Oh Infinity Strap! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
Have you ever heard of Infinity Strap? If you own one already, I am sure you will agree with my when I say, “Where have you been all my life?” But first, I want to point out that everything I say here is my own opinion. I have not been contacted to review this product nor am I being compensated. I am just a woman with tight muscles who loves a good stretch.
I first learned about Infinity Strap on Instagram when I first started yoga. I think they may have been a sponsor for a challenge I was doing. Either that or someone was using one and I started to follow their page. I don’t remember exactly. But I do know that I was liking their posts but still on the fence about buying one. See, I am not a “gear girl”. I have a few things to make my workouts more comfortable but I tend to keep things simple. Did I really need this strap? My nylon belt that was exactly what they sell as a yoga strap worked great! After several months, I decided to dive in and buy one. They come two ways: with elastic so that it stretches with you or without elastic for more stability. I opted for the elastic one and let me tell you, I wish I did not wait so long.
Here is a description from their website:
The Infinity Strap (patent pending) is designed to solve the problems of the traditional Yoga strap by providing an elegant, simple, beautiful and safe alternative. The design of the Infinity Strap is a dual loop with a subtle twist at the center, forming a shape of an endless figure 8, which is illustrated by the timeless symbol of infinity.
• Unique infinity shape keeps loops open for easy use
• No hardware to hurt your hands or feet
• No buckles to fuss with or constantly readjust!!
• Compact design means no extra strap in your way
• Deepen poses and maintain proper alignment
• 3 sizes to fit all levels and types of practice
- Small 13″
- Medium 16″
- Large 19″
I have not used my belt since. Having the hoop already there to hook or grab on to makes for a better stretch session. It really does help to deepen the pose as well. This morning I tried a standing bow pose first without the Infinity Strap and then with.
You can see in the left picture my arms are lower, I am leaning more towards the window and so is my raised leg. My alignment is better on the right along with my chest being more open increasing the bend in my upper back. My leg is higher giving a deeper stretch to the hip flexors as well. I try not to think about what progress I have missed out earlier in my practice because I did not have one.
If you are thinking, “I don’t do yoga so this does not apply to me”, I must disagree with you. If you do any type of sport where agility, flexibility and strength are a factor, you can benefit from using this product. The inventor, Amir Zaki, is not just a yogi but an avid surfer and tennis player as well. Here, let me show you other ways I use my strap…
Having trouble touching your toes?
How about a little shoulder resistance workout:
Do this 3×15-20 and you will feel it! There are so many ways you can incorporate this into your yoga or stretching routine.
I am considering buying a second one to keep at my desk for when I take my afternoon break. I take 15-20 minutes to get up from my desk and stretch my hips and shoulders. It really helps me get through that afternoon slump.
Do you have use an Infinity Strap? If so, do you love it as much as I love mine? Are you considering purchasing one for yourself?