Yoga is a wonderful way to improve flexibility, core strength, and inner serenity all at once. Unlike other types of exercise, which require large amounts of space or expensive equipment, yoga demands only a mat and some comfortable pants, and can be practiced anywhere. Even though it’s a simple type of exercise, yoga can be complex, and getting it right requires patience and a good teacher. But what if you want to practice at home?
Electricfoxy, a company that seeks to elevate clothing through the use of advanced technology, may be close to finding a solution. They’ve developed a yoga shirt concept that uses electrical pulses to tell the wearer whether or not poses are being performed correctly.
The garment, simply called Move, contains four flexible sensors embedded in the front, back and side panels. Together, they read and assess your body’s position and muscle movement during exercise. If the shirt determines a pose has been executed incorrectly, haptic feedback nodules embedded in the hips and shoulders of the garment give you subtle electrical “taps” on the side that needs adjusting. When your workout is over, the shirt also provides real-time feedback to a mobile app so you can assess, manage and customize your experience.
Although it’s particularly well-suited to yoga, this review points out the suit can be used for pilates, golf, and even baseball, anywhere where a precise reading of your body position can help to improve performance. While the idea of a built-in yoga instructor sounds great, some fear that it might press novices into poses they’re not yet ready to attempt. There’s also concern that anticipating a tiny shock every time you execute a pose can eliminate the mind-body connection that’s so important in yoga.