The use of the yoga strap is not very widespread in studies and, from my experience, when it is, they do not usually explain what it is for or how to use it. But the yoga strap is an essential accessory for any practitioner, whether beginner or advanced. Are you willing to know what it is and how to use it? Ahead…
The use of a strap or other accessories during yoga practice has its origin in Iyengar Yoga. This style of yoga founded by B.K.S. Iyengar gives priority to correction and postural alignment, modifying if necessary the classic Hatha Yoga postures with various accessories. The yoga strap is one of them.
The yoga strap helps to reach, deepen and maintain the postures. Thanks to its buckle, it allows to adjust the opening to maintain the measurement that is needed. This makes it a very versatile accessory for both beginners and more advanced yogis.
It is a true savior when you start and you are still very tense in some areas, as it helps to enter and stay in the postures without forcing the body, while maintaining correct body alignment. When you are more advanced, the yoga strap allows you to deepen your postures, explore more complicated variations, and perform deeper stretches.
In this and other seated positions, the strap will help us to intensify the leg stretch while growing with the back up. This is ideal when the muscles of the back of the legs and the back are tense and do not allow us to enter the postures completely. Using the strap we can adapt the position to the physical possibilities of each student, allowing him to obtain the benefits of the posture even if he does not perform it completely.
The boat is an especially complicated position when you do not have much strength in the core and the leg muscles are not flexible. Wearing the strap will help us to have a complementary help to stretch the legs keeping the back straight.
The position of the arms in the Cow Face supposes an intense stretching for shoulders and chest. It is a good sneak of the state of the muscles and joints in the area, and practicing regularly helps keep them ready. When the shoulders are tight and the hands do not touch each other, using the strap allows the shoulder opening to continue working without forcing.
Simpler variation of the Posture of the Big Toe. It is ideal for beginners to work flexibility and alignment of legs and hips before working force in the standing version. It has 3 positions that must be done with each leg to work it completely.