Yoga is more popular than ever. Going to yoga studios could be very time consuming, but yogis are usually willing to do that to get guidance and adjustments from their teachers. However, with the help of technology, you can practice yoga in your living room. Here are three technology tools that could potentially become your personal trainer and change your method of practice.

SmartMat

This yoga technology aims at helping people track, improve and perfect their yoga practice. SmartMat is great for yogis who think committing multiple hours a week to attend yoga classes is too much. This portable yoga mat makes it possible to practice and learn yoga at home. Promoted as “the world’s first intelligent yoga mat,” SmartMat is built with responsive sensors that link to your Smartphone or Tablet and guides your practice through a series of audio and visual indicators. It corrects your pose through a two-step process by taking the user’s height, weight and various micro-readings into account. The flexibility of SmartMat allows you to have a more customized yoga tutorial, and even includes Hot Yoga Sessions. The electronic components in SmartMat are rated to withstand temperatures up to 110 degrees. SmartMat offers an early bird special for $297, and has many other pack options for other prices.

Athos

Frustrated by their workouts at the gym, the co-founders of Athos tried to help people reach their fitness goals through technology. Promoted as a “much less expensive version of a personal trainer,” Athos can be divided into three parts: the gear, the technology and the app. The gear reads your muscle effort, heart and breathing rate, which gives you a touch of comfort with flat seam construction and sweat wicking while special features help to reduce fatigue and soreness. The core is in charge of collecting and interpreting information from the gear and can be visually displayed in the app. It also helps you keep track of your exercising progress and avoid injury. Athos Core costs $199, and will start shipping in fall 2014.

Kinect for Xbox One

Developed by Microsoft, Kinect is designed to enable humans to interact naturally with computers. Kinect can be divided into two parts: the v2 sensor and the software development kit (SDK). Together, this technology responds to people’s natural movements, gestures and voice commands. The latest Kinect has improved tremendously. The tracking is anatomically correct and stable because it is able to track 25 skeletal joints per person. Imagine doing yoga in front of a TV seeing the character on the screen doing the exact same thing with a precise evaluation of your poses. Kinect can act as your personal yoga instructor. It then provides “real-time” feedback to adjust your yoga poses, such as “lift your left leg” or “rotate your shoulders right.” Microsoft has introduced a yoga practice app on the Kinect for the Xbox.

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