Surely, if there’s anything madame yogis can gain from a frequent yoga practice it’s squat power! What lady hasn’t employed the hover position in public facilities in efforts to do your business and not touch anyone else’s? Ick. Well, get a load of this new yoga-riffic utka-tastic toilet. Now you can really strut your best awkward chair, cause there’s no seat!
Details about the yoga toilet of the future:
Led by faculty members John Takamura and Dosun Shin, students at Arizona State U.’s College of Design have come up with a “transgenerational toilet design concept” called Go With the Flo. The unusual-looking loo won the Breaking the Rules Silver Award at the Northwest Design Invitational, meeting five “outstanding design” criteria: “Appropriate aesthetics, design innovation, ecological responsibility and market and user benefits.”
The Flo toilet is an ergonomic, sustainable design concept for baby boomers that functions like a squat toilet. Designers maintain that using the Flo toilet is akin to yoga – by building and strengthening abdominal and back muscles. Only one-half to one gallon of water is used for flushing and The Flo reuses water from hand washing. To flush water from the tanks to the toilet, the Flo employs an electromagnetic ball valve. Go With the Flo also is free of mechanical parts. The toilet is fully self-sustaining and independent of electric power.
Though touted as a step forward in sustainability, the squat scenario feels a little primitive. Ever trying going in the woods? Yeah, it’s kinda like that. Besides, we’re happy sticking with strengthening our back and abs in yoga class, not on (above?) the toilet, thanks. Plus, the whole “transgenerational” thing is kinda bogus – we can’t imagine seniors OR kiddies trying to make this happen (bad bad images). We say back to the designing board for the old loo squad.
But wait! Alas, the support for a squat toilet…commenter: “using the squat style toilet I can testify to the improvement in bowl movement.” we think they mean bowel, but nevermind that…