updated 11:55 am EDT, Thu July 27, 2006
Software Studio today released iYoga, offering a virtual instructor for the personal creation of timed, voice-synthesized yoga classes and other exercise sessions. iYoga is a specialized word processor with synthesized speech and timing capability, allowing users to create classes by typing text to describe an asana or yoga position while including a duration specified in seconds, minutes, or breaths. iYoga times each asana, playing a chime of the user's choice at the end of each pose. iYoga is priced at $35, and runs natively on Intel Macs as a Universal Binary (specific system requirements were unavailable).
Instruction is delivered as synthesized speech, negating the need to look at the computer, a book, or television while practicing. iYoga works as a word processor, allowing the user to bring any words they wish into their practice. Spoken text mixes with background music played by iTunes, enabling a Mac to provide a complete exercise experience at home or on-the-go.