Australian rugby players take part in a National Rugby League yoga recovery session in Sydney last month. Yoga can be hard for the blind and sight-impaired since they can't follow an instructor's visual example.
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As anyone who has attempted a bakasana knows, perfecting certain yoga poses takes time, and watching an instructor twist and bend into position can help a lot.
The blind or sight-impaired, however, don't have the advantage of being able to see a teacher's movements.
Enter Eyes-Free Yoga, a software program out of the University of Washington that works with the cameras in Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor device to track users' position and offer spoken feedback in real time. "Rotate your shoulders left," it might say. "Lean sideways toward your left," "Bend your right leg further," or "Bring your arms closer to your head."
Currently, the virtual yoga instructor offers auditory input for six yoga poses, including Warrior I and II, Tree, and Chair, and contains about 30 different commands for improving each.
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