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We LOVE sandbags. They are a simple tool that can have profound effects on your pose by providing a sensation of grounding. Think weighted blanket.. the extra weight brings a feeling a safety and security. When placing the sandbag, be sure to shake the weight around so that it's evenly distributed before you let go. As you take deep breaths in your poses, envision relaxing under the weight of the sandbag.
There are lots of ways to use sandbags in your yoga practice but here are three of our favorites:
Across the sacrum in Balasana (Child's Pose) - spread the weight across the entire sacrum as close to the glutes as you can get without it sliding off
Across the soles of the feet in Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall) - let the weight of the sandbag assist you in relaxing the ball of the foot and toes towards the ground
Across the pelvis in Savasana (Corpse Pose) - sandbag should lay across the front hip points (ASIS) or higher onto the lower abdomen if it's more comfortable