YOGA PADS: what are they and how to use them ?

Yoga Pad: a definition

The yoga pad could be described as the little sibling of the yoga mat. However like siblings they have a totally different character! Complementing rather than substituting each other. Read on to find out how your practice can benefit from an Aladastra Yoga pad.

 

So what are Yoga Pads ?

For many years now Yoga practitioners around the world have been using all sorts of yoga mats,and as technology advances so do the materials used and the options become abundant.  However there are some issues that are a bit trickier to tackle. Enter the Yoga Pad to solve them!

 

So what are the issues that the yoga mat doesn’t solve but the yoga pad does?

Yoga mats are fantastic! We make them and we love them, however we do recognise that sometimes they can be tricky to carry as they take their space! It has happened to all of us to want to combine our daily schedule and carrying a mat simply does not fit! So what do we do ? We use one of the mats available at the yoga studio, gym, hotel gym etc… is it the cleanest option? Doubtful! Personal hygiene is super important especially if, like most of us, you occasionally take a nap during Savasana and your cheek ends up touching the mat! Further more a yoga mat cannot predict the state of your body! and you end up rolling the mat halfway to provide cushion to a sore knee, or a tired neck.. Lets see know how an Aladastra Yoga Pad might be exactly what you have been waiting for!

 

 

PORTABLE

Aladastra yoga pads are easy to carry everywhere. Rolled up they fit in almost every day bag or briefcase. If you are traveling you can just lay it down at the bottom or top of your carry on. Measuring 35cm X 60cm, weighting 350 grams with a thickness of 5,2 mm, they are a mobile persons best friend!

 

 

HYGIENE

 

 

Because yoga pads are so easy to carry, you can now go to your local drop in class, or hotel gym, use one of their mats and place your yoga pad on top. All our mats are made in Germany from the highest quality of Oekotex 100 certified PVC, making sure that your body does not come in contact with more than 300 toxic substances commonly found in yoga mats. Furthermore many of the materials used for yoga mats are porous, meaning that sweat and bacteria gets locked inside open cells of the material and making them almost impossible to disinfect.

 

 

CUSHIONING

 

yoga pad used for cushioning

 

 

Our bodies are so similar at first glance but so different in reality. In combination with the steep learning curve of yoga different needs for support arise. Joints, knees, shoulders,neck are only few of the spots were extra support is needed depending on the asana. The yoga pad can be moved around the surface of the yoga mat, to provide custom extra support. cushioning exactly where you need it. Not only do challenging poses become more comfortable, but also the element of fear disappears. Having extra cushioning can make all the difference when practicing inversions. The yoga pad can even be place as a continuation of of your yoga mat to give you extra length.

 

 

ALIGNMENT

 

 

 

 

One of the trickiest parts of yoga is remembering posture corrections. It is great when the instructor comes and moves you around to correct you, but what happens on the next pose? It is part of the identity of Aladastra to help with alignments and positioning. the designs on our yoga pads and mats  are there to guide you and to help you put mental marks. you can stop worrying about whether you are correctly positioned. Yoga pads are especially useful when practicing inversions. Pinchas, handstands and headstands stop being a mathematical problem and become what they should have always been; matters of practice!

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION

 

 

Aladastra yoga pads are great for assisted meditation. There are many times where in order to concentrate we need to focus on one certain point. It can vary from the sound of our breath to a spot far outside the window, or a mandala. It is widely accepted that reaching a meditative state becomes easier with repetitive practice. Using the same image or the same point to focus our mind repeatedly makes it easier to unlock this intuitive state because our mind recognises it and picks up where it was. Depending on our needs we can choose a neutral or a more intense image for visualisation. Choosing to calm or revitalise the mind. If you practice closed eye meditation, Aladastra yoga pads can be used to sit on, in a comfortable lotus position anytime anywhere.

 

Special thanks to the beautiful yogini Effie Dima (@omm_yoga) featured in our photographs.