Using a yoga strap is a good way to get some self-help into your yoga practice. No matter what your level of experience is with yoga, a strap can provide useful help on support, alignment, and posture.
Remember not to get too excited and pull your way into postures with force! Always listen to your body, and let your body open up in its own time.
The main function and purpose of a strap is to “extend” your arms to piece out the lack of flexibility. And this is its main benefit: it allows you to do the poses you won’t be able to do normally. For example, if the seated forward bend pose (Paschimottanasana) is beyond your abilities right now, you can use a strap to do the pose properly: to keep your legs and spine straight and relax your back.
Providing flexibility is not the only benefit of a yoga strap; another thing is to give you support. There are poses for maintaining balance, and they require some strength and stretching, and here a strap can be very useful. There is a pose called Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose) – it’s a rather difficult pose and definitely not suitable for beginners, but you can do it, you can learn to do it properly with the help of a yoga strap. Without enough flexibility you won’t be able to reach your lifted leg with your arms, but you can wrap a strap over the leg holding its ends in your hands, and pull it gently up and towards your head, trying to keep the balance. Yes, the pose is still difficult for a beginner, but you can learn it without much trouble and the risk of getting an injury.
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