Yoga Strap Length


#1

I am new to yoga & want to purchase a yoga strap, mat & blocks. I’ve noticed there are varied lengths for the straps and am confused as to which one to buy. Does height matter or just flexibility? I am 5’10" and moderately flexible, I guess. I can’t decide between a kit with a 6’ strap and one with an 8’ strap. Any ideas?


#2

Also, what type of mat would work best when I am practicing yoga on berber carpet?


#3

I got a natural rubber mat and it’s great. I hope the carpet is a really good one, it’s no fun dealing with dust, lint, etc. The mat gives a really good grip and it’s about 4 mm thick gotta roll it a little extra tight but it will fit in a standard mat bag. I don’t know about berber carpet, though, I just got a good mat.


#4

Usually you would need a longer strap if you are tall or if you are particularly inflexible. I am about 5’ 8" and I would say about average flexibility and I use a 6’ strap. I don’t think the extra length would be a hindrance, though, so if you are uncertain, perhaps you should get the longer strap.

As far as the mat, I am not sure what difference the type of carpet would make, but the main point of the mat is to keep from slipping, so as long as you have a decent quality mat you should be OK.


#5

As far as mats go, I think you should get a thin one since you’re already on carpet. I find the thinner the mat, the easier to balance on both hands and feet because you feel the sturdiness of the floor.


#6

Much like all things yoga the answer is “it depends”. How are you planning to use the strap? For me and my practice I have several. I can tell you which work for me but can’t tell you which will work for you without knowing your intention.

If you were my student I would recommend yoga belts rather than the conventional strap (d-ring, plastic clip, plastic cinch).
I prefer to have two lengths for differing purposes. One 6’ and one 10’. I think this meeets nearly all needs.