How to Deflate a Yoga Ball (2 Easy Methods)

Yoga balls can take up a lot of space in your home. If you need to deflate your yoga ball so that you can store or transport it easily, you may be wondering ‘how to deflate a yoga ball?’

If you need to diminish the amount of air in your yoga ball to make it feel softer and more comfortable, you can use the inflation needle. Whether you want to completely deflate your yoga ball or reduce the amount of air, there are two easy ways to do so.

The first method is to squeeze the air out f your yoga ball using the deflation needle. The second, more straightforward method is to use a special air pump to remove the air. Let’s look at how to deflate a yoga ball.

Method 1 (Inflation Needle Only)

Deflate Yoga Ball with Needle

Most people probably don’t have a special air pump to remove the air from their yoga ball. The good news is that a DIY method will allow you to deflate your yoga ball from home. Yoga balls take a while to deflate, so you’ll need to be patient.

1. Stick in the inflation needle

To deflate your yoga ball, you can remove the valve. This is a small plug that stops the ball from deflating. You can then put the inflation needle into the hole. When you do this, the air will start to escape for the yoga ball slowly.

Be careful when removing the yoga balls valve. Some yoga balls come with a plug remover which will allow you to open the valve easily. If you don’t have one and find it difficult to remove the valve with your fingers, you can use either a spoon handle or a coin. If possible, it is best to use a plug remover as you’ll be less likely to damage your yoga ball.

2. Sit on the ball

The air will flow from the yoga ball very slowly unless you apply some pressure to the ball. The easiest way to do this is to sit on your yoga ball. Be careful not to apply too much pressure to the ball as it could end up tearing. It’s best to squeeze the ball with your hands first.

3. Stand on the ball

Once you’ve got most of the air out of your yoga ball, you can stand on it to dispel the remaining air.

4. Fold the ball

Once the yoga ball is completely deflated, you can remove the inflation needle and replace the valve. Fold the yoga ball up carefully and store it.

Method 2 (Pump + Needle)

Deflate Air from Yoga Ball with Pump

The second method is to use an air pump to deflate your yoga ball. Some yoga balls are sold with a pump which makes inflating and deflating the ball easier. Using a pump to deflate your yoga ball is the easiest and quickest method, as you won’t have to spend time sitting on your yoga ball to squeeze the air out.

If you don’t have a pump, you may like to find a yoga studio that has a pump that you can use to deflate your yoga ball. If you regularly go to yoga class, you can ask the instructor if they have a pump you could borrow. Alternatively, you may have an air pump that you use to inflate your car tires which can be used to deflate a yoga ball.

1. Remove the valve

The first step is to remove the yoga balls valve. Always be careful when removing the valve on a yoga ball; you should prise it out carefully. Never force it, or you could end up damaging your yoga ball.

2. Use the pump

Next, press the pump over the valve stem. You can then use the pump as a plunger to remove the air from the ball.

2. Reseal your yoga ball

Once your yoga ball is deflated, you can then reseal it using the air valve.

Conclusion: It Easy To Deflate a Yoga Ball

Deflating a yoga ball is relatively easy. It can be time-consuming, depending on which method you use. Deflating your yoga ball will allow you to free up space in your home. You’ll also be able to store or transport the ball without having to worry that it will get damaged.  If it does get damaged, a new yoga therapy ball is relatively affordable.