We have a range of belts in the studios at Yogawest, and they are used for different purposes in a yoga class, for example extending your arms so you can reach faraway feet, or releasing stiff shoulders.
Natural the original ‘Pune’ belt used for most things.
Orange a wider, longer belt, preferred by some for e.g. bound poses.
Purple a very long belt for occasional use (and for very tall students!).
Pink a very short belt for specialist use.
How do belts work?
All buckle up the same way, and sadly we’ve been finding that a lot are being damaged because they’ve been buckled up incorrectly. We have had to decommission over 35 orange belts this year because they are too frayed to use.
There’s an ‘open’ side and a ‘closed’ side to the buckle bar, and when it’s done up, the ‘open’ side must be underneath, otherwise the belt frays when it is being unlooped. Please ask your teacher to show you how to buckle the belts up if you are not sure.
Belts should be undone before putting them away neatly, all ready for the next student.
This article is another in our series of ‘And What Are Those For?’. If there’s a prop you’d like to find out more about, ask us!