Disclaimer: This post is brought to you in part by Hugger Mugger, who generously gifted three yoga blankets to me.
I’ve done a number of posts in the past about how to use various yoga props (yoga blocks, straps), and today I’m sharing a few ways you can use yoga blankets. In this post I cover how to use the yoga blanket for:
Seated: Simply fold it once or twice and sit on the edge of it. The sitting position on the edge is really important, because it’s at that angle that you’ll be able to tilt your pelvis forward. This is an appropriate prop for people with tight low backs or hips.
Cobbler’s Pose: Sit on a blanket and then fold two other blankets into the smallest size you can and place underneath the knees for inner thigh support. Great for people with restricted mobility through the legs.
Downward Facing Rest: Place one under your head, pelvis and shins for a comfortable alternative to corpse pose.
Child’s Pose: Place two under your torso and one between your hamstrings and calves for optimal support through this restorative pose.
What To Look for in Yoga Blankets
Can the yoga blanket hold its shape? - You want the blanket to be somewhat thick so that if you roll it up and sit on it, it’ll actually support you, rather than melt into a pancake.
Can the yoga blanket work year round? - I’d say you don’t want it to be too thick, or it might be annoying to use in the summer, so I’d aim for a medium thickness, like these from Hugger Mugger.
Will the yoga blanket cover my body? - I’d look for a blanket that is as long as your yoga mat, if not longer. This way you know it’ll cover your feet in savasana.
How wide is the yoga blanket? - Look for something that is twice the width of a yoga mat. That’ll give you ample fabric to fold or twist into whatever prop you need.
Let me know how you use your yoga blankets down in the comments section below.