Students Help Make Yoga Accessible For The Blind


Posted on October 24 2013

In your typical yoga class, you’ll be watching your instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. For people who are visually impaired, this can severely reduce their participation. A group of students have created a solution however, using a software program that watches a user’s movements and gives spoken feedback to help achieve the perfect pose. The program uses Microsoft Kinect software to track body movements and offer feedback in real time for up to six yoga poses, including Warrior I and II as well as tree and chair poses. Each pose also has different commands for improvement based upon the rules deemed essential for each yoga position and will ultimately tell you once you’re holding a pose correctly. The team behind the software recruited 16 blind or visually impaired volunteers who tested the software, aged between 13 to 60 years old. The results were that 13 of them said they would recommend this exergame to others. An exciting step towards making yoga truly accessible for the sight-impaired! Don’t forget, we’ll be at the OM Yoga Show this weekend at stand J7, whilst our yoga trousers remain on sale offering up to 50% off.

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