Free shipping on orders over $100* some restrictions apply | Click here to see our latest Covid-19 information

0

Your Cart is Empty

How to Use a Yoga Blanket

April 19, 2013

Halfmoon - How to Use a Yoga Blanket

Tim Cyr stopped by the Halfmoon office to share with us why he loves using Halfmoon Blanketsin his restorative practice.

Blankets

A blanket can be much more than an extra layer during Savasana. Tim teaches his students, through ‘Blanket Origami 101’, this blankets’ true expansive functionality. From compactly folding into a cushion for sitting, or support under any of your parts, to rolling it into various lengths and creating an extra bolster when one isn’t handy.

By softening the surface beneath the boney parts of your body, you can stay in a pose with less strain, or gripping, soften your breath and allow more letting go.

Here are some of Tim’s favorite ways to use his blankets.

Yoga Prop

Legs Up The Wall

We all love Legs Up The Wall. Wrapping a blanket around the legs in this pose (Waterfall) acts as a “Wonder Bra” for the legs, jokes Tim.

Fold the blanket length-wise placing the middle of the blanket around the bottom of your feet. Cross the blanket across your shins and tuck the ends in behind your knees. With the support of the blanket you can really settle in to the pose and find total relaxation.

Meditation

Finding a seat with enough height so that your knees to fall lower than you hip bones is very important for meditation. Tim loves to fold up his blanket to give that additional height when his favorite Zafucushion is not available.

Butterfly

This pose is a beautiful stretch for the inner thighs, groins and knees. By folding a blanket lengthwise and placing it between your legs and the wall, you will soften the connection of the feet and ankles. Wrapping the blanket back over your knees will give some support while your knees relax away from each other. Tim loves to use his Eye Pillowin this pose as an added bliss bonus!

Yoga Props

Bolster

By tightly folding your Cotton blanket length-wise you can create a supportive bolster when one is not available. You can place your spine along the length of the blanket to open your chest or place the blanket under your lower back for a gentle back release.

As a wrap, a bolster, a little extra solid support, or even used for a bit of weight where needed, a Halfmoon Blanketis a great addition to your yoga practice.

Yoga Blanket

 

TimCyrTim Cyr

Tim Cyr is a RYT-500, Reiki Master, and Meditation Coach in Vancouver, BC. For a full schedule of Tim’s classes, workshops and retreats visit De-Stress Do Less!

 

 



Also in The Balance Blog

Sound's Good: How to Use Singing Bowls for Your Meditation with Phair Yoga
Sound's Good: How to Use Singing Bowls for Your Meditation with Phair Yoga

September 14, 2020

Using a singing bowl adds another layer of ritual to your meditation, which can help to prime your mind and body for practice. This can be especially helpful if you’ve been finding it challenging to make the transition from “regular life” into your self-practice.
Read More
Finding Your Inner Voice with Samantha Stevenson
Finding Your Inner Voice with Samantha Stevenson

August 21, 2020

Finding my inner voice is a journey I’m continuing to navigate. Like many of you, it’s been a process of self-reflection and self-learning. It has been interesting, fun, challenging, and sometimes absolutely exhausting. It is an act of returning to myself and a process of going inward.
Read More
Self Massage at Home with Alexa Yuel
Self Massage at Home with Alexa Yuel

April 23, 2020

Massage Therapy is an easy and feel good modality that helps treat soft tissue trauma in our body. This can be as microscopic as an adhesion in our skeletal muscle tissue that is causing pain, referral pain or a headache, and as obvious as a muscle stuck in contracture that causes what we refer to as a knot that seems to roll under your touch. We put our bodies through a lot, and physical stress like working out or even the physical stress from our jobs (whether it’s sitting all day or moving), as well as mental and emotional stress, can store itself in our bodies as tension.
Read More