Yoga for the Blind

Yoga for the Blind

You might think that yoga, as well as several other forms of exercise, is out of the question for the blind or visually impaired. With the advent of modern technology, this is not the case. A new software program, Eyes-Free Yoga, utilizes the video game console XBox's Kinect feature and basic geometry to identify problems in your pose. The Kinect is a motion-sensing device that features skeletal-tracking technology which computes the exact position of the body. Currently, this "exergame" software only caters to six poses, with thirty audible pose modifications for each. We are hoping that once it moves out of the beta phase this program will have more poses and become more accessible to this large portion of the population that has, up until recently, been deprived of the joys of yoga. In the preliminary test of this software, participants claimed that they enjoy the game and the audible clues enhanced their understanding of each pose.