Mastering yoga isn't easy. Sure, you've had downward dog good to go for months, but perfecting your form on the trickier poses isn't always easy without the help of an instructor's guidance.
Instead of spending a chunk of change on private lessons, there is another option on the way: Australian brand Wearable Experiments is close to releasing Nadi, a line of yoga pants that communicate with the body through haptic vibrations that correct your form. Welcome to the future.
Here's how they work: The tights connect with an app to monitor your flow and correct your form and make sure you have proper alignment. The frequency and intensity of the vibrations change based on your body position and angle, and if you're having problems locking the pose down, you can simply look at the illustration on the app.
We haven't tried these high-tech pants out yet, but getting feedback in real-time — without having an instructor hovering over your shoulder — does sound pretty nice. But are they actually comfortable and functional enough to do yoga in?
According to Racked, the electronic monitors are woven between the nylon layers of the pants. Because they're super small and only positioned by the hip, knee, and ankle, you won't even know they're there — which was exactly Wearable Experiments' co-founder Ben Moir's goal when creating them.
"We believe technology should empower the human experience, not overtake it," Moir said in a press release. "With Nadi, the sleek design allows technology to seamlessly
integrate with the tights, allowing the beauty and design to take center stage."
So not only is the tech basically invisible — it's cute, too. Don't get too excited, yet: wearable technology gets dirty, and when things get dirty they need to get washed. According to Fast Company, the tights will only survive up to 25 washes. So 25 sweaty workouts if you're really into being sanitary.
As for charging the technology, Fast Company says the Wearable Experiments team is working on a basket users can toss the product into after their workout is complete.
Now only one question remains: take on the identity of the "stinky girl" because you want your (most likely) expensive new pants to last as long as possible, or suck it up and buy a pack of classes so a real, live instructor can turn you into the yogi of your dreams? The choice is yours.