Common Yoga Props

Why Use Yoga Props?

Maybe you would like to try yoga classes at home but you think that you are not flexible enough?  Maybe you find that some of the shapes and poses are not accessible to you?  Or, maybe you have already thought about using yoga props to help with these concerns and you’re just not sure what you need or how to use them? While, there are many props out there in the yoga world, here we discuss two basic ones.

Think of yoga props as a helper. They don’t just make your class easier in your body, they make class more accessible.

Let’s Talk About Blocks & Blankets

Blocks are used as an extension of your arms, sometimes to help you build stability. Common shapes where blocks can help are lunges or a modified half splits. When using blocks in lunges, it might be useful to use two blocks in order to maintain balance across the body.  An example of using blocks for stability would  is putting a block between your legs in Chair Pose (Utkatasana), or under your lifted foot in Tree Pose (Vrksasana). If you do not have blocks at home, large books can make a great substitute!

Blankets are so helpful in yoga in those places that need some extra padding. Sensitive knees in a low lunge? Sensitive arms in a forearm plank? Are the back of your legs tight? Then, place a blanket underneath or in between the places in your body that are not comfortable. Fold the blanket different ways to play around with the width.  You will be amazed at how much nicer it is on your bones!

Ready to Put Props into Your Practice?

There are so many different ways in which you can use yoga props. Start here and keep experimenting as your practice grows. Want to learn more about props? Join me on Fridays at 10:30 AM for Stretch & Rest. Happy Yoga-ing!

The article was specially written by Kristen Rae for You Call This Yoga.

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