Technology meets yoga: 5 innovative yoga gadgets
By Aimee Heckel
It might sound counterintuitive. Even blasphemous. But in today’s world, even ancient practices like yoga are evolving with a technical spin.
If used properly — not as a crutch or distraction — technology can enhance your yoga routines.
Here are our five favorite innovative gadgets for yogis:
1. A posture shirt.
The new Lumo Lift is designed to keep you in proper posture, even while in plank. It is a small magnetic clip you can insert inside your shirt, and it softly buzzes when your posture slacks. Lumo reports many users significantly improve their posture.
Coming soon: The software will have a special yoga component to assure you are in proper alignment while doing yoga. Start now with improving your daily posture, an important part of yoga, too. Order the Lumo Lift for $99.
2. A hand exerciser.
The Xtensor Hand Exerciser was designed for musicians, but it’s also helpful for yogis who need more flexibility and strength in their hands, especially to improve inversions. The Xtensor is designed to improve strength, flexiblity and performance of your hands, wrists, fingers and elbows. Find it at Walmart for $29.95.
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Looking for a cheaper alternative? The Prohands Via is less than $10.
3. A self-inflating yoga mat.
If you have sensitive knees, hands or elbows, doing yoga on a traditional mat may hurt. This self-inflating mat is designed to bring camping for sleeping, or for doing yoga on hard surfaces.
4. A yoga app for your smartphone or iPad.
Download a free or inexpensive yoga app, like Yoga Studio, and bring classes with you wherever you go. We also love the free, 20-minute classes from Yoga Download. Save them in your podcast app on your iPad. They come with an optional visual pose guide, which is helpful for beginners. Also check out the Daily Yoga app.
5. A yoga phone case.
Accent your yoga apps with a yoga-themed phone case. We love this case made out of eco-friendly wood for $23 at opensky.com.
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