Take your yoga practice to a whole new level of relaxation when you add a weighted blanket to your routine!
Many turn to yoga to de-stress and unwind after a long and hectic day. An ancient Indian practice, yoga focuses on physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
As the use of weighted blankets continues to grow, a new form of practice has emerged from this ancient tradition, known as Blanket yoga, or Kambal. It has taken the wellness community by storm, and we can see why!
From Kambal to Kudd.ly
Kambal comes from the Hindi language and means a blanket or shawl made of coarse wool, commonly worn in India. Kambal yoga uses blankets as props to deepen the relaxing and restorative effects of this ancient discipline.
Kudd.ly weighted blankets can be used in the same way. However, they are luxuriously soft, rather than coarse, and made from high-quality and durable cotton fabric. Tiny glass beads are secured within the folds of fabric to produce a hefty, yet comforting, added weight.
Swaddled in Safety
Snuggling under a weighted blanket creates a sensation of safety and security. It is not a suffocating feeling, but rather one of being lovingly held, reminiscent of how babies feel when swaddled and closely held at their mother’s breast.
This form of touch that creates a peaceful sensation within us has a name, and it’s called deep pressure stimulation. By placing gentle pressure around the body, like another’s arms or a weighted blanket, is known to calm the nervous system, and flood the body with those feel-good hormones.
This stimulation relaxes muscles, slows the heart rate, and improves circulation to produce an overall sense of calm and wellbeing.
Get More out of Savasana
Savasana, or corpse pose, is one of total relaxation and is actually one of the most challenging yoga positions to get right. It is the act of lying flat on your back and relaxing each muscle group in turn. One must bring their consciousness inwards while focusing on the breath and emptying the mind of thoughts.
That might sound nice and easy, but in reality, quieting the mind and consciously focusing on the lungs and heart is harder than it seems. It is one of the most basic poses of restorative yoga, and therefore fundamental to any routine.
When done right, corpse pose offers participants the chance for deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure, slows the heart and respiratory rates, and brings about a sense of inner peacefulness.
Savasana can be practised in a variety of ways, using different props to further these sensations. This is where weighted blankets come into play!
Using a Kudd.ly weighted blanket at this time can help the mind and body relax further, increasing the positive effects felt in yoga. Instructors suggest staying in savasana pose for 5 minutes for every 30 minutes of practice.
Release Tension and Stress
Weighted blankets can help yoga goers who have difficulty with some positions, allowing them to passively hold poses without stressing the body.
Easy to Transport and Clean
If you’ve had a particularly sweaty yoga session, all the Kudd.ly blanket needs is a quick hand wash between uses. The weighted blanket comes in a durable bag with handles, making it easy to transport between sessions too!