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ONE: Equitable Use

The design of the components of a yoga class are useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.



  • Provide equivalent experiences for all users: identical whenever possible; equivalent when not.

  • Avoid segregating or stigmatizing any users.

  • Make the design appealing to all users based of the intended use.

TWO: Flexibility In Use

The components of a yoga class accommodate a wide range of individual abilities and backgrounds.



  • Provide choice in methods of use.

  • Facilitate the user's accuracy and precision.

  • Provide adaptability to the user's pace.

THREE: Simple & Intuitive Use

Use of the components offered in a yoga class are easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience or knowledge.



  • Eliminate unnecessary complexity.

  • Be consistent with user expectations and intuition.

  • Accommodate a wide range of literacy and language skills.

  • Arrange information consistent with its importance.

  • Provide effective prompting and feedback during and after task completion.

FOUR: Perceptible Information

The components of a yoga class communicate necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities.


  • Use different modes for redundant presentation of essential information via words, activities, and so on.

  • Provide adequate contrast between essential information and secondary/customizable components based on the individual’s experience.

  • Use language that is clear and precise as to the intended use and purpose.

  • Minimize the use of language that causes exclusivity accounting for diversity in gender, age, size, ethnicity, and background.

FIVE: Tolerance For Error

The design of the components of a yoga class minimize hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.



  • Arrange elements and design components to minimize hazards and errors.

  • Provide information about potential hazards and errors while also using language that minimizes fear based reactivity or over-zealous cautiousness.

  • Provide fail safe features such as working within a reasonable ROM, indicating areas of sensation that are counterproductive, etc.

  • Discourage unconscious action in tasks that require vigilance.

SIX: Low Extraneous Effort

The components of a yoga class can be used efficiently with minimal extraneous effort.


  • Design components that minimize extraneous effort.

  • Minimize using poses, activities, etc that are unrelated to the topic being presented in each individual class.

  • Minimize unrelated repetitive actions.

NOTE: Universal Design definition adapted from The Disability Act 2005 verbiage.

SEVEN: Size & Space For Use

Classrooms, tools such as props, and class components accommodate appropriately regardless of user's body size, posture, or mobility.


  • Create class components that can be tailored to accommodate for different sizes and can be replicated in various spatial orientations based on specific needs such as the ability or inability to get up and down off the floor, etc.

  • Accommodate and create variations for prop set ups that accommodate for different sizes, backgrounds, and abilities.

Note: The 7 Principles of Universal Design for environments, products and communications were developed in 1997 by the late Ronald Mace, they have been tailored here by Alexandria Crow - Yoga Physics, to the design and construction of yoga classes and class components.

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