KYOGAH in Kelowna B.C. is among the growing number of Canadian yoga studios to now utilize and retail the Three Minute Egg. To find out more about why their students love practicing with an ergonomically designed prop read more from their latest post!
The Three Minute Egg
As a practitioner and yoga instructor I have always before used the standard issue rectangular yoga blocks made of cork or hard foam. These blocks have many uses, including raising your seat in sitting postures and offering you support in balancing poses. But if you have ever come to lie over the block in a heart opener, or place it under your knees while cross legged you have undoubtedly noticed that its blunt shape can be a little uncomfortable. Here’s where you need the ergonomically designed Three Minute Egg.
The Three Minute Egg is basically a traditional block that has had its corners rounded into an oval shape (hence the egg). It can perform pretty much all the same tricks as a rectangular block, but its curves make it much more comfortable to use in several key postures. I found three ways in which this prop improves upon a rectangular block. KYOGAH students love it! Sunny side Up!
1. Supported Supine Heart Opener: By far my favourite application is the aforementioned heart opener. Placing a block between the shoulder blades as you lie over it has always sounded to me like it should feel amazing, but whenever I do it, I always end up with the corners of the block uncomfortably digging into my back. No corners = no discomfort. I am loving this pose now because the Three Minute Egg supports the contours of your body.
2. Mountain Pose: This position is often taught with a block squeezed between the legs to encourage you to engage the thighs and sense the rotation of your femurs. The Egg is lightweight and easier to hold, its shape allowing it to fit perfectly between the legs.
3. Supported Triangle/Side Angle/Ardha Chandrasana: Using a block under your hand in poses like triangle, side angle, and ardha chandrasana helps you to maintain the open rotation of your chest and reach the floor at the same time. While a traditional block works just fine for this, I like using the Egg because its slight instability actually stops you form leaning too heavily on it, and its lightness and pointy ends make it easy to hold onto as you move into the pose. Rather than having to locate and adjust a heavy block afterward, you get the height without losing the integrity of your core.
The Egg has many other possible uses, many of which are detailed on their website. If you love in Canada, be sure to visit the Canadian site at www.threeminuteegg.ca. The Three Minute Egg is a great addition to the KYOGAH Kelowna Yoga studio.