Definition - What does Yoga Strap mean?
Yoga straps are a popular and useful tool that can offer help to yogis of all levels. One of the most common uses for a yoga strap is to help get into and maintain challenging poses that might otherwise be out of reach. They are often used for bound poses when one hand can’t meet the other or when a foot that needs to be grasped is too far away. Other uses include using straps for restorative postures as well as heart openers when the shoulders are tight.
Yoga straps are especially popular in Iyengar yoga as they can help maintain proper alignment.
Yogapedia explains Yoga Strap
Yoga straps are made of non-elastic cotton or nylon and come in a variety of colors. They usually run six feet in length; however, there are options of eight to 10 feet for those with longer legs or torsos. Many of these straps come with a buckle fastener or D-ring on one end. The reason for this is to be able to create a loop and use the strap in a variety of ways. For example: to allow a yogi to place a foot in one end while the other end is held in their hand.
A few popular poses for straps are:
- Natarajasana (dancer's pose)
- Supta baddha konasana (reclining bound angle pose)
- Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)
- Ardha chandrasana A (sideway stretch)
- Supta padangusthasana (reclined hamstring stretch)
- Urdhva dhanurasana (wheel pose)
- Utthita hasta padangusthasana (extended hand-to-big-toe pose)