Yoga Bags

(July 2, 2010)

What is the best yoga bag?

The practice of Yoga has passed through many generations and is now diverse and varied in the various forms of yoga that are practiced. Many variations of Yoga use props and aids to help achieve the various Yoga positions that are practiced. The idea of this school of thought is that instead of being unable to achieve a pose, the student should achieve the pose using the help of props.

One basic prop for Yoga is the Yoga Mat. This is actually more of a comfort prop than of use to enhance or improve a position. Many people practice Yoga on hard floors which can be painful to the feet, ankles, knees and palms. For this reason a Yoga mat is the most commonly used prop. A Yoga Mat also helps as a guide for alignment of the body. Choosing the best yoga mat bag is a matter of practicality, price and style and is completely dependent on individual taste, requirement and availability. A good Yoga Mat is one that is thin, easy to roll up and mildly damped so that it softens the pressure on the various body parts. However, such a mat should not be thick as this will affect the alignment associated with the positions being practiced.  

Other props used for Yoga include belts, cushions and blocks. When practicing Yoga, it is best to get initial training from a trained instructor. It is also important to follow one form of Yoga so that the continuity and development of poses is not vague and undefined. When choosing the best yoga bag, make sure that the bag is capable of handling all the props that are required. When carrying blocks it is essential to have as light and strong blocks as possible. A lighter block is easy to carry but it should be strong enough to support the body through the various positions that it is applied in. Yoga blocks, belts and cushions are available at many dedicated Yoga shops. In consultation with your instructor, you can go in for these props. It is also important to know that as you progress in practicing Yoga, the body will become more and more flexible. This means that gradually the props may be removed and discarded altogether. The ideal situation for a Yogi is to practice Yoga without the help of any props or supports. Over time, one can gradually reduce the dependence on props to the maximum effect of the Yoga exercises.

Submitted by A on July 2, 2010 at 08:17

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