Yoga Strap to the Rescue!
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In October I wrote a blog post on how it is OKAY to ask for help. I encouraged my students to reach out for the strap, the block, the friend…to help them on and off the yoga mat.
What surprised me the most, however, was the requests I got asking what to DO with a yoga strap!
So, briefly, allow me to talk you through the benefits of strapping up your yoga!!
This is what a yoga strap looks like:
If you don’t have one, you can get by with a men’s tie or a belt for many poses. It doesn’t need to be a real “strap.”
You can then used the strap as an arm-enhancer (as I like to think of it) in many poses. The strap can also be beneficial for refining form in postures, for opening the shoulders, and a host of other fabulous things.
But the simplest, I think, is the use of the yoga strap as an arm enhancer.
Tight hamstrings? Short arms? The strap is there to help you.
I run a lot (duh!) but that means my hammies can get a little cranky after a half marathon.
That’s when I turn to the strap!
My absolute FAVORITE poses to use the strap with are variations on extended-hand-big-foot-pose–Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana. Because it’s just so fun to say!
Plus the pose can be a challenging balance pose when standing or restorative and ooey-gooey when done reclining on the mat.
Here’s how it looks:
Standard Variation with leg forward, see how I grab the strap in each of my hands and wrap the strap around the ball of my foot? You copy this same action in the reclined version. In both versions you press your foot into the strap, soften the shoulder blades down the back, and extend through the “standing” leg (or the leg that is not in the air if you are on the ground.)
You can also use the strap for many variations of the pose, excluding a hip opener version:
and a twist:
Both variations can be done reclined on the ground and feel OOEY GOOEY GOOEY that way and MMMM amazing. Be mindful of your SI joint if you have any low back pain or instability issues in both variations of the pose.
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What is your favorite posture to do with a yoga strap? Why? Let me know in the comments below!