How To Use Yoga Straps

By Subodh / January 30, 2015

While yoga blocks are quite widely used, yoga straps underutilized yoga accessories. One of the major reasons behind this is the fear factor in people. Many people consider it as a shame that they are not as flexible as their counterparts. Just shed that inhibition and start using yoga straps to make yourself more supple and flexible and deepen your poses. Read on to know how you can use yoga straps right here.

Using Yoga Straps For Better Yoga

1. For Better Extension of Limbs

Poses such as Uttitha Hasta Padaangushtasana is definitely challenging for those who are new to yoga or have some restricted movement in the ligaments. Stop making those frowning faces and just pick a strap. Bind it to your big toe and hold the other end with your hands. Just pull it and see the way your leg stretches out. You can vary and modify the pose according to your needs.

How To Use Yoga Straps

2. Get Deeper Into Twists With Straps

Akin to yoga blocks, you can take the help of yoga belts to deepen your twists. The slightest tightness behind your leg will also prevent in deepening your twists. While in a reclining spinal twist, wrap yoga belt around the foot, holding the other end with your hands. You will feel the muscles relaxing, creating space for deeper twist.

3. Start Binding Without Fear With Yoga Belts

Binding is often practice in yoga to give your body an opportunity to open up. People with lesser flexibility or women with a pear/hourglass shaped body might quite often find these challenging, given their larger thighs. Such people can rely on straps. They could even be used in poses such as Gomukhasana for better opening up of shoulders, without overstraining the concerned muscles.

4. Seated Poses With Yoga Straps

A shorter upper body quote often poses a challenge to get into seated forward bends such as Paschimottanasana. You have to keep your arms and legs straight and grab your foot. Those who are not able to catch hold of their foot can wrap the strap around the foot and pull it towards them, holding the other end with their hands. This will not only help in aligning the body, but also bestows them with a better spine. Just keep your shoulders and neck relaxed.

Here are few poses that will give you an insight into how you can use yoga strap.

1. Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana – Extended Hand To Toe Pose:

A challenging balancing pose, it is a good waist toner too.

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana

How to do:

  1. Stand with spine straight on the mat, hands placed along your sides.
  2. Inhale, bend your left knee and lift it closer to your chest. Flex you toes towards the mat.
  3. Wrap the strap around the bent foot while balancing on the other leg. Keep the right leg straight and firm.
  4. Exhale and stretch your left foot towards the front while holding the strap with your hands. Keep the elbow straight; keep the body in the center without leaning forward or backward. Fix the gaze at one point and focus.
  5. Keep breathing and hold the posture for 5 deep breaths.
  6. With the last exhalation, let go off the strap, release the foot, and come back to initial position.
  7. Repeat the same with right side also.

2. Naukasana – Boat Pose:

A core challenger, it is quite often looked upon with a fear factor as you have to balance yourself on you lower back while keeping your body off the ground. Yoga strap will offer you the advantage of stretching yourself better while saving your from injuring your lower back.

Naukasana

How to do:

  1. Lie on your back on the mat, feet together, shoulders relaxed, and arms resting along your sides.
  2. Inhale, bend your knees and wrap the strap around the foot. Hold the other end with the hands.
  3. Exhale and straighten and lift your legs on the floor.
  4. Suck your navel in.
  5. With next inhalation, lift your legs, keeping the knees straight, and torso off the ground in such a way that your whole body looks like a boat.
  6. Keep the head, neck, and shoulders relaxed.
  7. With deep breaths, hold the pose, for 60 seconds.
  8. Exhale, release the strap, and relax.
  9. Lie down on your back, legs stretched out, and hands relaxed.

Now that you know how to use yoga straps, when are you going to start using them?