Experts make yoga online look easy, but beginners know how hard it can be to nail some of the poses. You have to consider hand placement, hip rotation and back alignment, in addition to supporting yourself and settling into a stretch.
A practice meant to be relaxing can quickly become stressful if your attention is diverted away from meditation and toward concerns about your form.
A wearable is here to help.
A pair of yoga pants from Wearable Experiments called Nadi Smart Fitness Pants vibrates when it senses your form is incorrect. Equipped with subtle electronic sensors, the yoga pants track your body’s movements and use haptic feedback (or vibrations on your skin) to slowly guide you into correct alignment.
When yogis perfect a challenging pose, they’ll be greeted by a calming “om” sound from the pants. (Which sounds kind of creepy.)
The cofounders of Wearable Experiments, Billie Whitehouse and Ben Moir, didn’t want the yoga pants to disrupt the meditative experience of yoga, though. They say the vibrating signals won’t disrupt a steady workout.
“The nice thing about haptics is you process them subconsciously,” Moir told Fast Company. “So if youâ€™re in the flow of yoga, you donâ€™t have to look at a screen and engage your attention on the screen or listen to a voice instruction.”