How to Use a Yoga Strap | 30 Day New Year Challenge | Day 14 - Living your Yoga with Dr Melissa West

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How to Use a Yoga Strap If you are curious about how to use your yoga strap and how to get more creative about using this amazing prop, then this is for you. If you didn't know I am kind of the expert on YouTube on How to Use a Yoga Strap. Back in April of 2014 I created a full length 1 hour intermediate yoga class called Yoga with a Strap that has had almost 50K views now. In this class I show you 20 ways to use a yoga strap in a yoga class. Today I am going to show you how to use a yoga strap, even in you are a beginner in this yoga strap tutorial. There will be a yoga strap pose for posture which will stretch your shoulders. There is an awesome yoga strap exercise that is great for your hamstrings and your abdominals. Finally I will show you how to tie your yoga strap so that you can do yoga poses with a strap. Specifically we will be doing a standing yoga pose with a strap. So if you have been wondering how to do yoga with a strap, you are in the right place. Locust Pose or Salabhasana with a Strap How to do it: Lie on your belly, wrap the strap around the balls of your feet and place the lengths of your strap along your legs Tuck your toes under, lift your chest and walk your hands back along the length of your strap. Hold for 5 breaths Benefits: Strengthens your core/abdominals and back muscles Stretches and opens your chest muscles Tones your buttocks Improves your posture Strengthens your upper body including your arms Stretches and opens your shoulders Strengthens the back muscles, helps with back problems including sciatica Improves your digestion by massaging your abdominal organs Eases depression Reclined Staff Pose or Supta Dandasana with a Strap Please note, this pose is not recommended if you have low back issues (modification provided in video) How to do It: Create the longest possible loop with your strap. Lie down on your back. Place the strap round the top of your sacrum and the balls of your feet. Draw up through your pelvic floor and down through your navel to support your lower back. Lengthen your legs straight up, take your arms out to the side. Breathe for 5-10 breaths. To modify do with one leg straight and one knee bent for low back issues. Benefits: Tones abdominals Strengthens Core muscles Improves Digestion Improves Posture Stretches and Lengthens Hamstrings Parsvottanasana or Standing Forward Folding Triangle with a strap (this pose is also not recommended if you have low back problems - modification will be given in video) How to do it: Shorten the loop in the strap. Place the strap around the front of your left hip. Step into the loop with the ball of your right foot and take a step back. You want the strap to be tight enough so it pulls the front of your left hip back. Both legs are straight and you forward fold to the ground with your hands on a chair, blocks or the ground. Benefits: Lengthens the hamstrings Strengthens the legs Improves balance and focus Improves Digestion Calms the mind If you are looking for more then enter your email address below and I will send you 8 days of back pain help with yoga! I will send you 1 video a day for 8 days with the best of yoga, ayurveda, self massage and pranayama (or breath practices) to help your back. If you made it all the way to the end of the video, put ¨great ideas for a yoga strap¨ in the comments. Thank you so much for pressing that like button. If you know somebody who would benefit from this video, please share it with them. Remember to subscribe so you can get our video tomorrow on How to Use a Yoga Block. Namaste, Melissa

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