One of the most frustrating parts of practicing yoga is being unsure of the correctness of your pose, especially if you're doing it at home. It's can be challenging to try to watch the instructor on your smartphone or TV while maintaining a proper posture.
"These clothes look, feel, breathe, wash, and perform like regular high-end yoga clothes, but communicate wirelessly with the company's free mobile app," the company said in a press release.
The clothes pair with the mobile app. Pivot told Download.com that the app would roll out next spring when the company starts shipping the clothes.
As you move through your practice, the app creates an avatar of your body in the video, compares it to the "teacher," and gives feedback to get you in the right position.
"We know how hard it is to learn yoga, how much yogis want to improve, and how many yogis want to practice at home. Solving these problems has required putting million-dollar technology into the hands of a yogi for less than the cost of a few classes." Joe Chamdani, developer of Pivot Yoga said in press release. "Our vision is really big. It's not just to be the Netflix or Peloton of yoga -- we want to build a whole new, interactive, and completely customized way to learn and practice."
For ease of use, the app is compatible with voice command. When you begin your workout, the app will say "Garments detected," and you can start the program by saying "begin." To get feedback on a pose, simply ask "Pivot, how does this look?" In addition, you can pause or restart segments.
Before pre-ordering the hi-tech clothes, potential users might consider how committed they are to their yoga practice. Pivot's special outfit costs $99, and the monthly program subscription is $19. Granted, investing in the program might make a user more motivated to practice yoga.
The program said it will work with users of varying athletic abilities or range of motion. Yoga teachers often say to start slow and don't over-exert yourself. Fully achieving a new pose is a gradual process.
"For beginners, it's a great way to get going without the intimidation of going to a studio for the first time," the company's website said. "While studios do a great job welcoming beginners, the fact is that not everybody is comfortable doing yoga in public, and that's just fine with us. Those folks need alignment feedback, too."Pivot said more advanced yogis could use Pivot to track their progress or focus on perfecting certain challenging poses.
The company also assures users the clothes won't give feedback without request.
"The last thing anybody needs are some judgy clothes," the company said. "Pivot Yoga is designed to support you as you deepen your practice, full stop. If you want some advice, you can ask for it easily. But if you don't ask for advice, our lips are sealed. We're here for when you need us, and not a moment before."
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- Pivot Yoga developed workout clothes with sensors to pair with its mobile app. The program uses AI to determine whether you need to adjust your pose.
- The company said the program can be used by beginners and advanced yogis.
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