Mexican Blankets: Practice & Use
Yoga Blankets are the most versatile!
The yoga blanket, or Mexican blanket, is possibly the most multifaceted yoga prop around. It can be used in a multitude of different ways because the shape is easily transformable. Make it into a mini bolster, head pillow, or fold it up into a zabuton like shape for meditation. The yoga blanket is helpful in alleviating stiff muscles while in seated poses when folded up and placed under your pelvis or folded under your head as a pillow. It is also commonly used spread out to to keep your body warm in shavasana. Yoga blankets are useful outside the studio as well -- on the beach as an extra layer between your beach towel and the sand, or even as a picnic blanket!
Not a fan of squishy mats? Give a yoga blanket a try by using it as your ground instead. The soft material grips sweaty hands and feet without sliding out from under you. Use your Mexican blanket as a way to relieve pressure on joints in poses like crescent warrior by tucking a blanket under your heels to slightly change the angle of the pose.
The best reason to get a Mexican blanket? One word: Savasana. It's that time at the end of every studio practice when it's time to reflect on whatever is needed. When I hear its that time, I pull out a yoga blanket because it's one more way to shut out the outside world. It ends any self-consciousness about my appearance. It gives warmth and respite. It helps focus meditation during that time to the things I feel I must focus on. After all, isn't that what the practice is all about?
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