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What Are Yoga Socks?

Yoga socks are designed to give people more stability and grip when doing yoga.
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Yoga socks are different than regular socks because they have a “sticking” quality. While yoga typically does not involve any special equipment, clothing or machinery, some who practice it use some things, like yoga socks to aid their experience. Some staunch traditionalists are adamant that students not wear shoes or socks as that will interfere with proper balance and placement. Others, however, argue that the use of special accouterments help to target, tone, and strengthen certain regions of the body. Foam blocks, for example, are used under the hands to help extend a posture to those with limited movement.

To the layperson yoga may appear to simply be a practice in stretching. In fact, it is much more, including the development of flexibility, muscle strength, and balance. New yoga students will find the proper balance required in yoga to be difficult. Even seasoned students, who attempt more difficult positions will find balance a difficult task. As a result, some yoga practitioners find that wearing yoga socks helps reduce the number of slips and falls one make experience.

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Yoga socks are designed to simulate a bare foot feeling. There are several styles of yoga socks. Some are ankle height socks while others extend up past the ankle. Some have individual toe sections, much like a glove, with the toes either enclosed or hanging out freely. Other yoga sock designs have the sock end just before the toes and allow that part of the foot to move freely. Still others have the heel exposed as well. On the bottom of all styles of yoga socks, however, is some amount of a rubber gripping material.

Several yoga sock manufacturers claim to have perfected the gripping capabilities and also guarantee that no bumps should be felt through the fabric. Regardless, the non-slip, and some wearers would say, "sticky" sole, gives confidence to those practitioners with lesser balance.

Other fans of yoga socks claim that they reduce the danger of injury by providing a warm surrounding for stretched muscles. Typically made of 100 percent natural cotton, and sometimes bamboo, they reduce moisture like yoga gloves and help keep feet clean and free of blisters. Yoga socks can be purchased on the Internet or through catalogs but now may be found in athletic stores and specialty shops.

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stoneMason
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@SarahGen-- I personally do yoga barefoot but I don't think that there is anything wrong with using yoga socks. If someone needs them, then they should use them.

And I don't agree that equipment is not needed for yoga. It's almost impossible to do yoga without slipping and discomfort if a yoga mat is not used.

SarahGen
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@literally45-- I'm against the use of socks in yoga. There is just no need for it and in order for yoga to be beneficial, I feel that bare feet must touch and feel the ground. This is something that helps balance and when the soles of the feet have contact with the ground, energy is neutralized. If someone has trouble with balance postures, this is a sign of an overactive mind and can be overcome with practice and meditation. Special socks are not the right option.

Yoga has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years. And those who practiced it did not have special equipment like mats and socks. They would practice in nature, on the ground and barefoot. This is still how most Asians practice yoga.

All of these equipment for yoga are just a way for manufacturers to make money. In reality, none of it is needed.

literally45
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I used to have trouble doing balance related yoga postures before I bought my yoga socks. When I found out that there are special socks for yoga that help the feet grip the floor, I knew I had to get one. These socks have helped me so much and now I'm doing asanas that I could never do before. I think everyone who loves yoga needs to own a pair. It's definitely worth it.

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