Using Yoga Wedges
Yoga practitioners who lack the flexibility and experience needed to correctly execute some of the more advanced or difficult yoga poses will appreciate the advantages a yoga wedge can offer. Yoga wedges are generally made from lightweight foam, and are designed for providing stability and support so that yoga practitioners do not compromise the technique of each pose.
Poses and the Yoga Wedge
Beginners sometimes shy away from some poses because they can look difficult or complicated. The yoga wedge was designed for the transition to these more difficult, weight bearing exercises by providing lift and support that allows users to add length and flexibility to their poses.
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Vinyasa-style yoga in particular contains a series of poses which distribute body weight on hands that should be flat on the floor, over and over again, making this an ideal practice in which to experiment with a yoga wedge. These poses might include the crane pose or the plank, which are difficult poses in which the entire body weight is placed on the wrists or the forward fold, which may be impossible for some to complete without using the wedge to increase support underneath the hips for additional lift. Yogis with tight or problem wrists can use the wedge to alleviate overstretching or pressure on the joints in some difficult poses.
Yoga Wedge Support
Beginners who are unable to complete exercises because they lack flexibility may not realize that poor pose posture can negatively affect their yoga practice and potentially cause injuries. Yoga instructors also stress the importance of performing the poses correctly, and wedges are one tool for ensuring good form.
The forward-fold posture, for example, requires a person to be extremely flexible, and many yogis have not yet been able to achieve it. A wedge placed underneath the tail-bone of a person who is sitting with legs extended can provide the support needed for that person to "fold" forward and perform the pose correctly. The yoga wedge can help in performing difficult poses.
Some yoga practitioners will use the wedge to support their posture during standing poses, by tucking it under the heels during wall twists. It can also be inserted under the heels to provide a little bit of lift for those who struggle to perform squats flat-footed.
Alleviating Pain with the Yoga Wedge
Many practitioners who come for yoga class are suffering from muscle pain or joint pain from which they are not able to get relief. People who sit in front of the computer and type all day can suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome which leads to wrist pain and is very painful. Some poses in yoga increase these kinds of pains and cause the student to perform them in a way where they feel more comfortable, but they perform the pose incorrectly.
There is an exercise called the plank in yoga which needs the practitioner to carry all the weight on flat palms while keeping the back and hips aligned. If the practitioner has wrist pain, it makes performing this pose difficult. Any other exercise that causes pain and stress leads to the same problem with the pose.
A yoga wedge can help support the body weight which relieves the pressure and stress on the wrist. If the wedge is used in this manner it can alleviate some of the stress and pain on the joints and allow students better pose stability. Many people highly regard the use of the yoga wedge to help with poses and pain reduction.
Yoga is all about reducing stress and providing relief. A yoga wedge can provide the student additional support and reduce pain. Wedges are not expensive since they are made from light weight dense foam. Experimenting with yoga wedges is an inexpensive way to try and improve flexibility, master skills, and alleviate pain symptoms.