With yoga becoming such a widespread trend, we see the rise of numbers of yoga studios and yogis every day. Though people are getting acquainted with this ancient practice, most still do not realise yoga is a way of life, it has wisdom in itself that affects every aspect of life and not just your body. It can be used to strengthen both the body and the mind by certain breathing techniques and poses and it requires dedication to be able to do the practice properly. There are also those people who do not wish to include yoga in their lifestyle because they think it just involves sitting in one spot all the time and not being physically active, which is far from the truth.
Beginner yogis get to see some asanas require a great deal of strength and flexibility and this is where yoga props come in handy. They were designed to be of help to yogis to endure poses longer and not put too much pressure on some body parts, such as wrists, knees and ankles depending on the type of the asana. One prop in particular that is gaining in popularity is the yoga pillow. You should be able to easily find the match for your yoga practice as there are many to choose from. Same as the yoga mat, the pillow can help with the body support which results in better asana mastering.
Once you have chosen your yoga style, you can set off to get your own yoga pillow and surprise yourself with how flexible you can get. Yoga pillows come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes to suit every taste and need. If you suffer from joint pain or arthritis, yoga pillows will help you ease the pain while still being able to practice, and they are also recommended for prenatal yoga. It is supposed to be firm enough to provide all the support, and not be too soft or hard so it is convenient enough to use during your Savasana (Corpse Pose) and even Pranayama (breathing) and help you with meditation so you can make it all the more relaxing and enjoyable. With certain asanas, like the Sukhasana (Cross-Legged Sitting Pose), you may be fooled into thinking it is easy, however when you spend some time sitting, you will start to feel pressure on your hips and spine. Using the pillow in this asana helps keep the spine’s natural curves with the pelvis forward.
Along with these basic asanas, you can use it for your Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) without putting too much pressure on lifting your hips as well as the Balasana (Child’s Pose). It is perfect for providing enough chest opening so it can be your companion for your heart-opening poses. The yoga pillows are easy to carry and are lightweight enough to make it among your suitcase items so you can take them with you wherever you go. Even when you are not doing yoga, you can use them as a neck and back support when you are carried away watching TV or Netflix on your laptop.