Quickstart Guide: 8 Important Tips

1. Use the thumbholes and stirrups.

The thumbholes and stirrups are important, as they help us track your hands and feet, which is really important.  If you don't use these, you almost won't pass calibration, either.  You're welcome to untuck them if you want to wear your clothes around or out of the house, but for a PIVOT Yoga class you need to use them.

2. Don't twist the clothes. 

Use the stripes as a guide. If you're standing with your arms down at your sides, with the top of your palms facing out, then the stripe on your right leg and right arm should appear as a solid line to whoever is looking at your front (or in a mirror, say).  If, in that pose, you see dotted lines or no line at all, double check that your clothes aren't twisted.

3. Stay smooth.

The clothes should not be baggy anywhere, but particularly at the wrists, ankles, and calves.  If you have slack in these areas, try to take it up in other places, like the armpits and top of the the thighs.

4. Tie it on.

Use the included sash belt, particularly if your shirt is a little loose in front. But in general, the shirt should be snug. Contact us if you need a smaller size.

5. Make Easy Pose easier.

The first part of Calibration asks you to be still, using Easy Pose. That can be hard on some of us, so thankfully there are some alternatives.

  • First, try Savasana instead of Easy Pose.  While Calibration tells you to sit in Easy Pose, the main point is just to be still.  If Easy Pose doesn't work for you, we've found that Savasana (Corpse Pose) is easier for some yogis.
  • If that doesn't work, grab a chair, particularly one with arms.  Place it over your mat, and sit in it.  Then when you pass the Easy Pose step, move the chair away and resume the rest of Calibration.

6. Simon says.

During calibration, the yellow avatar shows you not just how to move, but how fast to move. Make sure you follow the yellow avatar exactly.

For example, when asked to raise your arms, raise them to the shoulder only.  It's tempting to raise them over your head and signal a touchdown, but as far as PIVOT Yoga is concerned, that's a 10-yard penalty.  

And when asked to raise your legs, you don't need to raise them very high.  That helps keep your hips from wobbling, which is helpful for Calibrating well.

7. Speak conversationally.

We've successfully tested voice commands by whispering 25 feet across a quiet room. So you shouldn't need to raise your voice, unless the background noise in your room is significant.


8. When to register your voice

The app by default will recognize almost anybody's voice for commands, and that should include yours.  But if you find that it doesn't recognize you consistently, say for the Begin Now or Okay PIVOT commands, then registering your voice with the app may be called for.  Or if there are some backseat yogis in your house who like to prank you by yelling out commands while you're trying to practice (!), that also is a good reason to register your voice, since after voice registration the app will only respond to you. 

So if you must, follow the instructions inside the PIVOT Yoga app at Account / Settings / Voice Commands to register your voice.

Note: you may download and print some of these tips in this handy Top Tips document:

Top Tips for PIVOT Yoga Clothes

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