Designing for Practice

A system built to facilitate mental health resource accessibility, this application brings to physiological benefits experienced by yoga practitioners out of the studio and into the home. With routines built by instructors and malleable to individual skill level, yogii is a self-sustaining community.

Methods

  • Observational Research
  • Lightweight Ethnography
  • Wireframing
  • Personas
  • UI Prototyping

Tools

  • Balsamiq
  • Photoshop

Defining the Problem Space

Integrating Technology and Physical Practice

Challenges arise in offering technology-based solutions to problems in the physical space.

•How do we augment the practice without removing the user from a mentally immersive experience?

•What platform is accessible and inexpensive, but resistant to the physical abuse of an exercise space? (There was only compromise, no solution, in this case)

•How do we provide robust instruction (visual or auditory) that can be followed while the user is in a variety of positions?

Barriers and Opportunities

Patient Compliance

Physical therapists are invited out of the age of photocopied routines and into the yogii community. PTs can create individualized regimens for patients according to their ability, progress, and compliance. Regimen accountability also opens up funding opportunities through health insurance companies.

Accessibility

Many patients and practitioners who need the physiological benefits of yoga the most are unable to leave their homes easily. This brings the practice to them, so they can improve their health within the comfort of their own home and at their own pace.

Inclusivity

Purchasing memberships for yoga studios is expensive, and studios can be intimidating and exclusive to those who don’t fit a particular demographic. Transforming the practice into one that can be learned anywhere from any tablet or smartphone (and for the cost of an mp3 download) reduces these barriers.

Interface Prototyping

© 2019 Beth Godfrey