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Publication numberUS20050091729 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/851,749
Publication dateMay 5, 2005
Filing dateMay 20, 2004
Priority dateOct 29, 2003
Also published asUS20050091725, US20060195972, WO2005041703A1
Publication number10851749, 851749, US 2005/0091729 A1, US 2005/091729 A1, US 20050091729 A1, US 20050091729A1, US 2005091729 A1, US 2005091729A1, US-A1-20050091729, US-A1-2005091729, US2005/0091729A1, US2005/091729A1, US20050091729 A1, US20050091729A1, US2005091729 A1, US2005091729A1
InventorsJudy-Lynne Alley
Original AssigneeJudy-Lynne Alley
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Slip-resistant extremity covering and method therefor
US 20050091729 A1
Abstract
A slip-resistant extremity covering for a person practicing yoga dimensioned to fit snugly over a person's hand or foot and capable of allowing a person to execute asanas and other yoga techniques without being encumbered by the covering and without slipping during a yoga exercise as a result of perspiration buildup.
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1. A slip-resistant extremity covering for a person practicing yoga comprising in combination:
an extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around an extremity of a person, said extremity covering having a palmer surface and a dorsal surface, said extremity covering being constructed of a sufficiently malleable material so as to allow an extremity a full range of movement; and
a slip-resistant material coupled to at least one of said palmer surface and said dorsal surface, said slip-resistant material having a low coefficient of friction while at the same time allowing said extremity a full range of movement while inside said extremity covering.
2. The slip-resistant extremity covering of claim 1 wherein said extremity covering being dimensioned to fit snugly around a hand of a person.
3. The slip-resistant extremity covering of claim 1 wherein said extremity covering being dimensioned to fit snugly around a foot of a person.
4. The slip-resistant extremity covering of claim 1 wherein said slip-resistant material comprising a plurality of raised surfaces having a low coefficient of friction.
5. The slip-resistant extremity covering of claim 4 wherein said plurality of raised surfaces being substantially dumbbell shaped.
6. The slip-resistant extremity covering of claim 1 wherein said slip-resistant material comprising an elastomeric material having a low coefficient of friction.
7. The slip-resistant extremity covering of claim 1 wherein said slip-resistant material comprising a uniform surface having a low coefficient of friction.
8. The slip-resistant extremity covering of claim 1 wherein said slip-resistant material comprising at least one of rubber, polyvinyl chloride, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, acetyl, acrylic, ethylene vinyl acetate, fluoropolymer, nylon, polycarbonate, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyurethane, sand, leather, vinyl, vinyl chloride homopolymer, and polychloroethane.
9. The slip-resistant extremity covering of claim 1 wherein said extremity covering being comprised of a breathable cotton-spandex type fabric.
10. The slip-resistant extremity covering of claim 1 wherein said extremity covering comprising at least one of cotton, wool, silk, linen, hemp, ramie, jute, leather, suede, acetate, acrylic, Lastex™, nylon, polyester, rayon, viscose rayon, spandex, elastane, velvet, modacrylic, olefin, vinyon, saran, metallic, spandex, aramid, polybenzimidazole, sulfar, polypropylene, vinyl chloride homopolymer, polychloroethane, and Lycra™.
11. The slip-resistant extremity covering of claim 1 wherein said extremity covering comprising an absorbent material dimensioned to absorb perspiration.
12. A method for practicing yoga comprising, in combination, the steps of:
providing an extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around an extremity of a person, said extremity covering having a palmer surface and a dorsal surface;
providing a slip-resistant material coupled to at least one of said palmer surface and said dorsal surface;
inserting an extremity of a person into said extremity covering; and
practicing a yoga technique.
13. The method of claim 12 further comprising the step of inserting a hand into said extremity covering, said extremity covering being dimensioned to fit snugly around a hand of a person.
14. The method of claim 12 further comprising the step of inserting a foot into said extremity covering, said extremity covering being dimensioned to fit snugly around a foot of a person.
15. The method of claim 12 wherein said slip-resistant material comprising a plurality of raised surfaces having a low coefficient of friction.
16. The method of claim 15 wherein said plurality of raised surfaces being substantially dumbbell shaped.
17. The method of claim 12 wherein said slip-resistant material comprising an elastomeric material having a low coefficient of friction.
18. The method of claim 12 wherein said slip-resistant material comprising a uniform surface having a low coefficient of friction.
19. The method of claim 12 wherein said slip-resistant material comprising at least one of rubber, polyvinyl chloride, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, acetyl, acrylic, ethylene vinyl acetate, fluoropolymer, nylon, polycarbonate, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyurethane, sand, leather, vinyl, vinyl chloride homopolymer, and polychloroethane.
20. The method of claim 12 wherein said extremity covering being comprised of a breathable cotton-spandex type fabric.
21. The method of claim 12 wherein said extremity covering comprising at least one of cotton, wool, silk, linen, hemp, ramie, jute, leather, suede, acetate, acrylic, Lastex™, nylon, polyester, rayon, viscose rayon, spandex, elastane, velvet, modacrylic, olefin, vinyon, saran, metallic, spandex, aramid, polybenzimidazole, sulfar, polypropylene, vinyl chloride homopolymer, polychloroethane, and Lycra™.
22. The method of claim 12 wherein said extremity covering comprising an absorbent material dimensioned to absorb perspiration.
Description
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/696,154 filed Oct. 29, 2003 in the name of the Applicant, to which priority is claimed.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates generally to yoga and, more specifically, to a slip-resistant extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around an extremity of a person in order to enable a person to effectively and accurately practice proper yoga techniques without the danger of slipping or sliding due to perspiration.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Yoga is both a physical discipline as well as a Hindu philosophy. Although yoga often involves meditation and breathing exercises, the practice of yoga in the United States is focused mostly around distinct physical postures called “asanas.” Yoga's physical benefits include: improved flexibility and muscle joint mobility; muscle building and toning; improved posture; relief of back pain; improvement of muscular-skeletal conditions; increased stamina; improved digestion and elimination; increased blood flow and circulation; and weight loss. Yoga also provides many non-physical benefits, such as improved spirituality and tranquility, stress-relief, and mental clarity.

The popularity of yoga in the United States has more than tripled in the last decade. According to the Yoga Research and Education Center, more than 20 million people in America currently practice yoga. In order to achieve the many physical and non-physical benefits of yoga, one must accurately execute the distinct physical postures or “asanas.” The asanas require a person to manipulate his or her body in precise, and often physically demanding, postures. It is often the case that the exertion involved in practicing yoga leads to perspiration. In fact, some styles of yoga, known as “hot yoga” or “Bikram yoga”, are done in rooms that are heated to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in order to make muscles more flexible. “Hot yoga” as well as other forms of “extreme yoga” obviously result in an even greater amount of perspiration. The accumulation of perspiration on a person, on a yoga mat or on the floor can often cause a person to slip when trying to plant a hand, foot or other body part. Slipping not only prevents a person from effectively practicing the physical postures of yoga, but slippage can also result in injury.

Several attempts have been made at creating slip-resistant footwear and handwear for various applications. U.S. Pat. No. 5,617,585 issued to Fons et al. Discloses a rubber soled slipper sock cured with liquid latex rubber. However, this and other prior art slip-resistant wear are thick and bulky, preventing the full range of motion needed for one's hands and feet in order to effectively practice the complex and physically demanding postures of yoga.

A need therefore existed for a slip-resistant extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly over hands and feet of a person and at the same time capable of allowing a person to execute asanas and other yoga techniques without being encumbered by the covering and without slipping as a result of perspiration.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

An object of the present invention is to provide a slip-resistant extremity covering capable of fitting snugly around an extremity of a person while at the same time allowing a hand or foot a full range of movement.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide a method for practicing yoga capable of providing a person with a slip-resistant extremity covering that also allows a person to execute asanas and other yoga techniques without being encumbered by the covering and without slipping as a result of perspiration build-up.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a slip-resistant extremity covering for a person practicing yoga is disclosed, comprising, in combination, an extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around an extremity of a person, the extremity covering having a palmer surface and a dorsal surface, the extremity covering being constructed of a sufficiently malleable material so as to allow an extremity a full range of movement, and a slip-resistant material coupled to at least one of the palmer surface and the dorsal surface, the slip-resistant material having a low coefficient of friction while at the same time allowing the extremity a full range of movement while inside the extremity covering.

In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, a method for practicing yoga is disclosed, comprising, in combination, the steps of providing an extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around an extremity of a person, the extremity covering having a palmer surface and a dorsal surface, providing a slip-resistant material coupled to at least one of the palmer surface and the dorsal surface, inserting an extremity of a person into the extremity covering, and practicing a yoga technique.

The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following, more particular description of the preferred embodiments of the invention, as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 a is a top, perspective view of one embodiment of the slip-resistant extremity covering of the present invention, showing an extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around a foot of a person.

FIG. 1 b is a bottom, perspective view of the slip-resistant extremity covering of FIG. 1 a, showing the palmer surface substantially covered with slip-resistant material.

FIG. 2 a is a top, perspective view of one embodiment of the slip-resistant extremity covering of the present invention, showing the extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around a foot of a person with a dorsal surface substantially covered with slip-resistant material.

FIG. 2 b is a bottom, perspective view of the slip-resistant extremity covering of FIG. 2 a, showing the palmer surface substantially covered with slip-resistant material.

FIG. 3 is a top view of one embodiment of the slip-resistant extremity covering of the present invention, showing the extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around the hand of a person with a palmer surface substantially covered with slip-resistant material.

FIG. 4 is a top view of one embodiment of the slip-resistant extremity covering of the present invention, showing the extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around the hand of a person with a palmer surface and a finger surface covered with a substantially ball-shaped slip-resistant material.

FIG. 5 is a top view of one embodiment of the slip-resistant extremity covering of the present invention, showing the extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around the hand of a person with a palmer surface and a finger surface substantially covered with a substantially dumbbell-shaped slip-resistant material.

FIG. 6 is a top view of one embodiment of the slip-resistant extremity covering of the present invention, showing the extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around the hand of a person with a palmer surface and a finger surface substantially covered with a substantially uniform slip-resistant material.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring to FIGS. 1-6, reference numbers 10 a, 10 b, 10 c, 10 d, 10 e, and 10 f refer to different embodiments of the slip-resistant extremity covering (referred to generically as the slip-resistant extremity covering 10) of the present invention. The slip-resistant extremity covering 10 is for a person practicing yoga and comprises generically an extremity covering 12 dimensioned to fit snugly around an extremity of a person. Although FIGS. 1-6 show the slip-resistant extremity covering 10 in the form of a standardized glove or sock, it should be clearly understood that substantial benefit may be derived from an alternate configuration of the slip-resistant extremity covering 10 so long as the extremity covering 12 fits snugly around the person's extremity.

The extremity covering 12 has a palmer surface 14 and a dorsal surface 16 and is constructed of a sufficiently malleable material so as to allow an extremity a full range of movement. A slip-resistant material (referred to generically as slip-resistant material 18) is coupled to at least one of the palmer surface 14 and the dorsal surface 16. The slip-resistant material 18 has a low coefficient of friction while at the same time allows the extremity a full range of movement while inside the extremity covering 12. The slip-resistant material 18 may be made of rubber, polyvinyl chloride, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, acetyl, acrylic, ethylene vinyl acetate, fluoropolymer, nylon, polycarbonate, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyurethane, sand, leather, vinyl, vinyl chloride homopolymer, polychloroethane, or any combination thereof.

Preferably, the extremity covering 12 is comprised of a breathable cotton-spandex type fabric that is made of an absorbent material capable of absorbing perspiration, although it should be clearly understood that substantial benefit could be derived from an alternative configuration of the extremity covering 12 in which an alternative material is used, such as some other type of breathable material, or a non-breathable material with ventilation apertures, so long as the extremity covering 12 comprises a slip-resistant material 18. For example, the extremity covering 12 may be made of cotton, wool, silk, linen, hemp, ramie, jute, leather, suede, acetate, acrylic, Lastex™, nylon, polyester, rayon, viscose rayon, spandex, elastane, velvet, modacrylic, olefin, vinyon, saran, metallic, spandex, aramid, polybenzimidazole, sulfar, polypropylene, vinyl chloride homopolymer, polychloroethane, Lycra™, or any combination thereof.

Referring now to FIGS. 1 a-1 b, reference number 10 a refers to one embodiment of the slip-resistant extremity covering 10 for a person practicing yoga of the present invention. The slip-resistant resistant extremity covering 10 a comprises an extremity covering 12 a dimensioned to fit snugly around a foot 13 of a person. A slip-resistant material 18 a, having a low coefficient of friction, is coupled to the palmer surface 14 of the extremity covering 12 a. The slip-resistant material 18 a, while preventing slippage, also allows the foot 13 a full range of movement to practice yoga techniques. The slip-resistant material 18 a of the extremity covering 12 a is comprised of a plurality of spaced-apart raised surfaces.

Referring now to FIGS. 2 a-2 b, reference number 10 b refers to one embodiment of the slip-resistant extremity covering 10 for a person practicing yoga of the present invention. The slip-resistant extremity covering 10 b comprises an extremity covering 12 b dimensioned to fit snugly around a foot 13 of a person. A slip-resistant material 18 b, having a low coefficient of friction, is coupled to both a palmer surface 14 and a dorsal surface 16 of the extremity covering 12 b. The slip-resistant material 18 b, while preventing slippage, also allows the foot 13 a full range of movement to practice yoga techniques. While, in the preferred embodiment, the slip-resistant material 18 b of the extremity covering 12 b and the slip resistant material 18 a of the extremity covering 12 a is comprised of a plurality of spaced-apart raised surfaces, it should be clearly understood that substantial benefit could be derived from an alternative configuration of the slip-resistant extremity coverings 10 a and 10 b in which the slip-resistant materials 18 a and 18 b comprise a slip-resistant material 18 having another configuration, such as dumbbell-shaped, uniformly shaped, or some other configuration, so long as the slip-resistant material prevents slippage when a person is executing a yoga technique, while at the same time the slip-resistant material allows a person's foot 13 a full range of movement.

Referring now to FIG. 3, reference number 10 c refers to one embodiment of the slip-resistant extremity covering 10 for a person practicing yoga of the present invention. The slip-resistant extremity covering 10 c comprises an extremity covering 12 c dimensioned to fit snugly around a hand 15 of a person. A slip-resistant material 18 c, having a low coefficient of friction, is coupled preferably to the palmer surface 14 (and in one embodiment also to a dorsal surface (not shown) of the extremity covering 12 c). The slip-resistant material 18 c, while preventing slippage, also allows the hand 15 a full range of movement to practice yoga techniques. The extremity covering 12 c shown in FIG. 3 shows a slip-resistant material 18 c that is substantially dumbbell-shaped and concentrated only on a palm area of the hand 15, and not the fingers. However, it should be clearly understood that substantial benefit could be derived from an alternative configuration of the slip-resistant extremity covering 10 c in which the slip-resistant material 18 c is comprised of an alternative shape or configuration and/or covers the fingers area as well so long as the slip-resistant material prevents slippage when a person is executing a yoga technique, while at the same time the slip-resistant material allows a person's hand 15 a full range of movement.

Referring now to FIGS. 4-6, reference numbers 10 d, 10 e and 10 f refer to three similar embodiments of the slip-resistant extremity covering 10 for a person practicing yoga of the present invention. The slip-resistant extremity coverings 10 d, 10 e and 10 f all comprise an extremity covering dimensioned to fit snugly around a hand 15 of a person. A slip-resistant material 18, having a low coefficient of friction, is coupled preferably to the palmer surface 14 (and in one embodiment also to a dorsal surface (not shown) of the extremity covering 12). The slip-resistant material 18, while preventing slippage, also allows the hand 15 a full range of movement to practice yoga techniques. The extremity covering 12 d shown in FIG. 4 shows a slip-resistant material 18 d that is substantially ball-shaped, comprising a plurality of spaced-apart raised surfaces, and is concentrated both on a palm area of the hand 15 as well as the fingers. The extremity covering 12 e shown in FIG. 5 shows a slip-resistant material 18 e that is substantially dumbbell-shaped, and is also concentrated both on a palm area of the hand 15 as well as the fingers. The extremity covering 12 f shown in FIG. 6 shows a slip-resistant material 18 f that is substantially uniform in shape, and is also concentrated both on a palm area of the hand 15 as well as the fingers. However, it should be clearly understood that substantial benefit could be derived from an alternative configuration of the slip-resistant extremity coverings 10 d, 10 e and 10 f in which the slip-resistant material is comprised of an alternative shape or configuration and/or covers only the palm area and not the area of the fingers.

While the invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to preferred embodiments thereof, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that the foregoing and other changes in form and details may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/239
International ClassificationA41B11/00, A41D19/015
Cooperative ClassificationA41D19/01558, A41B11/008, A41B11/004
European ClassificationA41B11/00F, A41B11/00T, A41D19/015G4