While blocks and yoga straps are standard in a beginner yoga class, many students shy away from using a blanket. For one, they're not sure why they'd need to take a nap in class! However, a blanket can be a help to any yoga practice for getting grounded, offering support, and more.
Have a strong seat: Even from your first and final seated meditation postures, sitting up tall on a blanket will help give your spine a little extra lift and your hips a little more room to relax. Sitting on the blanket will help your pelvis tip forward and prevent your back from rounding. Your strong pranayama breathing will move through your body with a new kind of intensity. Once this shift is made, it's hard to go back.
Make space for growth: Whether your knees or hips need a little extra love, beginners or even intermediate yogis will benefit from using a blanket. Instead of focusing on knee pain in Crescent Warrior, the blanket takes the pressure off your joints, allowing focus to be placed on holding the shape comfortably. Using a blanket in Pigeon is another big help. Rolling a blanket up and threading it under a bent leg offers comfort and support.
Settle in Savasana: After a tough yoga practice, there's nothing more luxurious than draping yourself in a blanket during your final relaxation pose. Placing a blanket on your lower body will help you relax deeper into the mat and take some of the edge off of the lower back. If you ever find yourself uncomfortable in Savasana, this shift can make the whole experience more pleasant and restful.
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