Monday, March 1, 2010
LifeBoard Portable Yoga Floor
Developing a home practice is an important part of the yoga experience.
Finding the time, space and discipline to practice on your own is an integral step in the journey.
But, let's face it, we're not all lucky enough to have a dedicated room in our house with hard wood floors to accommodate a safe, productive practice.
I know this challenge first hand, as someone who has had a home yoga practice since 2001 and now lives in a mostly carpeted home.
Once you find the space to lay out your mat, the surface beneath you often becomes problematic.
A yoga mat on top of carpeted floors is an unstable surface, making standing and balancing poses more challenging. The softness of the carpet becomes a further hassle if practicing a vinyasa, power or ashtanga type of yoga with many chaturanga push ups and arm balances. The carpet beneath your mat takes a toll on the wrists, compressing the joint.
I started researching alternatives for a surface to place underneath my mat.
Thankfully, an innovative company has come up with an economical, space efficient, environmentally friendly solution.
Welcome the LifeBoard (http://getlifeboard.com) into your home and under your yoga mat, for a yoga studio - like experience wherever you practice.
The LifeBoard comes in two pieces that you slide together to create a solid surface just a bit larger than a standard yoga mat (yes - the Manduka Black Mat fits perfectly on top of the LifeBoard.) The LifeBoard can be used on top of any soft, unstable surface like carpet or outdoors on grass or sand for a rigid, secure floor beneath your mat.
Thoughtfully constructed of "recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and shipped in boxes made of 100% recycled material," this is a yoga product that fits in with the Yogic lifestyle. In addition, "several dollars from each purchase goes to a nonprofit organization called Skyline Center in Clinton, IA. They provide rehabilitation services and work programs for disabled adults. They do the shipping and handling for (LifeBoard.)" Attention to details like these makes LifeBoard a stand out in yoga product commerce.
LifeBoard was extremely generous in sending me a Green (UV protected for use outdoors) LifeBoard to give a go.
In the week I've been using it, my practice has transformed. My poses are more deeply rooted and I am able to focus further on my breath, bandhas and drishti without worrying about instability or wrist pain.
I feel like I am assembling my own private yoga studio when I snap the panels together.
The LifeBoard has also made me more conscious of engaging my core in the transition between upward and downward facing dog and during jump throughs and jump backs because if I get lazy, my heavy movements slide my mat forward or backward on the LifeBoard. By making the conscious effort to engage my energy thereby strengthening and lightening my more powerful movements, my mat stays squarely on the LifeBoard. It's almost like getting silent feedback on the quality of your movements.
The LifeBoard is a must have addition to any yoga lover's collection. The value of this prop is undeniable and can be used for more than just yoga.
The LifeBoard is a solid surface that can be used for any type of workout you engage in at home or outside like P90X, Insanity, The Firm or whatever your fitness poison.
Plus - there is no risk. LifeBoard offers a 30 day money back guarantee.
Learn more and purchase the LifeBoard here: http://getlifeboard.com