Modern Yoga Practices consist of various elements that assist or enhance the yoga workout. Some of these helpful agents are in the form of yoga props such as blocks, wedges, pillows, bolsters and straps.
The goal of yoga props is to help a practitioner achieve and maintain proper alignment in an asana or yoga pose. The person is often unable to achieve the full posture, due to being a beginner or having a rigid body or then due to harboring Bodily Injuries.
The use of props was introduced by Yoga guru, B.K.S. Iyengar, who was practicing his teacher, Krishnamacharya’s dynamic style of yoga derived from an ancient script “Yoga Korunta” .
Later Iyengar changed his methods toward a static practice of yoga, which made it accessible for people in a poor physical state. These yoga props were introduced to help people start doing yoga postures properly, faster, and with less effort than is usually required.
One such tool for assisting yoga students in getting some self-help in their yoga practice, is the yoga strap. No matter one’s level of experience, a strap can provide useful help to deepen one’s stretch or for correcting alignment.
Do our shoulders always slump? Does our work need us to sit for long periods? Do we spend long hours driving to our place of work? If you answered in the affirmative to any of these three questions then you should know that your body posture could benefit with some attention.
Poor posture often leads to slumping shoulders and a rounded upper back, which can take a toll on the rest of our body by affecting our alignment. Along with feeling tightness and pain in our shoulders and back, , which over time may possibly lead to mobility issues. Stretching with the aid of a yoga strap, which is a long cotton or nylon band, can help to loosen tight muscles and reverse forward slumping.
Learn how the simple yoga strap can help us improve or maintain our posture, by extending our reach and making us feel more balanced and graceful. Experience the full benefits of yoga, with the 7 postures discussed in the infographic below, which are-
- Yoga upper body strap-brace
- Cow Face Pose
- Reclining Hand to Big Toe Pose
- Lord of the Dance Pose
- Seated Forward Bend
- Half Lord of the Fishes
- Standing Forward Bend Hands-To-Feet Pose