Visualising Yoga Inversions

I practice a lot of yoga and am (a little) addicted to one part of it—inversions. An inversion is any position in which your feet are above your head. I practice them every chance I get, at home or in yoga studios. The current lockdown provided me with more  time to practice than usual. A few weeks into the lockdown, I started wondering: am I getting better? Can I stay upside longer each week? Are there any data to support this? Yes, you guessed it—I decided to make a visualisation about it!

April 15, 2020
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The Process

The hardest part of this project was to find a visualisation that would best support my data. I initially planned on a heatmap-like visual in Tableau, sketched it out and... realised it made no sense once in digital form. So I started looking for inspiration. Instead of browsing through Pinterest or Behance as I'd normally do, I opened the Dear Data book. Dear Data is a goldmine of hand-drawn visualisations by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec. One drawing in it caught my attention: a week of mirrors. It included little dots arranged in nice neat lines as time variables and bigger coloured circles around them as metrics. I borrowed the layout from this drawing, and (after hours of fiddling around in Figma) created filled bubbles for each inversion. For more details on the design process, visit this blog post.

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