and score major points.

Nifty Date IdeasIdea for what to do on your first or hundredth date. Includes indoor and outdoor ideas, conversation starters, and even a built-in scavenger hunt.

Remember the MilkA shareable to-do list that can help you and your partner organize the everyday tasks of life, and therefore save time and angst “discussing” who forgot to pick up the dry cleaning or take the dog to the vet.

iKamasutramJust what you think it is. A mobile version of the Kama Sutra, because you never know when you’ll need to check just how to do that.

Open TableSee restaurants in your area, read user reviews, check out menus, and book reservations for meals all over the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

Spirituality and Meditation

Mindfulness MeditationGuided mindfulness meditation in five to forty minute sessions. Now you don’t have to go to a meditation class to be guided through a session any time.

Gems of Wisdom365 daily images and sayings from Eileen Caddy to provide focus for meditation, yoga, or just for your day.

AwarenessRandomly intercepts your daily routine to prompt you to tune into, and record, what you are experiencing. Coordinates with iCal so meetings aren’t interrupted. A great way to increase your mindfulness.

Buddha BoxA mobile Buddhist chant machine with a wide variety of options to enhance your daily practice.

iTorah / alQuran / Bible Appversions of holy books are available in many different versions, including these three. Many offer additional features (discussions, reading plans, multiple translations, audio versions) to support your study.

Mindful Family Life and Education

Photo: Michelle Maloy Dillon

DoGoodSupporting family and individual efforts to contribute to the world, DoGood suggest one action to take each day and provides sharing to Facebook and Twitter to encourage others.

Cozi Family OrganizerShared family calendar, to do list, shopping lists, and journal that can be accessed from any computer, iPhone or iPad.

iRewardA motivational tool for children that provides an easy and visually appealing way to track and reward activities.

Draw SomethingA fun and non-competitive drawing and guessing game, with words that are appropriate for early readers, as well as more unusual options for adults.

Words with FriendsBuild vocabulary and have fun with this e-version of the old favorite, Scrabble. Though WWF is somewhat different in format, it is easy to catch on.

Conscious Consumerism

GoodGuideProvides health, environment, and social ratings for over 120,000 items, giving you the knowledge to make good choices as you shop. Can be personalized to reflect your values.

Fair Trade FinderA crowd-sourced directory that provides locations, images, and information about fair trade products. Use and contribute your own.

Cruelty FreeAn iversion of the Leaping Bunny shopping guide for cosmetics, personal care items, and household products.

Free2WorkScan a product’s bar code to see information about the parent company’s policies regarding forced and child labor in its supply chain.

iShop Green—Locate local green retailers (farms and farmers’ markets), check the sustainability of products, and read/interact with a green community forum.

The apps market just keeps expanding and becoming more and more specialized to the individual needs of users.  What are your favorite apps to keep you on your path?

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