My mat is stable and the yoga board feels just like a hard wood floor. I have weak wrists, and practicing on my unstable and squishy mat was making them worse. Now my yoga board supports them. I am a new practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, and my jump through's needed improvement. Now, with my yoga board underneath, I am starting to see major improvements! It also helps in balancing postures, as a hard wood floor does. My yoga board is light enough to carry from the basement up the stairs and outside. Never have I been able to practice yoga outside, because of unstable surface. I have been using it in the grass on nice days, and love it! If you have not tired yoga outside yet, you should; sun salutations bring on a whole new meaning! With the yoga board, my dedicated yoga space is mobile; and I have no room for excuses, only inspiration. I can't say enough about this product, simply put, it has been a blessing for my yoga practice, and therefore my life!
JC - Chicago, IL 2010
LifeBoard has significantly changed where & when I practice for the better. I have a strong preference to practice on hard surfaces. I have little such space available at home. I was therefore largely constrained to practicing in one of the many yoga studios near me prior to acquiring my LifeBoard. I love practicing in a group setting, but doing so more than twice a week just wasn't practical for me, both because of scheduling constraints and cost considerations.
Enter my LifeBoard. I still practice once per week in a studio. But I can now practice 3-4 times per week at home at times that work for me and at a fraction of the studio-equivalent cost. I appreciate that the comparison is less than perfect - I learn every time that I practice in a studio after all! - but the reality is that I am practicing more often because of my LifeBoard and that my LifeBoard basically paid for itself within a month as I lowered my studio practice from twice to once per week.
Todd Fiala - Shoreline, WA 2010
The LifeBoard has been a great addition to my yoga practice: it's the one thing I was lacking to get a home practice going. The spaces available for asana practice in my home are all carpeted. Until I started using LifeBoard, I just couldn't keep a half-moon standing :-) Thanks a bunch! Great product.
Dana Ahern - Ashland, OR 2010
The LifeBoard is AWESOME. I use it all the time and it has made my yoga so enjoyable. Our whole house is carpet so I had no options ............... now I do. Thanks you so much!!!!!!!
Lindsay Bern (ACE Certified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher) - Reno, NV 2010
Developing a home practice is an important part of the yoga experience. Finding the time, space and discipline to practice on your own is an integral step in the journey. But, let's face it, we're not all lucky enough to have a dedicated room in our house with hard wood floors to accommodate a safe, productive practice. I know this challenge first hand, as someone who has had a home yoga practice since 2001 and now lives in a mostly carpeted home. Once you find the space to lay out your mat, the surface beneath you often becomes problematic. A yoga mat on top of carpeted floors is an unstable surface, making standing and balancing poses more challenging. The softness of the carpet becomes a further hassle if practicing a vinyasa, power or ashtanga type of yoga with many chaturanga push ups and arm balances. The carpet beneath your mat takes a toll on the wrists, compressing the joint. I started researching alternatives for a surface to place underneath my mat.
Thankfully, an innovative company has come up with an economical, space efficient, environmentally friendly solution. Welcome the LifeBoard into your home and under your yoga mat, for a yoga studio-like experience wherever you practice. The LifeBoard comes in two pieces that you slide together to create a solid surface just a bit larger than a standard yoga mat (yes - the Manduka Black Mat fits perfectly on top of the LifeBoard.) The LifeBoard can be used on top of any soft, unstable surface like carpet or outdoors on grass or sand for a rigid, secure floor beneath your mat. Thoughtfully constructed of "recyclable high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and shipped in boxes made of 100% recycled material," this is a yoga product that fits in with the Yogic lifestyle. In addition, "several dollars from each purchase goes to a nonprofit organization called Skyline Center in Clinton, IA. They provide rehabilitation services and work programs for disabled adults. They do the shipping and handling for (LifeBoard.)" Attention to details like these makes LifeBoard a stand out in yoga product commerce.
I love my LifeBoard. I had been looking for a portable surface that would allow me to do yoga in my living room. Believe it or not, I was having to do yoga in my kitchen because it was the only flat surface I had to place my mat. Your product is sturdy and does not slip. I love that it separates into two pieces for easy storage and portability."
Patrice A. - Incline Village, NV 2010
The LifeBoard has been an absolute savior for me in my yoga practice. For the past 5 years I have lived in a house which is fully carpeted. The first few weeks upon moving in, I used a piece of plywood under my mat and it did the job. But that piece of plywood belonged to my bed frame which I finally had to put together. Plus, it was bulky to use, ugly and hard to store. I have been searching the Internet since for something that would work and even checked in to some woodworking folks in my town to make me something. It was going to be too expensive to have them design a floor for me and I just couldn't get myself to go buy another piece of plywood and deal with the problems I already mentioned. So, recently I discovered the LifeBoard online and ordered it immediately. The price is right, it's very easy to put together and does the job beautifully. I am so happy to be able to get my balance work back in my home practice! I am currently a certified Pilates Trainer and have been practicing yoga for over 15 years. In a couple of months I will be going through the 200 hour teacher training course with Doug Swenson, a program which complies under the standards of Yoga Alliance® to become a RYT® (Registered Yoga Teacher). Amongst all my peers, clients and students I will pass on the word of this great new product!
John Cain - Grand Junction, CO 2010
I don't generally respond to feedback requests for products, but I will say the LifeBoard has been a very pleasant surprise. I use it on a fairly well-padded carpet in my living room, and the support is just as good as it was on my hard composite floor in the kitchen. It is very easy to put together and take apart with the interlocking hinge, and stores easily under a bed. The only drawback is that of course there is a slight dropoff and you don't have arm support against the carpet in supine poses requiring arms out horizontally or overhead. That's a small price to pay for being able to do the rest of my yoga feeling well-grounded and balanced, in a space that is much more conducive to a calming, graceful practice.
Geri G. - Sun City West, AZ 2010
I love my LifeBoard! It is the perfect answer for practicing yoga on carpet. I previously had something similar made out of wood, but it was much more expensive and much heavier. LifeBoard is just right!
Jennifer Muhlenkamp - Englewood, OH 2010
What a great product! I have been using LifeBoard twice a week for 3 weeks now and the changes to my home practice are measurable. I cannot wait till spring and use my LifeBoard outdoors. Thanks so much!
Jessica Apodaca - Austin, TX 2010
I just wanted to write and tell you that you are amazing! I have been looking for a way to stabilize my yoga mat since we moved into a house that is fully carpeted. Every idea I came up with was either to expense or my husband said wouldn't work. Then you came into my life. Not only do I love the board, for several reasons, but I couldn't believe how fast it was delivered! I waited with great anticipation for the board from the first time I read that it was being produced. I think it is great. I very rarely send feedback to companies, so when I do it is because I strongly believe in the product. Since I wrote to you I have used it for mat pilates and some center barre ballet exercises and it works wonderfully for them, too. I am, as my husband calls me, an exercise junkie. He is a quality control person and he is impressed with the board. He said it looks well designed and well made. Believe me that that is a huge compliment to you. I also have MS and sometimes balance is a big problem for me. Having something sturdy under me for support gives me greater confidence to do the things I love. So, thank you, thank you, thank you! You have made me one very happy yogi!
K.O. - Atlanta, GA 2009
VERY, VERY COOL product, exceptionally well engineered! Surprisingly light but very rigid, with zero sag in the center. Freedom to choose a carpeted space for yoga is wonderful. The ingenious tabs lock the two halves together in such a way as to prevent any displacement side-to-side or up-and-down (absolutely no sagging in the center). The panels are surprisingly light (approximately 17.5 pounds combined) yet are very rigid. Once assembled, you get the impression you are standing on a single sheet of material. A standard yoga mat fits between the cutouts (which serve as handles) and leaves approximately 2 inches of exposed LifeBoard at each end. It was a bit confusing initially connecting the two halves. You cannot connect them with the panels laying on the floor. You must hold a panel vertically in each hand (opposite edge resting on the floor, bottom surface facing you) and allow the wide end of the tabs on one panel to pass through the wide space between the tabs on the other panel. Being careful to keep the tabs interlocked (in the same manner as interlocking the extended fingers of your hands), you swing the opposite ends of the panels away from you, allowing the tabs to mesh snugly together, then lay the LifeBoard on the floor. As stated, the LifeBoard is very rigid, easily providing adequate support for hands, wrists, feet and ankles during yoga practice. I should note the sensation is not identical to that provided by a mat on a hard floor, rather one of a mat on a hard, rigid surface resting on a cushioned surface (obviously). A hard flooring surface is laid on a hard sub-floor resting on rigid joists, the only cushion is that provided by the mat. The degree of cushion (give) you feel on the LifeBoard depends on the carpet on which the platform rests -- thick, long-pile carpet will compress more than short-pile or Berber carpeting. Regardless, support is more than adequate.Worth the wait. Thanks. Best wishes for your success.
Mary O'Hara - Oxnard, CA 2009
The LifeBoard is perfect for my needs because it provides a firm surface for my yoga practice. It assembles quickly and easily and is not too heavy to manage nor too bulky to store. Perfect so far and I've used it twice. Thanks for a great product.
Jenny B. - Atlanta, GA 2009
I'm a 5'10" 185-pound person using the LifeBoard for yoga. The board supports both my weight and my height (long-limbs). I love the board. I've used it several times now on my thick, new carpeting, and it's far superior for balance and holding postures than trying to use just a yoga mat on top of carpet. I do use my mat on top of the board for cushion and the mat fits just fine and does not slip. Thanks for a great product!