Posted by on 4/3/2021 to Let's Talk Yoga!
A How to, and Benefits Guide to Yoga Blankets!
Yoga blankets are one of the accessories that are given the least importance when we practice this discipline. Most of the time it's because we do not know what it is for and how it can help us. In this article we're going to explore the incredible use of yoga blankets and their benefits.
Yoga Blanket: What Is It And What Is It For?
Yoga blankets are an accessory that is mainly used to cover the body when meditating. Its main use is considered to be the one in Savasana (corpse pose) as it is very important to maintain body heat to relax and focus on meditation. However, this is not the only use for the yoga blanket.
They are widely used to adjust the height with respect to the ground (shoulders for example); provide comfort (in joints and bones); and make postural adjustments.
Because of this, it is one of the most versatile accessories (or yoga props) while we practice yoga.
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Yoga Blankets For Poses: How To Use Yoga Blankets
Its most common obvious use is to cover the body or the surface where we are, and thus isolate ourselves from the cold.
However yoga blankets for poses can be folded or rolled for different uses for example
• A yoga blanket for poses like, Plow pose, can be used between the shoulders and the neck to improve posture and help avoid injury;
• A yoga blanket can be for poses like a Seated Forward Fold, in which it can be placed bent under the back to facilitate bending and improve posture;
• They can be for poses like Low Lunges to help assist in the maneuver and avoid pain in the knees;
• A yoga blanket for poses like Child’s pose, helps assist in reaching the ground, especially if you're a beginner. Easily get into this posture and have a true chance to relax, rest and focus on your breath.
• A yoga blanket can be used for poses like Easy pose and other meditation postures. It can allow you to stay comfortable, longer in the pose, helping to get deeper into your meditation.
Yoga Blankets For Poses: How Should It Be Like?
Like yoga mats, there are many blankets, and we can find them in a wide range of sizes, colors, materials, thicknesses, etc. Considering that we will not use the yoga blanket only to cover ourselves, it is important to emphasize these characteristics: manufacturing material, thickness and size. Regarding the material with which the blankets are made, it is highly recommended to look for cotton as the main fabric.
Its washing is simple, and the durability is long. The weight of cotton is minimal and the versatility to fold it is very high; therefore, it is the ideal material for our yoga blanket. The thickness and size of the blanket is also very important. If we use a very thin blanket it could be insufficient to isolate ourselves from the cold temperature of the environment or the ground, with which we would not be able to relax.
Likewise, it would fail as a complement to protect the joints or provide height when we need it.
On the other hand, if it is a very thick blanket, it could take up a lot of space and be heavy to transport. Folding it and moderating the heights would be tricky, and could give us more heat than necessary. The ideal measures are those that resemble our yoga mat, since if it is short it may not cover us, and if it is longer, it would hinder our practice.
As you can see, there are many variations available, both for the materials used and for the decorations; there are cooler models, in natural cotton, and warmer ones, mainly in wool, and many also carry meaningful and inspiring phrases.
For many yogis the shawl becomes an indispensable travel companion, a sort of "Linus blanket". A support that you can use right away for your yoga practice and that you can easily find at home is a blanket or plaid. There is no need in buying expensive yoga blankets if you can’t afford them! Keep enjoying the benefits of this amazing tool by using something you have at home!
Yoga Blankets For Relaxation
All you have to do is then adjust your blanket and relax, continuing to breathe deeply. Pretty easy right? And the results are inversely proportional to the effort, that is, the more you abandon and relax the more you open and loosen the various parts of the body on which you go to act with the blanket and this makes a yoga blanket the perfect ally for a mindful and truly beneficial practice learning how to respect your body while exploring all its abilities and powers!