I’m one of those people who wears yoga pants because I’m a fan of anything that’s comfortable. If pants don’t have an elastic waistband or aren't made of at least 98% spandex, I literally want nothing to do with them. But apparently, people actually wear yoga pants when they do yoga, so this is some good news for them and bad news for yoga instructors.
A company called Wearable Experiments came up with the idea for a pair of yoga pants called Nadi Smart Fitness Pants that vibrate when they sense that your form is incorrect and let out a creepy “Om” noise when your form is correct.
Basically, this product is the Big Brother of spandex.
The pants are equipped with electronic sensors that track your body’s movements and use something called haptic feedback, which is really just vibrations on your skin, to guide the wearer into the correct pose.
One of Wearable Experiments’ cofounders, Ben Moir, says the pants won’t disrupt what is supposed to be a relaxing and meditative workout: “The nice thing about haptics is you process them subconsciously. So if you’re in the flow of yoga, you don’t have to look at a screen and engage your attention on the screen or listen to a voice instruction."
The yoga pants will be available for presale in May of this year, and although there is no word on pricing yet, Moir says that the pants last for up to 25 washes and that they’re also developing a basket to recharge the pants, as well as an Android app.
So if you’re a yoga instructor in 2016, you might need to come to terms with the fact that a pair of pants could make your profession obsolete.