How To Deflate Yoga Balls? 3 Simple Methods

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Yoga and Yoga Balls

With today’s hectic life, you are always provided with stressful demands from society. Yoga is one of the top remedies to help you maintain your peace of mind during a stressful and challenging environment. It is ideal for anybody from adolescents to adults. So, if you consider doing yoga, you are more than welcome to get into it. However, one of the fascinating things about this fantastic exercise is the yoga ball.

The yoga ball, also referred to as The Fitness Ball or Exercise Ball, is a large inflated ball. It is used for various exercises and stretches. You can easily sit or stand on this ball and do different sit-ups and stretches. When you first use the ball, you will find it hard to relax and concentrate on the workout. However, with time you will get used to it.

How To Deflate Yoga Balls? How To Reduce Air In a Yoga Ball?

Before the inflatable yoga ball was invented, the yogis created a yoga ball out of old tires. Yoga balls are used in gyms, schools, hospitals, offices, even in homes for different purposes. Their primary purpose is health. And when they are used with care, they can last for many years. Many people use yoga balls as a chair. This is convenient and comfortable.

And when people need to diminish the air in their yoga balls. There are three ways to do this:

  1. Method 1: Pull out the valve.
  2. Method 2: Blowing air out using a special air pump.
  3. Method 3: Use a plug remover.

All three methods are easy and quite straightforward.

Method 1: DIY Method To Deflate A Yoga Ball At Home

  • The problem with yoga balls is that they take ages to deflate. Whereas having a deflated yoga ball ready to go is essential.
  • You wouldn’t want to be stuck on the floor, waiting for it to deflate.
  • Getting the ball to deflate quickly is very important.
  • This is because, for the ball to deflate quickly, you need to locate the valve and pull it out to release air at a fast rate.

Step 1: Make It Static And Locate The Valve

This may sound simple, but even the most experienced are prone to forget this step.
Yoga balls are easy to inflate with either your mouth or a pump. When you’re done with your exercise and yoga, it’s very tempting to let the ball deflate simply. The first step to deflate the yoga ball is to bring it to a rolling halt. As soon as the ball becomes static, you should be able to identify the air valve.

Step 2: Work The Valve Carefully

Carefully remove the valve to deflate the ball.

There should be a small hole in the valve. Don't worry if you don't hear the air coming out of it. The valve operates like a one-way valve. You can pump air into the ball, but once it's inside, the air has no way to escape. The ball will remain inflated, despite your efforts to expel the air, until you remove the valve and make an effort to squeeze out the air by applying pressure.

If your yoga ball is made with a newer valve that does not have a hole in it, you need to unscrew and remove it to release the air.

Step 3: Pull Out The Valve

Remove the valve from the ball. It is a small white plug that you'll find in the ball’s opening. This will allow the air to escape once it's pulled out but not on its own. You need to apply pressure to trigger and expedite the release of air.

Step 4: Apply Pressure On The Ball To Squeeze Out The Air

You'll have to be careful when you do this because if you apply too much pressure, you could end up tearing the ball.

Just put your hands into the ball and apply firm pressure with your hands and fingers.
You can also try this with your feet. This can be tricky because it'll take a lot of effort, as the ball is made of very tough material.

If you do it correctly, you'll hear the air being squeezed out of the ball.
Most simply, you can just lay the ball on your floor and step on it.

Just make sure you're stepping on a part where you won't hurt the floor, and if you have a hard floor, you might want to wear some slippers.

Method 2: Use an Airpump To Deflate The Ball

The second method is an easy way to deflate your yoga ball.

This method involves a basic hand air pump, i.e., one you can inflate your car tires.

Simply turn the exercise ball upside down and press the pump on the valve stem. You’ll effectively use the pump as a plunger and press the air out of the ball.

Once the ball is deflated, simply twist the air valve cap to seal the valve, and you’re done.

Method 3: Use a Plug Remover To Release Air

Yoga balls with air valves make removing the air possible by just pushing a valve plug. But, if you have a yoga ball with a new type of air plug, you need a specialized plug remover to remove the air plug and facilitate air release.

If you have lost your ball plug remover, a coin, spoon, or flat head screwdriver can all be used as a suitable replacement. A ball plug remover is recommended to prevent any potential damage to the exercise ball.

Step 1: Place The Plug Remover Rightly

Locate your exercise ball plug remover. It is a plastic tool with two prongs on either side.
Slide the prongs of the plug remover around the plug of the exercise ball, with prongs on either side. It may be more difficult, depending on how inflated your ball is.

Step 2: Remove the Plug Carefully

Squeeze the plug remover to grip the plug. Wiggle and pull up to remove the plug. Be careful and scratch the yoga ball surface.

Step 3: Put Pressure To Release Air

If the ball is in a normal space, get a heavy chair or object and lay it on top of the ball. This is best done with two people, as the ball would roll around a bit and cause a problem with such a heavy object.

Leave the object on the ball for about an hour to maximize the amount of deflated air.
After an hour, sit on the ball. The air will not deflate as quickly as it would with the weight of the object. It may take a few hours, but the ball will deflate when you sit on it. Gently deflate the ball by taking one half and dropping it on the ground and then switching to the other side and dropping it.

When the ball has deflated to the level you want, stop putting pressure to keep it from deflating too far.

Step 4: Fold and Store

Place the ball plug back into the ball so that it does not get misplaced. Fold the ball in half, and place it where you want to store it.

Pro Tip: How To Deflate Yoga Balls

Sometimes you may need to deflate a yoga ball to store it. It may not be realistic to keep it inflated all the time. If that’s the case, you can make an effort to deflate it rather slowly. You also need to know how to deflate it without leaving any dents or marks on it. Remove the air valve or plug and soak the inflated yoga ball in warm water for 15-30 minutes. This might cause quite a bit of weight loss for the ball.


Yoga balls are an important piece of equipment and a great workout tool. Yogis use it to strengthen core muscles, improve balance, and accomplish complicated stretching.
You can find Yoga balls in Yoga studios, pilates studios, or gyms. They are big, round, and take up a lot of space making it a challenge to store.

They can be easily deflated and stored at home helping to free up valuable space and make room for other important stuff. Deflating Yoga balls makes them smaller in size to store away by following a few simple steps. So, now that you know how to deflate your ball remember to use just one method depending on what suits you.