A yoga ball chair, cushioned by bamboo and covered in an elaborate floral pattern, has arrived at the center of a heated debate over whether yoga balls are actually made of bamboo.
The chair, which is priced at $5,200, was designed by Korean designer Choi Yoon, and was unveiled at the National Asian Pacific American Cultural Center in New York last week.
The design has been praised by many in the arts and technology community for its “unconventional” design and for its use of materials that reflect cultural and social diversity, including bamboo and fabric.
It’s also a sign of the growing popularity of yoga ball chairs in Asian countries, with more than 50,000 sold in China in 2017 alone, according to the Association of American Universities.
“I think the idea is that people have the opportunity to do what they want, and if they want to sit on a ball or something like that, then that’s their choice,” said Michael Lattner, who has been a yoga ball-sales consultant for nearly a decade.
“That’s really the whole point of it.”
Lattner said he wanted to do a design that was both stylish and affordable, and so he wanted a chair that could also be used for yoga.
“The problem with yoga balls is that they’re a lot of materials, and they’re very expensive,” he said.
“So you’re basically buying the balls, and you’re getting a piece of bamboo, and that piece of wood is then going to be attached to a bamboo mat.”
The chair is also made with “soft bamboo” — which Lattcher said was more difficult to cut than traditional bamboo.
“We did it in the traditional way, which I think is really beautiful, but it’s also very expensive to make,” he added.
“There’s a lot more material in bamboo than there is in wood, and the soft bamboo is much more resistant to abrasion than the hard bamboo.”
The yoga ball design, which has been featured in publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, is not the first to use bamboo in a chair design.
The design was also featured in the 2014 book “Hands Off My Back: The Art of Yoga.”
But Lattners is not convinced that the bamboo in the new chair is the real deal.
“When I first saw the chair, I thought it looked like something that I could have bought,” he explained.
“I didn’t realize it was made out of bamboo.”
Lassner said it was also a tough challenge to design a chair in a way that was easy to maneuver.
“It was a challenge to get the bamboo right,” he recalled.
“You’ve got to get it into the right position.
If you’re doing it in a seated position, you’ve got that same problem.
You can’t just do it the way that you normally would.
You have to put it in such a way where it looks like a ball.”
According to Latt, there’s also the issue of “shoulder” space, which he said is critical for a chair to sit in.
“What is the ideal shoulder position for the chair?
Should it be in a sitting position, which could mean sitting on a stool?
Or should it be a sitting posture, which would be like the way a tennis racquet would be?” he asked.”
For the yoga ball, the ideal is that the chair sits perfectly, but the problem is that there’s a little bit of movement in the back.
So you can’t get it perfectly in that position.”
The center of the controversy is a “floating” yoga ball.
In 2016, the Center for American Progress, a nonprofit group, published a report called “The Yoga Ball,” in which it said that yoga balls were more difficult for women to use than a traditional yoga mat.
“Women are often told to sit up and down in a yoga mat for 30 minutes and then it falls apart and they have to go back to the yoga mat,” the report read.
The report also said that women’s pelvic floor muscles, and their hips, shoulders and backs would be “slanted forward.”
“It’s also said in the report that women have less flexibility in their pelvis, lower back and lower back, and may need to take longer breaks between classes.”
According the report, the report was written by an American who is an instructor at the Center.
The Center’s founder, Dr. Tania Breen, later told The New Yorker that the report is based on research she did on yoga balls and suggested that it was a “misleading report” and a “distraction” from the center’s work.
The Center said it has since been flooded with emails and calls from concerned yoga ball owners who said the report “was not accurate.”
“The Center has done its research and determined that there are not any health and safety risks associated with the use of