How to use a yoga blanket, the most versatile yoga accessory
October 31, 2022
Blankets are widely used in yoga practice to add support in different postures, especially yin yoga and restorative yoga, but can also be used in many moments and in many yoga postures.
An yoga blanket it is a single layer of fabric that is neither too thick nor too thin and can be easily folded, rolled, and unrolled.
BKS Iyengar himself said in his book that all you need to do yoga is just a blanket, and it can be used in so many ways.
With that said, here's a short list of how to use a yoga blanket:
Staying warm during savasana and meditation
Without a doubt, every great purpose of a good blanket is to keep and warm the body. After doing yoga and when we are in Savasana position or in a long meditation, our body temperature can drop and get covered with the yoga blanket and feeling its pressure on your body not only warms you up, but also helps your body and mind to relax.
Works as a cushion for joints
Giving your joints extra cushioning is easy with a yoga blanket, and even if you don't feel any discomfort, your knees, elbows, and ankles will thank you.
Fold the yoga blanket below your knees for cat/cow pose, camel pose, or low crescent pose; below your ankles or feet for Child Pose or Reclining Hero Pose and/or below your elbows for Headstand.
Improve posture in sitting positions
Another great way to use a yoga blanket is by sitting on the edge of the folded blanket. With this you gain height from the hips and the spine can be kept straight more naturally and with less effort.
Some postures in which the yoga blanket thus they are the hero pose, the seated clamp or the lotus flower.
The great thing about using a yoga blanket is that you can adjust the thickness to whatever works best for you.
Protect the neck and cervical
In some poses like Bridge Pose and Plow Pose, you may feel a lot of pressure on your neck. Fold and place the yoga blanket under your shoulders so that when you lie down, the blanket is directly under your shoulders and not under your neck, this way you create more room for your neck.
Relieve tension in parts of the body
Using the yoga blanket to put under the lower back or behind the knees, for example during some more passive or relaxation postures, really helps to better calm the body, offering support and relieving tension to that part.
Rolling the blanket in a circular fashion can also work great for laying across or parallel to your spine to help open up your chest and shoulders.
Fill space where flexibility does not yet arrive
For a safe and progressive hip opening in poses like Pigeon or Front to Knee Pose, it is much better to use a yoga blanket to place under your buttocks; In this way, you maintain a straight and symmetrical frame of the body and avoid tilting your posture (which will only reduce the effective opening work).
How to choose a good quality yoga blanket
With the thousands of uses you can give a yoga blanket, it is certainly much better to buy one yoga blanket of quality so that it does not lose its conditions and lasts a long time.
The first thing to consider is the material. If it is made in a sustainable way, much better. Yoga blankets can usually be made of cotton, wool, or a mix of materials. The latter are usually the cheapest and also have a very good durability.
The yoga blankets YogaYe They are made from a blend of regenerated acrylic cotton, along with other fibers such as wool and polyester. This means that recycled yarns are used, reducing both the environmental footprint and the costs of its production and therefore its accessibility.
Secondly, design and feel are important factors when buying a yoga blanket. the blankets in our store They have a simple and traditional design, in gray and with stripes on the ends available in green, red and blue. To the touch, the fabric is soft but compact, giving it the necessary firmness to use as a yoga prop.
They also have solid seams on the edges so they don't fray.
And finally the size of the yoga blanket is important. At a minimum, it should cover your body when you're stretched out. The size will depend on how many times you need to fold it and the shapes you can make with it during your yoga practice. In general, the optimal size is up to 2 meters long by about 1,4 wide.
Our yoga blanket, 1 by 40 meters, has the ideal qualities to use it in your yoga and meditation sessions, with a handmade design, very good consistency and durability in its material and at a very affordable price. Get one and put it to its thousand and one uses!