The Yoga Mat That Can Replace Your Teacher

More than 20 million people practice yoga in the U.S. today, and with the plethora of tools available for home practice sans an instructor, it is not inconceivable that these yogis are not always doing poses properly. And while yoga is generally a great workout for the body and mind, when done improperly, it can lead to bodily harm. The technology company SmartMat, however, wants to help home practicers and even those in classes nail proper technique every time.

SmartMat is a portable yoga mat that can analyze your posture in real time, providing feedback to help you become a better yogi and prevent injury. When you first use SmartMat, it walks you through a routine, analyzing your body type and movement, so that every time you use the mat it’s a new, customized experience. It also suggests incremental changes as you learn to help you build your practice over time and keep you coming back to the mat. Upon completion of a yoga practice, the mat gives you a numerical score based on how close you came to your personal ‘perfect’ practice.

Like most fitness gadgets these days, SmartMat has an app that syncs with your phone or tablet, enabling you to track your progress over time. However, it goes one step further by also allowing you to browse from free and purchasable classes on their SmartMat Marketplace.

SmartMat ships July 2015 and costs $447, but if you pre-order now, you can get it for $297.

Can’t wait to get started on a home practice? I’m in the middle of a 30 day challenge from Yoga with Adrienne, and I highly recommend it. Get started here.

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Feature image courtesy of Colin Tsoi.

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