We’ve all had our wobbly moments at some point—and many of us still do on the regular. That’s why we got a kick out of this Wobble Yoga computer game from Jenny Jiao Hsia, which not only reminds you what it was like to try yoga for the first (or thousandth) time, but also that it’s really not that easy, either. Also, that muscles, joints and bones really are all pretty useful!
Hsia (aka @q_dork) created the virtual wobble fest for Ludum Dare, a video game development competition. The theme? “Shapeshift.” And while you don’t need to be flexible for these poses, or even get our of your seat, you might want to limber up your digits. The little yoga dude can only be controlled by using nine keys on your computer keyboard. And he’s an unwieldy one. Also, the poses get a little more creative than your typical down dog, with a “Frog Stick Pose” and “Fish Moon Pose” thrown in for good measure.
We’re not so handy with keyboard-based games, a la QWOP, so we found playing this kind of tricky, which is a practice in patience in and of itself. You can check it out here and give it a go (hint: it may take a minute to load. we had better luck on the Safari browser). If you start getting bent out of shape…just remember to breathe! Keyboard ahimsa.Keyboard ahimsa.
Just so you have proof all five poses can be accomplished. When you’re done with that, check out Jenny Jiao Hsia’s other yoga game.