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Solving The Two-Body Problem: The Physics Behind Perfect Balance World by Taylor Esformes

by Carla Berkowitz
Solving The Two-Body Problem: The Physics Behind Perfect Balance World by Taylor Esformes


As a Physicist, when I think of Perfect Balance World, I think of how important controlling the center of gravity is. If your center of gravity isn’t supported by your body and by the Earth, no amount of physical strength can keep you in balance. Yoga is, at its heart, the art of manipulating your center around your support, using the angles of your body to push and pull gravity itself into the perfect position for you. There is a complex gravitational interaction occurring between the yogi and the Earth at all times, what Physicists would call a "Two-Body problem," and yogis, like all athletes, develop an intimate understanding of this problem, this relationship of gravity and body position, in order to achieve what they do. The best athletes pay careful attention to the physics of their bodies, the kinematics of their limb positions, in order to keep themselves in that scientific sweet spot, where their center of gravity, their support, and the Earth itself are all aligned. It’s like doing calculus with your body, and every part of you is an equation.

What Perfect Balance World clothing does is to radically simplify the process of getting into those perfect angles and those basic and difficult poses. The integrated friction Landmarks are an uncomplicated, effective way to allow the user to focus on positioning their center of gravity, rather than using brute force to keep the body in place. Wearers can instead use their core strength to support themselves and attain even more complex, difficult poses that were at first possible. When slipping out of position is no longer an issue, yogis gain true control over their center; they can raise or lower it, shift it left or right, or even have it leave their body entirely. The Physics of Yoga is truly fascinating, and Perfect Balance World clothing allows even novice users to push their personal physics from the Theoretical into the Real World.

T.S. Esformes, Physicist, and Educator
MS, Stony Brook U

by Carla Berkowitz