The Three Minute Egg® is not simply a replacement for the traditional square yoga blocks, although as people gain experience with the Eggs their blocks are often cast aside. The Three Minute Egg® is more than that. It’s a new way of thinking about yoga props. Even as its inventor, I am constantly surprised by its versatility (every teacher seems to find some unique application for the Eggs), and its versatility brings with it the need for some clarification.
Now that you’ve decided you want some Eggs, there’s a good chance you have a few questions. Can I get any colors I want? What’s a Hard-Boiled Egg? Do all the orange Eggs have signatures on them? In fact, you may be thinking (in a Ricky Ricardo sort of voice), “Jaaaason, you got some esplaining to do!” And so I will elaborate in this Buyer’s Guide for the Three Minute Egg® products.
All of these Eggs are the same size and shape. The Hard-Boiled Eggs (only available in Gray) are harder and a tiny bit heavier. The difference in hardness is important and noticeable. The difference in weight (unless you’re holding a gigantic box) is not. The general principle is this: if the Eggs are in your hands (think Upward Facing Dog), and your weight is on the Eggs (or any arm-balancing pose), you want those Eggs to be Hard-Boiled. For the most part, 2 is enough, although in some instances, you may want more. If you’re standing on an Egg, it absolutely needs to be Hard-Boiled. If the Eggs are supporting your head, spine, ribs, or chest (think Supported Back Bends or Forward Restorative Twist) and you’re planning to stay there a while, you will be more comfortable and better able to relax into the slightly softer Namasteggs (available in 7 colors other than Gray). A minimum of 4 is recommended (3 under the back/chest and one under the head). This golden ratio of 2 Hard-Boiled Eggs to 4 Namasteggs is what led us to create the Breakfast of Yogis and Yogi Meal (the only difference being that the Yogi Meal comes with our introductory DVD). (more…)