How To Deflate Yoga Balls? 3 Simple Methods

Sunil Murthy
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Yoga and Yoga Balls

With today’s hectic life, you are always provided with stressful demands from society. The yoga exercise is one of the top remedies to helping you maintain your peace of mind in the midst of 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 most alluring things about this awesome exercise is the yoga ball.

The yoga ball, also referred to as The Fitness Ball or Exercise Ball, is basically 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. Regardless of how good you are at yoga, you have to sit and stand on the ball to make it work.

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

How To De-Inflate Yoga Ball? The How To Guide To Reducing The Air In A Yoga Ball

Before the inflatable yoga ball was invented, the yogis created a yoga ball out of old tires. They were so used to practicing yoga in such a tight space. Now yoga balls are uncommon in everyday life. But they still exist.

Yoga balls are still used in gyms, schools, hospitals, hospitals, offices, even in homes for different purposes. Their main purpose is health. And when they last, they can be used for many years. Many people use yoga balls as a chair. This is convenient and comfortable.

And now, people need to diminish the air in their yoga balls. There are two ways to do this:

Method 1: Blowing out of the hole in the yoga ball.

Method 2: Blowing air out of a special air pump.

The second method can be preferred. It is easier and more comfortable.

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 important.

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 in order for the ball to deflate quickly, you need to puncture a sufficient number of holes. These holes are required to release air at a fast rate.

And, that is why the DIY method is fast.

You know what helps make puncturing easier? An ice pick!

Yes, all you have to do is to prick it with a sharp object like ice pick.

The ice pick will provide a tiny little hole through which air will start flowing out of the ball … fast!

Refrain from handling the ball for a while because the punctures will need to seal. This may take a while. The holes will seal as soon as the pressure drops to a level that is safe.

During this period of time, your ball will deflate at an increasing rate.

Eventually, you will be left with a different-looking ball. One with a bunch of tiny holes on it.

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, it’s very tempting to simply let the ball deflate. So, make sure it deflates completely until the ball becomes static and comes to a rolling halt. As soon as the ball becomes static, you should notice that it’s slightly harder to roll and if you’re rolling it on the carpet, it’ll hurt your feet. In a short period the ball should become static and 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 can't squeeze it to expel air. You can take the ball outside and batter it with a hammer, if you need to.

The valve operates like a one-way-valve. Air can be pumped 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.

If yours is made with a newer valve that does not have a hole in it, follow these instructions.

Unscrew it and remove.

Step 3: Pull Out The Valve

Remove the valve from the ball. This is a small white plug that you'll find in the opening of the ball. This will allow the air to escape once it's pulled out. Note that once you pull out the valve, you won't be able to inflate it back up, so choose the desired size before removing the valve.

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 from the inside. This can be tricky, because it'll take a lot of effort, as the ball is made of a 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 A Airpump To Deflate The Ball

The second method is an easy way to deflate your yoga ball, if you don’t have access to a sink or water source.

This method involves a basic hand pump, i.e. one you can use to 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 no air valve, you can easily remove the air with the help of a handy tool that you probably already have in your kitchen.

You will need:

  • Coffee can or empty, clean plastic container, with lid (preferably the size of the yoga ball)
  • Pliers
  • Method 1

Use a can or container and a tool or a pry tool to push the valve plug out of the ball. Place the container on top of the yoga ball when it has as much air as you want to remove. Turn the container around slowly and slightly to move the yoga ball, if needed. When the ball reaches the desired look, just press the plug back in and keep it in place with the lid.

Method 2

Use a hole punch or a nail and punch a small hole in the ball. The hole doesn’t have to be big, just big enough to let the air out.

Method 3

Use a small, sharp tool (such as a butter knife) to push the valve plug out of the ball. The plug will pop out and release the air, thus deflating the ball.

Step 1: Place The Plug Remover Rightly

Move the plug to the middle of the ball, and take the plug out.

Take out a long, thin dart or a sharp knife.

Push the plug to the tip and then pull it slowly. Hold the plug.

Hold the plug. After it is out, blow or pump some air to it.

Push the plug to the tip and then pull it slowly. Hold the plug. Hold the plug. After it is out, blow or pump some air to it.

Step 2: Remove the Plug Carefully

Never force the plug out. You may damage the Yoga ball, or cause the plug to come off and leak rubber air! Just pinch and pull the plug out with your teeth. This can take a while, but don’t worry.

The needle nose pliers can remove some plugs with relative ease. Many will easily twist off or simply fall out of the hole. This can be done to stop the air flow when you’ve inflated the Yoga ball.

However, if you plan on ever re-using the ball you must remove the plug completely. Otherwise, you’ll be hard pressed to fill the ball with air again.

As mentioned above, pushing, shoving, shaking, and jumping on the ball are all ineffective methods for removing a plug.

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 could 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 air that is deflated.

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, take the object off the ball to keep it from deflating too far.

Fold the ball in half, if not more, and remove it from where it is stored, so air flow and standing on the ball do not cause the ball to re-inflate.

Step 4: End

On an upward note.

Depending on your personal preference, you can either keep rolling from the Downward Facing Dog Pose to the Child’s Pose Pose, or you roll toward your face and rest your forehead and nose on the floor too.

From your final pose, you can sit up or roll over to the extent that you feel comfortable. Roll again and feel the strain of muscles that you may not be used to working out.

And that’s it, you’ve successfully completed your first yoga session.

If you’ve ever had a back or knee injury, this exercise can help strengthen and stabilize those joints and re-train the muscles in the injured area in a progressive manner.

You can even add extra weight by bringing along a yoga block or using a filled water bottle.

For a taller yoga stretch, stand and bend over a table. Your legs should be straight with the floor and your hands should be on the table.

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 condition 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. Here are three simple ways to deflate your yoga ball. They are all safe methods that won’t affect the quality of the ball.

If you need to deflate a yoga ball, use any of the deflation methods described below.

{1}. Wrap the un-inflated yoga ball in a big towel and leave it for a week. The moisture from the towel will get absorbed into the ball by providing an environment where water can penetrate.
{2}. Add air to the ball and then roll it hard until it cannot get bigger. You can repeat this process until the ball doesn’t get bigger. This is also a safe way, except it can take quite a bit of time for the ball to get deflated.
{3}. Soak the un-inflated yoga ball in warm water for 15-30 minutes. This might cause quite a bit of weight loss for the ball.


It might not be the most fun part of owning a yoga ball, but a well-deflated yoga ball is a useful yoga ball. So, now that you know how to deflate your ball, remember to use just one method depending on where you want to deflate it.

Method 1: Use a built-in valve or the plug

Your yoga ball will come with a built-in valve or a plug, often small and round, situated at the point where you press the ball to inflate it. You get to this point by pressing your thumbs against the very top of the ball. You’ll feel your hands sink into the ball slightly.

All yoga balls will have a plug or a valve at this point. If your ball doesn’t, look out for this as it could be a defect!

Method 2: Use the pump

Remember: leave the built-in plug in the ball and pull the pump to push air out.

Method 3: Position the ball on your foot and push off

A useful exercise for getting into the best pose possible on your yoga ball, this method also comes in handy when you want to deflate the ball. Position your ball on your foot, and, with your other foot, push off the ball. This is an easy way to get the air out of the ball in one go.