Staying fit on the road with my Pono Ola Balance Board

My first few months of Airstream living were difficult to find an exercise rhythm. The biggest problem was a lack of floor space. I thought I could just whip out my yoga mat and practice my yoga routine next to Mavis every day. However, I had this sneaky suspicion I was performing for the RV park instead of exercising. Maybe no one was looking or no one cared but I was convinced I could feel eyeballs lurking from the shadowy windows of neighboring RVs and trailers while in downward dog. When we came back to our hometown of Atlanta in March, we decided to rectify the floor space situation by moving around the bedroom and living space. This opened up a pretty large area of the floor in the rear of the trailer in our new living space. We gained a whole 2×6′ section of flooring. This might not sound like a lot but in a tiny space like an Airstream, this was everything! This meant yoga space!

I partnered with the awesome folks over at Pono Ola. Their beautifully crafted bamboo balance board isn’t just nice to look at – it has added a new level of challenge to my yoga routine. It’s squishy feet make regular old yoga poses feel like a beach workout. It adds a level of difficulty without making you feel uneasy or unnatural. I’ve tried other balance boards in the past that make me feel like all I’m doing is trying not to fall off. The Pono Ola board isolates the movement to the horizontal plane. It shifts back and forth rather than wobbling every direction and making you feel less than coordinated!

More than just yoga

I’ve been incorporating the board in the kitchen while I cook or make smoothies. I like to stand in tree pose while I whip up a smoothie and before I know it, my legs are burning from the constant micro adjustments my body is making.

Compact size

Tiny space living means everything must have a purpose. The Pono Ola board is lightweight and slim and fits just about anywhere. Because it’s so pretty to look at, it’s one of those things you don’t mind sitting out propped up in the corner of the living room. It’s thin size allows for easy storage under the bed or inside our wardrobe closet. But most of the time it’s sitting out so I remember to grab it and make use of it no matter what I’m doing!


I’m very picky about the products I use and bring into my home. The Pono Board is made from sustainably harvested bamboo. It’s Formaldehyde free and low VOC. The Pono’s Micro Motion base is created from Eco-Friendly Plastic that is free of dangerous phthalates and BPA.


Check out Pono Ola’s kickstarter – they’re launching a brand new version of the board with feet that are 2x bigger for 2x more movement and 2x more challenge.

Sheena is a free-spirited adventurer who designed and renovated a 1975 Airstream in 2016 and travels the US with her husband and mohawk-sportin’ poodle. She’s a business owner, self-taught carpenter, blogger, yogi, professional photographer and a lover of the outdoors and healthy living.

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