7 Ways The Patella Pad™ Assists Your Asanas

Yoga is amazing for the body, mind, and spirit. It’s a practice that can be continued throughout a person’s lifetime. At times, our unrestrained practice of yoga can be hampered by joint issues or pain, but there is always a solution that can keep the benefits of yoga flowing. Many practitioners rely on yoga accessories like yoga knee pads for a little extra support. We’d like to share seven ways that yoga knee pads like the AshtaLuxe™ Patella Pad™ can improve and support your yoga practice.

1. Camel Pose (Ustrasana) This backbend pose starts by kneeling upright with knees hip distance apart. This position alone can be too much for some people since it places all of the upper body weight on the knees. As the backbend progresses, the knees can be pulled in different ways, causing discomfort. A yoga knee pad cushions the knees and offers a stable grounding for this pose.
2. Crow Pose (Bakasana) is a whole-body workout that can be a challenge for many yogis. Especially for people with carpal tunnel syndrome or wrist injuries, it can feel like too much pressure on the wrists. The extra supportive cushioning provided by Patella Pad™ yoga knee pad absorbs some of this impact and may open up new doors for people who are intimidated by Crow Pose.
3. Boat Pose (Navasana) is a seated asana that really works the abdominals, hip flexors, and vertebral column. Balancing on the tripod of your sitting bones and tailbone can be a real challenge, especially if you’ve suffered a broken tailbone or experience hip pain. Whether full boat or modified, this asana is less stressful on the joints when our Patella Pad™ is placed under the sit bones.
4. Seated Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana) is a pose that’s often done at the end of a yoga class, and it’s important to only perform this asana after warming up properly. Transforming your spine and improving digestion and energy levels is within reach when you regularly perform a deep, seated twist. Our Patella Pad™ placed below the sit bones can support the hips while you create length from the crown of your head and twist from the inside out.
5. Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana) Dancing Warrior Variations with one knee bent and one on the mat are excellent heart openers. They boost energy in the body and open the hips deeply, providing a deep stretch. Having a supportive kneeling pad like our Patella Pad™ below the back knee offers cushioning and support allowing you to take the stretch as deeply as you desire, without knee pain.

6. Child’s Pose (Balasana) has many variations, like the one pictured above with reverse prayer hands at the base of the neck. This variation stretches the back and triceps, opens and balances the third eye chakra, and relieves lower back pain. Supporting the elbows with our Patella Pad™ allows the head to relax and the arms to stretch a little deeper.
7. Table Top (Bharmanasana) is the basis of many asanas, including Cat/Cow and Balancing Table Pose Knee to Nose (Dandayamana). All of these can put direct pressure on the knee, and for those with patellar pain, this can create discomfort. Placing a yoga knee pad under the knees can help alleviate this to make the poses easier.
Our AshtaLuxe™ Patella Pad™ knee pads provide ample cushioning that alleviate pains on the pressure points while helping to maintain balance and stability. Easy to roll up and fit in a gym bag carry-on or even a purse, the Patella Pad is lightweight and hassle-free. We are proud of the eco-friendly processes we use to produce the Patella Pad right here in the USA. It doesn’t slip, whether on a hard floor or on top of a yoga mat. The closed cell construction means that the Patella Pad doesn’t absorb moisture, so it stays cool and clean for long and frequent use. Adding a Patella Pad™ to your yoga practice will help you concentrate on your breath and yoga poses during yoga sessions. Yogis are constantly writing to us here at AshtaLuxe™ to share the myriad ways they use the Patella Pad in their practices. We’d love to hear yours, so feel free to drop us a line at info@ashtaluxe.com.