While experts make yoga look super easy, beginners know just how difficult it can be to nail some of the poses. One has to consider hand and leg placement, hip rotation and back alignment, in addition to supporting oneself as they settle into a stretch. A practice meant to be relaxing can quickly become stressful if one’s concentration is diverted away from meditation and toward concerns about proper form. Maintaining the right poses is important for one to get the complete benefits of each position.
Nadi X is the first consumer-facing product from wearable-technology startup WearableX, which is the result of years of design and development. Nadi means “Flow” in Sanskrit and, according to yoga tradition, the subtle body is a part of you that you can’t see or touch—it’s where your energy flows which is why it’s also referred to as the energy body. Yoga helps the body to connect with the seven charas, WearableX wants to help beginner yogis to have great form in order to achieve a relaxing flow of energy through the body. Wearable X has paired an app which guides the user in the correct direction in order to achieve the perfect form every time.
How does it work: The pants use “haptics,” or touch sensations that allow users to interact with technology and gently alert the user to adjust. A user clips on the pulse on the pants, and after choosing one of the app’s yoga offerings (single pose or 40-minute routine), they enter each pose through a series of steps laid out via audio cue of a calming “Om” sound and sensor vibrations. After successfully completing each step, accelerometers “reads” the body form to see if the user made it successfully into the pose and if so, clear you to move onto the next one.