How to Deflate a Yoga Ball (Easiest Way to Inflate and Deflate It)

A woman is deflating a violet yoga ball

Yoga balls are amazing when it comes to enhancing core stability and attaining excellent muscle balance. According to a study, more than 36 million Americans practice yoga, and the numbers are skyrocketing each day.

If you also practice yoga, you might own a yoga or exercise ball. This big ball is really helpful in making different yoga poses, but the only downside is that it occupies a lot of space. 

Yoga balls are giant, and storing them is a challenge if you have limited space in the storeroom. So, the best way is to deflate it and then organize it properly. 

But deflating a ball isn’t as easy as inflating it! Here’s how to deflate a yoga ball. The article covers multiple easy-breezy tips to deflate the ball without puncturing it.

Easy Ways to Deflate a Yoga Ball 

Before the inflatable balls came into existence in 1963, yogis used to have yoga balls made using old tires. Unfortunately, these balls were extremely bulky and difficult to work with. 

And the inception of inflatable balls has made things easier for everyone, and you can use them at home or wherever you want.

Some people also use it as a chair and sit in a specific posture to improve their core strength. However, some exercises require you to diminish the air. Also, if you want to travel, you need to deflate the ball completely.

Here’s how to do it the right way.

Method 1: Use an Air Pump to Deflate the Ball 

A woman showing how to deflate a yoga ball by using air pump

This one is the quickest and easiest way to get rid of the air from the balloon. All you need is a basic hand pump, and you can even use the one you use to inflate the car tires. 

Turn the yoga ball upside down and attach the ball pump to the valve system. Now you can use the pump as a plunger to deflate the air. Keep holding the pump’s valve in place until the entire ball gets deflated.

Now twist the air cap valve, and pack the exercise ball or store it wherever you want. 

Method 2: Deflate the Ball Without a Pump or Deflate the Yoga Ball at Home 

Deflating a yoga ball requires attention and care, as these are delicate and may get punctured. If you do not want to use a hand pump or you do not own one, this is the best method to use. 

Furthermore, this is a DIY method most yoga practitioners use, as it helps deflate the ball up to the level you want. You can even deflate it halfway so that inflating the ball again takes less time.

I’ve used this method numerous times, and it takes time and effort. So, make sure to do it when you have 5-10 minutes free from your busy schedule.

Step 1: Place the Ball on a Flat Surface and Look for the Valve 

Placing the yoga ball on a flat surface keeps it stable, and you can easily look for the valve. Make sure the ball doesn’t roll, and you can even place a soft mat under it. 

Now look for the air valve. It looks like a rubber disc and is ½ inches in diameter. It would be great to understand the working mechanism of the deflating valve before you plunge into action and press the ball.

The ball has a built-in tube connected with the deflating valve. And when you try to deflate the ball, the air passes through this tube and flows out of the valve. 

It is important to remove the valve’s cap so that the air flows out and the ball gradually deflates. 

Step 2: Work with the Valve 

You cannot simply pull out the air valve because it is small and delicate. The type of valve system depends on the type or brand of the yoga ball. Try to lift the valve with your fingertip and then twist it gently.

If you are not able to lift it up with your fingertip, use the blunt edge of a butter knife for this task. You need to be extremely careful when working with the valve because if it damages, the ball won’t be able to hold the air, and you have to get a new one.

Step 3: Pull Out the Air Valve Carefully 

As you pull out the air valve, the ball will deflate quickly. Carefully hold the valve and have a firm grip over it. Twist the valve and pull it back and forth depending on what you think is required.

Repeat the process, and be gentle with the ball. Now pull out the stem, and the excess air will blow out from the ball. 

You’ll notice a sudden change in the shape of the ball as most of the air has come out.

Step 4: Squeeze the Ball 

Pulling the valve out can deflate the ball 50%, so you have to make some effort to deflate it completely. Pick up the ball and squeeze it gently. I prefer placing the ball on the floor and then lying down over it.

Once done with deflating it properly, fold it, and pack it inside a bag before you store or organize the yoga ball.

Method 3: Release the Air Using a Plug Remover 

There are some brands that offer yoga balls without an air valve. The reason why they don’t offer a valve is to reduce the chances of air leaks. But deflating these balls is pretty daunting, but you can still do it easily using the below-mentioned steps.

This method requires a plug remover like a pair of pliers to hold the valve and remove it easily. 

Step 1: Place the Ball on the Floor and Look for the Valve Cover 

Place the ball on the floor and make sure it doesn’t move from its place. Now locate the valve stem cover and try to hold it with the pliers. If you have a fully inflated ball, it may be slightly difficult to hold the stem cover.

Press the ball around the stem cover, and then hold it with the prongs. Be gentle with the ball, and do not squeeze it with immense pressure. 

Step 2: Remove the Plug 

Once you have the plug between the pliers, you need to remove it carefully. Do not pull the plug out forcefully as it may damage the stem, and the ball will become irreparable.

Wiggle around, and then pull out the plug gently, you will see it coming out. Next, pull up the plug, and remove it fully. You’ll see air coming out of the ball because of the pressure. 

But deflating the ball fully requires some more effort, so follow the next step and make the exercise ball ready for storing. 

Step 4: Squeeze the Ball 

Pick up the ball in your arms, and apply pressure to release the remaining air. Or you can even place it over any flat surface and lay over the ball to do the job easily and without much effort. 

It would be great to call someone to help you out. I’ve seen people placing some gym weight over the ball. You can also do this to make the job quicker and easier.

Wrap some gym weights in a soft towel, and place it over the yoga ball. Leave it for some time, and you can spend time doing the important work. Keep increasing the weight unless the ball deflates completely. 

Now fold the ball, and store it as per your requirements.

How to Inflate the Yoga Ball 

People often do not talk about inflating the yoga ball, but it is as important as deflating it. I’ve seen some folks blowing up their yoga balls due to improper inflation, and I do not want that to happen with you. 

So, check out the below-mentioned steps, and inflate the ball properly.

Step 1: Unpack and Leave 

Never inflate the yoga ball right away after taking it out from the box. It is essential to bring the ball to room temperature so that it inflates properly. Leave the ball on your table for at least two hours, and then hop on step 2.

Step 2: Insert the Ball Pump 

Now insert the ball pump inside the ball’s plug. Make sure to fit it precisely and check if the end of the pump reaches the stem of the ball.

Step 3: Attach the Pump Nozzle with the Ball Plug 

Attach the pump nozzle with the ball plug, and check the connection. If you are using an electric pump, you will see the ball inflating after pressing the power button.

Those using a manual hand pump have to start operating the pump in order to inflate the ball. Pump the ball to 80% of its capacity and re-insert the plug to prevent the air from flowing out.

Now let the ball rest for a day or two as the air may expand, resulting in filling the free space of the ball. However, if there is still some room for air, connect your air pump, and do the honors. 

As per experts, you should let the ball rest for another day after filling it to its full capacity. 

Safety Tips to Know When Inflating or Deflating a Yoga Ball

Inflating/deflating an exercise ball is safe, but there are a few things to keep in mind so that you do not end up with injuries or damaging the ball. 

Do Not Use Pointed Objects on the Ball 

Inflating and deflating both processes require you to open the plastic valve cap. Always use something like a blunt butter knife that does not damage the ball. Moreover, use it with care so that the object does not puncture the ball.

Do Not Overinflate it. 

Overinflating the yoga ball can lead to an explosion, which can be dangerous for you. Inflate the ball up to 80% of its capacity in the first go, and then fill it up to the remaining capacity. 

Always Leave the Ball for Sometime 

I’ve seen people inflating the exercise ball right away after unpacking it, but it is not the best way. Leave the ball outside for some time so that it reaches room temperature, and then follow the “how to inflate a yoga ball” process. 

Use a Good-quality Pump 

There’s a huge difference between a yoga ball and a tire, so you should use a good-quality pump. It would be great to have a separate handheld pump that you only use for the exercise ball.

Bonus tip

We found a really great and helpful video showing a few useful tips on selecting a proper yoga ball size

Final Thoughts 

Following these methods carefully will help you deflate and inflate the yoga ball quickly and safely. These are the simplest methods that I’ve been using for a year, and my yoga ball is still in good shape. 

Always be gentle to the ball and ensure you do not squeeze it rigorously. Lastly, store the ball in a damp-free place so that it remains protected from moisture and direct sunlight. 

If you keep the ball clean, it’ll last longer and help you maintain core strength while getting a better posture.  

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Amanda Deep

Hi there! I am Amanda Deep, an avid yoga practitioner, and fan. My love for the practice began more than 7 years ago when I was in college studying abroad in India. I found that at the end of a long day of sightseeing, learning about ancient culture, or exploring new places on my own, practicing yoga helped me to wind down and find peace both inside and out.

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