Yoga props are useful tools for both beginners and masters alike. By using them, it makes difficult poses more accessible, the help to improve one’s technique and body alignment. They support your body and help you get the most out of every single pose that you perform. For any yoga enthusiasts, yoga props are truly invaluable tools that make the experience better.
However, these helpful props don’t really have any instructions on them. With that in mind, we have some yoga props here and how you could use them.
Yoga straps are specifically helpful for poses that require you to reach for your feet. You can think of them as arm-extenders, grasping onto your feet for you. For poses with binds, it can be used to help you gradually achieve the full bind, minus the risk of injuring yourself while staying in alignment.
To use the straps, we’re going to use a hand-to-feet connection example here, assume a sitting position with your legs straightened. Now, hook the strap around the balls of your feet while holding the other ends of the strap with your hands. Improve your flexibility by gradually walking your hands along the strap, drawing them closer to your feet ensuring the spine is long and heart is open.
Yoga blocks are made of wood, cork, or foam and is mainly used for standing poses that require your hands to reach toward the earth. The blocks make it easier to perform the poses by elevating the floor, allowing it to meet your hands easily whilst keeping the spine in alignment. A good use for the block would be for Trikonasana (triangle pose) which aims to stretch your hamstrings, hips and groins while improving blood circulation and calming the mind.
Yoga bolsters are like body pillows, except they are firmer and rounder in shape. The are absolute heaven! It’s mainly used for relaxation and to soften posture. People usually use bolsters for yin and restorative classes.
Since they are mainly used for relaxation, they act as support for your body weight. You can place it behind your back for Supta Baddha Konasana (supported reclined bound angle) or put it underneath your thighs in Savasana pose to relieve tension in the lumbar spine.
Now that you know how these yoga props work, you’ll be able to use them appropriately. You can now get the best out of any yoga exercise and pose.