by Dana Brown

tips for using tech in your yoga routine

It seems that the world is split between two different types of people: those who travel at the speed of technology and those who disconnect to find inner peace and wisdom. For a while, these two worlds were separated. Now, it seems these different worlds have finally collided.

Today, there are tons of apps you can use on your phone to help you improve your yoga poses and balance, which can help you maintain productivity and wellness. Technology has embraced the ancient wisdom of yoga and is dished out in bite-size videos you can stream from your cell phone, anywhere at any time.

Here are just a few of those apps (as well as some basic modern equipment) that will help you to advance your yoga practice to the next level — brought to you by Shelley M White.

Tech-Savvy Yoga Mats

If you practice yoga at home without an instructor in the room, you’ll want to know about a helpful new product on the market called the SmartMat. It is a yoga mat that has sensors embedded into the fibers so that you can get a reading from your smartphone telling you if you are in the proper position. The mat tracks and stores your progress through the app and can pick up on weight distribution using sensors. Through the app, you are instructed on how to position your feet so that you get into the right pose in the correct way.

Apps for Yoga

If getting a SmartMat seems helpful to you, then you might also want to load your smartphone with the latest apps. There are tons of applications to teach you yoga for both the iPhone and Android devices. A few of the best apps for yoga is PocketYoga, Yoga Studio, and Daily Yoga. These apps allow you to track your progress and learn new things along the way. Plus, with premium plans, you can engage with other yoga fans and join social groups to stay motivated.

Yoga Straps

You won’t find computers or microchips embedded into yoga straps, but the possibility is there. For now, though, yoga straps help to improve your posture while increasing movement. Plus, they help to extend your stretch without hurting yourself.

Yoga Towels

Long gone are the days of just a plain old cotton towel. Even in the towel business, technology is helping to improve the way people practice yoga. There are some on the market that are called skidless towels like the ones from Manduka. These are designed to stay in place no matter what style of yoga you choose. Or, you can opt to get a yoga towel that is made from microfibers, which are highly absorbent and super soft.

Taking Your Yoga to the Next Level

Technology is finding its way into just about all aspects of life. Even the most hardcore yoga instructors are having a hard time keeping technology out of the picture. However, with so many advances with mats, apps, and everything in between, it seems the ancient world of yoga and the technological age are merging together seamlessly. For instance, investing in a nice pair of wireless earbuds will allow you to stretch and turn your body without the risk of getting tangled in your own cord! In today’s world, technology is all around us. One of the goals of practicing yoga is to feel more connected with the things around you. So, why not embrace technology to help you get in touch with your inner self?

AUTHOR: Dana is the creator of HealthConditions.info, which aims to provide Internet users with helpful content and resources that will lead them to making healthier decisions. She experienced debilitating health conditions at a young age and found out later that these could be avoided. Having realized this, she took into writing to share these resources so others could be aware and in turn promote better health. WEBSITE: Healthconditions.info EMAIL: dana@healthconditions.info.

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