I am not much of a products person in general, let alone when it comes to yoga, which I prefer to keep simple. In nearly fifteen years of practice, I haven't strayed much beyond a long lasting mat and my trusty eyebag. But when I saw an advertisement for Three Minute Eggs in Yoga International, depicting a woman laying in a relaxed supine pose supported by the colorful lozenge-shaped Eggs, I was intrigued and decided to give them a try.
My first practice using the Eggs left me feeling like I had just left a spa. Yes, I used them for restorative poses, so that's part of it, but I also experimented with using them as supports in standing poses and resting my palms on them when sweeping from Chaturanga to Up-Dog. The Eggs brought something new – they are fun! – and this from someone that already essentially loves the practice of yoga, no matter the approach. The Eggs brought another level of awareness, increased attention to alignment, and a sense of support.
Since that day, I have experimented both with integrating the Eggs throughout my practice and using them in only a few key poses. I have tried all the clips in the generous selection posted on the Three Minute Egg website and I practiced with the special edition Alignment and Flow DVD. The two segments of the DVD are informative and practical. They lean towards the physical only but the straightforward approach and clear instructions offer a well-rounded practice that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The best feature of the DVD? It offers a wide range of ideas about how to integrate this innovative new tool into the practice – then you decide the way that works best for you.
Overall, I think the best use I have found of the Eggs is pretty much what I saw in the magazine that first day. I lay on the ground with one Egg supporting my upper back and another supporting my head and gently roll my head back and forth on the rounded surface of the Egg. This is one of the best cures I have found for computer-related neck & shoulder tightness and it has proven a wonderful way to unwind and relax at the end of a day.