Yoga is something I’ve done since I was 13 years old. I love it. I try to practice daily, at least 15 minutes, with some sun salutations and I teach it twice a week. Sometimes though we need a change, so I figured I’d try to spice things up with some Yoga practice props. I’ve used straps and blocks for a long time and so I tried something new – a balance pad. Disclosure: It’s always my policy to make you aware… I received the balance pad by Clever Yoga for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. I only recommend products I truly love and use.
Yoga practice props – balance pad
I’ve been using the balance pad by Clever Yoga for a few weeks now and I love it. The pad itself is a tad shy of 20″x16″ and comes in five colors. The great thing is that investing in this pad is just that, an investment it will be useful throughout your yoga practice, from beginner to advanced. Beginners can sometimes need a little cushioning under knees and hips in some poses and this pad provides that. All while activating stabilization muscles to enable you get stronger quicker. For me personally I LOVED it for chaturanga through to upward facing dog. Having the pad under the hips allows you feel supported in the back bend without loading all your weight through the shoulders and back.
Yoga practice props like the balance pad can increase the challenge of your workout. By standing on the pad during Warrior or lunges, the poses were much more challenging for sure. I felt my whole leg wobbling, fighting to keep me stable. The balance pad definitely helped increase the workout! You can see my challenge during my practice in my youtube review
Of course standing on the pad makes balance postures on one leg super challenging! This is where Yoga practice props can either assist or challenge you further, and the balance pad definitely falls into the second category for balance poses! Tree pose is my ‘go-to’ for standing balance postures and I was certainly challenged using the balance pad! I could barely keep a straight face I was wobbling so bad! I eventually snagged a tree pose on each leg, though dancers pose I only managed on the right leg.
Using the pad was an eye opening experience for me as though I knew my balance was different right to left (same as most people) I wasn’t aware it was quite so different. I could barely balance at all on my left leg using the balance pad! Definitely some work to do for this yogi in the future, and you can bet I’ll be using my Clever Yoga Balance Pad.
Do you use yoga props?