Blocks, Blankets, Bolsters, Straps, Sandbags, Pillows…and a yoga mat, oh my!
To a newbie yoga props can be confusing. Why do I need a block? What is the strap for? If I need a prop does it mean I’m cheating to get into the pose? I have had many moments in yoga class with a confused look on my face as I figured out where to place my props.
Why use them?
Recovering from an injury– Students recovering from injuries step into a yoga class with the intention to recover their mobility. If you have recently injured your body take extra care in your practice. This means spend less time in a pose and use yoga props to allow the body to gradually open and stretch without placing excessive strain on the injury.
Proper alignment-Yoga is the practice of noticing our habits. In particular to notice our habits of how we hold our body. We each have a habit of how we stand, how we sit, how we bend. Yoga props teach us how to hold ourselves in alignment. Props allow for students to experience the feeling of a pose in proper alignment without strain.
Returning to yoga after a break in practice–I notice during the holidays my yoga practice naturally slows down. If you are introducing a new exercise regimen or returning to yoga after a break from your practice, you may experience some stiffness within the body. There is no need to struggle to touch the toes. Utilize props in your practice.