A yoga belt literally offers you more space. And although yoga is not about perfection, it is important to practice the yoga postures in the right way. With a good performance you will experience all the physical and mental benefits of yoga. But how do you perform a yoga posture properly, when you are not (yet) so flexible? Every body is different and even very experienced yogis simply cannot perform certain yoga postures.
That is why the use of yoga props is so important, which also includes the yoga belt. The yoga belt is a sturdy cotton strap that you use to increase the reach of your arms. Because of this you find depth in the yoga postures, you can stay in postures easier and longer and you prevent overstretching.
The biggest mistake most yogis make is to think that you should be able to perform every yoga posture directly (or even after a few years) completely from your own body. But you cannot expect this from your body. If you have trouble with a pose, be nice and gentle to yourself. Instead of stretching or pushing (with all its consequences in injuries), you give yourself the space within this yoga posture with a yoga belt. Because of this you will see much faster progression within this posture because you offer your body peace and kindness to get to know this posture.
Advanced yogis who know their body fully, know what to do without increasing the risk of injury and want more depth in certain yoga postures, also use this belt. Therefore, never feel embarrassed to use a yoga prop like a yoga belt, because it simply offers you many benefits as an aid or as an in-depth tool.
When buying a yoga belt, pay attention to the length (you want it to be nice and long to keep the range wide) and to the material. For example, the cotton yoga straps are simply the best, because other materials slide or even cut quickly. Also pay attention to the metal ring of the yoga belt. A D-ring, as you can buy it at the Yogashop, is the easiest to work with because of the adjustability.
Yoga postures for a yoga belt
- Use a yoga belt with the Forward Bend pose to extend your arms. This gives you the benefits, but you don't have to be able to reach your feet.
- Cow Face pose (Gomukhasana), connection of your hands behind your back. Many people cannot do this yet, making the yoga belt the perfect extension.
- Boat pose (Navasana), this will keep you full of yoga straps anyway. Your balance is better because of this, so that your posture immediately improves.
- Lord of the Dance pose (Natarajasana)