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ExoPranayama: a biofeedback-driven actuated environment for supporting yoga breathing practices

Moran, Stuart; Jäger, Nils; Schnädelbach, Holger; Glover, Kevin

Authors

Stuart Moran stuart.moran@nottingham.ac.uk

Holger Schnädelbach holger.schnadelbach@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

© 2016, The Author(s). Both breathing and internal self-awareness are an integral part of any yoga practice. We describe and discuss the development of ExoPranayama, an actuated environment that physically manifests users’ breathing in yoga. Through a series of trials with yoga practitioners and expert teachers, we explore its role in the practice of yoga. Our interview results reveal that biofeedback through the environment supported teaching and improved self-awareness, but it impacted group cohesion. Two practical uses of the technology emerged for supporting breath control in yoga: (1) biofeedback can provide new information about users’ current internal states; (2) machine-driven feedback provides users with a future state or goal and leads to improved cohesiveness.

Citation

Moran, S., J├Ąger, N., Schn├Ądelbach, H., & Glover, K. (2016). ExoPranayama: a biofeedback-driven actuated environment for supporting yoga breathing practices. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 20(2), 261-275. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-016-0910-3

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 4, 2016
Online Publication Date Apr 5, 2016
Publication Date 2016-04
Deposit Date Mar 24, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 5, 2016
Journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
Print ISSN 1617-4909
Electronic ISSN 1617-4917
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 2
Pages 261-275
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s00779-016-0910-3
Keywords Management Science and Operations Research; Hardware and Architecture; Computer Science Applications
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/32506
Publisher URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00779-016-0910-3
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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