Joint pain is something that affects many yogis regardless of their level of practice. Yoga Jellies are a pair of soft gel-like discs made from silicon, and I was very eager to test them. They came in a beautiful drawstring bag that fit inside my yoga gear bag (a must!). I used them during an outdoor yoga class that was Ashtanga-themed, so I was moving around the mat a lot. Sometimes it was challenging to bring the discs along with me as I moved from one end of the mat to the other, but they give great cushioning. Downward Dog was much more comfortable with the Jellies under my hands, and as I moved into more complicated poses like Mermaid I really appreciated the support under my kneecap. I have a student who has chronic knee pain from being a dancer for 50+ years, and she now uses my yoga jellies during each class (runner’s stretch, low lunges, Lizard, etc) because her knees are so sensitive. She was using layers of blankets and towels on top of her mat previously, so this alternative helps her during practice by keeping her mat free of physical obstacles or uneven surfaces. I also like some of the less obvious uses for the Jellies: under the shoulder blades during Savasana or standing balancing poses if you have flat feet. Yoga Jellies come in eight different colors and can be purchased online from www.yogajellies.com.
Jessica Rienecker has been practicing yoga since 2009, and teaching since 2013 in Orange County, California. She focuses on intro level classes to help make yoga accessible to all fitness levels and body types.You can follow her on facebook at www.facebook.com/TallGirlYogi or her blog at www.tallgirlyogi.com. Jessica is Project Manager at Yoga Teacher Magazine.