Kinect companion mobile application for beginner yoga practitioners.
Yoga is a popular and powerful physical, mental and spiritual practice that has many health benefits. However, based on the ethnographic research provided by a fellow peer, it is evident that getting involved in traditional yoga can be a challenge for beginners, especially for busy and financially restricted college students.
3 Weeks | Nov. 2019
An application concept for Xbox Kinect that is designed to address the design implications beginners face with this practice, including costly memberships and rigid time commitments, clarity of instructions and progression of the practice.
Photoshop, Adobe XD
How might we design a more inclusive yoga experience for beginners?
Users can select which type of program they would like to participate in and which best fits their schedule and goals.
Feedback & Progression
Providing users with data about their workouts and allowing them to review recordings of sessions to check progress over time while providing self-feedback.
Using the motion sensors of Kinect, the user's projection is displayed alongside the workout instructor, eliminating the need to use a mirror to observe posture during the workout.
How do people get involved with yoga?
Yoga is a popular and powerful physical, mental and spiritual practice that has many health benefits. However, based on the ethnographic research provided by a partner, it is evident that getting involved in traditional yoga can be a challenge for beginners, especially for busy and financially restricted college students. Through participating in two studio classes and interviewing class participants, my partner found that many beginners struggle to follow the instructor and constantly have to keep looking up from their positions to see how to hold a pose. This combined with lack of familiarity with yoga vocabulary and names caused frustration and hindered what participants hope to be a meditative experience.
Some additional findings from my partner's research included:
Constantly trying to catch up by peeking at other participants, which resulted in inaccuracy of postures
Feeling alone and embarrassed as the only beginner in class
Uncertainty about progress as there was no feedback from class instructor
Concern about being able to continue practice as studio classes are very costly and timely
What are some existing yoga programs designed for beginners?
After analyzing findings from the field research, I conducted a competitive analysis to see what options are available for yoga beginners that don't include studio classes and how they address some of the highlighted issues.
MIRROR Interactive Fitness
Allows users to follow along workout while watching the instructor and themselves at the same time
Customizable and adjustable to meet user's fitness goals
Very expensive ($1,495)
Mobile apps and YouTube videos
Most mobile applications offer limited access to free content
Paid content is typically around $5+ per month
YouTube has hundreds of free video content aimed at beginners, however they're not
The downside to both mobile apps and videos is that the user is not able to customize their experience and
They also have to follow along through a tv, laptop or mobile device without being able to focus on their own form
With the research provided to me, my task was to design an experience that would address the design implications beginners face with this practice. Based on this field research, I created Yoga Flow for Xbox Kinect that addresses the following:
Clarity of instructions and feedback
Gradual progression through repetition
Jessica, the broke college student
Wishes there were more hours in a day
Needs a way to relax from the stresses of college
Looking for an inexpensive way to get into yoga
Poor time management
Balancing responsibilities with physical and mental health
Expensive studio class fees on top of the already required athletic fees she pays each semester
Brad, the busy young professional
Constantly traveling for work and needs a flexible schedule to practice yoga on his own time
Needs an affordable option since he's still paying off his student debt
Rigid studio class schedules that never align with his work schedule
Getting lost in classes and not being able to follow the instructor