Gaiam Guys and Gals Bouncing Around in Cubicle Land

Everett by Everett | August 20th, 2009 | 31 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings

Everett on Balance BallBeing the original Balance Ball people, Gaiam employees tend to do a little more bouncing during the day than people at most companies. A picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s go on a quick walk around our department …

To the right is me, Everett. I make sure search engines like the one on my shirt bring you to Gaiam when you search for terms like Balance Ball or fitness ball or stability ball.

Nicole on Balance BallThere’s Nicole! She works on Gaiam’s subscription websites like Gaiam Yoga Studio. She likes zucchini and she’s a composting expert.

Norbert on Balance BallNorbert is one of our developers. He’s the guy I go to when I need some help with PHP or CSS.

Rick on Balance BallRick is my SEO intern. As they’d say in Boston, he’s Wiked Smaht, which explains how he snagged our one novelty megaball. I wish I could hire him full time but I’d be scared he’d take my job in a few years. And he has good taste in music.

Fernanda on Balance BallWe’re not the only ones to use Balance Balls around the office – some of our international friends do too! Based in Mexico, Fernanda is helping develop our Gaiam brand down in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean……as you can see, she really enjoys sitting on her Balance Ball!

Do you sit on a Balance Ball? If so, upload your pictures to a photo site like Flickr and share them with us in the comments below! If not, what are you waiting for? Spending part of your day on a Balance Ball is good for your back if, like us, you do a lot of sitting. They’re also fun and, best of all, you’ll look super cool bouncing while you work. ;-)


  1. We use the ball chairs at Pangea too! Makes work a *little* bit more like play!! xo Gaiam ~Linda

    Linda | August 20th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  2. I wish we had ball chairs at work! They look like so much fun!

    Olga | August 20th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  3. Linda how about sharing some pictures of the Pangea staff on their ball chairs? I love Pangea Organics. But don’t tell me wife that. She thinks she’s just buying product for herself. ;-)

    Everett | August 20th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  4. I love the Gaiam newsletters. Seeing them arrive to my in-box is automatic smile and relaxation. I have wanted one of these chairs forever. It one be perfect for my small studio where computer and paint share (chair?) space.

    C. Robin Janning | September 2nd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  5. When I had to take a desk job because of the economy ( was a yoga teacher and a substitute teacher) I took my big blue ball with me. I don’t have the chair part, but I do enjoy the playful bouncing and the rolling. My back doesn’t it did with the regular chair they provided me and my abs are solid. Not bad for a 50yr old who sits all day!!

    leslie | September 2nd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  6. Anyone have any idea how many calories you burn bouncing vs. sitting?

    Dionne | September 2nd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  7. I first saw the ball chair at my Chiropractor’s office…an “ah-ha” moment, came home dialed up Gaiam and placed an order. In no time my back felt so much better after sitting hours at a time writing. My daughter publishes a magazine and spends a lot of time at her computer also, so I ordered one for her. Everyone should have a BALLCHAIR! I’m in great shape at 72!
    sincerely, Vangie C.Rich

    Vangie C. Rich | September 2nd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  8. I cannot say enough great things about how much I LOVE using a balance ball at work instead of a regular desk chair. I’ve been using mine for over a year now and have noticed huge improvements in my posture while sitting, (no more slouching!) Not to mention what it’s done for my core muscles. I did take a lot of ribbing from my co-workers when I first brought my ball to work. They were sure it was just another passing fad. I would recommend this to everyone.

    celia | September 2nd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  9. What an amzing idea and comfortable way to do work. I don’t think the banking industry I work in would approve of this “playful” way of getting your work done comfortably. I’ve almost convinced my company to allow me to work from home; when that happens, I am definitely getting rid of my computer chair!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Jennifer | September 2nd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  10. Loved seeing all the ways with sitting on the ball. I especially like the big green one that makes your butt look smaller than actual size.
    P.S. “Wicked Smaht” if a phrase from Bahston (Boston) not New Jersey – I know I’m a Jersey girl.

    Diana | September 2nd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  11. Cool. My 7th grade son is excited that they are using yoga balls as chairs in his science class this year.

    Sherri Bush | September 2nd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  12. A few years back, a school in my district got a grant and got balance balls for all the kids in one classroom to sit on at their desks instead of their desk chairs. I don’t have a pic, but if I track one down, I’ll let you know. It was an awesome sight! Also, I loved not only seeing the pics of the balance ball sitting you shared, but really loved seeing pics some of the staff of one of my favorite companies! Thanks for sharing!

    Jill | September 2nd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  13. I have a ball chair. Good for your back. Engages your core. Unfortunately the chair has no arms. This is a problem. I want to use my ball chair but does not work in my home office. As long as your desk is very neat and you can rest your forearms on your desk it is OK.

    doug lewis | September 2nd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  14. Our ball chairs were a HUGE hit at a “Night at The Museum Event” held at the Hands On Museum in Ann Arbor, MI.

    We brought them so people had somewhere to sit while viewing a few of our e-Learning courses. People were just drawn to these chairs!

    It was a great fit for an interactive environment like this museum… The set-up was a perfect way for people to see what we do at TorranceLearning in a comfy cool seat!

    Emily Taylor | September 3rd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  15. I, and everyone who uses my computer, love my ball chair. I had major back problems and this chair helps all of us to maintain healthy posture. Thanks!

    Catherine | September 3rd, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  16. Everett!
    I wish I had a camera to do so! Maybe Ill shoot some camera phone flicks… The same day you posted this blog, Mike (our west coast inside sales guy) must have rolled onto something pokey… because his balance ball popped right out from under him. It was HILARIOUS… but he didnt think so ;) BTW>>> would you email me personally? I want to ask you a non-blog question:
    P.S. >> will Gaiam be at the Yoga Journal Conference this year?

    Linda | September 4th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  17. Is there a ball chair for people over 6′ tall?

    chuck | January 18th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  18. I keep looking at the site for about a month now questioning whether I should buy the ball or not. I have purchased things in the past and then I regret it.
    Will I regret this ball?

    teresa | February 2nd, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  19. I sat on a ball chair at work for 4 1/2 years and one day management came in and said everyone must sit in company issued chairs.. ugh any research I can get to help me defend my chair would be greatly appreciated
    thanks for any help :)

    Karen | March 10th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  20. Are there simpler, less expensive ball “chair” bases? It might just need to be a base as opposed to a entire chair frame. I have tried just the ball and love it, but find I go flying across the room at times.

    Bari Gladstone | July 17th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  21. I’m new to the balance ball exercise rehab program. My problem is storing the balls when not in use. They take up my whole room.
    Any suggestions?

    Carol | July 20th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  22. Hi Carol,

    Balance balls are great for fitness but finding a spot for them when not in use can be a challenge! It really all depends on the set up of your home. Some people stash them in a closet on top of their other “stuff,” others keep them hidden behind the couch or in a spare bedroom. Or, you can use your balance ball as a substitute for a desk chair when you aren’t working out with it.

    Good luck and enjoy!

    Valerie Gleaton
    Assistant Editor, Gaiam Life

    Gaiam Life | July 21st, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  23. Thank you Valarie. Now maybe you can help me with this other problem. I bought a medium size ball which is green. My therapists suggested I get a large ball for some of the balancing exercises we will be doing. When I brought my large, the box was marked large 75 cm, ball home I found after I inflated it that it is smaller than my medium ball, which is green and marked 65 cm. Do I have a med. and a small ball, or a large and a medium ball? I went back to the store and all boxes marked large contain smaller balls than the medium.

    Carol | July 21st, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  24. Sorry you’re having trouble with the balance ball sizing, Carol. Please shoot our customer service team an email at and they’ll be able to advise you on inflation and dimensions. Or you can call them at 1-877-989-6321.

    Gaiam Life | July 21st, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  25. What are the sizes (centimeters or inches) of the balls on which Everett and Nicole and Norbert and Fernanda are sitting? What size is the ball that fits in the chairs?

    Beverly | August 22nd, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  26. What is Gaiam’s recommendation for people 6′0″ and above who want to use a ball chair.

    Russell | February 3rd, 2012 | Comment Permalink
  27. Hi Teresa – Our Classic Balance Ball Chair has 4.5 stars from customers, so we’re confident you’ll love it :)

    Read reviews or shop for your Balance Ball Chair here:

    Gaiam Life | February 5th, 2014 | Comment Permalink
  28. Hi Bari,

    You can browse all of our Balance Ball Chairs and Balance Balls to find the one that’s right for you here:

    Based on your feedback, I think you might like the Custom Fit Balance Ball Chair:

    Gaiam Life | February 5th, 2014 | Comment Permalink
  29. Gaiam Life | February 5th, 2014 | Comment Permalink
  30. Hi Russell,

    Thanks for reaching out! The Balance Ball Chair is recommended for heights of 5’ – 5’11”. However, there are plenty of men around the Gaiam office who are taller than 5’11” and still use the chair comfortably. You can overinflate the ball a bit to account for height differences. If you decide to give it a try and aren’t happy with the results, please know that we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee on our products, so you would be welcome to return it for a full refund.

    Hope that helps!

    Gaiam Life | February 10th, 2014 | Comment Permalink
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