Forget the debate on mirrors perfecting your alignment, or even instructors for that matter, your shirt will show you the way! Move by Electricfoxy, the newfangled tank top from the future is ‘smart’ as in it employs sensor technology that hooks up to a mobile app and cloud-based database of yoga poses as well as a library of your own saved custom poses. It’s designed so that when you’re out of alignment it gives you a “subtle nudge” in the area that needs adjustment. Whoa, tech.
Sounds a little Hollywood sci-fi meets Nintendo Wii meets your biggest asana critic, taking proprioception and hands on adjustments to a whole new level. It’s high-tech and somewhat Medieval at the same time.
From the Electricfoxy website:
The garment includes 4 stretch and bend sensors located in the front, back and sides. Together, they read your body’s position and muscle movement, assess whether it is correct, and provide real-time feedback to correct it through haptic feedback components located in the hips and shoulders. A mobile app allows you to assess, manage and customize your experience.
The tank is currently suited more for precision-based activities like yoga, pilates and sports like golf or baseball, but according to the website it can also somehow be used for more expressive movements like those in ballet, ballroom and interpretive dance (?)
It’s a fascinating concept, and we can see where this might be beneficial in the therapeutic sense, or lord knows a super help in a chaturanga workshop, but we’d rather not be the ones getting “nudged” every time our shoulder drops slightly in urdhva hastasana. Just personal preference. Surely it’s nothing like a taser, but we just can’t get that idea out of our heads.
That said, we’re certainly curious enough to put it to the test!
We hear they’re making an alternative hot yoga version where the garment yells obscenities at you in an Indian accent every time you take a water break. Oh, we kid!
Here’s the artsy, yet less than informational promo video.