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What are Yamuna balls?

"What are Yamuna balls?" As I connected my sit bone with the ball and worked down my hamstring, I felt the muscle relax and melt.

Several years ago while taking a Structural Medicine Class, I noticed a colleague sitting/rolling on a ball during the break. I asked her about the ball and if I could give it a try. I was curious. “What are Yamuna balls?” As I connected my sit bone with the ball and worked down my hamstring, I felt the muscle relax and melt. I felt it lengthen as it rolled slowly down toward the insertions. What I noticed about the balls is how similar it felt to the deep tissue work I had done for my plantar fasciitis. I realized it would be a good way to maintain my therapy success and an affordable way to continue making a positive structural impact on my body. Jumping right in, I took Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) Phase 1 instruction. Knowing that this was something I needed personally for my own body self-care and wanting to be able to share this with my clients, I completed the YBR certification process.


balls Most people envision the large exercise balls when they hear me speak of ball rolling. However the Yamuna balls are different. These balls vary in size (4 to 10”) and density. You can create a gentler routine using a larger and softer ball or more intense session by using the small balls or a ball with a denser feel. Deflating the ball slightly creates an even softer feel if needed. What I like about these balls is that they have “give” but they also have a “give back” feel to them. These balls offer a therapeutic experience, whether you have fibromyalgia or osteroporosis and need a softer, larger ball or you are an extreme athlete and want a deeper intensity in your workout.


Let me introduce you to the balls.


Yamana Gold Ball
The gold ball (10” diameter) is the largest ball and made of the softer material. It is good for working the back, abdomen, chest and sideline. It is recommended to begin with this ball.






Yamuna Pearl ballThe pearl ball (6” diameter) is the same density as the gold ball but smaller so it sinks more deeply into your tissues. It is a nice size for shorter people who are 5’ or less. It is good for getting into small, tight areas such as the neck, armpit, or between the breasts.






Yamuna Silver BallThe silver ball (9” diameter) is the hardest ball so graduate to this ball after learning the YBR routines with the gold ball. It offers a greater intensity and deep tissue massage experience. It is NOT recommended for abdominal, chest or sideline work to begin with.






small black ballsThe black balls (4” diameter) are used in many parts of the body and because of their small size can create a very deep intense effect. However, using these balls in a passive manner on a soft surface (mattress) coupled with the weight of the body creates a gentle way to experience muscular release.






Our bodies take in a lot of impact from our postural habits, repetitive daily movements, our jobs, and the sports or workouts that we participate in. As a result, our bones rigidify, our joints become tight, aches and pains develop out of nowhere, and our energy levels start to plummet. So often we just default to the premise that this is a part of aging and we numbly accept it. The concept of Body Sustainability has been coined by Yamuna to describe the idea that with learning how to use the various balls, we can age well, heal from our old and new injuries and surgeries, and be able to enjoy the life and sport activities, as we grow older.


Yamuna Ball instructor Ideally, this process would start young, so the patterns would not be so ingrained in our body structure but the beauty of this form of exercise is that it can be adapted to suit any age. I have treated clients who have developed pain related conditions as a result of their fitness regime. As a complement to your current fitness regime or better yet before you start a new exercise program, consider Yamuna Body Rolling classes. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. On the other hand, if you have found that you are already dealing with a painful condition, consider an alternative therapeutic approach that empowers you to self-heal at home. Learn life-long solutions for flexibility and movement for each decade of your life, from your 20’s up to your 70’s and beyond. Take a Yamuna Body Rolling class or purchase some Yamuna Balls and a DVD is all it takes. Just get started and let the adventure of rolling begin.

Categories: Alternative healthcare, Yamuna Body Rolling
Post by Mary Falk PT on May 15, 2013

What are Yamuna balls?

"What are Yamuna balls?" As I connected my sit bone with the ball and worked down my hamstring, I felt the muscle relax and melt.

Several years ago while taking a Structural Medicine Class, I noticed a colleague sitting/rolling on a ball during the break. I asked her about the ball and if I could give it a try. I was curious. “What are Yamuna balls?” As I connected my sit bone with the ball and worked down my hamstring, I felt the muscle relax and melt. I felt it lengthen as it rolled slowly down toward the insertions. What I noticed about the balls is how similar it felt to the deep tissue work I had done for my plantar fasciitis. I realized it would be a good way to maintain my therapy success and an affordable way to continue making a positive structural impact on my body. Jumping right in, I took Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) Phase 1 instruction. Knowing that this was something I needed personally for my own body self-care and wanting to be able to share this with my clients, I completed the YBR certification process.


balls Most people envision the large exercise balls when they hear me speak of ball rolling. However the Yamuna balls are different. These balls vary in size (4 to 10”) and density. You can create a gentler routine using a larger and softer ball or more intense session by using the small balls or a ball with a denser feel. Deflating the ball slightly creates an even softer feel if needed. What I like about these balls is that they have “give” but they also have a “give back” feel to them. These balls offer a therapeutic experience, whether you have fibromyalgia or osteroporosis and need a softer, larger ball or you are an extreme athlete and want a deeper intensity in your workout.


Let me introduce you to the balls.


Yamana Gold Ball
The gold ball (10” diameter) is the largest ball and made of the softer material. It is good for working the back, abdomen, chest and sideline. It is recommended to begin with this ball.






Yamuna Pearl ballThe pearl ball (6” diameter) is the same density as the gold ball but smaller so it sinks more deeply into your tissues. It is a nice size for shorter people who are 5’ or less. It is good for getting into small, tight areas such as the neck, armpit, or between the breasts.






Yamuna Silver BallThe silver ball (9” diameter) is the hardest ball so graduate to this ball after learning the YBR routines with the gold ball. It offers a greater intensity and deep tissue massage experience. It is NOT recommended for abdominal, chest or sideline work to begin with.






small black ballsThe black balls (4” diameter) are used in many parts of the body and because of their small size can create a very deep intense effect. However, using these balls in a passive manner on a soft surface (mattress) coupled with the weight of the body creates a gentle way to experience muscular release.






Our bodies take in a lot of impact from our postural habits, repetitive daily movements, our jobs, and the sports or workouts that we participate in. As a result, our bones rigidify, our joints become tight, aches and pains develop out of nowhere, and our energy levels start to plummet. So often we just default to the premise that this is a part of aging and we numbly accept it. The concept of Body Sustainability has been coined by Yamuna to describe the idea that with learning how to use the various balls, we can age well, heal from our old and new injuries and surgeries, and be able to enjoy the life and sport activities, as we grow older.


Yamuna Ball instructor Ideally, this process would start young, so the patterns would not be so ingrained in our body structure but the beauty of this form of exercise is that it can be adapted to suit any age. I have treated clients who have developed pain related conditions as a result of their fitness regime. As a complement to your current fitness regime or better yet before you start a new exercise program, consider Yamuna Body Rolling classes. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. On the other hand, if you have found that you are already dealing with a painful condition, consider an alternative therapeutic approach that empowers you to self-heal at home. Learn life-long solutions for flexibility and movement for each decade of your life, from your 20’s up to your 70’s and beyond. Take a Yamuna Body Rolling class or purchase some Yamuna Balls and a DVD is all it takes. Just get started and let the adventure of rolling begin.

Categories: Alternative healthcare, Yamuna Body Rolling

Post by Mary Falk PT on May 15, 2013

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These balls offer a therapeutic experience, whether you have fibromyalgia or osteroporosis and need a softer, larger ball or you are an extreme athlete and want a deeper intensity in your workout.

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