The yoga blanket, the indispensable yoga accessory for savasana


If you have ever practised yoga, you will know that it is customary to cover your body with a blanket at the end of the practice. The yoga blanket is an essential accessory for savasana, the last posture which consists of entering a state of deep relaxation. This posture allows you to integrate the benefits of the postures practised just before.

It is normal that after practising yoga, the body cools down and if you don't use a blanket, relaxation can be difficult. Here are the best tips for choosing the best blanket for savasana.

What is savasana?

Savasana is a Sanskrit word composed of "sava", which means "corpse" and "sana", which translates as "to be in the posture". This posture is used to close the practice of yoga, as it relaxes the muscles of the body, the nervous system and generates a deep state of well-being and calm.

Although at first glance it seems a simple posture, to adopt this yoga "asana" we need a yoga mat, a yoga blanket and the will to focus on the present moment, which is known as mindfulness. Next, we lie face up on the mat, palms facing upwards, chest wide open and legs slightly spread until we achieve a relaxed posture. We can then cover ourselves with a soft blanket to maintain a comfortable temperature and concentrate on feeling the weight of our body and lowering our heart rate. It is not about falling asleep, but about achieving a state of deep relaxation while remaining awake.

Restorative yoga. Paschimottanasana with blankets

What should a yoga blanket be like?

When choosing a good yoga blanket for savasana, it is important to consider the following aspects:

  • Softness: a soft blanket makes the practice much more pleasant and induces relaxation.
  • Composition: a cotton blanket is ideal as it can be easily washed at home. It is also warm but not extremely so that you feel warm enough to relax.
  • Size: a yoga blanket should be large enough to cover the whole body during savasana and to be able to be folded for support in other postures.
  • Sustainability: yoga is based on mindfulness, gratitude and awareness of the body and mind. In this line, respect for all living beings and the environment are values associated with this practice. For this reason, it is consistent to use recycled or environmentally friendly materials, such as those used by Blankets of the World.
  • Aesthetics: the bohemian blanket is the order of the day, not only as one of the decoration trends for 2023, but also as a yoga blanket. This type of print brings warmth, colour and originality to your yogic experiences.

How to use a yoga blanket for the savasana posture

During savasana, we can not only use the blanket to cover our whole body or some parts that often get cold, such as the feet, but we can also use it in other ways:

  • Folding the blanket to support the head can help to relieve tension in the neck.
  • Rolling the blanket up and placing it under the knees can relieve tension in the lower back.
  • A blanket folded across the back helps to open up the chest and relax the shoulders, making it easier to breathe deeply.

Savasana with blanket rolled up under the knees

However, protection from the cold is not its only function. Normally, the yoga session begins with a sitting meditation. At this stage, we can cover our backs and arms with a meditation blanket to maintain a comfortable temperature before activating the body with more demanding postures.

The blanket can also serve as a support for meditation or some yoga postures if we fold it like a cushion and place it under the buttocks, abdomen or head to facilitate certain yoga postures.  In our article 'the blanket as a yoga prop' we tell you about all the applications of this versatile accessory.

Paschimottanasana on blanket

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