Adaptive AR-based Yoga System


Adaptive AR-based Yoga System



Nikesh Chithambaram


Presentation: 9:20-9:40 a.m., Jessie Hathcock Hall 180



Engaging in high-impact physical activities may not be suitable for individuals with disabilities and senior adults to maintain their fitness needs due to the risk of injury or exacerbating pre-existing conditions. Adaptive yoga provides a low-impact alternative that offers tailored exercises to different age groups and individuals with disabilities. However, post-pandemic travel can make attending yoga sessions challenging. To address this, the augmented-reality based yoga system provides a way to learn and practice yoga in an immersive mixed-reality environment at comfort of comfort of their home or preferred location. The application uses a database of yoga poses and a mixed-reality environment with a virtual instructor to guide users and allow them to interact with both virtual and real-world elements. The application provides different yoga routines based on user details, and live feedback with the help of a smartphone camera to correct and validate yoga poses. Moreover, the application tracks the user's progress and provides digital rewards to motivate them further. The user can also workout with family or friends represented by virtual avatars in a joint yoga session, promoting a sense of community and belonging. Adaptive yoga provides numerous health benefits, including strengthened bones, enhanced balance and flexibility, improved quality of sleep, and reduced stress, depression, and anxiety, promoting mental fitness and clarity for the elderly. The proposed application makes learning yoga engaging and enjoyable while providing various health benefits. Also, the application ensures exercises are practiced correctly and safely with the help of live feedback. The proposed application provides a convenient and accessible solution for post-pandemic times. The social aspect can help promote overall mental health and well-being, enhancing a sense of community and belonging. The proposed application has significant implications for promoting active and healthy aging.

Publication Date


Project Designation

Graduate Research

Primary Advisor

Van Nguyen

Primary Advisor's Department

Computer Science


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals

Practical Wisdom; Community; Vocation

Adaptive AR-based Yoga System