Yoga Strap Uses: The Details

Yoga Strap Uses: The Details

Yoga is a practice that dates back to the ancient times of India. It is a way to “listen” to your body, mind, and soul. Various props can be used for yoga postures, but a yoga strap is vital for many of the most satisfactory poses that exist.

However, most beginners are not aware that there are a lot of yoga strap uses. Hence, they often do not truly see the value of having one. With that in regard, this article will give you an overview of the true usefulness of yoga straps.

The Yoga Strap

The strap basically allows your muscles to loosen up. It provides alignment, support, and healthy posture. With time and practice with the yoga strap, your experience, flexibility, and yoga skills will increase to an excellent level. All you have to remember is never to force yourself into a posture with a strap as that can strain your muscles. Let your body adapt and adjust by itself.

Yoga Strap Uses: The Poses You Can Do

The primary use of a yoga strap is to help you achieve the perfect yoga pose. Below are the common poses wherein the strap can be used and the instructions on how you can accomplish each pose.

  • Side Stretch

Hold the strap shoulder wide apart by stretching your arms as far as you can so that your shoulders and the sides of the body get stretched. You can also move towards each of your arms to allow further stretching.

  • Backpack Posture

Put the strap’s center across the ends of your shoulder blades. Pass the strap’s ends below your armpits, then pull to the direction above the shoulders and then pull them down from the back. Ensure that the strap ends are pulled tightly to apply proper pressure on your shoulders. Hold this position for at least five breaths. This is helpful for repositioning your shoulder blades.

  • Shoulder Stretches

Hold the strap a little wider than your shoulder width. Move your hands toward your front, then move them above your head and continue moving them behind your head. Again, do not force your hands behind your head. This way your shoulders will loosen up, and you will feel the renewed power.

  • Head Hammock

Note: Your strap has to be at least a few feet taller than your height.

Form a big loop and lie down facing up. Place one strap end on the occipital ridge (the lower back of your head) and the other end on the right foot arch. Straighten your right leg in a way that it makes a 900 angle with the ground. Then pull off the right leg while maintaining ease in the muscles of your neck and head. Hold such pose for at least 10 breaths then release the right leg and use the left leg for the next round.

  • Forward Bend while Sitting

Hold each end of the strap and wrap the middle of the strap around your feet. Keep your feet straight on the ground and ensure that they are spaced out. Without bending your spine, use the strap to pull your body forward and hold that position for a few breaths. This is for the hamstrings muscles.

  • Downward Dog

Get a partner who has a yoga strap. Stand facing the same direction, one behind the other. Form a loop with one strap and wrap the strap around your legs, a little above your knees. The loop should be big enough to match the hip width and space between your legs.

The first person will bend down to form a mountain out of their body. The second person will stand with their legs between yours. That person will use the second strap to wrap it starting from your back, moving toward your belly button (from each side) and around the medial sides of your legs.

The first person will pull the straps using his or her belly. Every time this is done, he or she exhales while pulling the hips back. This way the weight is transferred from your hands on to your straps providing maximum support.

  • Reclining

Lie down flat on the floor (face up). Hold the ends of your strap with each hand and wrap the middle of the strap around your foot. Ensure that your elbows stick to the floor. Now, raise your foot slowly while straightening it. Make it go as far up as you can. This pose works on the inner part of your thighs and hamstrings.

  • Lying Leg Crossover

Lie down, face up. Wrap the center of the strap across the ball of your right foot and hold the ends with your hands. Pull the right foot over to the left side until it is perpendicular to the left leg. Keep your leg pulled in this position for as many breaths as you can. Repeat the same procedure for your left leg.

  • Hand to Big Toe

Form a loop at one end of the strap and put your foot in it. Hold the strap with the ipsilateral hand and move your knee upwards. Slowly, allow your leg to straighten as much as it can and hold that pose. Let your leg down once you start feeling comfortable.

  • Full or Half Boat Pose

Hold the ends of your strap with each hand and wrap the middle of the strap around your feet ensuring that your back is extended rather than being bent. Pull your legs up and push against the strap making sure that your knees remain bent. You should also make sure that your shins are parallel to the ground to form a half boat.

To form a full boat, you have to push your legs against the strap to extend them completely.

  • Dancer’s Pose

While standing, form a loop using the strap’s end and put your foot in it. Using the wall as a support, pull your hands up. Keep your elbows facing the ceiling and work your hands along the strap to make it shorter.

Final Words

Even though this list looks long, these are just a few yoga strap uses. If you have a strap that is long enough, you can use them in many other ways. In fact, you can also get creative to find a good relaxing posture on your own.

Even if you try something new each day, trust me the list won’t end anytime soon. Keep discovering new uses and have fun playing with this handy tool!

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